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Temporary Front Desk Representative, Wharton Venture Lab

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The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

Posted Job Title
Temporary Front Desk Representative, Wharton Venture Lab

Job Profile Title
Temporary Employee - Non-Exempt

Job Description Summary
Front Desk Representative will undertake receptionist and clerical duties at the desk of our main entrance of Tangen Hall, the newest building on campus and home to aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators at the University of Pennsylvania.

Tangen Hall houses Venture Lab which is a partnership by the Wharton School, Penn Engineering, and the Stuart Weitzman School of Design to consolidate Penn's startup ecosystem and to provide experiential learning to all Penn students. Student programs such as the Goergen Entrepreneurship Center, the Sol C. Snider Center, and Weiss Tech House are now integrated into Venture Lab and will support hands-on activity such as creating, developing, and scaling numerous ventures. Within the building are nine innovation spaces, including five Maker Studios, the Food Innovation Lab, Digital Media Lab, Digital Design Studio, and Retail Lab. Other organizations located in Tangen Hall include the Integrated Product Design master's level program, the Jay H. Baker Retail Center, the Harris Family Alternative Investments Program, and the Stevens Center for Innovation in Finance.

The ideal candidate will have a friendly and easy going personality while also being very perceptive and disciplined. A customer-oriented approach is essential.

Job Description

  • greeting students, staff and faculty
  • providing building information and directions
  • answering incoming calls and messages
  • receiving letters, packages and distributing them
  • planning events and coordinating
  • carrying out other tasks assigned by the administrative and program coordinator


Candidate should be customer-service oriented, have great organizational and multitasking abilities, and most importantly, have strong communication and people skills. Previous experience as a front desk representative, receptionist, host or similar position in customer service is preferred but we are willing to train those that want to be proactive and create a positive experience for those that come into Tangen Hall.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Wharton School

Pay Range
$7.25 - $230.00

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

To apply, visit https://wd1.myworkdaysite.com/en-US/recruiting/upenn/careers-at-penn/job/Tangen-Hall/Temporary-Front-Desk-Representative--Wharton-Venture-Lab_JR00040125

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