Executive Director

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Hyde Park Campus

40610 Office of the Provost

About the Unit

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Executive Director will be an experienced, creative, and entrepreneurial leader, passionate about generating new solutions to complex problems at the local, national, and international levels, who will be the lead support for a faculty initiative applying new perspectives to address social change. Working closely with faculty, senior staff, external partners, and stakeholders, the Executive Director will research critical issues, convene working groups, and help generate practical solutions to social problems. The initiative will focus on new projects and opportunities consistent with the academic mission of the University of Chicago.


  • Acting as a catalyst and driving force to bring together stakeholders around a shared vision
  • Organization and planning of workshops, and establishing key milestones and expected outcomes
  • Building relationships with partners in government, non-profits, foundations, and the private sector in the United States and globally
  • Management of administrative and financial functions

  • Relationship Builder: Develop collegial and collaborative relationships throughout the University of Chicago community and engage relevant external organizations.
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication required. A high level of confidentiality and discretion required.
  • Ability to effectively manage a heavy workload, competing priorities, and tight deadlines required.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, or Certifications

  • Master's or other advanced degree required
  • MBA preferred

  • A minimum requirement of 7 years of experience, but 10+ years of administrative, managerial, and/or project management experience, or equivalent, preferred
  • Early stage ventures experience and understanding of and experience with fundraising and philanthropy
  • Ability to successfully manage a workload which balances long-range planning with the unanticipated daily demands of managing a busy portfolio
  • Exposure to, and an understanding of, an academically rigorous research university environment
  • Working effectively as part of a team characterized by open communication, collaboration, and shared goals
  • Experience with program planning, budget management, and staff management
  • Optimizing organizational performance on multiple dimensions including mission, values, and budget

Required Documents:

All required documents must be submitted to be considered for this position
  • 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


Job is Exempt?

Drug Test Required?

Does this position require incumbent to operate a vehicle on the job?

Health Screen Required?

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Full time

About Us
The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world.

We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the College develop critical, analytic, and writing skills in our rigorous, interdisciplinary core curriculum. Through graduate programs, students test their ideas with UChicago scholars, and become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

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Job No:
Posted: 9/9/2018
Application Due: 10/12/2018
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