Assistant Director, Careers in Science, Computation, and Innovation

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

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Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, January 5, 2024


ESA Deputy Director STEM Programs - Direct Reports

About the Department

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. The Department offers innovative and comprehensive career development services with a focus on pre-professional preparation, experiential education, and access to internship and full-time 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 https://careeradvancement.uchicago.edu/.

Job Summary

The Assistant Director, Careers in Science, Computation, and Innovation will utilize industry knowledge and program management skills to scale up programming and resources designed to prepare students for successful careers in the physical and biological sciences in alignment with current market trends. In addition, this team member will support the growth and execution of pre-professional programs designed to increase access to STEM careers for diverse and underrepresented students. This team member will organize and execute events, develop impactful pre-professional workshops and experiential programs, provide one-on-one advising for students, support the management of outcomes reporting, and collaborate with campus partners as needed.

This position requires a passion for impacting students through career services and advising, the ability to think strategically about program management, a passion for working with underrepresented populations, and ideally have a background working in higher education or in a STEM-related field. The ideal candidate will be an energetic and talented individual contributor with a record of success in complex, fast-paced environments where collaboration is critical to success.


  • Utilizes prior professional experience to thoughtfully design programming that supports the professional development of students pursuing careers in the sciences.
  • Facilitates cohort-based programs supporting students interested in STEM across a wide variety of majors and backgrounds.
  • Supports curriculum design and internship placements for underrepresented students in STEM.
  • Assists with managing workshops and experiential programs under the umbrella of the Careers in Science, Computation, and Innovation.
  • Utilizes first-hand knowledge and skills gained from recent industry experience to successfully counsel and advise students interested in careers in the sciences.
  • Manages and executes student-employer and student-alumni engagement opportunities.
  • Maintains efficient methods of tracking student data, quantifying student engagement, and reporting on student outcomes.
  • Assists students with professional resumes/cover letters, interview preparation, graduate school applications, general career guidance, and industry exploration discussions.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with campus partners and Registered Student Organizations (RSOs).
  • 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 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


  • Prior experience working in higher education or a STEM-related field.
  • Background working with college-aged students and/or recent college graduates.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Proficiency with tools commonly used in innovation, such as data analysis tools and other industry-relevant technical skills.

Preferred Competencies

  • A demonstrated passion for supporting the success of students in their career development.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Demonstrated success in maintaining collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated initiative, and work both independently and collaboratively, with flexibility and adaptability.
  • Deep commitment to customer service, prioritize and balance different work streams, meet deadlines, and work successfully in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong coaching or counseling skills.
  • Communicate to large groups as well as one-on-one with students, senior management, faculty, donors, and alumni.

Working Conditions

  • Work evenings, occasional additional weeknight and weekend days.
  • Travel two to three times per year.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter/Statement of Interest (required)
  • Professional References Contact Information (3)(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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Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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