Associate Director of Community Programs

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Levi Hall

70680 VP For Civic Engagement

About the Unit
The University of Chicago is one of the world's preeminent research universities committed to open, rigorous, and intense inquiry and pedagogy. The work of its faculty has defined several schools of thought and has had a transformative impact on such fields as economics, science, energy production, mathematics, medicine, law, business, religion, policy, sociology, archeology, and historical, cultural and literary analysis. Consisting of an undergraduate college, four graduate divisions, and six professional schools, the University operates two major laboratories, an internationally-acclaimed medical center, an outstanding K-12 private school, a public charter school with four distinct campuses, a professional theater, museums, and the nation's largest academic press. The University also has a strong global presence with its own facilities in Beijing, Delhi, Hong Kong, Paris, and active educational programs in locations around the world. While the University is global, it is also local as a major economic anchor and cultural destination on the South Side of Chicago. The Office of Civic Engagement and External Affairs is responsible for a diverse portfolio of programs and initiatives related to community relations, civic and City/State/Federal government relations, economic development, corporate relations, business diversity, and educational outreach programs, while supporting faculty and local community-based research projects and initiatives. The office works closely with internal and external stakeholders on a range of quality of life initiatives, including public education, community development, workforce development, arts and culture, public safety, employer-assisted housing, and civic partnerships

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Job Summary:

The purpose of this role is to provide strategic & tactical alignment of Technical and Organizational Development services to various program participants. This is accomplished by developing, managing, and maintaining strategic relationships within the assigned participant organizations. The Associate Director will engage at a deep level, working in small teams to build the capabilities, systems, and processes needed to deliver bottom-line results and then encourage sustainability. The Associate Director will function as a coach to community based nonprofit leaders. As such, the Associate Director plans, develops, implements and administers performance development, strategic goals and succession management programs for Community Programs Accelerator Awardees. In addition, the Associate Director will manage corporate partner resources and campus resources to ensure high quality implementation of client driven solutions.

This position, under the leadership of the Director, acts as an organizational development liaison and advisor to Community Programs Accelerator Awardees. This includes establishing strong partnerships and providing informal leadership when necessary. The Associate Director will have strong influence and accountability in the development and execution of Technical and Organizational Development strategy. This includes, but is not limited to: system training & development, programs customization & implementation strategies, T&D communications out to the organization, coaching to organizational leaders and decision making with organization leadership team.

In order to be considered please submit a resume and cover letter. If a candidate reaches the final stages of the search, several writing samples will be required.


  • Provide, strategic guidance, technical support and resources management to client community and faculty awardees.
  • Perform organizational assessments using a variety of proven methods to uncover and solve complex organizational problems and contribute to new growth opportunities.
  • Plan and execute organization change and talent projects, progress evaluation, benchmarking, tracking, metrics and reporting working with senior level sponsors and stakeholders on strategically important initiatives. For example, may include design, development and implementation of mentoring, executive coaching, job rotations, cross-functional business projects, and professional development programs.
  • Identify, design, deliver and manage talent development strategies, tools and processes that enhance the capabilities of leaders and managers to execute on vision, mission and values
  • Develops organizational engagements and guiding clients to deliver organizational transformations & change.
  • Performs relevant administrative planning and implementation for task/project completion and provides support for organizational analysis, design and implementation of projects.
  • Assists with the review of proposals, sub-agreements and reports for the Accelerator program.
  • Maintains a close and highly responsive relationship with the awardees' day-to-day activities. Confirms and prioritizes project plans and deliverables as agreed upon between the Accelerator and Awardee's.
  • Provides data analysis, record keeping, research and other duties as may be required.
  • Builds and sustains productive working relationships with other offices and areas throughout the University and surrounding community, ensuring effective partnerships, optimal utilization of shared resources, and awareness of common interests.
  • Performs other special projects and duties as assigned.

  • Quick-minded, ability to multi-task, and manage multiple projects simultaneously required.
  • Ability to work successfully with the broader University Community, including students, faculty and staff required.
  • Ability to work with civic organizations and grassroots community-based organizations required.
  • Ability to work under pressure and take on new assignments as needed required.
  • Ability to meet deadline and manage multiple tasks and competing priorities simultaneously required.
  • Considerable skill in working both independently and as part of a team required.
  • Demonstrated outstanding written, verbal, organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills required.
  • Regular attendance with occasional evenings and weekends required.
  • Energy and enthusiasm required.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including for executive-level audiences required.
  • Knowledge of Coaching
  • Knowledge of Change Leadership/Management
  • Knowledge of Performance Management
  • Knowledge of Leadership Development
  • Knowledge of Organizational Development & management in the social impact sector
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently required.
  • Strong knowledge of Civic Engagement's Community Outreach programs preferred.
  • Experience working on the creation of new programs preferred

Additional Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Master's degree preferred.

  • Minimum 7 years of relevant experience.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint) and Google Docs required.
  • Advanced proficiency in Social Media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) required.
  • Knowledge of nonprofit organizations on the South Side preferred.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • If a candidate reaches the final stages of the search, several writing samples will be required.

Benefit Eligibility

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

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Job No:
Posted: 2/21/2018
Application Due: 4/22/2018
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