Assistant Director, UChicago Careers in STEM

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Hyde Park Campus

59678 Enrollment And Student Advance

About the Unit
Career Advancement serves a student population of approximately 6,000 arts and sciences undergraduate students, in addition to alumni who have graduated within the last five years. Career Advancement plays a vital role in ensuring our students' success after graduation. Career Advancement offers innovative and comprehensive career development services with a focus on pre-professional preparation, experiential education, and opportunities. Through career advising, programs, and comprehensive resources, Career Advancement supports undergraduate students and alumni as they develop the skills necessary to manage their career development, while working with alumni and employers to provide students with meaningful opportunities. For more information, please visit the Career Advancement website at As a division in the Office of Career Advancement, the UChicago Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Program (UCISTEM) is a pre-professional program that supplements UChicago's liberal arts curriculum with the goal of helping students explore, prepare for, and obtain careers or graduate school placements in the STEM fields using the experiential education method. UCISTEM aims to support students on their journey towards impacting the world by offering unparalleled research and internship experiences and various means of career exploration.

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Job Summary:

The UCSTEM Assistant Director will collaborate with team members in the Office of Career Advancement and campus partners to prepare students for internships, jobs, and graduate school placements in STEM fields. The Assistant Director will provide one-on-one career advising, participate in the development and execution of career-related programming and experiential activities, and interface with campus partners and high-profile employers, parents and alumni to support Career Advancement.

This position requires the ability and willingness to work evenings, occasional additional weeknight and weekend days, to travel both domestically and internationally.


  • Provide high-quality career advising to undergraduate students and alumni through one-one-one career advising sessions in various formats such as scheduled appointments, walk-ins, and electronic/virtual support and communication; maintain regular schedule of one-on-one advising appointments and provide additional advising hours during busiest times of the academic year.
  • Develop, organize, and lead programs and workshop highlighting opportunities in STEM fields (e.g., executing undergraduate research symposia and hackathons, coordinating internships at national laboratories, gaining knowledge about research affiliates, overseeing technical interview workshops, planning and leading career exploration treks).
  • Provide a high level of customer service and support to employers who partner with UChicago Careers in STEM on the above-mentioned programs and initiatives (e.g., support employers in the use of Career Advancement recruiting services, recruit new organizations to participate in Career Advancement initiatives, collaborate with Alumni Relations and Development colleagues to cultivate new contacts in appropriate industries and geographic regions based on University priorities).
  • Develop and maintain relationships with campus partners and faculty as well as with a variety of Registered Student Organizations (RSOs).
  • Develop resources and strategies for working with undergraduate students and alumni with a particular focus on careers in STEM.
  • Analyze placement and survey data to develop data-driven strategic programming.
  • General administrative and programming responsibilities including, but not limited to, committee membership, meetings with colleagues, participating in all-hands-on-deck programs, and other duties as assigned.

  • Ability to provide high quality customer service in a fast-paced environment
  • Superior oral and written communications skills, including excellent presentation skills required
  • Ability to engage with a variety of constituents (prospective and current students, employers, parents, alumni, faculty, etc.) from many different cultural backgrounds required
  • Strong coaching or counseling skills required
  • Confidentiality with student information and other sensitive data required

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Degree in STEM-related area of concentration highly preferred
  • Advanced degree in counseling, student services, or STEM related field or significant experience to counseling students preferred.

  • Superior organizational skills required
  • Ability to manage micro and macro objectives and ability to execute multiple objectives concurrently required
  • Current or previous experience communicating and interacting with clients and/or senior level employees or constituents.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated ability to master database programs and shared scheduling system and learn new technologies required.
  • General understanding of technical programming languages such as C, Java, and Python preferred.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Professional References

Benefit Eligibility

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

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About Us
The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world.

We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the College develop critical, analytic, and writing skills in our rigorous, interdisciplinary core curriculum. Through graduate programs, students test their ideas with UChicago scholars, and become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

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