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Senior Research Project Manager, Analytics at Wharton

University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
May 24, 2024

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Senior Research Project Manager, Analytics at Wharton

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
Senior Research Project Manager, Analytics at Wharton

Job Profile Title
Manager Research Project C

Job Description Summary
Founded in 1881 as the world's first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is shaping the future of business by incubating ideas, driving insights, and creating leaders who change the world. With campuses in Philadelphia and San Francisco, Wharton has over 850 staff, a faculty population of more than 235 renowned professors, and 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students. Each year, 13,000 professionals worldwide advance their careers through Wharton Executive Education's individual, company-customized, and online programs. More than 104,000 Wharton alumni form a powerful global network of leaders who transform business every day. Wharton is home to a diverse staff population representing a rich array of backgrounds, expertise, and cultures. To learn more, visit

Analytics at Wharton (AAW) unites The Wharton School's trail-blazing teaching, research, and industry engagement initiatives that use data to improve decision-making and generate actionable insights. AAW brings together seven programs at the School and supports new ideas and opportunities to expand the impact of big data analytics on research, curriculum, and industry and alumni engagement.

Job Description

The Senior Research Project Manager will work with the Director of Data Computing and Research Support and affiliated faculty to advance the goals of Analytics at Wharton's experiential learning and academic research agenda.

Job Responsibilities
  • Provide high-level project and relationship management support for 20+ research projects simultaneously by coordinating with internal stakeholders (e.g. Wharton and Penn faculty, students, and Wharton/Penn departments) and external partners (e.g. corporations, foundations, government entities and the global academic and business community).
  • Support the development of research projects from inception to completion by providing strategic project management including: assist in the development of research proposals, negotiate and prepare data agreements, prepare IRB/regulatory requirements, delegate and manage tasks and project deliverables, provide documentation and reports to funders; develop and monitor project budgets; and partner with external organizations to operationalize studies.
  • Work with the Director and senior leaders within AAW to assign projects to staff and students on a per-project basis. Provide training and feedback as needed to support research projects.
  • Coordinate technical infrastructure and data management of research projects including working with external partners to extract data sets, coordinate preliminary analysis of datasets, and develop robust database environment that supports strategic goals of research projects.
  • Oversee bids, contracts, and workflow for freelance positions including but not limited to software developers, survey research firms, and annotation services as needed.
  • Manage faculty research grants including writing grant proposals and reports. Oversee grant administration and accounting in coordination with AAW staff and Wharton Finance & Administration using various technology platforms.
  • Engage with the Institutional Review Board (IRB), regulatory affairs, and the Office of Clinical Research to generate documents for AE reporting, continuing review, protocol modifications and study start-up and closeout.
  • Facilitate AAW's bi-annual call for research proposals for Wharton faculty and PhD students. This includes organizing proposals and coordinating with faculty on funding decisions and notifications to applicants. Track progress of research projects and work with AAW staff to amplify funded research by highlighting this work at events and in digital content.

  • Master's degree is required and 5-7 years of work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • The preferred candidate will have experience in managing complex research projects, organizing academic workshops, conferences, and training events, preferably for the academic community or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working with local governments and managing inter-agency collaboration, coordinating with executive staff, and working specifically with police departments is preferred.
  • Experience in grant writing, accounting, and administration
  • Experience building relationships with a wide range of internal and external constituents in a large, complex organization.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills to foster collaboration and teamwork among researchers, local governments, and university departments.
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to manage multiple complex tasks with diverse audiences and varying deadlines is essential.
  • The ideal candidate will have experience using R or Python programming and agile software development and experience with survey design, data collection, and data analysis.
  • Preferred skill set in project management or an understanding of the phases of research projects.

The anticipated pay range is $85,000-$95,000. Final Salary is 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.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Wharton School

Pay Range
$74,476.00 - $95,000.00 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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