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Director C, Research

University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Apr 15, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Director C, Research

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. 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 Large Employers in 2023.

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
Director C, Research

Job Profile Title
Director C, Research

Job Description Summary
This role directs and oversees one or more aspects of a research program/ department. Directs research team and resources to accomplish specific goals/ objectives. Responsible for planning activities for the specific research program, including implementation of policies and procedures.

Job Description

The Psychology of Eating and Consumer Health (PEACH) Lab at the University of Pennsylvania is a mission-driven research lab dedicated to identifying and evaluating policies and interventions that prevent nutrition-related chronic disease. The PEACH lab works closely with policy makers to craft research questions that are most relevant to pressing food policy issues. We are currently looking for a new Director of Policy and Research Strategy to join our leadership team.

This role will involve strategic planning for the lab's research activities over the next 5 years, developing external research and policy partnerships, contributing to grant and manuscript preparation, identifying funding opportunities, and growing our research dissemination activities to increase evidence-based policy making under the supervision of the Lab Director. The Executive Director will be a key member of the lab's leadership team, responsible for grant writing, identification of funding opportunities, development of external research partnerships, and communication of research to policy, advocacy, and civil society audiences.

Key responsibilities of this job will include:
  • Leading strategic planning for the lab's research activities over the next 5 years
  • Serving as the PEACH Lab's in-house expert on current policy issues based on a strong working knowledge of current and upcoming legislative, regulatory, and/or judicial decisions at the local, state, and federal levels that impact food and nutrition policy.
  • Collaborating with the Lab's director to generate grant ideas and identifying fundraising opportunities.
  • Contributing to grant writing and manuscript preparation.
  • Cultivating external research and policy partnerships
  • Developing strategies to increase the impact of PEACH research on policy, including by building strategic relationships with key stakeholders and developing policy recommendations and pitches based on existing or upcoming research.

Successful candidates will have strong and demonstrated leadership skills and be motivated by the opportunity to use those skills to translate cutting-edge food policy research for local, state, and national policy audiences. This role requires effective communication with multiple stakeholders including faculty, staff, internal and external partners, professional organizations, advocacy groups, think tanks, and government agencies, and the ability to work independently and provide leadership in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.

  • Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and 7 to 10 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. A Doctoral Degree is preferred. Direct policy experience at the city, state, or federal level is preferred. Subject area expertise in Food and Nutrition Research is strongly preferred.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$74,476.00 - $110,000.00 Annual Rate
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.

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