The Associate Director, Career Management is part of a global Career Services team providing career management support to Chicago Booth MBA students and alumni. Based at Harper Center on the main University of Chicago Campus, this Associate Director role has three primary components â“ career coaching, career research and career education and skill development for Chicago Boothâ™s 1,150 MBA students in the fulltime program. As a coach, the Associate Director provides one-on-one and small group support for all phases of the career and job search lifecycle. As a research data professional, the Associate Director is one of the in-house experts on research tools and approaches and drives the teamâ™s support of students leveraging research tools during all phases of their search process. As an educator, the Associate Director creates and delivers innovative career management programming including large classroom, experiential learning and special events, and via e-learning media such as webinars, video casts, and designed instructional tools.
Coach domestic and international students on appropriate career management and job search skills tailored to the range of MBA-level business careers in one-on-one, small and large group settings, and virtually.
Conceptualize, develop, and deliver career education (knowledge and skill-building) including large scale programs, experiential workshops, panel discussions, and via e-learning/media.
Consult and partner with several functional, industry, and/or regional student groups to guide in planning and delivering career management-related programming to support recruiting needs and to accompany students on treks.
Manage or lead various special projects/programs that provide career and research-related support or strategic initiatives to address the needs of special constituencies.
Partner across team and colleagues in developing and implementing innovative solutions to meet student needs.
Use in-depth knowledge of proprietary databases, data analysis tools, and data visualization tools to gather, analyze, and synthesize data.
Leverage data by creating visualizations and providing key insights to inform decisions and define support for a variety of team projects and initiatives, such as targeted support for students conducting specialized searches.
Continually develop and maintain knowledge of MBA functions, and designated industries.
Analyze markets and trends as they relate to the MBA job search and incorporate tips/ advice into coaching and research support with students, and in developing career programming.
Collaborate with the Employer Relations team; accompany relationship managers on firm visits both locally and nationally to meet with firm representatives and discuss recruiting strategies, exchange student feedback and updates on hiring needs.
Maintain and apply expert knowledge of proprietary career research databases with students and staff through one-on-one coaching appointments, live and virtual presentations, and educational resources and tools. Educate the Career Management team on leveraging career research oriented intranet content, periodicals, books, and research databases as needed.
Facilitate career research operations, vendor relationships, budgeting, and coordinating and maintaining career research resources and relationships among the Harper and Gleacher Center Career Management teams, Regenstein Library, IT, Faculty, other Booth departments/centers.
Education, Experience or Certifications
Bachelorâ™s degree required.
Masterâ™s degree (completed or in process) in business, counseling, or related field strongly preferred.
A minimum five years of experience in career management required, career research or within relevant industry strongly preferred.
Experience and knowledge of, or demonstrated interest in, business careers required.
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
Strong written, verbal, and presentation skills, organizational and project management skills required.
Knowledge of career development theory and strong coaching or counseling skills preferred.
Proficiency in using on-line resources, spreadsheets and presentation software required.
Proficiency with statistical and visualization programs, such as R or Tableau, preferred.
Deep commitment to customer service and the ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, and work successfully in a fast-paced environment required.
Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated initiative, and the ability to work both independently and within a team required.
An understanding of and appreciation for the needs and concerns of a diverse MBA student body preferred.
Ability to travel as needed required.
Note: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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