Director, Wharton-AltFinance Institute

Director, Wharton-AltFinance Institute

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Posted Job Title
Director, Wharton-AltFinance Institute

Job Profile Title
Director B

Job Description Summary
Wharton is seeking a dynamic leader to oversee the development and operations of a new non-credit online learning partnership for undergraduate level students, part of the new AltFinance program. The partnership connects Wharton content directly to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) institutions around the United States. The program goal is to provide HBCU students with the unique skills and knowledge to create a pathway into careers in alternative investment firms.

Job Description

Wharton is seeking a dynamic leader to oversee the development and operations of a new non-credit online learning partnership for undergraduate level students, part of the new AltFinance program. The partnership connects Wharton content directly to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) institutions around the United States. The program goal is to provide HBCU students with the unique skills and knowledge to create a pathway into careers in alternative investment firms.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Wharton Global Youth Program, the Director will oversee the launch and ongoing operations of the partnership. The work includes identifying course content, creating online modules, identifying faculty instructors, and supporting the enrollment of students. The position will require a collaborative mindset to work across Wharton and with outside partners, as well as an entrepreneurial drive to develop new learning models. The Director will work with peers in the new WhartonNext group, a newly-formed division of staff & faculty focused on enterprise-level solutions that allow Wharton to reach new audiences to provide global leading business content for a diverse set of learners.

*Position is contingent on continued funding*

Primary Responsibilities:
  • In partnership with faculty, create and launch virtual and in-person courses in line with program agreement and feedback from AltFinance and HBCU partners. This includes annual budget development and fiscal responsibility for operating budget.
  • Coordinate with Academic Director, Faculty Committees, and instructors on course development, as well as marketing, communications and operations on course promotion and delivery. Act as liaison for AltFinance to staff across Wharton, including the undergraduate division, academic departments and other constituencies.
  • Oversee daily operations of programming, reporting on efforts such as student enrollment, program performance, and opportunities for improvement.
  • Serve as primary point person to AltFinance team and HBCU partner institutions to coordinate programming and provide feedback.

  • Master's degree in education, instructional design, business, or related field; and
  • 5-7 years of experience (7-10 years preferred) in an educational setting, with demonstrated program development and academic operational success; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated skillset in online course development, design, and operations, including course design and LMS support in both asynchronous and synchronous delivery.
  • Personal knowledge of, and professional experience with, business and financial education programs.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and drive, with clear work experience in creating new learning programming or products. Experience working across constituencies with clear communication skills to work with faculty, staff, and external partners.

  • Experience working with or for HBCU institutions
  • Understanding of alternative investments and/or private equity industries
  • Knowledge of the Canvas LMS, basic video editing, audio recording, and HTML

Please submit both a cover letter and resume for consideration.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Wharton School

Pay Range
$59,703.00 - $113,435.00

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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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