Assistant Director, Careers in Business

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2024


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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. Career Advancement 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 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.

Job Summary

The Assistant Director, Careers in Business will support the Careers in Entrepreneurship Program on programs to provide exposure and experiential opportunities in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation, including the UChicago Young Innovators Program. Additionally, the Assistant Director, Careers in Business will utilize previous industry expertise to prepare students for a business career, providing one-on-one advising and coaching for students, plan and execute programs, workshops, and large-scale events, and support program administration including reporting and analytics.

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). Additional open advising and programming resources are available to all students.


  • Supports UChicago’s Young Innovators Program, which empowers high achieving students for academic and career success in STEM innovation through experiential learning opportunities, mentorship from industry leaders, and a network of entrepreneurial peers.
  • Advises Trott Business Program students and additional business-focused students, providing coaching on career exploration and strategies to attain meaningful internships, full-time roles, and graduate school opportunities. Uses industry and company knowledge to provide targeted, outcomes-driven guidance and support.
  • Provides general career counseling to assigned 1st-year students, including assisting students with professional resumes, general career guidance and industry exploration discussions, and strategies to secure summer plans.
  • Plans, designs and executes workshops and employer site visits, virtual or on-site, as relevant. Leverages virtual technology to provide innovative programs and fosters student engagement and satisfaction.
  • Supports weekly Careers in Business communications promoting workshops, events, and job opportunities.
  • Manages and administers 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.
  • Manages and maintains efficient methods to track student data, quantify student engagement, and report on student outcomes.
  • Provides support as necessary for data management and analytics, correspondence, and reporting to senior leadership and other constituents. Creates presentations and executes additional projects as assigned.
  • Collaborates with the Employer Relations and Development portfolio managers to develop relationships with employers that lead to on-campus recruiting for both internships and full-time opportunities.
  • Advises and counsels students concerning employment opportunities and careers by acting as a liaison between students and prospective employers.
  • Conducts mock interviews, reviews resumes and cover letters, and coordinates other interview related programming in both individual and group settings.
  • 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 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree.


  • Background working with college-aged students and/or new recent college graduates strongly preferred.
  • Developing and managing an internship program a plus.
  • Expertise in program development, or a related area.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Minimum intermediate skills in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Utilize 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.

Preferred Competencies

  • Deep commitment to customer service, strong interpersonal skills and a high level of professionalism when interacting with internal and external clients.
  • Multitask, meet deadlines, and work successfully and positively in a fast-paced environment.
  • 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.
  • Developing and delivering presentations, and communicate to large groups as well as one-on-one with students, senior management, faculty, and alumni.
  • 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; prioritize work and meet deadlines.
  • Problem-solving and reasoning, critical thinking and decision-making skills.
  • Exemplary organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Handle sensitive matters with tact and discretion and maintain confidentiality.

Working Conditions

  • Work evening hours and weekends on an occasional basis, generally 1-2 days per month.
  • Travel, generally two or three times per year.

Application Documents

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