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The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia is seeking a detail-oriented, entrepreneurial professional to run its signature program, the Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange (GPLEX).  The GPLEX Director is responsible for the portfolio of GPLEX initiatives and programs, including but not limited to producing the annual GPLEX convening, developing and executing an ongoing series of programming targeted at GPLEX alums called GPLEX365, and building cohort identity through the development of the GPLEX alumni network.


About the program

Since 2005, the Economy League has created an exemplary experience for 100-250 cross-sector leaders annually, through in-region programming and out-of-region learning visits.  GPLEX engages a diverse group of participants in explorations that lead to new insights and ideas, helps them forge new connections across sectors and industries, deepens their understanding of Greater Philadelphia’s potential, and helps to build “civic muscle.”  Through GPLEX the Economy League has taken participants to Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, and Seattle, and in 2020 will take 150 leaders to Detroit.  In odd-numbered years the Economy League convenes more than 200 cross-sector leaders to take a deep dive into the regional economy.  The core of GPLEX is a series of field trips (aka “regional explorations”) that expose participants to cutting edge innovations in a variety of domains including business, technology, healthcare, creative place-making, and others.  Under the Economy League’s Strategic Plan, GPLEX will expand to include more regular programming in addition to the annual leadership convening.


GPLEX Director Responsibilities
  • Work with the GPLEX Advisory Committee to develop content that is fresh but appealing to a cross-sector audience.

  • Recruit partners and collaborators either locally or in the host city that will help create novel experiences for GPLEX participants

  • Manage the logistical planning and budget for the event to ensure that the program’s finances are aligned with the organizational budget and financial management strategies

  • Manage the Recruitment & Selection and GPLEX Advisory Committees

  • Develop promotional materials and manage the GPLEX application process

  • Oversee the development of the briefing book, a 35-40pp data-rich document that helps participants prepare themselves for the GPLEX experience

  • Work with the Executive Director and Board leadership to identify and cultivate sponsorship opportunities.  This will include the development of marketing materials, participating in recruitment, and providing logistical and communications support for sponsorship development efforts

  • Manage the development of the GPLEX Alumni network

  • Direct and manage production of ongoing programming targeted at program alumni under the new GPLEX 365 brand

  • Manage communications regarding all aspects of the GPLEX portfolio

Candidate Qualifications
  • Event planning and management experience

  • Demonstrated experience working with large events and diverse, cross-sector groups

  • Understanding of business planning and operations

  • Demonstrated project/program management experience, particularly of complex, multi-stakeholder initiatives

  • Demonstrated experience working with corporate, non-profit, and community leaders

  • Excellent communications skills, including writing, public speaking, basic website maintenance, and social media; capacity to simultaneously manage multiple threads of correspondence with various types of stakeholders

Job Type

The GPLEX Director is a full-time position with benefits including healthcare and retirement plan.  Salary competitive and commensurate with skills and experience.


To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@economyleague.org by 5:00 pm on Dec 13, 2019. No phone calls, please.