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Reference Number 40-32028 Posted Job Title ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR PROGRAM MANAGEMENT School Name Perelman School of Medicine Org SM-DN-Penn Center for Health, Devices and Technology Posted to the Web 05/21/2019 Posted Job/Salary Grade 027 Employment Type Exempt Hours N/A Position Type Full Time Position Schedule 40 hours/week M-F 9-5 Months 12 Position Length Ongoing Position End Date 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.

School/Center Overview

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Penn is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. Since its founding in 1765 the School has been a strong presence in the community and prides itself on educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education.


Penn Health-Tech (PHT) is a campus-wide initiative at the University of Pennsylvania created with the mission to increase the invention, development, testing, and translation of new health related technologies to improve patient care and quality of life. A second mission for the PHT is to build expertise across the University in biomedical device development, starting with areas of existing strength and then developing this presence broadly. Penn has world-class physicians, surgeons, nurses, engineers, designers, and students working on healthcare’s front lines, with deep expertise and unique insights into new breakthrough opportunities. There is alignment among interdisciplinary University leaders that turning more of these ideas into high-impact outcomes is a priority, with the potential to make a meaningful difference in healthcare and quality of life.

Core programs that Penn Health-Tech leads include the Penn Health-Tech Pilot Award program, which provides funding and project management support to Penn inventors to commercialize their health technologies. Additionally, Penn Health-Tech runs a student focused makerthon, the Rothberg Catalyzer at Penn where student teams form to develop prototypes to solve unmet needs in healthcare over a weekend long period. Additionally, Penn Health-Tech drives the formation of new health technology project teams via multiple routes: (1) a monthly forum called a Penn Health-Tech Meet-UP where interdisciplinary groups come together to learn about an unmet clinical need, brainstorm solutions, and form teams, (2) a bi-annual program called the Penn Health-Tech Faculty Salon which is an invitation only faculty program focused on team formation focused around a deep clinical area of unmet need, and (3) via ad hoc coaching and mentorship.

This position will be focused on enabling the success of Penn inventors through the pilot award program that is at the core of Penn Health-Tech’s mission. The Associate Director – Program Management – Penn Health will be responsible for administering and overseeing the Penn Health-Tech Pilot Award Program and providing on-going support for both student and faculty teams which form through Penn Health-Tech support.

Reporting to the Executive Director, Penn Health-Tech, the Associate Director – Program Management will be responsible for developing the Pilot Award Program application and overseeing the selection process for new pilot awardees. This will include developing and administering the online application process, responding to all events, and managing the selection committee. They will create a process to manage oversight of the pilot award program teams including quarterly meetings and ad hoc mentorship. They will interface with Penn alumni to develop relationships for future pilot awardee mentors. They will also be responsible for developing and maintaining a database of alumni mentors for the pilot awardee mentor program. Through the standardized quarterly meetings and ad hoc discussions with pilot awardees, the Associate Director – Program Management will have responsibility to escalate issues to the Executive Director as they arise and to create and distribute quarterly reports on the pilot awardee performance. Finally, the Associate Director – Program Management will interface with the Associate Director of Penn Health-Tech to develop educational curricula in the form of workshops and speaker series for Pilot Awardees.

In addition to the responsibilities for the Pilot Award Program, the Associate Director will create and manage a governance structure for on-going support of the Rothberg Catalyzer and Penn Health-Tech Meet-UP teams, teams that form on an ad hoc basis, and teams that form via Penn Health-Tech Faculty Salons. The Associate Director – Program Management will also collaborate with the Associate Director on the Design & Operations of the Rothberg Catalyzer at Penn. The Associate Director will manage a database of all active health technology innovation projects at Penn and oversee the governance and reporting of technologies developing within the ecosystem. Finally, the Associate Director will have responsibility for maintaining a database of resources availability to Penn inventors to support their health technology developments.


The ideal candidate for the Associate Director – Program Management – Penn Health-Tech will have 3-5 years of experience in medical device development and an engineering background or equivalent combination of experience and education. This individual should be a self-starter who collaborates effectively across disciplines and balances strategic thinking with operational execution.

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.

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Posted: 5/22/2019
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