Executive Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management, Wharton

Executive Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management, Wharton

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Posted Job Title
Executive Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management, Wharton

Job Profile Title
Director F

Job Description Summary
The Executive Director will work closely with the faculty Co-Directors to develop a consolidated strategic direction for the Mack Institute, and to foster the role the Institute serves as a central hub within the School, the larger University, and the broader academic and industry communities worldwide.

Job Description

Mission Statement
The Mack Institute for Innovation Management joins rigorous research with practical applications to help established firms navigate the risks and rewards of innovation.
We are the hub of a global learning network for scholars, business leaders, and students. Each year, we host several major conferences and workshops; fund student, PhD, and faculty research; and sponsor student initiatives relating to innovation and emerging technologies.
We emphasize multi-disciplinary, cross-functional perspectives. The leadership of the Mack Institute is comprised of three faculty directors and an executive director. Along with a diverse core team of accomplished Wharton faculty members, they collaborate with our senior fellows, who are high-level executives and academic leaders with expertise in innovation management.
Our activities are guided by research priorities we have jointly developed with our industry partners. These priorities reflect the strategic challenges of our partners and signal our reach and scope in the field of innovation management. They provide a blueprint for our research funding decisions and a basis for our industry-academic programs.

Position Description
The Executive Director will work closely with the faculty Co-Directors to develop a consolidated strategic direction for the Mack Institute, and to foster the role the Institute serves as a central hub within the School, the larger University, and the broader academic and industry communities worldwide. He/she will create and steward extensive relationships within the Wharton School up to the Dean's office, and with relevant contacts in other Schools and entities within the University. The Executive Director will manage the research activities that the Institute sponsors and facilitate research opportunities for Wharton and other Penn faculty. The Executive Director will also help develop and manage the Institute's relationships with existing and prospective corporate partner companies domestically and globally in order to expand the Institute's reach to practice and raise funds for activities. In support of the Institute's role as a bridge between academia and industry, the Executive Director will be involved in organizing conferences and workshops, and will develop a highly effective communication strategy that disseminates the Institute's research findings throughout Wharton, the University, and to relevant audiences around the world. He/she will be the regular liaison with the Institute's founding donor, and will have day-to-day oversight of a well-functioning team of staff within the department.


A minimum of a Master's degree and 7-10 years of experience in the area of technology innovation is required or equivalent combination of education and experience, preferably in the area of academia. Ph.D. highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated interest and knowledge of current topics in the area of innovation and innovation management
  • Experience in conducting and overseeing rigorous research activities
  • Must be results driven and have a proven ability to develop and achieve long and short range goals
  • Must think strategically and be able to develop innovative solutions
  • Ability to oversee multi-phase projects from inception to completion while balancing concurrent priorities
  • Ability to articulate the Institute's mission to a wide range of audiences
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to efficiently organize intellectual content of conferences and workshops
  • Excellent team building skills and ability to effectively develop and manage a cohesive team of staff
  • Ability to travel locally, regionally, and internationally

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Wharton School

Pay Range
$126,841.00 - $202,945.66

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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