Program Manager

Catalyst @ Penn GSE, University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Full time

The Program Manager will have the primary responsibilities of managing the implementation of a set of programs and services as well as establishing a network across the broad variety of stakeholders with who we collaborate to make that happen. This individual will work collaboratively in order to expand our tradition of innovation at GSE through Catalyst. In addition, the Program Manager will also manage the physical office we have renovated to serve as a creative, flexible and productive space. The Program Manager will report to Michael Golden, Executive Director of Catalyst.


Work with the Executive Director and others to implement and manage a series of innovative programs, services and processes in areas that meet Catalyst’s strategic priorities

Help establish and manage a network of stakeholders with whom we partner to empower the education entrepreneurial ecosystem to tackle the pressing problems of education practice

Develop comprehensive project plans and track project performance and budget to analyze the successful completion of short and long-term goals through measured returns and outcomes

Develop and manage a programmatic plan of events, workshops and functions for the Catalyst space along with marketing plans, usage guidelines and technology upgrades

Manage research to understand and measure the effectiveness of this pilot incubator work space to inform courtyard innovation building

Keep current on the latest trends on ed tech, entrepreneurship, incubation in education, teaching and learning, and the future of learning


A Bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years of experience required or equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s preferred.

Practical project management knowledge and experience

Experience in strategic planning, risk management and/or change management

Critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills

Ability to build consensus across diverse stakeholders

Adaptability and ability to tolerate ambiguity

Experience developing and managing programming for a center/ lab space

Knowledge of and passion for the education and entrepreneurial ecosystems

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Higher Ed Admin Operations

Experience Level

Mid Level

Catalyst @ Penn GSE, University of Pennsylvania

Catalyst @ Penn GSE connects people and ideas across diverse constituencies and combines education, business, and technology to develop innovative ways to address persistent and emerging problems in education and create opportunity for all learners.

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