Academic and Research Specialist

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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 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. Six 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: Academic and Research Specialist: Works closely with a diverse group of 5-7 faculty to further the faculty mission of teaching and research. Understand and anticipate faculty needs, understand faculty culture, and deliver effective solutions to individual faculty, research assistants, and other members of the community. Participate in professional meetings to discuss research and academic goals and implementation strategies. Strong analytical and administrative skills are used to maintain relations with faculty, and are a high priority in supporting and collaborating with faculty, faculty support staff, PhD students, and university visitors. High levels of initiative, creativity, and enthusiasm are keys to success. PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Further the faculty mission of teaching through the creation and preparation of course materials including Blackboard (course management) sites, digital course reserves, course packs, handouts, and PowerPoint slides. Analyze, validate and evaluate drafts of problem sets and exams to ensure clarity and accuracy, and recommend changes as necessary. Calculate and validate advanced math formulas/equations; have possession of a general understanding of basic concepts as they relate to economics is useful. Oversee and manage teaching assistants on behalf of faculty in a manner consistent with faculty requirements. Further the faculty research mission by providing technical and administrative support for primary research: includes pulling data sets and cleaning data; preparation of manuscripts and other documents; editing documents for clarity; navigation of paper submission process with publishers; management of research labs or centers (for example, RA time management, ordering/coordinating research study supplies, and managing hardware and software used for studies) and grant proposals; may orient or coordinate the work of research support staff and students; conduction of literary reviews which require the ability to research similar bodies of work in the marketplace which will serve as a foundation for new research by faculty; and analysis of data using statistical software and/or specialized software. Act as an ambassador for Booth and a resource for guests before, during, and after their visits to campus. Assume responsibility for ensuring highest quality event management for events such as research seminars, conferences, and meetings. Oversee and reconcile budget (through vendor selection, budget projections, and general checks and balances within the budget) for workshops and events. Manages day to day operation of faculty group, primarily in the areas of financial and support services management. Ensures compliance with relevant Booth, University and other policies and guidelines. Develops budgets for workshops and events. Monitors and reconciles accounts. Oversight management of the day to day financial processes, payment of invoices, and processing of reimbursements. May develop financial reporting for grants. Create, edit, and maintain class web pages and faculty personal web pages, utilizing advanced computer skills in web page management.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree with at least three years of relevant work experience OR a Master's degree with at least one year of relevant work experience is required. Master's degree preferred.

Unit Experience: Work experience in a college or university preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: High degree of professionalism required. Excellent service, communication, and interpersonal skills required. Superior organizational skills and constant attention to detail required. Outstanding problem solving and analytical skills required. Proven ability to work independently, proactively, courteously, efficiently, and tactfully, using sound judgment, in a fast paced environment with diverse populations required. Demonstrated skill managing multiple priorities in a fast-paced, time sensitive, high output environment required. Ability to maintain confidentiality of student and faculty information required. Ability to understand faculty needs and faculty culture, while also being able to deliver effective solutions to individual faculty, required. Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends, as needed, required. Mastery of Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook required. Ability to learn research tools such as Stata required. Knowledge of research techniques and methods preferred. Understanding of academia and higher education in a research and teaching environment/culture preferred. Interest in business school environment, grants/proposals, and research/lab work preferred. Exposure to Dreamweaver and Blackboard software preferred. Exposure to MathType tool preferred. Familiarity with a research environment preferred.




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Posted: 3/21/2017
Application Due: 5/18/2017
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