Senior Associate Director, Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program

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Hyde Park Campus

3034124 Bus-Rustandy Center for Social Sect. Innov

About the Unit
The Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation (formerly the Social Enterprise Initiative) launched in March 2012 to support growing interest among faculty, students and alumni to understand and engage with the evolving set of institutions addressing social problems. The Rustandy Center is the destination for people committed to tackling complex social and environmental problems. As Chicago Booth's social impact hub, it builds on the school's grounding in business fundamentals with experiential learning and research. Through programs and events in social innovation and social enterprise, it equips its community with the knowledge and tools to positively impact humanity. Day to day, Rustandy Center staff coordinate, support and deliver activities related to social innovation and the social sector within Booth and the University, both those organized directly by the Rustandy Center and those managed by other groups such as student groups, other Booth departments, or other part of the University.

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Job Summary:

Over the last six years, the school has built a robust program that provides 'soup-to-nuts' support for budding social entrepreneurs under the umbrella of the John Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program (ESEP). This program has graduated several very strong social ventures, which we continue, to support and has broad financial support from key donors. At this stage, we are looking for a leader that can take this program to the next level by assessing the overall strategic components of the program and optimizing the mix of activities that help new ventures get off the ground, finding and overseeing content experts that can deliver excellent programming. In the role, the Senior Associate Director will be responsible for drawing new entrepreneurs—including faculty/researchers—into the program from diverse parts of the university, coordinating the marquee Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC) program to build on its outstanding track record to date, and ensuring that those viable entrepreneurs leaving the program have the best chance at success.

In parallel, the center has built out a set of programs to enable students to learn about impact investing and venture philanthropy, fields that apply traditional investment discipline and measurement to organizations aiming for social impact. These programs also need to be advanced to the next level to respond to the ever-evolving landscape and to be more tightly linked to the venture creation programs.

As such, this role will be primarily responsible for developing, shepherding the strategy for the overall Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program, leading, and growing the specific initiatives and events that comprise it.


  • Manage and grow the John Edwardson, '72, Social New Venture Challenge program that takes place during the entire school year and supports social venture creation.
  • Develop a robust support system to help promising ventures launch and grow successfully, especially those that graduate from the SNVC program.
  • Unlock the potential to commercialize faculty innovation that can have social impact by developing a process and/or set of programs to support faculty.
  • Explore if and how ESEP can expand to serve the interests and needs of Booth alumni.
  • Manage and grow Rustandy's programs related to social venture funding to advance student learning and to tie more seamlessly to the SNVC program. The current programs include the MBA Impact Investing Network and Training Program (MIINT), Perspectives in Impact Investing, and the Invest for Impact case competition program.
  • Source and manage content experts to deliver insight and programming. This includes but is not limited to the current Social Entrepreneur in Residence and Impact Investor in Residence program.
  • Ensure the ESEP program is in synch with the overall entrepreneurship ecosystem at the University of Chicago by building and maintaining relationships across the university within the social entrepreneurship and social venture funding ecosystem, including but not limited to the Rustandy Center's existing partners.
  • In collaboration with Sr. Associate Director, Programs and Corporate Relations, generate new funding and in-kind donations that support social entrepreneurship and social venture funding programs at Booth and the University.
  • Develop metrics to assess the success of these initiatives.
  • Hire and supervise Associate Director, Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program and, along with the team, supervise intern work.

The Senior Associate Director will be an active and engaged member of the Rustandy Center staff, working to ensure that a diverse set of programs and events are planned and executed to successfully reach our mission.

While this position will be responsible for leading the Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program, the culture of our organization is such that everyone participates in many capacities to ensure the overall success of the initiative.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Master's degree preferred.

  • Minimum of five years of experience managing projects, developing programs and/or executing events required.
  • Experience in impact investing, social entrepreneurship, commercialization, design driven innovation highly preferred.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Demonstrated passion and interest in the social enterprise and nonprofit sector required.
  • Knowledge of MS Office (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) required; internet-researching skills 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, as well as 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.
  • Flexibility to occasionally work late or start early for Rustandy events required, as well as attend events on weekends required. Approximately one evening per week and one Saturday per month throughout the year.
  • Familiarity with impact investing/venture funding ecosystem preferred.
  • Ability to travel domestically or internationally preferred.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter

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

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Posted: 7/11/2018
Application Due: 8/23/2018
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