Senior Associate Director

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Hyde Park Campus

30358 Bus-Deans Office

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 Senior Associate Director will be an active and engaged member of the Rustandy Center staff and a senior level member of the Programs Team, working to ensure that a long-term strategy and diverse set of programs and events are planned and executed to successfully reach our mission.Within the program team, this role will be primarily responsible for driving the evolution and implementation of student and alumni interest in leveraging their business toolkit in two distinct but related areas: pursuing meaningful volunteerism (especially nonprofit board service) and/or establishing or expanding a social sector career. This represents about half of the total programming efforts of the center.

In this role, the senior associate director will be:
  • inheriting some very well-established and successful programs,
  • be challenged to scale and adapt existing programs for changing and varied audiences, especially determining if and how existing or new programs could be made more accessible via online based portals, and
  • in some cases, tasked with creating entirely new programs.
  • As such, initially the senior associate director will need to assess the programming assets and consider the long-run goals for these two programming areas, develop a plan for the coming three years, and then begin executing the plan.

  • Develop a multi-year plan for expanding nonprofit board service opportunities to alumni nationally.There are several very successful programs already in the center's portfolio, but likely new initiatives will be required to reach this objective. In the immediate term this will begin with continuing development of a virtual library of online resources for alumni.In the near term, the strategy will likely encompass rolling out a combination of in-person/high-touch events and virtual workshops and resources.
  • Included in the portfolio of successful board service programs is one of the center's flagship programs, the On Board Conference, which currently takes place in Chicago, New York and Hong Kong, with plans to hold it in the Bay Area in early 2019. The senior associate director will oversee the growth and strategic use of this annual event, working to make it as effective as possible in the long-term in support of the overarching strategies of the board service program area, as well as making it as financially viable as possible.
  • In addition, the center has created programming to fulfill a broader definition of meaningful volunteerism beyond just board service. Right now, this includes the successful Nonprofit Executive Coaching Program, as well as programs on effective philanthropy. The senior associate director will need to look at if and how the center will continue to evolve this area of activity, allowing students and alumni to use their Booth MBA and subsequent business acumen to make positive change in the world.
  • Tasked with building out a strategy for the center's career-focused programs.There is currently as skeleton outline of how the center can add value as a partner to the school's career services team, and the senior associate director will work on fleshing out and implementing the strategy.Certainly, there are a few established programs, but unlike the meaningful volunteerism area described above, there is more room for honing these existing programs and expanding into new programs, especially looking at how programs can be accessed virtually.
  • Within this programming area there is work to be done on helping students and alumni make a transition into a social sector career.Importantly, this programming area is also focused on how to help students and alumni already working in the social sector to expand their careers, including creating new communities and networks of alumni working in social sector careers to support their advancement.
  • Develop metrics for measuring the success of new and existing initiatives, as well as supervise support staff including an Associate Director, whose job responsibilities will include execution of these and other events and programs.
  • This position will be responsible for leading a specific portion of our mission; the Rustandy Center has a staff culture in which everyone participates in many capacities to ensure the overall success of the center.

  • Demonstrated passion and interest in the social impact and nonprofit sectors required.
  • Excellent and professional verbal, written, and presentation skills required.
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail required.
  • Proven ability to handle multiple projects concurrently required.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision required.
  • Ability to build and lead teams from multiple organizations required.
  • Proven ability to work effectively and diplomatically with fellow staff members and to be part of a high-functioning team as well ability to adapt to working with students, faculty, and senior university leaders 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 Chicago required; occasional travel domestically or internationally required, including but not limited to On Board conferences also required.
  • Flexibility to work late or start early for Rustandy Center events required, as well as attend events on weekends required. Approximately one evening on a weekly basis and one Saturday on a monthly basis, especially Sept – Nov, Jan – Mar, Apr – May.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications

  • Master's degree required. MBA preferred.

  • Minimum six years of experience managing large-scale projects, developing programs and executing events required.
  • Experience working with nonprofit organizations, either in a work or volunteer capacity highly preferred.
  • Experience managing employees required.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Knowledge of MS Office (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) required; internet researching skills required.

Required Documents:


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Benefit Eligibility

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

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Job No:
Posted: 3/9/2018
Application Due: 5/8/2018
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