As part of the GIIN’s mission to accelerate the scale and effectiveness of impact investing, we publish job openings from members of the GIIN Investors’ Council and other impact investing leaders.

Research Coordinator

at Wharton Social Impact Initiative, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

About the Job

The Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) leads the Wharton School’s work in impact investing, social entrepreneurship, and impact analytics. One of WSII’s core practices is to advance research and improve the state of knowledge on the business of social impact. To this end, WSII is conducting research on impact-focused private equity funds to explore their financial performance, social impact objectives, and organizational culture. In addition, WSII is leading or partnering on several other initiatives on finance and enterprise for social good.

The Research Coordinator will contribute to the development of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative’s multidisciplinary research agenda and larger body of work. This is an opportunity to learn about impact investing and social enterprise while becoming familiar with the technical and administrative aspects of rigorous academic research by contributing to data collection, database management, and other research-related priorities. Responsibilities include but are not limited to—

  • Assisting with outreach to impact investing funds for data collection
  • Consulting on survey development and implementation
  • Analysis of both small and large data sets, including basic descriptive analysis and more sophisticated statistical procedures (cluster analysis, multilevel regression, etc.)
  • Conducting literature reviews for research initiatives as necessary
  • Monitoring, organizing, and cataloging data
  • Supervising research assistants
  • Promoting WSII’s data assets to the social enterprise and impact finance research community
  • Staying up to date on latest trends and developments in impact investing and related fields


We are seeking a diverse range of candidates that meet many or all of the following attributes—

  • BA/BS and 1 -2 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Interest and experience in research planning, data collection, and database management
  • Interest in finance and in the intersection of business and social impact
  • Experience conducting and writing literature reviews and synthesizing findings across disciplines
  • High proficiency in Excel
  • An orientation toward sales and relationship management (polished writing skills, warm and professional phone manner, high attention to detail)
  • Discretion and utmost integrity with sensitive information
  • Familiarity with finance and accounting is a plus
  • Familiarity with statistical programming software (R, SPSS, Stata, etc.) is a plus

To apply

Wharton Social Impact Initiative, University of Pennsylvania

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.