The Rustandy Center is the destination for people committed to tackling complex social and environmental problems. As Chicago Boothâ™s social impact hub, it builds on the schoolâ™s grounding in business fundamentals with experiential learning and research. Through programs and events in social innovation and social enterprise, it equips its community with the knowledge and tools to positively impact humanity.
The Assistant Director will be responsible for supporting social entrepreneursâ”including faculty/researchersâ” from diverse parts of the university, coordinating the marquee John Edwardson, â™72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC) competition to build on its outstanding track record to date, and helping to position viable entrepreneurs for success. As such, this role will be primarily responsible for supporting the overall Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program (ESEP), and helping grow the specific initiatives and events that comprise it. This role will work with the team to coordinate, support and deliver programs and events related to social innovation and the social sector, both those organized directly by the Rustandy Center and those managed by student groups, other Booth departments, or other parts of the University. Manage a portfolio of key programs, providing logistical and administrative support, and optimizing the mix of activities that help new ventures get off the ground. Facilitate and provide administrative support to programs that enable students to learn about impact investing and venture philanthropy, fields that apply traditional investment discipline and measurement to organizations aiming for social impact.
Providing complete strategic and administrative support for the John Edwardson, â™72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC) program that takes place throughout the academic year and supports social venture creation. This will include managing program logistics, guest speakers, judges, sponsorships, invoices, stipends, events, awards for program participants, and more.
Managing student co-curricular programs and events related to social venture funding to advance student learning and to tie more seamlessly to the SNVC program. The current programs include the MBA Impact Investing Network and Training Program (MIINT), Perspectives in Impact Investing, Total Impact Portfolio Challenge, and the Invest for Impact case competition program.
Contributing to the evolution of the ESEP program by refining the Centerâ™s programs, tracking program developments at peer institutions, and more.
Assisting with a process to commercialize faculty innovation that can have social impact by supporting faculty in their research and business creation efforts.
Providing key course support for social entrepreneurship and impact investing lab courses at the University, working closely with students and faculty on these programs.
Helping develop and track metrics to assess the success of social entrepreneurship and impact initiatives.
Education, Experience or Certifications:
Bachelor's degree required.
Master's degree preferred.
At least two years of experience in program or project management, and/or business administration required.
Demonstrated experience and interest in social impact, entrepreneurship strongly preferred.
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
Demonstrated organizational and time management skills with keen attention to detail required.
Proficiency in MS Excel, Outlook, and MS Office required.
Creative and resourceful with strong problem solving skills and willingness to seek out, coordinate, and appropriately disseminate information to key stakeholders required.
Enjoys administrative work and event planning required.
Ability to work with frequent interruptions and successfully manage concurrent projects and deadlines required.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
Flexibility to travel locally and start early or work late to assist with Rustandy Center events required.
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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