Director, Center for Decision Research

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Hyde Park Campus

3034106 Bus-Ctr For Decision Research

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:

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Job Summary:

  • The Director is responsible for managing and implementing administrative services for the Center for Decision Research (CDR) in the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (Booth), under the guidance of the Faculty Director.
  • This responsibility includes the design, implementation, and assessment of initiatives aimed at: cultivating excellence in the center's research facilities and activities; supporting productive interactions between the center and the rest of the University of Chicago; and facilitating external partnerships to broaden the center's impact and access to resources.

  • Manage and refine infrastructure for the Center for Decision Research to support its core activities, including operation of CDR Labs, sponsorship of meetings and conferences, facilitation of faculty research partnerships, and outreach to students and alumni.
  • Manage internal administrative, postdoctoral, and research assistant support related to the grant, including hiring staff and directing them on specific tasks and projects.
  • Work closely with the Booth departments that oversee various administrative functions (such as facilities, IT, and human resources) to meet the center's needs for supplemental research support, communications, permanent and temporary space, technological support, hiring, professional development.
  • Coordinate faculty activities related to center initiatives, including participation in center events, meetings with partners, fundraising, etc. Be responsible for the organization, with support from administrative staff, of symposium, teleconferences, research workshops, and talks.
  • Manage communications and outreach activities (including reporting), focusing on research partners and participants, center faculty and leadership, students and alumni, and school and university officials. This will include assisting in fundraising (whether through research grants or private philanthropy), public communications, publicity, and the development of informational materials that translate and incorporate center research for lay audiences.
  • Provide leadership for 20+ staff, and ensure the highest quality of service in research support and research partner relations. Should develop and implement internal structures needed to support the growth of the center.
  • Under the guidance of the Faculty Director, make an intellectual contribution through goal-setting, identification of opportunities, and active participation in coordinating and prioritizing the center agenda.
  • Supervise all operations for the center, including budgets, discretionary funding, short- and long-range financial projections, and resource utilization needs in a highly distributed and complex environment.

  • Skill in tactfully and effectively working to address the needs of many audiences required.
  • People, interpersonal, and public contact skills required.
  • Exceptional office and organizational skills and ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously required.
  • Ability to work well independently, as well as with others, and meet deadlines under pressure required.
  • Ability to work independently is required.
  • Superior communications skills, both oral (including formal and informal presentation skills) and written (including the preparation of publication-quality reports) required.

Additional Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Degree work in a behavioral science discipline strongly preferred.
  • Graduate degree preferred.

  • A minimum of seven years of experience managing staff and coordinating activities among multiple personnel (e.g. project contributors from multiple departments) is required.
  • At least one year of experience managing academic research projects and staff is required.
  • A minimum of five years of recent experience with administrative support services strongly preferred.
  • Experience university environment preferred.
  • Experience in grant proposal preparation and writing is strongly preferred.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Mastery of administrative computer skills (e.g., the Microsoft Office suite, project management applications, and online collaboration platforms) is required.
  • Ability to translate complicated financial issues into simple summaries for the foundation is required.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter

(Note: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under resume/CV section of the application.)

Benefit Eligibility

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Job No:
Posted: 2/21/2018
Application Due: 4/18/2018
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