Director, Agriculture Research Fund

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Sep 09, 2023
Full time Deans & Directors

Job Description


Director, Agriculture Research Fund

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
Director, Agriculture Research Fund

Job Profile Title
Director B, Academic Affairs, Academic Center

Job Description Summary
The Director of the newly established Carl H. Goldsmith Agriculture Research Fund will join the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy as a critical partner and thought leader in the development of this initiative. The Kleinman Center was founded in 2014 as Penn's home for research and teaching on energy policy. A 2023 gift to the center allows for the strategic growth of our current research agenda to include the important intersection of energy policy and agriculture practices.

The Director will be responsible for planning and implementing all aspects of the Regenerative Agriculture Research (RAR). This will include building relationships with faculty across Penn's twelve schools who have an interest in this transdisciplinary agenda, establishing a research grants program, determining project partners off campus and managing projects, translating academic research into policy-relevant briefs and outputs, hosting workshops and convenings, managing student research assistants, and creating a reporting mechanism that measures progress and success. The staff director will have access to the Kleinman Center's platform, including our communications team, financial services support, and our premier events space. The position will report directly to the center's executive director.

The staff director must have a working knowledge of both energy and agriculture policy, must be an excellent communicator, ideally with a history of translating academic research in policy outcomes, and must have the ability to self-direct and work as part of a larger team. An established track record of project design, development, and management is a must.

Job Description

Job Responsibilities
  • Research Administration Determine and steward Penn's research assets at the intersection of energy and agriculture policy. Create strategy for identifying research projects funded by the Agriculture Research Fund (ARF) that will have maximum impact in the research and policy community. Develop Penn research grants call, determine metrics for selection, administer process, track progress, measure success. Determine additional necessary research inputs to fill gaps on campus, through contributions from visiting scholars, senior fellows, and/or by other means. Administer these additions.
  • Translation and Communication Carefully follow the legislative calendar. Make connections between primary research and applied policy outcomes. Translate academic findings into outputs that are relevant for decision-makers (i.e. policy digests, guest insights, podcast miniseries). Collaborate with Kleinman Center communications team to distribute outputs and track outcomes. Build a portfolio of off campus partners invested in the research interests of Penn faculty.
  • Convening Showcase Penn contributions to energy and agriculture policy by hosting an annual conference, in addition to workshops and public events, on topics of public policy debate. Determine agendas, cultivate speakers, manage contributions, handle all event logistics including building audience, and publish findings.
  • Gift Administration Determine metrics for success and track annual outputs. Prepare progress reports for executive director and annual donor report. Present to advisory board and internal faculty board as requested. Meet with current and potential donors as needed.
  • Other duties: May be assigned as needed.


  • Bachelor's degree and 5 to 7 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
  • Experience in either energy policy or agriculture policy.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Experience managing gifts and grants.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication.
  • Exceptional organization skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong teamwork capabilities.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel).

  • Master's degree.
  • Experience translating academic research into policy outcomes.
  • Experience in start up environment.

**Please provide a resume and cover letter in order to be considered for this role. Please upload all documents in the “Resume/CV” section of the application prior to submitting.**

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Design

Pay Range
$61,046.00 - $75,000.00 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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