Center Specialist

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

20123 Ob & Gynecology

About the Unit
The Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3) at the University of Chicago is a faculty-led initiative to advance sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice locally, nationally, and globally. Our members bring a wide range of expertise and come from diverse disciplines. Ci3 creates an intellectual hub for a network of faculty, staff and students to work collaboratively with partners from outside of the University to address critical problems in sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice. With a particular focus on adolescents, women, and communities of color, our goal is to develop new research methodologies, evidence, intervention strategies, and novel solutions to advance human health and well-being.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Center Specialist will manage day-to-day activities of the Center. The Center Specialist maximizes programmatic research efficiency.


  • Assists in setting Center goals, marketing, and planning educational programs and initiatives
  • Works with the Center Director and working committees to evaluate programs and/or research proposals and identifies and implements new Center priorities
  • Develops, coordinates, and supervises events and programs including seminars, conferences, workshops, public lectures, visiting scholar programs, and outreach activities
  • May assist with fundraising efforts; contributes to grant proposals in collaboration with the Center Director
  • May develop short and long-term programmatic and administrative goals; writes and edits communication materials
  • Serves as liaison with other Centers on campus and with related professional associations and community groups
  • Typically manages Center facilities
  • Develops learning opportunities for students
  • Determines the appropriate value, hire, and negotiates with caterers and other vendors
  • Arranges logistics for speakers and executes all components of plans for putting on events for the Center in consultation with the director
  • Monitors finances for the Center - authorizes and ensures that all expenses are paid and provides the director with regular updates and ensures that spending limits are adhered to and are within budget

  • Organization
  • Problem-solving
  • Collaboration
  • Attention to detail
  • Multitasking

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in liberal arts, communications, health administration, business, leadership/management, or a related field
  • Advanced degree preferred
  • A minimum of one year of administrative or related experience required
  • Experience with special events and customer service preferred
  • Experience in continuing education programs preferred
  • Fundraising and development experience preferred
  • Grant proposal experience preferred
  • Experience in research e.g., education, youth, sexuality, reproductive justice preferred
  • Experience in outreach preferred
  • Experience with scaling project preferred

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required
  • Demonstrated administrative and coordination skills required
  • Ability to work successfully with University students, faculty, and staff preferred
  • Ability to multitask and manage multiple projects simultaneously required
  • Ability to work under pressure required
  • Exposure to an academically rigorous research university environment preferred
  • Knowledge of standard computer programs (e.g. Word, Excel, FileMaker Pro, standard email and internet applications, and graphics programs) required
  • Excellent organization skills required
  • Ability to multitask required
  • Experience with agile project management and scrum techniques preferred

Required Documents:
  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Reference Contact Info

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 2/21/2018
Application Due: 3/16/2018
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