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Executive Director, Stigler Center

University of Chicago Booth School of Business
60637, Chicago

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GENERAL SUMMARY: The Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy of the State at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business designs, discusses, and disseminates ideas and research on political economy, the role of special interests, and the future of capitalism. The Center examines the obstacles to competitive markets by organizing discussions and conferences to enrich the public debate, supporting up-and-coming researchers, hosting fellows and experts, and publishing academic papers. The Center also disseminates these ideas through its podcast, Capitalisn’t, and its award-winning digital publication, ProMarket. The Center also hosts media members worldwide as part of its Journalist in Residence program.

The Center seeks a dynamic, versatile, and execution-oriented Executive Director to direct its next growth phase. In concert with the Faculty Director, the Executive Director will develop the Center’s long-term strategy and lead its execution with Center staff, affiliated faculty, and relevant stakeholders across the School and University. The Executive Director will be responsible for managing, staffing, budgeting, and implementing the Center's mission. The Executive Director ensures that the Center’s various activities and programs are integrated while will lead the staff’s efforts in doing the same.

The Executive Director will be crucial in promoting the Center to external parties, including donors, and seeking partnership opportunities in the sphere of the Center’s influence, including journalists, policymakers, and other thought leaders.



  • Leadership, Planning, and Metrics: Leads annual budget and strategic planning alongside the Faculty Director, including identification & implementation of new initiatives and sunsetting of current ones. Monitors quarterly revenue and expenses vs. budget and adjusts plans as needed.
  • Stigler Center Staff: Hires, supervises, motivates, and evaluates a team of nine (five program, operations, and initiatives staff – four research staff)
  • Project flow: Acts as the Center’s “Air Traffic Controller,” managing project flow, prioritizing various initiatives due to deadlines, the needs of senior University officials, and other factors. Ensures teams and projects are fully informed of initiatives
  • Center integration: Integrates work streams and efforts that otherwise would be siloed, identifying synergies and dissonance between the Center’s research initiatives, conferences/events, podcasts, and digital publications. Ensures proper information flow on key Center initiatives between the Faculty Advisor, Center staff, and appropriate departments.
  • Oversees all Communications and Marketing Strategies: Works with Center staff and outside developers to develop Stigler Center communications and publications, including the Center’s website and social media presence.
  • Stigler Center Visibility: Serves as a key spokesperson for many of the Stigler Center’s activities involving alums and students (e.g., introducing speakers, interacting closely with Stigler Faculty Advisory Committee members, fundraising).
  • Other related projects and tasks as assigned.



  • Graduate degree preferred.
  • Proven professional experience; highly desirable that some of that experience in nonprofit or higher education sectors.
  • Experience managing individuals and successfully navigating large, complex organizations.
  • Excellent verbal, presentation and written communication skills are required.
  • Well-seasoned strategic planning and project management skills are required. A strong track record of execution of key deliverables under compressed timelines, close attention to detail, and producing high-quality results across multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience with financial budgeting and planning preferred.
  • The ability to build relationships and manage up, down, and across with high emotional intelligence is required.
  • Occasionally, may need to work evenings and weekends during conferences/events as required.
  • Resume and CV are required.


The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information, please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination. Academic job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5671 or email with their request. Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-1841 or email with their request.

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