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Executive Director, Center for Ethics & the Rule of Law

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Executive Director, Center for Ethics & the Rule of Law

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
Executive Director, Center for Ethics & the Rule of Law

Job Profile Title
Director D

Job Description Summary
CERL's Executive Director collaborates with CERL's Faculty Director to design and implement a long-term growth strategy to advance CERL's mission. Reporting to CERL's Faculty Director, the Executive Director also architects and implements a strategic series of events, conferences, publications, and policy papers designed to enhance CERL's role as a creator, convener, and conveyor of cutting-edge topics within its areas of expertise. The CERL Executive Director oversees day-to-day operations for the Center both substantively and administratively, managing and coordinating a team including a Director of Communications & Engagement, fellows, and students working in partnership with Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) staff. Additionally, the Executive Director directs CERL's Summer Internship Program. In addition, she or he will work with the CERL Faculty Director to assist fundraising efforts on behalf of the Center, as well as to design and help implement communications strategies to grow CERL's visibility and influence.

Job Description

Programming and Scholarship
  • Collaborate with the Faculty Director and Executive Board to develop and conceptualize conference topics, research agenda, and intellectual content of CERL's programs and publications.
  • Develop content and oversee implementation of CERL's programs and events, including conferences, symposia, workshops, and student events. In collaboration with the Faculty Director, develop speaker and guests lists; draft corresponding invitations and related documents, including funding proposals, topic summaries, and conference materials.
  • Coordinate with the Faculty Director to identify conference topics and event participants that fit with the ongoing volume series published by Oxford University Publishing.
  • Write or commission policy briefing papers and blogs on topics relevant to CERL's mission, in consultation with CERL's Faculty Director.
  • Assist in the development of CERL initiatives to support military veterans and issues related to military veterans.
  • Conduct and oversee scholarly activity in preparation for CERL's programs and events and draft corresponding memoranda, as well as funding proposals and topic summaries.
  • Conduct and Direct CERL's Summer Internship and academic year Fellowship programs. Spearhead the identification, selection, and training of Summer Interns and Fellows. Participate in the design of CERL's seminar offerings and academic curricula.
  • Serve as the administrator for meetings with CERL's Executive Board and prepare materials for distribution to the Board in advance of such meetings. Assist the Faculty Director in cultivating relations with the CERL Executive Board and managing Board relations, as well as helping to cultivate new Board members. Seek out and encourage Board involvement in all CERL activities.

External Relations
  • Lead CERL's growth and influence with an ambitious reputational campaign. Compose and publish original content to further CERL's visibility and raise awareness to its mission and activities, including developing content for the CERL website, blogging, engaging in social media outreach, and contributing to CERL's Annual and periodic reports. In cooperation with the Director of Communications & Engagement, develop a strategy for publicizing CERL research, events, and fellowships.
  • Represent CERL in contacting and arranging the participation of high-level academics, business people, military personnel, and lawyers from around the country and the globe.
  • Facilitate the process of building bridges to faculty in other parts of the University, policymakers, and legal and industry professionals with interests related to CERL.
  • Working with the Director of Communications & Engagement, arrange faculty response and Executive Director response, as appropriate, to media inquiries and inquiries from academics, lawyers, executives, donors, and others.
  • Serve as the primary administrative liaison between CERL and APPC as well as between CERL and UPenn's colleges, centers and other agencies.
  • Serve on relevant APPC or University committees as appropriate.

  • Assist the Faculty Director in identifying donor prospects and developing budget-sustaining fundraising and other revenue-generating strategies for CERL.
  • Provide administrative and logistical support for all CERL efforts to move forward with approved solicitations of individual and corporate donors to the extent permitted by UPenn prospect management and solicitation policies.
  • Develop substantive content for grant proposals and other materials for potential funders. Provide analytical support for funding applications to Foundations and Federal Agencies, working in collaboration with the CERL Director of Communications & Engagement and appropriate other UPenn agencies.
  • Represent CERL and its programs and research to funders and prospective funders. Identify and implement new ways to enhance CERL's relationships with existing funding sources.
  • Conduct all fundraising-related activities (strategizing/identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship) in keeping with university Development and Alumni Relations policies and best practices and in proactive coordination with the Annenberg School Office of Institutional Advancement.

  • Primary supervisor of CERL fellows, research assistants, clerical staff and interns as well as oversee the daily operations of the Director of Communications & Engagement. Ensure effective and efficient administration of CERL's activities by leading, managing and supporting the Director of Engagement, fellows, and student assistants.
  • Manage the CERL Summer Internship Program. Responsible for designing, planning, scheduling, and supervising all aspects of the CERL Summer Internship program, including the recruitment and supervision of Interns.
  • Manage the CERL budget and report on a regular basis to the CERL Faculty Director regarding budgetary matters.

Position Length

This is a one-year, term-limited position dependent on external funding. End date is June 30, 2022, with possible continuation contingent on performance and continuation of external funding.

  • J.D. or related Ph.D. degree (e.g. philosophy, political science, public policy or international affairs).
  • An extensive background in national security or military service.
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience managing a large organizational budget preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in writing for an academic audience; scholarly track record required.
  • Established record of successful support to fundraising efforts with at least two years of direct interaction with donors required. Direct fundraising experience valued.
  • At least three years' experience designing and implementing large public events and programs, as well as a demonstrated ability to lead and cooperate in a team based environment.
  • Excellent organization and communication skills, both written and oral, as well as ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously in a timely manner.
  • Established track record as collaborator in the workplace, within the immediate department and within a larger institution.
  • Experience representing a sophisticated organization in a variety of public and internal forums.
  • Experience in planning and organizing virtual events and strong Zoom virtual environment and Microsoft Teams skills preferred.
  • Experience supervising law students and other graduate students on research projects.
  • Experience negotiating, establishing and administering partnerships and co-sponsorships required.
  • Competence in the Microsoft Office environment and PennBox system preferred.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Annenberg School for Communication

Pay Range
$88,861.00 - $168,837.00

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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