Program Manager

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Perry Wolrd House -- University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Apply by 11 May 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 11 April 2018

Job Description

As part of the senior leadership team of Perry World House, the Program Manager will design and drive one of Perry World House’s two major research themes, “Global Shifts: Urbanization, Migration, and Demography,” which focuses on the global policy challenges of human population movements.


Using multiple tools, including interdisciplinary research, strategic convenings, publications, partnerships, and public engagement, the Global Shifts theme bridges academic research and public policy in order to generate better policy responses on issues including refuge flows, human displacements, urban settlements, and demographic trends. In coordination with faculty directors, the Program Manager will provide thought leadership, including by researching and authoring reports, white papers, blog posts, opinion pieces, etc.; planning and executing annual public colloquia, workshops, lectures, symposia, etc.; engaging Penn faculty, think tanks, academic institutions, and other external stakeholders to advance the work; and leveraging insights and knowledge through strategic communications.


The Program Manager will utilize her/his expertise and networks related to refugees, urbanization, migration, and demography to identify prospective Visiting Fellows and Scholars and will manage the related outreach, visit planning, and output.
Produce presentation and development materials and participate in the grant writing process for thematic area, as needed.


To advance Perry World House’s overall mission, develop and implement undergraduate student programming, including annual career week, weekly public lectures, and rapid response programming.

About the Organization

Perry World House is the University of Pennsylvania's new hub for global engagement. We are a dynamic team leveraging acdaemic research to influence policy proposal to solve some of the world's most pressing problems.

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.

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