Director, Programs

May 16, 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 43,000 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: The Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI) was launched in March 2012 to support growing interest among faculty, students and alumni to understand and engage with the evolving set of institutions addressing social problems. In particular, SEI has two main objectives: educate leaders who are committed to working on the world's biggest problems, and influencing practice with research that helps sector professionals create lasting impact. This two-pronged approach is based on our belief that both leadership on the ground and rigorous academic research are critical to solving the complex social problems our society faces, and that Chicago Booth can play an important role in both. Day to day, SEI staff coordinate and support activities related to social enterprise and the social sector within Booth and the University, both those organized directly by SEI and those managed by other groups such as student groups, other Booth departments or other part of the University.

Unit Job Summary: The Director, Programs will be primarily responsible for advancing SEI's suite of student and alumni programming. SEI's programs comprise, but are not limited to, meaningful voluntarism/non-profit board service, the Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program, and career and curriculum-related support. The Director will oversee a newly formed programs team, which includes two strong Senior Associate Directors leading specific program areas as well as an Assistant Director. As such, the Director will be primarily driving career programming and curricular support, supervising the support staff that work on those related programs, as well as providing oversight and coordination in the other two areas. Utilize deep experience in curriculum design, experiential learning programs, nonprofit management, and career coaching, as well as possess social sector industry knowledge. Overall, the Director will ensure that SEI's key constituents are being best served by the suite of programing and, when necessary, modify existing programs accordingly or seek to develop new programs to meet those needs using a data driven approach. To this end, the Director will be tasked with building relationships and partnerships across the social sector, business community, and higher education space. Connect with University alumni and students to build connection points with the sector and to support the aspirations of those students and alumni. To fuel the growth of SEI's program, this role will also provide support for SEI's fundraising efforts. Specific duties will include: - Manage and develop the Programs team. - Cultivate strong relationships with SEIs partners, including Career Services and Employer Relations, the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Harris School of Public Policy, the Davis Center, and many others. - Supervise interns and other support staff. This role is based in Chicago and includes occasional travel for alumni programming in the U.S. and to Booth locations internationally. This role is part-time, 26 hours/week.

Unit Education: Master's degree required, MBA strongly preferred.

Unit Experience: Minimum eight years of professional experience required. Experience in combination of business, nonprofit and higher education sectors preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Proven ability to build relationships and form collaborations within higher education, as well as with diverse organizations such as foundation, universities, NGOs, and corporations required. Demonstrated ability to manage high-performing team and to successfully navigate a large, complex organization required. Demonstrated ability to work with graduate business students and alumni, and in particular to engage and coach them required. Demonstrated passion and interest in the higher education, social enterprise and nonprofit sector required. Excellent and professional verbal, written, and presentation skills required. Organizational skills and attention to detail required. Proven ability to handle multiple projects concurrently required. Ability to work with minimal supervision required. Proven ability to work effectively and diplomatically with individuals from all levels inside and outside the organization, specifically with fellow staff members, as well as with students, faculty required. Proven ability to seek out, coordinate, and appropriately disseminate information required. Ability to work successfully in a fast paced environment, which can include frequent interruptions, required. Ability to travel as needed required. Flexibility to occasionally work late or start early for SEI events required. Knowledge of MS Office (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) required. Internet researching skills required.

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