Assistant Director, Experiential Education and Venture Support

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Hyde Park Campus

3034105 Bus-Polsky Cntr Entrepreneur

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 Polsky Center's mission is to create entrepreneurial leaders through a broad range of experiences, including classroom learning, experiential learning, leading-edge research, and community outreach. The Assistant Director focuses on supporting the Polsky Center's extracurricular programs and initiatives. This position includes supporting events, managing assigned resources, marketing events/programs to campus and community constituencies, and logistics.

  • Understand constituency needs – University of Chicago students, alumni, faculty, and staff – in order to support and evolve impactful programming.
  • Serve as a connector between constituents and resources, liaise with the entrepreneurship student groups, and provide guidance and counsel when appropriate.
  • Support and manage logistics for the Polsky Center's new and existing programs, including:
    • Startup Summer
    • Polsky Accelerator
    • Entrepreneurial Internship Program
    • Strategic initiatives, including but not limited to fintech vertical support
  • Responsibilities for these events include but are not limited to:
    • Coordination of application and selection processes for participants in these programs from across the University of Chicago campus
    • Marketing of programs together with Polsky Center marketing team
    • Program evaluation post completion
    • Event planning, including space reservation, catering needs, and coordination of speakers and attendees
    • On-site event attendance and management
  • Assist on Polsky Center capstone programs, including the New Venture Challenge startup launch program, and associated workshops; I-Corps Program; various private equity and venture capital programs.
  • Tracking and updating metrics:
    • Maintain appropriate Polsky Center lists/databases
    • Conduct research projects (i.e. benchmarking against peer schools)

  • Excellent and professional verbal, written, and presentation skills, as well as organizational skills and attention to detail required.
  • Proven ability to handle multiple projects concurrently required.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision required.
  • Proven ability to work effectively and diplomatically with colleagues, as well as with students, faculty and corporate contacts required.
  • Excellent customer service skills required.
  • Proven ability to seek out, coordinate and appropriately disseminate information required.
  • Ability to work successfully with frequent interruptions required.
  • Ability to travel between Hyde Park campus and downtown Gleacher Center, as well as other locations (Merchandise Mart, etc.), and flexibility to occasionally work late or start early for Polsky Center events required.
  • Proven understanding of the Polsky Center and its goals preferred.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications

  • Bachelor's degree required.

  • Minimum two years of managing programs required (internship experience and/or work-study experience will be considered.)
  • Experience working with diverse campus constituencies and populations preferred.
  • Experience using design software (e.g., Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Acrobat) preferred.
  • Experience with HTML and CSS preferred.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Proven computer skills and internet researching skills (e.g., MS Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook email systems) required.
  • Interest in contributing to new programming or identifying unmet needs for the Center required.
  • Familiarity and knowledge of the University of Chicago and its constituents preferred.

Required Documents:


Cover letter

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

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 3/8/2018
Application Due: 3/28/2018
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