Senior Associate Director, Wharton ESG Initiative (Hybrid Eligible)

Senior Associate Director, Wharton ESG Initiative (Hybrid Eligible)

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Posted Job Title
Senior Associate Director, Wharton ESG Initiative (Hybrid Eligible)

Job Profile Title
Associate Director D

Job Description Summary
Inspired by industry and student demand, and faculty expertise, Wharton launched the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Initiative on July 1, 2022. The mission of Wharton's Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Initiative is, consistent with the vision of Joseph Wharton, to harness the power of business to "solve the social problems incident to our civilization." We will do this by conducting research that investigates the intersection of ESG factors and business and by further advancing our best-in-class education of current and future practitioners, enabling them to serve a world undergoing tremendous change.

The initiative unifies and builds upon several of Wharton's existing research centers, including the Business, Climate, and Environment and Political Risk Labs of the Wharton Risk Center, the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, the ESG Analytics Lab, and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics.

Job Description

Building off the success of existing programs, and with the aim of expanding them in scope and number, the Senior Associate Director will be a program leader on the ESG Initiative team. Responsible for designing, leading and evaluating experiential learning programs for the ESG Initiative, the Senior Associate Director will also be responsible for managing the team members that will - alongside the Senior Associate Director - execute these transformational student experiences. The Senior Associate Director will report to the Managing Director of the ESG Initiative and will also work with ESG-I marketing and communications team to amplify available opportunities with and stories of programs. This work will involve interactions with many stakeholders, including guest speakers, students, and ESG experts at Penn/Wharton and external to the school.

The Senior Associate Director's responsibilities will include:
  • Design and lead experiential learning opportunities for the ESG Initiative: design and delivery, launch, management, measurement and evaluation, growth, and end-to-end operations for a portfolio of programs

  • Manage program staff, including manager and program consultant(s); program team under Senior Associate Director likely to expand in years to come

  • Establish partnerships with external organizations and internal Penn/Wharton groups to advance programs at ESG-I

  • Work with ESG-I marketing and communications team to amplify available opportunities with and stories of programs

  • Additional duties as assigned

  • Bachelor's Degree and 5 to 7 years of professional experience related to student programming, climate or social impact work OR Master's degree from an accredited college or university with preference given to degrees related to social impact, climate and/or business
  • Strong leadership and management skills to lead a portfolio of programs and the team members who support them;
  • Experience in program development, design, and management, including creating work plans, managing budgets and developing financial plans, forecasting and tracking expenses.
  • Experience with program data: determining, tracking and interpreting KPIs
  • Strong learning orientation and ability to respond positively to feedback
  • Demonstrated ability to function both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to interact effectively and comfortably with diverse group of students, senior executives/professionals, and staff with demonstrated ability to cultivate and manage relationships professionally and with good judgment with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Must be organized and detail oriented with excellent written and verbal communication skills and a high degree of professionalism.
  • Ability to multi-task in a time sensitive, high-pressure environment, meet deadlines, prioritize workload and execute flawlessly on critical programs.
  • Must possess skills in the Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience with climate/environment and/or social impact work strongly preferred

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hybrid Eligible - This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule with a work week divided between working onsite and working remotely.

Department / School
Wharton School

Pay Range
$61,046.00 - $95,972.00
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

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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