Director of Student Centers

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Hyde Park Campus

58669 Center for Leadership and Involvement

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Job Summary:

The Student Centers, Ida Noyes Hall and the Reynolds Club, at the University of Chicago are essential in supporting Campus and Student Life (CSL) in fostering a welcoming, engaged campus community for all who study, live and work here. CSL strives to serve as stewards of spaces, venues, and services that cultivate community and contribute to the vibrancy of campus, the Student Centers play a central role in that commitment. The Student Centers serve a variety of stakeholders, foster a deliberate leadership development experience for student employees and provide exemplary experience.

This position provides leadership and vision to create and foster a collaborative team who works with community members to support their programs and events within the student centers and across campus. The Director of Student Centers is responsible for the overall management of the facilities and operations of the Student Centers and premier spaces. The position support's the University's academic mission and the enrichment of campus life, including providing support for diverse programs and activities, services, and facilities that strongly support student learning and engagement.


  • Directs the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the Student Centers at the University of Chicago. Lead and supervise staff to manage and operate buildings and adjacent outdoor spaces. Establishes and administers policies and procedures relate to student center operations. (45%)
  • Coordinate activities of building occupants. Manages activities associated with building maintenance, custodial services, security and facility reservations. (10%)
  • Build and maintain relationships with campus partners essential to the operations in the various facilities. Manage relationships with all Student Center tenants such as Career Advancement, UChicago Dining, S.T.A.G.E., and Spiritual Life. Serve as a liaison between/with campus partners responsible for major campus events. (10%)
  • Develops and implements long-range renovation and equipment replacement plans. Provides strategic direction for operations and revenue generation. (10%)
  • Assesses the effectiveness of the Student Centers. Oversee the budget for the Student Centers. (10%)
  • Performs other duties as assigned. (5%)

  • Demonstrated success working with diverse populations.
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing.
  • Excellent organizational skills with a high attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated success in working independently with minimal supervision on a variety of complex tasks.
  • Sound understanding of the values and philosophy of the student union, a passion for student learning and demonstrated commitment to cultivating a sense of community

Additional Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree required.

  • Seven to ten years of student union operations experience required.
  • A demonstrated ability to lead and direct a medium size complex organization which provides programs and services that are essential to the campus community required.
  • Extensive experience in leadership, innovation, employee development, strategic planning and student learning within higher education required.
  • Comprehensive experience with facility construction and renovation required.
  • University of Chicago experience preferred.
  • Experience managing multiple facilities at an urban institution preferred.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • List of References

(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: 3/10/2018
Application Due: 3/18/2018
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