Director, Strategic Initiatives and Operations

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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 is the destination for people committed to tackling complex social and environmental problems. As Chicago Booth's social impact hub, the Rustandy Center builds on the school's grounding in business fundamentals with experiential learning and research. Through programs and events in social innovation and social enterprise, the Rustandy Center equips the community with the knowledge and tools to positively impact humanity. Formerly the Social Enterprise Initiative, the Rustandy Center was 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 works with organizations of all types: nonprofit, for-profit, and government.

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Job Summary:

The Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives will be primarily responsible for overseeing the Rustandy Center's operational plan to advance its growth, helping to shepherd new initiatives, and ensuring the center functions within the limits of its resources.


  • With the rapid growth of the center over the last five years, including the renaming resulting from a $20 million endowment gift, the complexity and sophistication of the center continues to evolve. As such, the center is seeking a senior leader to play a critical role in advancing the center's operations and leading strategic initiatives that arise as the center grows. This means taking responsibility for all of the daily operational activities of the center, and in some cases building out processes and procedures to manage aspects of the center's operations that have recently expanded. This includes budgeting, financial management, and especially creating a multi-year financial forecast, as well as overseeing contracts, procurement, reimbursements.
  • This also includes working closely with the Booth departments that oversee various administrative functions such as facilities, IT, and human resources on related aspects of the center's needs, including, respectively, space and space planning, technology needs, and hiring and professional development opportunities for staff. In addition, the director will oversee the execution of the annual strategic planning process, in which the entire center participates.
  • In addition, the director will take a lead role in both ad-hoc and long-term initiatives within the business school and with the University, interfacing with Rustandy Center global initiatives, playing a lead role in articulating the center's impact.
  • Overall, the Director will ensure that the Rustandy Center is well-positioned to grow and thrive as its operations continue to expand. As such, the ideal candidate would be entrepreneurial and able to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. They would be creative and a proven strategic thinker, connecting dots easily and communicating effectively with diverse groups. They would have deep experience in financial planning, university administration, and strategy planning. They would be passionate about the social sector and Rustandy Center's mission, and excited about being part of its next phase.
  • This role has one direct report currently – the Center's temporary office manager. In addition to management, the Director will also work though their own influence and relationships to achieve results.
  • This role is based in Chicago and includes occasional travel in the U.S. and to Booth locations internationally.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • MBA or equivalent experience very strongly preferred.

  • At least eight years of relevant experience required.
  • Experience in developing and planning special projects, strategy, growth initiatives, etc. required, ideally would have experience working with diverse audiences, moving groups to consensus, and driving forward projects.
  • Experience with budgeting, accounting, annual planning required.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Excellent and professional verbal, written, and presentation skills, as well as organizational skills and attention to detail required.
  • Proven ability to handle multiple projects concurrently required.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision required.
  • Proven ability to work effectively and diplomatically with colleagues, as well as with students, faculty and corporate contacts required.
  • Proven ability to seek out, coordinate and appropriately disseminate information required.
  • Ability to work successfully with frequent interruptions required.
  • Ability to travel occasionally between Hyde Park campus, downtown Gleacher Center, and other local destinations (technology incubators, area hotels, etc.) required.
  • Flexibility to occasionally work late or start early for events required.
  • Familiarity and knowledge of the University of Chicago, its systems, and its constituents preferred.
  • Demonstrated passion and interest in the mission of the Rustandy Center preferred.
  • Knowledge of Business Objects a 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 Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 7/14/2018
Application Due: 8/3/2018
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