Senior Project Manager

Mar 14, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The University of Chicago is distinctive in many respects, but perhaps in none more so than our singular commitment to rigorous inquiry that demands multiple and often competing perspectives. For over one hundred years, our commitment to diversity has shaped the course of research and education at the University and has contributed to groundbreaking work in a variety of disciplines. The Office of Academic Leadership, Advancement, and Diversity fosters a diverse and inclusive campus community through various programs and initiatives.

Unit Job Summary: The University of Chicago's Vice Provost for Academic Leadership, Advancement, and Diversity is currently seeking an individual to fill the position of Senior Project Manager. This person will support the Vice Provost and her team in the conception, development, and implementation of programs and projects across the Vice Provost's portfolio. The portfolio includes activities relating to: diversity and inclusion, faculty development, and chair development. It includes special areas such as academic prizes and awards, professorship programs, and special initiatives. This person will have many job responsibilities with a heavy emphasis on supporting the vice provost with writing, strategic planning, qualitative and quantitative research, project management, and event planning. This person will take on a wide range of special projects with the Vice Provost on issues affecting faculty, other academic appointments, postdocs, staff, and students across the university and with peer institutions. An additional component of this work will be collaborating with the Vice Provost in researching and writing compelling funding proposals and supporting documents for federal, foundation, and private donors. This position will research and independently incorporate changes, comments and critiques from multiple reviewers using excellent writing and editing skills; exercise sound judgment with regard to appropriate points of emphasis and persuasive impact. Describe complex academic subject matter in clear language and present concise rationales for funding. Other job activities include: managing multiple projects at once, keeping a comprehensive plan of all work in progress and complete work on schedule. This person will Implement systems and follow-up processes, work and write under pressure, and use independent judgment to produce high quality work within tight time constraints. This person will support the Vice Provost in writing major reports relating to the campus climate, writing an action plan for diversity and inclusion, and creating an inventory of university-wide diversity and inclusion activities. The University of Chicago is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Unit Education: Master's Degree required Previous experience in higher education

Unit Experience: n/a

Unit Job Function Competencies: Key Responsibilities Help to write major reports relating to diversity and inclusion, faculty and chair development Help to develop and manage major research projects related to faculty development and diversity including primary and secondary data gathering Assist with the grant writing, reporting, and other development activities Assist in the planning and strategies for new projects arising in the Provost's Office Support the day-to-day development and implementation of strategies related to the UChicago Diversity and Inclusion action plan Prepare and present analyses, reports, and marketing materials to a wide variety of both internal and external audiences Develop memos on a large number of areas relating to higher education Work on a variety of committees/teams and with a diverse array of colleagues and partners. Support team in planning a variety of major university events Key Experiences An advanced degree or a minimum of four years of professional work experience in writing and editing, communications, grant writing, development or similar professional or academic work experience required. Deep knowledge of academic writing. Experience with and knowledge of computer operation; knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc) essential. The ability to operate effectively with people at a range of levels, both internal and external to the organization Able to identify suitable and innovative problem solving solutions to planning issues Proven ability to think strategically and creatively on a number of topics including D&I, faculty development, leadership development, and the capacity to contribute to grant applications and pilot programs Ability to write clearly and informatively; vary writing style to meet needs; present numerical and qualitative data and findings effectively; ability to read and interpret written information. Qualifications Strong qualitative and quantitative research skills Outstanding written and oral communication skills Strong relationship skills ? ability to develop "Diversity Champions" at senior management levels to impact and influence decisions and effective actions Excellent project management, analytical and organizational skills Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative Strong interest in diversity Ability to work collaboratively and proactively, while balancing a variety of priorities Ability to handle complex and confidential information with discretion Strong experience working effectively within a large university system and building alignment in a cross-functional and team environment Demonstrated experience using data to understand trends and develop programs that lead to measurable impact on an organization At least 3 years in supervisory/managerial role leading and developing teams Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously Self-motivation and initiative ? Extreme attention to detail

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