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Assistant Director, Student Programs

University of Chicago
Job Location:
Conference and Events Administration

GENERAL SUMMARY: The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation aims to create entrepreneurial leaders through a broad range of experiences, including classroom learning, experiential learning, leading-edge research, and community outreach. The Assistant Director, Student Programs is part of the Education and Programming team at the Polsky Center and focuses on the administration of student-facing programs and initiatives related to private equity and venture capital.


  1. Under the direction of the Director, Svider Private Equity Program, manage, administer, and grow a portfolio of new and existing programs, events, and initiatives for Chicago Booth MBA students and alumni related to private equity and venture capital, including but not limited to the Private Equity and Venture Capital Lab, the Venture Capital Investment Competition, the Private Equity Conference, the Sterling Partners Investment Thesis Challenge, the Private Equity Case Challenge, and the UChicago Private Markets Program. The work includes: program management from inception to completion, including application processing, coordination of guest speakers, mentors, and judges; coordination of selection processes for participants in programs; survey creation and administration; and coordination with the Polsky marketing team on awareness- and brand-building efforts.
  2. Collect and analyze program data; conduct ongoing needs and impact assessments of programs.
  3. Liaise and engage regularly with entrepreneurship-related student groups to assist in planning and delivering related programming.
  4. Advise students on appropriate career-related topics and guide them toward programs aligned with their interests.
  5. Under the guidance of Directors and Associate Directors, identify areas of need, strategically plan and implement new programming to meet needs, and ensure coordination of programming with other Polsky Center initiatives and audiences.
  6. As appropriate, liaise with relevant offices and departments (Alumni Relations and Development, Career Services, Admissions, etc.) to identify collaboration opportunities, develop partnership programs, market programs and events, support philanthropic efforts, and manage communication with student constituents.
  7. Actively attend and represent the Polsky Center at programs and networking events throughout the City of Chicago and occasionally outside the city.
  8. Other tasks as assigned.


  1. Bachelor’s degree required.
  2. A minimum of one year of professional experience managing programs and/or events.
  3. Outstanding verbal, written, and presentation skills required.
  4. Proven ability to process large amounts of data and effectively streamline processes.
  5. Proven understanding of the Polsky Center and its goals.
  6. Ability to work independently with little supervision; possess a self-motivated disposition; identify opportunities for improvement and recommend effective changes, all while achieving key objectives resulting in desired outcomes required.
  7. High attention to detail, superior organization, and program management skills required.
  8. Comfort using software including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Airtable, and Outlook email systems, and a willingness to learn and gain comfort with new software.
  9. Ability to handle multiple detailed tasks/projects simultaneously and meet strict deadlines with frequent interruptions required.
  10. 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. Strong team player who is willing to occasionally take on tasks outside of their portfolio to support colleagues.
  11. Professional demeanor, including tact, discretion, and a customer service-oriented approach required.
  12. Ability to travel between Hyde Park campus and downtown Gleacher Center (note that this position is based on the Hyde Park campus—90% of time will be spent in Hyde Park—with occasional events and meetings downtown).
  13. Flexibility to occasionally work late, start early, or on weekends for Polsky Center events.
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