Project Assistant - UCPIP

Jun 16, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: Who We Are: By 2050, the global urban population will nearly double to 6.4 billion. This unprecedented growth in the global urban population creates incredible opportunities but also intensifies the most difficult problems cities face, such as concentrated poverty, crime, poor-quality schooling, and pollution. The University of Chicago founded Urban Labs to help address these challenges. Urban Labs is a set of highly synergistic labs focused on undertaking inquiry and having impact on five essential dimensions of urban life: crime, education, health, poverty, and energy & environment. Urban Labs partners with cities to identify and rigorously evaluate the policies and programs with the greatest potential to improve human lives at scale. Urban Labs' evidence-based approach gives policymakers and practitioners the knowledge they need to effectively achieve the greatest social good per dollar spent. In sum, UChicago Urban Labs: - Identifies promising solutions to urban challenges - Tests the most promising urban policies and programs - Scales-up the most effective and cost-efficient policies and programs For more information about the UChicago Urban Labs, go to

Unit Job Summary: Job Duties: Coordinates events, researches logistics, assists with planning and preparing presentations, event outreach, and post-event write ups. Assists with researching funding opportunities, preparing grant proposals, and drafting and/or editing other written materials. Maintains Urban Labs website (including but not limited to: employment page, news page, staff page, project pages, innovation challenge page) Assists with other administrative projects as needed.

Unit Education: Must be a current University of Chicago student, in good standing, on track to graduate in June of 2017, required.

Unit Experience: A minimum of one year of relevant experience preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Familiarity with UCPIP programs and processes Authorization to attend UCPIP seminars and mentorship programs Strong Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint skills required. Strong internet research skills required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to synthesize multiple sources required. Excellent organization skills and attention to detail required. Ability to work in a fast paced environment required. Ability to work independently and as part of a team required. Strong initiative and a resourceful approach to problem-solving and learning required. Ability to manage multiple, concurrent tasks and meet deadlines required. Sound judgment and critical thinking skills required. Superb analytical and mathematical skills required. Flexibility with the ability to adapt to change required. Web design and HTML skills preferred.

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