Mellon Scholarly Careers Initiative Coordinator

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Hyde Park Campus

40662 UChicago GRAD

About the Unit
UChicagoGRAD is part of the Office of the Provost and supports graduate students and postdocs at every stage of their academic careers. UChicagoGRAD functions as a one-stop shop for graduate students and postdocs to access resources that support timely degree completion and to enhance professional preparation that helps them translate their degrees into a variety of careers. UChicagoGRAD works with academic departments and divisions as well as campus-wide offices to develop and implement graduate and postdoc-focused programs, workshops, and events; training and support tailored to UChicago graduate students and postdocs; and administrative practices and policies in support of graduate education.

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Job Summary:

The Mellon Scholarly Careers Initiative (MSCI) is a path-breaking effort to extend the range and influence of PhD education in the humanities. Implemented in collaboration with UChicagogGRAD, the Division of the Humanities, the Division of the Social Sciences, and the Divinity School, MSCI will diversify career options for humanities Ph.D.'s by augmenting their skills and multiplying the professional opportunities open to them. The program will also make evident to a wide range of sectors in our society and economy the value that Ph.D. recipients can bring to their endeavors. The coordinator will play a key role in the administration of this program, helping to (1) increase employer outreach and institutional partnerships, (2) expand programming so it can affect outcomes for a majority of humanities doctoral students, and (3) embed career diversification efforts directly into the curriculum itself.


Curriculum Management and Implementation

  • Under the direction of the faculty steering committee, oversee the timely recruitment, hiring, onboarding, and payment of course instructors
  • Understand and follow university procedures for listing and advertising course offerings
  • Manage the course enrollment process, encouraging student participation through effective promotion

Programming Support
  • In collaboration with the UChicagoGRAD career team, provide the administrative and logistical support needed to carry out curated student visits to employers (“treks”)
  • Create visit itineraries by scheduling travel, meals, employer visits, and alumni engagement opportunities
  • Ensure smooth communication with participants and employer/alumni partners

Development of Institutional Partnerships
  • Serve as the administrative point-person for MSCI, maintaining relationships with key representatives at UChicagoGRAD, the Humanities Division, the Social Sciences Division, and the Divinity School
  • Provide communications and logistical support for the faculty steering committee
  • Forge or enhance campus partnerships to support the development of graduate internships, pre-doctoral fellowships, and post-doctoral fellowships
  • Draft internship or fellowships descriptions in collaboration with campus partners

Employer Outreach and Engagement
  • In collaboration with the UChicagoGRAD career team, forge or enhance employer partnerships to support the development graduate internships, pre-doctoral fellowships, and post-doctoral fellowships
  • Draft internship or fellowships descriptions in partnership with employers
  • Serve as an advocate for the value of advanced training in the humanities in the wider marketplace

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage time
  • Ability to effectively build and manage relationships with a variety of intra- and inter-institutional partners, including faculty, administrators, and employers

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required (advanced degree preferred)

  • Experience with continuing or adult education preferred
  • Familiarity with the culture of a research university and the aims of graduate education in the humanities
  • Familiarity with hiring and onboarding procedures, especially at the University of Chicago, preferred

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite

Required Documents:

Candidates must submit all required documents to be considered for this position.
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Three references

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: 12/22/2018
Application Due: 2/20/2019
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