Senior Program Manager

Mar 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is the second-oldest school in the U.S. and second to none when it comes to influencing business education and business practices. Since 1898, the school has produced ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. Their rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education transforms students into confident, effective, respected business leaders prepared to face the toughest challenges. Chicago Booth has the finest set of facilities of any business school in the world. Each of the four campuses (two in Chicago, one in London, and one in Hong Kong) reflects the architectural traditions of its environs while offering a state-of-the-art learning environment. Chicago Booth is proud to claim: - an unmatched faculty. - degree and open enrollment programs offered on three continents. - a global body of nearly 50,000 accomplished alumni. - strong and growing corporate relationships that provide a wealth of lifelong career opportunities. As part of the world-renowned University of Chicago, Chicago Booth shares the University's core values that shape the distinctive intellectual culture. At Booth, they constantly question and test ideas, and seek proof. This extraordinarily effective approach to business leads to new ideas and innovative solutions. Seven of the Booth faculty members have won Nobel Prizes for these ideas - the first business school to achieve this accomplishment. For more information about the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, please visit:

Unit Job Summary: The Polsky Center's mission is to create entrepreneurial leaders through a broad range of experiences, including classroom learning, experiential learning, leading-edge research, and community outreach. The Senior Program Manager position focuses on Polsky Center's program and event management, with a particular focus on private equity and venture capital initiatives. Responsibilities include event planning, communication, program support, and logistics. PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Assist with the Polsky Center's new and existing programs, with a particular focus on private equity and venture capital initiatives, including the Private Equity and Venture Capital Lab, the Investment Thesis Challenge, the Venture Capital Investment Competition, and the Oxford Private Equity Challenge. Responsibilities include: - Program management, under direction from the Director of Private Equity and Entrepreneurship Programs, from program inception through completion, including marketing of program, management of application processes, and post-program evaluation - Event planning, including space reservation, catering needs, coordination with audio visual and facilities teams, and management of attendee needs - Providing programming support to directors, associate directors, and faculty - Coordination of selection processes for participants in programs - Awareness-building efforts, together with Polsky Center marketing team, including creation of print and web materials, such as posters, brochures, flyers, surveys, web pages, etc. - Survey creation and administration - Evaluation and understanding of student and alumni needs in order to evolve and develop impactful programming Conduct analytical assessment of key metrics for the Center. This includes: - Maintaining Polsky Center lists/databases, particularly related to private equity programs - Conducting research projects (i.e. benchmarking against peer schools) Manage relationships with MBA student group leaders to plan and coordinate several annual conferences and large-scale events, including SeedCon, the Entrepreneurship through Acquisition Conference, and the Private Equity Conference. Mentor and counsel students as appropriate. Assist with several of the Polsky Center capstone entrepreneurship programs, including the New Venture Challenge. Actively attend and represent the Polsky Center at programs and networking events throughout the City of Chicago and occasionally outside the city.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred.

Unit Experience: At least one year of experience managing programs and/or events required. Experience working in higher education and/or with diverse university constituents preferred. Experience using various software systems, including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Acrobat preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills; excellent customer service required. High attention to detail and superior organizational skills required. Ability to handle multiple projects concurrently, thrive in a fast-paced environment, and work successfully with frequent interruptions required. Self-starter with the ability to work with independently required. Ability to work effectively and diplomatically with colleagues, as well as with students, faculty, and corporate contacts required. Ability to easily establish rapport and cultivate relationships with constituents both inside and outside of the organization required. Proven ability to process large amounts of data and effectively streamline processes required. Proven understanding of the Polsky Center and its goals required. Comfort using software including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook email systems required. Ability to travel between Hyde Park campus and downtown Gleacher Center (note that this position is based on the Hyde Park campus-90% of time will be spent in Hyde Park-with occasional events and meetings downtown) required. Flexibility to occasionally work late or start early for Polsky Center events required. Familiarity and knowledge of the University of Chicago and its constituents preferred. Understanding of database management and architecture preferred.

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