Associate Director, Undergraduate Initiatives

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Hyde Park Campus

30348 Bus-Admissions

About the Unit
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is the second-oldest school in the U.S. and second to none when it comes to influencing business education and business practices. Since 1898, the school has produced ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. Their rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education transforms students into confident, effective, respected business leaders prepared to face the toughest challenges. Chicago Booth has the finest set of facilities of any business school in the world. Each of the four campuses (two in Chicago, one in London, and one in Hong Kong) reflects the architectural traditions of its environs while offering a state-of-the-art learning environment. Chicago Booth is proud to claim: -an unmatched faculty. -degree and open enrollment programs offered on three continents. -a global body of nearly 50,000 accomplished alumni. - strong and growing corporate relationships that provide a wealth of lifelong career opportunities. As part of the world-renowned University of Chicago, Chicago Booth shares the University's core values that shape the distinctive intellectual culture. At Booth, they constantly question and test ideas, and seek proof. This extraordinarily effective approach to business leads to new ideas and innovative solutions. Seven of the Booth faculty members have won Nobel Prizes for these ideas - the first business school to achieve this accomplishment. For more information about the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, please visit:

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Job Summary:

The Associate Director of Undergraduate Initiatives is an integral part of The University of Chicago Booth School of Business (Chicago Booth) Full Time Admissions team. This role is uniquely oriented to support both University of Chicago undergraduates as well as MBA students attending Chicago Booth, and will be working on initiatives that also aim to connect the two student bodies. In conjunction with the Director of Undergraduate Initiatives, the Associate Director will work on the full life cycle of undergraduate programs offered by Chicago Booth and execute on short- and long-term strategic initiatives that maximize the return on program objectives. Additionally, this individual will fully participate in all aspects of the MBA recruitment, selection, and yield process, ultimately leveraging those experiences to better inform our approach.

The Associate Director will be responsible for supporting the planning, operations, and execution of the Chicago Booth Scholars Program, Dougan Scholars Certificate Program, and Summer Business Scholars Program. This position will create an undergraduate student advisory unit for the Admissions office and manage its student advisory team, and will be responsible for creating new initiatives in conjunction with this advisory team to develop undergraduate students as leaders in their networks. This individual will also deliver an undergraduate recruitment strategy to generate interest among various undergraduate populations, and work closely with the Admissions Marketing team on a cohesive marketing strategy. This includes outreach to national and international undergraduate populations, as well as identification of opportunistic populations previously unreached. The individual will also be responsible for developing a strategic framework to engage alumni of the three flagship programs to strengthen the Chicago Booth network and support admissions strategies.


  • Conduct Undergraduate recruitment, evaluation and yield activities. Duties include: being “on call” to answer phone, email and in-person inquiries, conducting presentations, travel and planning, reading and evaluating applications across all programs (undergraduate and Full-Time MBA), conducting interviews as needed, and mentoring the programs' student leaders.
  • Design and manage an undergraduate-focused recruitment strategy for travel, with an emphasis on undergraduate campuses that establishes the Chicago Booth Scholars Program as an integral part of the Chicago Booth Full-Time recruitment strategy.
  • Develop a strong marketing and outreach strategy and collaborate with the Admissions Marketing team to execute across social media and web platforms, and via email in order to increase engagement with Undergraduate audience and segments.
  • Create an effective communication plan and deliver communications to prospective and admitted students to the . This includes quarterly/yearly communications and working with publications/web services to produce materials for marketing efforts.
  • Lead the efforts for pipeline development of prospects. Create and manage active prospect pools for each undergraduate program and admitted student websites and communications, as well as maintain external facing websites.
  • Engage prospective students and, through management of email inboxes, respond to all admission inquiries in a timely manner, with professionalism, respect, and courtesy, seeking to address all needs in a manner that is consistent with expectations of the Admissions department.
  • Oversee all student management processes (including transcript and all on-boarding processes) in partnership with the Associate Director of Undergraduate Initiatives for students enrolling in the Chicago Booth Scholars Program, Dougan Scholars Certificate Program, and Summer Business Scholars Program.
  • Optimize undergraduate curriculum structure in conjunction with Chicago Booth course offerings and track academic progress for Dougan Scholars.
  • In conjunction with the Undergraduate Initiatives team, collaborate with the University's Summer Session office on all aspects of the Summer Business Scholars Program.
  • Create and manage engagement strategy to support admitted students to the Chicago Booth Scholars Program before, during, and after their program duration. Track career progress for Booth Scholars.
  • Manage mentorship-matching process of mentors to newly admitted students across both undergraduate and MBA candidate populations.
  • Plan, organize, and execute small and large-scale programming and events for the Chicago Booth Scholars Program, Dougan Scholars Certificate Program, and Summer Business Scholars Program, which are designed to: recruit top talent; welcome recently admitted students to the Booth Community; celebrate completion of programs; increase yield. These programs require work with various constituents from dean to student level.
  • Effective tracking of programming and event costs.
  • Oversee student advisory board and work closely with admissions fellows.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

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

  • A minimum of five years of work experience in a professional environment required, higher education and admissions preferred.
  • Small to large-scale event planning experience required.
  • Experience working with and/or advising undergraduate students preferred.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Ability to demonstrate both exceptional written and spoken communication skills required.
  • Professional demeanor including tact, discretion and a customer service oriented approach required.
  • A proven record of accomplishment of time management and organizational skills, as well as exceptional attention to detail required.
  • Proven ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and proven ability to meet deadlines and work successfully as member of a team required.
  • Excellent public speaking skills with an established ability to conduct and lead large group presentations and trainings required.
  • Capability to create and execute independent strategies to further support Undergraduate Initiatives programming required.
  • Proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), experience required, SLATE experience 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

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

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Posted: 10/31/2018
Application Due: 11/15/2018
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