Associate Director, Science Programs and Initiatives | University of Chicago (UC) - Military Veterans

at Herc- Greater Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Location: Hyde Park Campus Job Description: Manages a portfolio of new and existing programs, events, and initiatives including the I-Corps, Energy I-Corps, Collaboratorium, Polsky Science Fellows, Prototype for Success, Courses for Scientists, and additional new initiatives focused on innovation and research commercialization. Program management and instruction in the NSF I-Corps/Energy I-Corps program.  Responsibilities include  marketing the program, management of application processes, selection of participants (I-Corps only), recruitment and selection of coaches, Instruction (Summer only for both I-Corps and Energy I-Corps), recruitment and selection of Booth interns (Summer only for both I-Corps and Energy I-Corps), and post-program evaluation. Curriculum planning, instruction and program management for Prototype for Success, a college student program focused on supporting URM students interested in entrepreneurship and STEM.  Duties include coordinating with the College Office of Career Advancement to develop programs designed to educate college students on entrepreneurship, plan and execute programming and coaching students. Oversees Polsky Science Innovation Fellows to support the Compass Accelerator.  Coordinates and recruits Booth students to work with faculty startups by matching pool of potential candidates with appropriate technologies. Plans and executes the Collaboratorium, a student-scientist pairing program held twice annually at Booth to connect students with potential startups.  Duties include recruiting potential faculty/scientist startups and advertising the event to Booth students as well as coordinating day of event. Oversees the implementation and process for the Courses for Scientists programs. Surveys creation and administration for events and follows up data analysis to help set future strategic initiatives in conjunction with the Executive Director. Works in close coordination with Polsky Center directors, program managers, and leadership to ensure coordination of programming with other Polsky Center initiatives and audiences. Coordinates with relevant schools and departments (Pritzker School of Molecular Engineer, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Pritzker School of Medicine, Social Sciences, etc.) to market programs and events (as appropriate), identify participants, and manage communication with cross campus constituents. Together with Executive Director, works with scientific divisions, departments, centers, and student groups to identify and plan events catered to the scientific community to build Polsky Center awareness and engagement with faculty, students, and staff across the sciences. Mentors and counsels students who express an interest in working with the faculty and researchers at the University and National Labs. Works with directors, associate directors, and faculty to identify areas of need and strategically plan/implement new programming to meet needs. Actively attends and represents the Polsky Center at programs and networking events throughout the City of Chicago and occasionally outside the city. Uses in-depth knowledge and experience to recommend concepts for programming to leaders of various organizations and programs. Markets student activities programming throughout the year. Develops and implements protocols for evaluating the effectiveness of programs. Performs other related work as needed. Preferred Qualifications Education: Masterâ™s degree. Experience: At least three years of professional experience managing programs and/or events. Experience working in higher education and/or with diverse university constituents. Preferred Competencies Outstanding verbal, written, and presentation skills, as well as organizational skills. Proven ability to process large amounts of data and effectively streamline processes. Works independently with little supervision; possesses a self-starter disposition; identifies opportunities for improvement. High attention to detail, problem solving and analytical skills. Handle multiple detailed tasks/projects simultaneously and meet strict deadlines with frequent interruptions and thrive in a fast-paced environment. Proven understanding of the Polsky Center and its goals. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and diplomatically with colleagues, as well as with students, faculty and corporate contacts; ability to easily establish rapport and cultivate relationships with constituents both inside and outside of the organization. Professional demeanor, including tact, discretion, and a customer service-oriented approach. Scientific background, education, training, or experience working closely with the scientific community.  Comfort communicating with experts in biological and physical sciences. Familiarity and knowledge of the University of Chicago and its constituents. Understanding of database management and architecture. Working Conditions Flexibility to occasionally work late or start early for Polsky Center events. Application Documents Resume/CV (required) Cover Letter (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. 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