Associate Director of Advancement and Diversity

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Hyde Park Campus

40613 Diversity

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Job Summary:

The University of Chicago's Vice Provost for Academic Leadership, Advancement, and Diversity is currently seeking an individual to fill the position of Associate Director of Advancement and Diversity. This person will initiate and independently manage, oversee, and implement programs and projects across the Vice Provost's portfolio. The portfolio includes activities relating to: diversity and inclusion, faculty development, chair development, and the Neubauer Family Assistant Professor program. It includes special areas such as professorship programs and special initiatives. This person will have a range of job responsibilities with an emphasis on writing, strategic planning, qualitative and quantitative research, project management, and event planning. This person will take on special projects in collaboration with faculty, postdocs, staff, and students across the university and with peer institutions.

An additional component of this work will be collaborating with the Vice Provost in researching and writing compelling funding proposals and supporting documents for Federal, foundation, and private donors. This position will research and independently incorporate changes, comments and critiques from multiple reviewers using excellent writing and editing skills; exercise sound judgment with regard to appropriate points of emphasis and persuasive impact. The Associate Director will be able to describe complex academic subject matter in clear language and present concise rationales for funding. This person will implement systems and follow-up processes, work and write under pressure, and use independent judgment to produce high quality work within tight time constraints. The Associate Director will support the Vice Provost in writing major reports relating to the campus climate, writing an action plan for diversity and inclusion, and creating an inventory of university-wide diversity and inclusion activities.


  • Independently manage, oversee, and implement projects as directed by the Vice Provost
  • Support the day-to-day development and implementation of strategies related to the UChicago Diversity and Inclusion action plan
  • Write major reports relating to diversity and inclusion and faculty and chair development
  • Develop and manage major research projects related to faculty development and diversity including primary and secondary data gathering
  • Provide support on University Institutes and Centers within the Vice Provost's portfolio including the Center for the Study of Race Politics, and Culture and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
  • Assist with the grant writing, reporting, and other development activities
  • Develop and plan strategies for new projects arising in the Provost's Office
  • Structure and execute operational and strategic initiatives by developing work plans, gathering and synthesizing relevant data, doing research, and analyzing and developing final recommendations
  • Manage data collection and update tracking system for high priority projects
  • Prepare and present analyses, reports, and marketing materials to a wide variety of both internal and external audiences
  • Work on a variety of committees/teams and with a diverse array of colleagues and partners
  • Represent the Office of the Provost on specific university-wide planning working groups and committees, and develop and maintain productive relationships with a range of stakeholders across campus and in the community
  • Support the Academic Leadership, Advancement, and Diversity team in planning a variety of major university events

  • Proficiency with office software, including Microsoft products and SAAS products used by the university
  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative
  • Ability to work collaboratively and proactively, while balancing a variety of priorities
  • Ability to handle complex and confidential information with discretion
  • Ability to work under pressure and deliver on tight deadlines required
  • Ability to work effectively and collegially with little supervision or as member of a team required
  • High level of professionalism, tactfulness, diplomacy and confidentiality required
  • Demonstrated ability to review and prioritize work independently and effectively
  • Ability to maintain calm and positive attitude and to work productively despite heavy workload, competing priorities, complex problems, and tight deadlines
  • Demonstrable experience with strategic planning in a university environment
  • Self-motivation and initiative
  • Extreme attention to detail

Additional Requirements

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • An advanced degree or a minimum of four years of professional work experience in writing (specifically academic writing) and editing, communications, grant writing, development or similar professional or academic work experience required

  • The ability to operate effectively with people at a range of levels, both internal and external to the organization
  • Proven ability to think strategically and creatively on a number of topics including diversity and inclusion, faculty development, leadership development, and the capacity to contribute to grant applications and pilot programs
  • Ability to write clearly and informatively; vary writing style to meet needs; present numerical and qualitative data and findings effectively; ability to read and interpret written information
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative research skills
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Strong relationship skills – ability to develop 'Diversity Champions' at senior management levels to impact and influence decisions and effective actions
  • Excellent project management, analytical and organizational skills
  • Strong interest in diversity
  • Strong experience working effectively within a large university system and building alignment in a cross-functional and team environment
  • Demonstrated experience using data to understand trends and develop programs that lead to measurable impact on an organization

Required Documents
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

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

Benefit Eligibility

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

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Job No:
Posted: 5/9/2018
Application Due: 6/20/2018
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