Senior Research Implementation Lead (Water Center)

Penn State University
Philadelphia, PA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
3-4 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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University Overview

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.

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.

Posted Job Title

Senior Research Implementation Lead

Job Profile Title

Research Coordinator Senior

Job Description Summary

In a lead capacity, the Senior Research Implementation Lead will be managing the day-to-day operations for several research projects. The incumbent will oversee existing project activities, coordinate with multiple stakeholders, support the implementation of new projects and meet specified timelines.

Job Description

Position leads implementation of key Water Center programs and applied research, with a primary focus on stakeholder engagement and leadership development at the intersection of integrated water and watershed management, water affordability, equity, and climate resilience.  Projects occur across diverse geographies and at various scales. This role involves development of implementation strategies for the equitable co-production of knowledge, financial and personnel supervision of multiple existing and planned projects, and interaction with stakeholder groups across social, economic, racial, political, and geographic divides.  Position involves regular interaction with project funders, detailed report preparation, subgrantee and vendor oversight, and assisting Water Center leadership in the development of competitive funding proposals.


  • Lead day-to-day implementation of multiple programs and projects including planning, financial management, stakeholder interactions, oversight of subgrantees and vendors, and generating high quality deliverables 
  • Plan and implement complex stakeholder interactions involving watershed-scale issues of water quality and quantity  
  • Contribute meaningfully to 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 WCP and the University at academic and professional conferences and other public events.  Effectively manage competing stakeholder interests in various fora.
  • Mentor junior staff on the effective performance of their duties 


  • Bachelor’s Degree in water environment or stakeholder engagement-related field with 2-3 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required
  • 4-7 Years experience and proven track record in developing and leading stakeholder engagement processes that bring highly diverse stakeholders together (focus on working across divides-- urban/rural, political, economic, etc.) strongly preferred
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills
  • Well-developed project management experience including budget and human resource management, meeting reporting requirements, contract management
  • Well versed in both tactical and strategic thinking and the ability to switch between the two
  • Significant experience in working at the intersection of DEIJ and (urban) environmental work
  • Creative and effective approach to undertaking stakeholder facilitation in both virtual and in-person settings
  • Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively in both written and oral formats
  • Experience working in the environmental field, ideally in water and/or urban settings

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

School of Arts and Sciences