Events Manager

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Hyde Park Campus

40610 Office of the Provost

About the Unit
The Becker Friedman Institute for Economics (BFI) works with the Chicago Economics community to turn its evidence-based research into real-world impact. BFI takes a unique approach to bridging the divide between academic researchers and decision-makers in the business community and government by translating and packaging the rigorous work of the Chicago Economics community into accessible formats, and proactively sharing those findings with relevant decision-makers and thought leaders around the globe. BFI is a collaborative platform serving the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, the Harris School of Public Policy, and the Law School. For more information visit

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Job Summary:

Under direct supervision from the Senior Manager of Events and Academic Programs, the Events Manager helps with the creation and execution of events programming and logistics, and works as part of a team connecting all programming to the broader BFI strategic vision. Works closely with the Senior Manager of Events and Academic Programs and the Events Coordinator on the planning and logistics of events and conferences. Assists in the approval of timelines for planning and executing day-of-event activities. Understands thoroughly the planning and execution of logistics (e.g., facility selection, menu planning, transportation arrangements, and audio/visual equipment) for organization meetings and special events. Assists the Senior Manager of Events and Academic Programs on contract negotiations and the selection of vendors, in close partnership with the BFI's Finance Manager. Works to maintain and improve relationships with vendors and service providers. Helps to manage events budgets. Reviews post event feedback and analyses and determines actions to improve the success of future events. Work closely with the full events and communications teams under the direction of the Senior Director of Policy, Communications, and External Affairs on overall event planning and marketing to ensure strategic goals for each event are met.


  • Under the supervision of the Senior Manager for Events and Academic Programs, responsible for much of the day-to-day implementation of BFI faculty and student-driven events, including academic conferences, workshops, and student summer camps.
  • Working directly with the Senior Director for Policy, Communications and External Affairs, helps plan and implement external-engaging “newsmaker events,” in cooperation with the Senior Manager of Events and Academic Programs and the Events Coordinator.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet tight deadlines required.
  • Ability and willingness to work irregular hours, including occasional early mornings, evenings and weekends to staff BFI events.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail required.
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
  • Budget management skills required.
  • Demonstrated team work skills and ability to work well with others.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and aptitude to build up a project.
  • Demonstrated superior professional aptitude to appropriately work with multiple constituencies and stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently, as a team member, and under supervision required.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred.

  • Minimum of four to five years of related experience required.

Licenses and Certifications:
  • Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential preferred.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be 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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