Career Advancement serves a student population of approximately 6,000 arts and sciences undergraduate students, in addition to alumni who have graduated within the last five years. Career Advancement plays a vital role in ensuring our students’ success after graduation. Career Advancement offers innovative and comprehensive career development services with a focus on pre-professional preparation, experiential education, and opportunities. Through career advising, programs, and comprehensive resources, Career Advancement supports undergraduate students and alumni as they develop the skills necessary to manage their career development, while working with alumni and employers to provide students with meaningful opportunities. For more information, please visit the Career Advancement website at careeradvancement.uchicago.edu.
UChicago Career Advancement’s Careers in Business program builds on the world-class UChicago liberal arts foundation to give students a competitive edge in their professional development and recruiting in a wide range of businesses. Careers in Business provides expert advising, employer connections, and career exploration and experiential learning opportunities through two selective programs, the Trott Business Program (TBP) and the Financial Markets Program (FM), and additional open advising and programming resources available to all students.
The Assistant Director, Careers in Business will support students interested in financial services careers, including a significant cohort of students from underrepresented backgrounds. The Assistant Director will also lead a large-scale career program designed to promote diversity in the financial services industry. The position will provide one-on-one advising and coaching for students, manage a portfolio of employer relationships in nonprofit investment and endowment offices, plan and execute programs, workshops, and large-scale events, and support program administration including reporting and analytics. Utilizing previous industry expertise, this role will also serve as an expert adviser on investment banking, asset management, and corporate finance for students in the Trott Business Program, a selective three-year pre-professional program for rising business leaders.
Lead curriculum design, execution, and internship placement for finance diversity program including identifying opportunities that position students competitively in their career development.
Serve as expert career adviser for undergraduate students interested in finance, including a cohort of students from underrepresented backgrounds.
Provide coaching on career exploration and strategies to attain meaningful internships, full-time roles, and graduate school opportunities.
Use industry and company knowledge to provide targeted, outcomes-driven guidance and support. Identify key industry competency requirements and create internship opportunities for students to gain experience and develop technical skills in nonprofit endowment and investment offices.
Foster relationships with employer partners, including managing and tracking an employer portfolio to create incremental job and internship opportunities and expand University’s geographic footprint and impact.
Leverage virtual technology to provide innovative programs and foster student engagement and satisfaction.
Represent Career Advancement on calls with program donors and contributors, presents updates, write memos, execute on strategies and goals that support student career preparation and outcomes
Support weekly Careers in Business communications promoting workshops, events, and job opportunities.
Plan, design and execute workshops and employer site visits (virtual or on-site as relevant).
Manage and administer career treks to domestic and international business centers (virtual or on-site as relevant). This includes (but not limited to) connecting with firms and alumni and developing the trek schedule and logistics.
Manage and maintain efficient methods to track student data, quantify student engagement, and report on student outcomes.
Collaborate with colleagues to develop relationships with employers that lead to on campus recruiting for both internships and full-time opportunities
Manage or provide support to additional Career Advancement initiatives as assigned, including events and career fairs.
Conducts job search and career management related large lectures, hands-on workshops, special events, training programs, and one-on-one career coaching sessions. Acts as a resource for and directs students to other career resources as needed.
Analyzes markets and trends as they relate to job searches. Assesses student feedback and evaluations and collaborates with other career services staff members, student organizations, or other staff to determine program offerings and innovations.
Performs other related work as needed.
Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
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Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.
Master's degree or a comparable advanced degree
Minimum of three years of professional experience working in a finance and/or a corporate setting, with a preference for experience in investment banking, asset management or corporate finance.
Client-facing experience a plus.
Intermediate skills in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.
Experience utilizing Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or other digital platform for meetings and events.
Basic financial modeling and budgetary experience.
Expertise in counseling, program development, or a related area
Knowledge of career development theory and strong coaching or counseling skills
Deep commitment to customer service, strong interpersonal skills and a high level of professionalism when interacting with internal and external clients.
Ability to support students and other constituents from diverse backgrounds.
Ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and work successfully and positively in a fast-paced environment. Experience working with college-aged students and/or new recent college graduates strongly preferred; experience developing and managing an internship program a plus.
Expertise in program development, or a related area. Demonstrated success in maintaining collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies.
Strong coaching or counseling skills.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills; strong interpersonal, quantitative, and networking skills.
Experience developing and delivering presentations, and ability to communicate to large groups as well as one-on-one with students, senior management, faculty, and alumni.
Ability to develop strong relationships with a wide variety of constituents, including employers and external partners like alumni and parents, students, faculty, staff, and senior leadership .
Outcomes-driven and action-oriented attitude, ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines
Problem solving and reasoning, critical thinking and decision-making skills. Exemplary organizational skills and attention to detail.
Ability to handle sensitive matters with tact and discretion and maintain confidentiality.
Ability to work evening hours and weekends on an occasional basis (generally 1-2 days per month).
Willingness and ability to travel (generally two or three times per year)
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About The University of Chicago - Career Advancement
UChicago Career Advancement serves a student population of approximately 7,000 arts and sciences undergraduate students, in addition to alumni who have graduated within the last five years. Career Advancement plays a vital role in ensuring our students’ success after graduation. Career Advancement offers innovative and comprehensive career development services with a focus on pre-professional preparation, experiential education, and opportunities. Through career advising, programs, and comprehensive resources, Career Advancement supports undergraduate students and alumni as they develop the skills necessary to manage their career development, while working with alumni and employers to provide students with meaningful opportunities. For more information, please visit the Career Advancement website at careeradvancement.uchicago.edu.