Associate Director, Duality Accelerator and Science Programs

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, August 3, 2023


Booth Polsky Center: Innovation Programs

About the Department

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is the second-oldest business school in the U.S. and second to none when it comes to influencing business education and business practices. Since 1898, the school has produced ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. Their rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education transforms students into confident, effective, respected business leaders prepared to face the toughest challenges.

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-an unmatched faculty.
-degree and open enrollment programs offered on three continents.
-a global body of nearly 56,000 accomplished alumni.
- strong and growing corporate relationships that provide a wealth of lifelong career opportunities.

As part of the world-renowned University of Chicago, Chicago Booth shares the University's core values that shape the distinctive intellectual culture. At Booth, they constantly question and test ideas, and seek proof. This extraordinarily effective approach to business leads to new ideas and innovative solutions. Seven of the Booth faculty members have won Nobel Prizes for these ideas - the first business school to achieve this accomplishment.

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Job 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 Associate Director is primarily responsible for executing program operations for the Duality Quantum Startup Accelerator-Incubator, providing a full spectrum suite of services and critical venture support resources to position quantum startup companies for success. Duality is the first program in the nation that is exclusively dedicated to accelerating new startup companies focused on quantum science and technology. Duality is led by the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Chicago Quantum Exchange, along with founding partners the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Argonne National Laboratory, and P33. Now in its third year, the Associate Director will help lead, develop and deploy strategies that grow the program’s operational effectiveness and ensure its long-term financial stability.


  • Executes programming, education, and operation requirements of the accelerator-incubator from the initial application process through graduation, with the goal of ensuring that Duality accelerator is run and operated consistently with other Polsky Center premier programs.
  • Manages the recruitment, application and selection process for startups to participate in the Duality program.
  • Supports cohort teams participating in Duality by providing quality program execution, events, and drawing upon appropriate resources. As needed, supports and connects teams to a network of mentors and investors as well as solicit feedback from teams on their satisfaction with the program.
  • Actively contributes to the development of new job practices, techniques, and standards.
  • Develops and executes the Duality program calendar, schedule and operating rhythm. The operating rhythm includes cohort engagements, Governing Board and Technical Advisory Committee meetings, check-ins with teams and key stakeholders, risk reviews, financial short-term and long-range business planning, etc.
  • Coordinates at all organizational levels of the University, and across relevant schools and departments (Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, etc.), and with external partners (Chicago Quantum Exchange, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Argonne National Laboratory, and P33, etc.) to execute key objectives.
  • Manages communication with all program-specific constituents, including business liaisons, coaches, mentors, student interns, sponsors, cohort alumni and others involved with the program.
  • Collaborates with relevant Polsky Center staff, oversees event planning and programming execution and logistics, including space reservation and catering needs, coordination with audio visual and facilities teams, and management of attendee needs.
  • Teams with the Polsky Center marketing and communications team to deploy awareness-building campaigns, including content creation, print and web materials, posters, brochures, flyers, surveys, social media, etc.
  • Frequently interfaces with the Polsky Center Deep Tech Ventures (DTV) team and identifies opportunities to synchronize and align programming, when appropriate.
  • Attends events as a representative of the Polsky Center and DTV programs to build and maintain relationships, stays up-to-date on entrepreneurial initiatives and accelerator programs, and participates in programming hosted by external partners as they relate to the goals and purpose of the DTV.
  • Monitors appropriate metrics, satisfies established key performance indicators, ensures performance to plan, makes appropriate adjustments, resolves issues, and supports the program’s long-term strategy.
  • Leads data collection and data management of programs, and post-event evaluation and record management.
  • 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.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • At least three years of experience managing programs, projects and/or events.
  • Experience shaping relationships with internal and external partners to advance business objectives in a rapidly expanding and/or emerging technology field.
  • Experience serving as subject matter expert to leadership and special external spokesperson for the organization on major matters pertaining to its policies, plans, and objectives.
  • Scientific background, education, training, or experience working closely with the scientific community.
  • Experience with business communication tools, financial reports, project management, and industry metrics.
  • Demonstrated experience with celebrating and implementing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
  • Experience using various software systems, including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Data analysis, data visualization, and business intelligence experience (i.e. Tableau dashboard development).
  • Experience with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR).
  • Understanding of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database management.

Preferred Competencies

  • Influence others outside of your organizational control.
  • Professional demeanor, including tact, discretion, and a customer service-oriented approach. Demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships, establish rapport, work effectively and diplomatically with diverse colleagues.
  • Outstanding verbal, written, and presentation skills, as well as organizational skills.
  • Work independently with little supervision; possess a self-starter disposition; identify 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.
  • Develop solutions to complex, ambiguous problems that require ingenuity and innovation. Ensure solutions are consistent with organization objectives.
  • Perform work with minimal direction and exercises considerable latitude in determining objectives and approaches to assignment.

Working Conditions

  • This position is currently expected to work a minimum three days per week in the office.
  • Travel between Hyde Park campus, Harper Court office and downtown Gleacher Center.
  • Flexible hybrid work schedules can be accommodated with the understanding that required on-site programming duties and in-person key stakeholder engagements are fulfilled.
  • Flexibility to occasionally work late or start early for Polsky Center events.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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