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Assistant Director for International Studies, Lauder Institute (Wharton)

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Posted Job Title

Assistant Director for International Studies, Lauder Institute (Wharton)

Job Profile Title

Associate Director B

Job Description Summary

The Assistant Director for International Studies will manage, oversee, and execute administrative responsibilities for academic courses and programming for the M.A. in International Studies, namely for the core curriculum, Global and non-language Africa Program.

Job Description

A key component of this position is to provide administrative support of the master’s thesis program, known as the Global Knowledge Lab, which includes project management, data management and support for faculty and students, as well as the assessment of critical writing abilities. In addition, this position will manage course logistics and Canvas sites for the Global Program, international studies core courses, workshops and immersions, which include some off-campus programs in domestic and international locations. The incumbent will work with stakeholders to manage website content creation related to academic activities and programming for the Lauder Program.


Bachelor’s degree with three to five years of experience, including experience in education abroad program management; or equivalent combination of education and experience. MA degree in education, social science, organizational dynamics, or related fields and experience with academic advising and professional school programs is preferred.  Strong verbal communication skills are required. Candidate must also demonstrate excellent writing and editing skills.

The successful candidate is a highly organized, demonstrated proactive problem-solver who can multitask efficiently with keen attention to details while working on a portfolio of projects, including complex planning responsibilities related to budget management, travel logistics, RA recruiting and oversight, and course management. Aptitude for balancing multiple priorities with strong organizational skills is essential, as is the ability to establish and meet goals and deadlines by working independently and collaboratively with individuals inside and outside the organization.  Aptitude to lead and manage projects in a multicultural and international environment is also preferred.

Must have advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, such as Excel and Powerpoint, as well as Google forms and sheets. Thorough understanding of databases and data management is also required; including the ability to create and manage spreadsheets, as well as sort and present data in visually compelling ways.  Experience with Qualtrics is a plus.  Familiarity with Canvas or similar learning management software is strongly desired.  Willingness to learn new technology is needed.  Familiarity with data privacy policies is desirable. Familiarity with Canvas or similar learning management software is required.

Travel, evening, and weekend work may be required.

Job Location – City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Wharton School

Pay Range
$42,953.00 – $77,315.00

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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.

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