University City District currently has two open positions:

Vice President, Workforce Solutions

Data Scientist

Position Openings

Vice President, Workforce Solutions


Vice President, Workforce Solutions



The University City District (UCD) is a partnership of world-renowned anchor institutions, small businesses and residents whose mission is to create opportunity and improve economic vitality and quality of life in the University City area of West Philadelphia. For nearly 20 years, UCD has worked to promote a vibrant, world-class University City through major investments in public space development, commercial revitalization, and public maintenance and public safety. UCD believes that University City’s future is critical to the future of the Philadelphia region; the unique assets, opportunities and environment here are an engine of prosperity, and an exemplar of community.

In 2010, UCD extended its mission of neighborhood revitalization and economic vitality to include human capital, launching the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI). WPSI provides an innovative solution to a complex economic challenge by connecting local employers seeking talent, such as Penn Medicine, CHOP and Drexel, with local residents seeking opportunity. WPSI partners with neighborhood institutions to identify and respond to the “talent mismatch” between the skills of their local workforce and those essential to employers. The anchor institutions benefit from bespoke recruitment and training programs and lower turnover while West Philadelphia residents achieve opportunities for employment, and life-changing professional and personal growth. The average participant who enters the Skills Initiative has been unemployed for 62 weeks; last year, 93% of WPSI graduates secured employment and, since inception, partnering employers have paid WPSI graduates more than $15.4 million in wages A recent report by the Brookings Institution highlighted the Skills Initiative as a “national best practice” in employer-driven job training programs.



The Vice President, Workforce Solutions (VP) is part of UCD’s senior leadership team, and reports to the President. The VP leads the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) and closely oversees all stages of program development; program goal-setting; and the recruitment, training and placement of jobseekers. The VP will join UCD at a unique moment in the neighborhood and organization’s history. Buoyed by the region’s largest employers, the launch of major commercial development projects, and the evolution of an innovation-based economic growth strategy, the number of jobs in University City continues to reach unprecedented levels. The VP will lead UCD’s efforts to connect local residents to opportunity amid this employment growth. At the same time, UCD has secured resources to achieve ambitious goals for the growth of the WPSI, and the VP will support the organization in achieving its growth plan.

The VP will continue to build economic opportunity in neighborhoods by creating, maintaining and expanding relationships with employer partners, community organizations, and public and private sector stakeholders.



  • Shape the strategic direction and growth plan for WPSI, and contribute to the development and implementation of the UCD’s overall organizational strategy, business plan, policies and budgets as member of the leadership team.
  • Provide overall leadership for WPSI, including management of a high-performing team and overseeing the full spectrum of program development and implementation.
  • Foster new ideas and partnerships through relationship-building with employers and community leaders.
  • Proactively monitor local labor market trends to identify opportunities for increased employer engagement.
  • Assist potential employers in determining their immediate employment needs and developing training programs to directly address those needs.
  • Foster an inclusive approach to recruiting, educating, and mentoring trainees to grow and diversify each graduating cohort.
  • Partner with UCD leadership staff on fundraising efforts to expand resources for launching new programs and to sustain existing programs.
  • Partner with UCD leadership staff to promote WPSI’s brand through a variety of communications approaches.
  • Support the continued evolution of UCD as a collaborative organization with a clear vision, mission and strategy.
  • Represent UCD while working with the broader community, including current business partners, potential employers, related organizations, media, public sector and civic leadership.
  • Meet regularly with the trainees to support progress in their work by providing guidance and leadership.



  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred
  • A minimum of ten years in HR, business development, corporate training or relevant professional experience
  • Familiarity and appreciation of the role and mission of UCD
  • Strong ability to articulate the role and interact comfortably with the broad range of individuals and constituency groups crucial to the advancement of UCD
  • Excellent written and clear and effective communication skills for diverse audiences
  • Collaborative leadership style that encourages teamwork and fosters creativity and innovation
  • Respect for the obstacles faced and talents possessed by prospective students, and ability to positively motivate different audiences
  • High motivation and capacity for hard work within the context of a goal-driven environment
  • Ability to function with a high degree of entrepreneurism and independence, yet relate comfortably to a centralized organizational framework
  • Adaptability, flexibility and diplomacy
  • The VP must be able to work and excel in a collaborative environment



  • Occasional travel for speaking engagements


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Phone: (610) 581-0590
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Data Scientist


Data Scientist, University City District



The Organization:

University City District (UCD) is a non-profit, special services district that leverages a unique partnership of universities, health systems, large and small businesses and community groups to invest in public spaces, address public maintenance and public safety issues, bring life to commercial corridors, promote job growth and innovation, and connect low income residents to career opportunities.

University City District prides itself on being a strongly data-driven organization. The Data Scientist position is an exciting opportunity to help understand the many dimensions of the neighborhood that UCD serves, guide the efforts of the organization, and inform its communications. The position will report to the Vice President of Planning & Economic Development and work closely with the President, VP of Workforce Innovation, Director of Communications, and Director of Public Safety to support data needs across the organization. Data initiatives span areas from public safety to real estate to transportation to market research to institutional procurement to workforce development.


The Data Scientist is responsible for research and analysis across a wide range of areas impacting everyone who lives, works, or spends time in University City.  As a growing organization with evolving and expanding needs, the position is a good fit for someone with a wide range of interests who enjoys and responds well to new research and analysis challenges.



The Data Scientist will:

  • Work with staff in the Department of Planning and Economic Development to identify, measure, and track key metrics guiding departmental efforts
  • Conduct research, analysis, and data visualization for UCD’s annual State of University City report, focused on demographics, real estate, employment, and other public and proprietary data sources
  • Design and implement new research programs, potentially including a field research component
  • Identify novel data sources that bear on key aspects of UCD’s work
  • Present research and analysis in written reports, internal and external presentations
  • Facilitate the communication of data and analysis across UCD for a range of purposes including grant applications, improving public space maintenance, and public safety
  • Provide data and analysis on University City and UCD to external groups including businesses, realtors, and community groups
  • Develop relationships and partner with UCD stakeholders including area institutions and businesses in order to conduct research, surveys and special projects


Top candidates will have:

  • Experience with:
    • Collecting, querying, and consuming large data sets; using web API’s a plus
    • Demographic, economic, and real estate data
    • Esri GIS products
    • Using mathematical models to generate approximations and make future predictions
    • Python, R or other programming languages for data manipulation, analysis and visualizations
    • Philadelphia specific datasets preferred
  • Working knowledge of relational databases and SQL; MS Access and File Maker a plus
  • Strong data analysis skills
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Strong independent problem solving skills
  • A willingness to work independently, closely as part of small team, and also across multiple departments
  • Flexibility and adaptability to take on new tasks with short turnaround times
  • Knowledge of graphics and publishing software, including Adobe products
  • Bachelor, Master, Doctoral level degree


Compensation: Competitive non-profit sector salary and excellent benefits package.


Priority will be given to applicants who submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] by 5pm on January 17th.