Associate Director (Business Development), Office of Experiential Learning -- Gies College of B...

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Gies College of Business
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Experiential learning, or learning-by-doing is an integral part of the student experience in the Gies College of Business (Gies). By integrating real-world experiences into the students’ education, they are better prepared to succeed after graduation.

Gies Business has a long history in learning-by-doing. Illinois Business Consulting (IBC) launched more than 20 years ago. It is currently the pre-eminent and largest university consulting organization in the country with more than 250 students from 40 disciplines participating in 50 consulting projects per year.

Based on IBC’s success, Gies Business has decided to expand and deepen its commitment to experiential learning. Gies recently created The Office of Experiential Learning (OEL) to coordinate and scale experiential learning activities in the College. Through required and elective courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs, we will conduct 200 client-based projects with more than 1,100 students per year.

At Gies, we believe that learning and the real-world application of learning is the future of higher education. As one of the most innovative business schools in the US, Gies will lead in this space. As we expand our efforts in this area, we likewise need to expand our team. We are looking for candidates with corporate experience, an affiliation for and ability to mentor and advise students and an entrepreneurial mindset to help us design and grow our programs.

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1. Source and scope client-based (pro-bono) experiential learning projects for OEL
2. Source through proposal process client-based (fee-based) projects for IBC
3. Mentor and advise student project teams

Source and Scope Client Projects:

  • Collaborate with stakeholders within the Gies College of Business (Gies), such as Alumni Engagement, Corporate Relations and Career Services, to develop relationships with employers and alumni in order to source projects for OEL and IBC. Projects should be primarily from the Chicago area
  • Manage corporate/client relationships to convert new leads into clients and current clients into repeat clients
  • Leverage personal network to source client projects
  • Identify and scope projects for OEL. Help businesses identify a need that could be solved by a student team. Consult with the business to define a project scope that could be reasonably addressed through a student project
  • Create letters of proposal (LOP) regarding potential projects and present to clients on behalf of IBC
  • Orient clients to manage expectations, get them to buy into our vision of learning-by-doing and set up the students to succeed

Advise, Mentor Students and Student Teams:

  • During specific periods of the semester, come to Champaign to advise IBC student teams. Leverage previous work experience, consulting methodologies and best practices in business to:
    • Guide students to solve real-world business problems and provide feedback on their work, without solving the problem for the students
    • Coach student teams on client management, problem-solving and team management
    • Mentor student leaders as they guide their student teams
  • As needed, deliver training and workshops on specific topics related to problem solving, project management, and/or consulting

Provide Strategic Input:

  • Collaborate with program Directors, faculty and key stakeholders to continue to help design and build our programs
  • Help us tell our story to key internal and external stakeholders in order to build our brand and solicit alumni engagement


Bachelor’s degree required; MBA or other relevant master’s degree highly preferred.

Required: At least twenty years of work experience in the consulting industry and/or in a corporate environment. Demonstrated success in business development and relationship-building is essential. Must possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, energy and enthusiasm for working with students, a desire to collaborate and partner, and an ability to relate with corporate executives and entrepreneurs.

Preferred: Hands-on business consulting experience or executive experience in a corporate environment. Exceptional skills in teaching, training and facilitation. Previous experience and familiarity with student consulting. Strong, existing network of executives, managers and influential leaders in the Chicago community is highly desired.

This position is based in Chicago, working remotely. In addition, this person will travel to Champaign at specific periods in the semester to meet with student teams on campus. Some night and weekend obligations as well as some domestic travel may be included.

This is a part-time (50%) academic professional position appointed on a 12-month basis. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The proposed starting date is as soon as possible after the closing date.

For full consideration, create your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references by February 28, 2019. Interviews may be conducted before the closing date; however, no hiring decisions will be made until after the search has closed. For further information regarding our application procedures, email [email protected].

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

College Name or Administrative Unit:Business Category:9-Off-Campus Title:Associate Director (Business Development), Office of Experiential Learning -- Gies College of Business (109593) Open Date:02/14/2019 Close Date:02/28/2019 Organization Name:Action Learning




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Posted: 2/15/2019
Application Due: 2/28/2019
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