Becker Friedman Institute Human Resources Manager

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Hyde Park Campus

14321 Becker Friedman Institute

About the Unit
Named in honor of Milton Friedman and Gary Becker, the Becker Friedman Institute (BFI) sustains the rigorous scholarship that made their work, and that of the many scholars who came before and after them at the University of Chicago, so influential and enduring. BFI cultivates the next generation of economists and continues the famously vibrant UChicago culture of discussion and debate. By supporting faculty research programs, BFI links economists in the Department of Economics, the Booth School of Business, and the Harris School with those in the Law and Medical schools. Further, BFI fosters collaboration between UChicago faculty and leading economists from around the world, influencing public policy and the broader public debate surrounding key economic and social issues.

Job Information

Job Summary:

Reporting to the COO, the Human Resources Manager is responsible for a wide variety of HR functions for the Becker Friedman Institute, its research initiatives and affiliated centers and faculty. This position is the central point of contact and a key leader for helping the entire BFI ecosystem grow and fulfill its mission by attracting and supporting top talent in economics.


Under the supervision of the COO, responsibilities include:

  • Managing staff hiring processes, including developing job descriptions, handling employment offers, and leading all onboarding and orientation activities.
  • Managing hiring processes for research assistants and summer interns, including working with faculty members to develop job descriptions, coordinating with the offices of Career Advancement and the undergraduate program in Economics, and working with policy makers and city government officials to help match University of Chicago graduate and undergraduate students with BFI-funded external internships.
  • Working closely and creatively with BFI leadership and faculty to ensure that researchers have access to top-tier talent through recruitment and other outreach.
  • Maintaining appropriate human resources data and records.
  • Serving as an expert resource on all relevant University human resource policies.
  • Counseling employees on benefits and compensation in partnership with UHRM.
  • Consulting with supervisors on hiring needs to develop appropriate selection criteria and interviewing protocols.
  • Working with the Office of International Affairs on visa processes for international staff.
  • May advise or counsel supervisors and managers on federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations.

  • Ability to exercise absolute discretion regarding confidential matters required.
  • Ability to handle sensitive matters with tact and discretion required.
  • Ability to pay attention to detail required.
  • Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines required.
  • Ability to work effectively and collegially with little supervision or as member of a team required.
  • Ability to work with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds required.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required.
  • Working knowledge of employment regulations and typical human resources procedures required.

Additional Requirements

Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • A minimum of four years of experience in management, human resources, or operations required.
  • Familiarity with higher education environment and knowledge of the University of Chicago's unique culture preferred.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • 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: 3/28/2018
Application Due: 4/25/2018
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