Research Manager (The Water Center (Hybrid Eligible))

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA, USA 🇺🇸

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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.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

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Posted Job Title Research Manager – The Water Center (Hybrid Eligible)

Job Profile Title Manager Research Project A

Job Description Summary The Research Manager will be responsible for day to day management of complex projects conducted with collaborators both internal and external to Penn. The Research Manager, who will also serve as lead on several Water Center projects, will take a leadership role in developing the team’s research strategy, writing grants, managing the detailed operations of projects, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, cultivating close relationships with community partner organizations, drafting/editing research data, and delivering reports outlining effective policy guidance. This position will work with funding administrators and the University Business Office and will play a primary role in other dissemination activities related to project findings.

Job Description

The Water Center at the University of Pennsylvania is a trans-disciplinary applied research center focused on solving today’s water challenges. Aligning the University of Pennsylvania’s academic resources with water practitioner expertise, the Water Center at Penn combines policy, science and technology to create equitable, resilient and sustainable solutions.

DUTIES:

  • Serve as research lead and advise all aspects of a project’s day to day activities and deliverables. Work independently and assist the Director of Research, manage project pipelines within the Water Center including writing project proposals, planning, timelines, data collection, analysis, and outcomes. Work closely with external and internal partners and funders to share findings and cultivate new relationships.
  • Under direction of the business office, project financial management, subgrantee and vendor management, funder interactions and reporting,  and leading the generation of high quality deliverables.
  • In collaboration and consultation with the business office, lead Water Center project planning, budgeting, funding strategy and proposal development
  • Collaborate with Water Center leadership to effectively develop WCP strategy to ensure long-term WCP leadership in regional, national, and global water challenges
  • Represent the Water Center at conferences, events, on campus functions and in written materials

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • BA/BS in Water Environment-related field and 3 – 5 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education or experience, is required. Master’s degree strongly preferred.
  • 5 years experience managing large specialized project portfolios and multidisciplinary teams of professionals is preferred
  • In-depth familiarity with regional, national, and international technical, regulatory, financial, and governance trends with respect to integrated water management is preferred
  • Commitment to issues of water equity
  • Financial acumen and experience managing budgeting, P&Ls, performance metrics and financial controls
  • Proven success in building and managing successful organizations
  • Ability to negotiate complex and difficult environments
  • Willingness and ability to travel and work non-traditional hours as necessary

* For consideration, please submit a cover letter as well as a resume in the CV section of your application. You can upload multiple documents to the “Resume/CV” section.

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 School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range $51,824.00 – $78,096.00

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.

​To learn more, please visit: https://www.hr.upenn.edu/PennHR/benefits-pay 


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