Reporting to the Executive Director, the Assistant Director of Special Programs assists in the creation and development new format and custom programs for high school and undergraduate students, and serves as an important liaison between the office and external partners both within and outside of the UChicago community. The Assistant Director helps create and support new programs, and contributes to their development and support, including program design, curriculum development, scheduling, instructional staffing, relationship building, and administrative support. Potential partners include other University of Chicago offices and organizations, Chicago-based local organizations, secondary or post-secondary educational institutions (domestic and international).
40% Contribute strongly to creation of new partnerships and program conceptualization. Support development and management of new and custom program types, including outreach and marketing to new potential partners.
20%Assist with the recruitment of instructional staff for new programs. Maintain relationships with internal, international, and community partners.
20% Provide logistical and administrative support to special programs, and contribute to creation of co-curricular programming.
10%Assist operations staff with managing the budget and day-to-day spending for new programs.
10% Support Summer Session team with responding to regular phone and email inquiries from potential partners.
Superior organizational and communication skills.
Pro-active innovator with strong interest in supporting the creation of new programs.
Effective relationship-builder, able to represent the university well both internally and externally.
Ability to thrive in both structured and unstructured workday.
Familiarity with higher education, the culture of a selective research institution, and working with faculty.
Works effectively both as part of a team and independently.
Ability to prioritize competing demands during seasonally busy periods.
Creative problem-solver, with a strong eye for details.
A self-motivator able to create and meet timelines for project development. Project management experience a plus.
An understanding of Chicagoâ™s urban landscape, its neighborhoods, and UChicagoâ™s relationship to Hyde Park and its neighbors a plus but not required.
Availability to work some evenings and weekends as needed when programs are in session.
Availability to travel occasionally to support partner relationships and represent Summer Session.
Education, Experience, and Certifications:
Bachelor's degree required.
Masterâ™s or other advanced degree preferred.
5-7 years of progressively responsible administrative experience, or advanced degree plus project management or administrative experience required.
Experience with academic program creation, management, and evaluation required.
Experience working with a wide range of student clientele required.
Experience creating internal and external partnerships and developing stakeholder relationships required.
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
Proficiency in PC environment
Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, and on-line organizational tools
Fluency in language(s) other than English desirable
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
Ability to sit at a computer for 2-4 hours.
Cover letter, which is to include your interest in this position
List of references
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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