Project Manager, Penn Institute for Urban Research

Posted by on January 27, 2014

Project Manager, Penn Institute for Urban Research
Posted on: January 15, 2014

Position Summary

The Project Manager will plan and implement Penn IUR’s activities related to its grant-funded work on global urbanization. With a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, Penn IUR is pursuing a number of activities aimed at investigating the dynamics of rapid urbanization in developing countries. Current efforts are focused on developing a research network of leading and emerging scholars in the developed and developing world.

In addition to Penn IUR’s global urbanization activities, the Project Manager will assist with the planning and execution of Penn IUR’s public events (conferences, lectures, expert events) that draw national, often international, audiences on timely urban topics such as physical and social urban development, sustainability and resilience, as well as global urbanization. The Project Manager will also write reports and articles to communicate to a variety of audiences the Institute’s work on global urbanization and other topics as needed.


The manager’s responsibilities will also include:

  • Production of clear and actionable workplans and timelines reflecting obligations to foundations and other partners
  • Budget management as it applies to Penn IUR’s global urbanization projects and grants
  • Planning and implementation of a research symposium on place-based strategies for sustainable urban development and other foundation-building activities for a global urban research network
  • Planning and outreach for additional Penn IUR’s public events; developing marketing materials for these events; serving as liaison between Penn IUR, University Communications and other relevant bodies to ensure that media strategies are optimally implemented and potential audiences are notified
  • Performance of additional duties as assigned

About Penn IUR

The Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) is a university-wide entity dedicated to an increased understanding of cities through cross-disciplinary research, instruction, and civic engagement. As the global human population becomes increasingly urban, understanding cities is vital to informed decision-making and public policy at the local, national, and international levels. Penn IUR is dedicated to developing knowledge in three critical areas: innovative urban development strategies; building the sustainable, 21st-century city; and the role of anchor institutions in urban places. By providing a forum for collaborative scholarship and instruction across Penn’s twelve schools, Penn IUR stimulates research and engages with the world of urban practitioners and policymakers. For more information about Penn IUR, please visit

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