Director of Explorer and Investor Programs, Venture Lab - Wharton School (Hybrid Eligible)

Director of Explorer and Investor Programs, Venture Lab - Wharton School (Hybrid Eligible)

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Posted Job Title
Director of Explorer and Investor Programs, Venture Lab - Wharton School (Hybrid Eligible)

Job Profile Title
Director C

Job Description Summary
The Director of Explorer and Investor Programs manages Venture Lab's portfolio of programs for student explorers and aspiring investors in the Penn startup ecosystem. This position is critical to Venture Lab's mission of expanding access to entrepreneurial and innovation resources to the wider Penn student community.

For the Explorer Pathway, the Director leads introductory programming that provides an on-ramp for students newly interested in entrepreneurship. Key programs include the Venture Lab membership, Visiting Experts, Start Here Monday advising. Further, the Director leads the Food Innovation Lab at Tangen Hall and partners with other Tangen Managers to leverage the building's unique
studios and labs in hosting introductory events and activities for Penn students. In collaboration with Wharton's External Affairs team and extensive alumni network, the Director will also lead international immersion programs in selected innovation ecosystems.

For the Investor Pathway, the Director leads programming for students interested in early stage investing as a career path. This includes supervising the Penn Wharton Innovation Fund with a cross-Penn student investment team, the multi-pronged Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition Program, and educational co-curricular programming for students to learn about funding
new ventures.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director serves on Venture Lab's management team. As part of this role, the Director manages the total budget ($1.2M in FY23) for these programs, supervises four full-time staff members, and stewards donors whose gifts support this portfolio. The Director will work with the Executive Director and Vice Dean on strategic vision and priority goals, including fundraising for both new initiatives and existing programs within the portfolio. This position will also lead Venture Lab's partnerships with Penn alumni, senior leaders at other Wharton departments and Penn schools, and third party organizations that are engaged in delivering this portfolio

This position is contingent upon funding.

Job Description

* Master's Degree and 5-7 years of progressively responsible experience in the entrepreneurship and innovation space and/or higher education is required; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
* Demonstrated track record of leadership ability and innovative thinking, particularly related to higher education and entrepreneurship-focused programs
* Demonstrated ability to interact comfortably and build and cultivate strong relationships with various constituent groups, senior leadership, students, alumni and donors and ensure a high level of customer satisfaction.
* Must be organized and detail oriented with excellent written and verbal communication skills and a high degree of professionalism.
* Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
* Demonstrated experience managing a team
* The successful candidate will have the ability to successfully design and execute programs in a time sensitive, high pressure environment.
* Must possess skill in Google software applications (Docs, Sheets, Slides) as well as the Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook)
* While schedule is generally business hours, some ability to work on evenings/weekends and to occasionally travel is needed. This position is located in Philadelphia on Penn's campus . After successful completion of the introductory period, this position is hybrid eligible with some weeks requiring more in-person work as needed.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hybrid Eligible

Department / School
Wharton School

Pay Range
$74,476.00 - $117,086.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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