Assistant Director, Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program at The University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois

Posted in Other 4 days ago.

Job Description:


Booth Rustandy Center: Programming 1

About the Department

The Rustandy Center's mission is to advance research, promote innovation, and develop the people and practices to accelerate solving the social problems confronting our world. This position focuses on supporting the Rustandy Center's program goals to 1) equip Booth students and alumni to increase their social impact by applying their business and management skills, knowledge, and experience; and 2) be the leading university-based launch pad and knowledge center for the next generation of social entrepreneurs and the people who fund them. 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. Chicago Booth has the finest set of facilities of any business school in the world. Each of the four campuses (two in Chicago, one in London, and one in Hong Kong) reflects the architectural traditions of its environs while offering a state-of-the-art learning environment. Chicago Booth is proud to claim: -an unmatched faculty. -degree and open enrollment programs offered on three continents. -a global body of nearly 50,000 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. For more information about the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, please visit:

Job Summary

The Assistant Director, Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program (ESEP) manages the planning and execution for multiple Rustandy Center programs and activities in the social entrepreneurship and impact investing domains. Responsibilities include program administration event execution, program administration, research, and stakeholder engagement for the marquee John Edwardson, '72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC) competition, Tarrson Social Venture Fellows program, Steven Tarrson Impact Investment Fund, and other new and existing programs. It is based in the Hyde Park campus with occasional events and meetings in downtown Chicago (primarily around the Gleacher Center campus.)


  • Provides program administration and execution support for the suite of programs within the Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program.

  • Administers John Edwardson, '72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC) program that takes place throughout the academic year and supports social venture creation. Managing and executing ESEP ad-hoc events as necessary. Responsibilities may include:

  • Manages all aspects of event execution including program administration; coordination with catering, A/V and facilities teams; guest speakers and judges; sponsorships; invoices, stipends, and awards for program participants; partnering on event marketing and promotion; and more.

  • Assists with continued venture support programs for students and alumni working on ESEP supported ventures. Manages the program planning, application process, and execution of the Tarrson Social Venture Fellows program which provides mentorship and critical runway funding to help graduating students launch and grow their social enterprises.

  • Manages relationships with select Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, working with them on relevant programs and workshops and supporting office hours with students.

  • Manages student impact investing co-curricular programs, including application processes and event execution related to social venture funding to advance student learning and to tie more seamlessly to the SNVC program. This includes current programs such as the Turner MBA Impact Investing Network and Training Program (MIINT), Steven Tarrson Impact Investment Fund, Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investment Challenge, IEN SIILK Student Corporate Engagement Competition, Perspectives in Impact Investing, Total Impact Portfolio Challenge, and the Invest for Impact case competition program.

  • Liaise with and develops relationships withstudent group leaders at Chicago Booth (including the Impact Investing club, Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital club, the Government and Policy club, and more) and at other units (Harris Finance Group, Harris Ventures).

  • Fosters alumni communities and closer connections to the center for participants in ESEP programming including SNVC alumni, Tarrson Fellows alumni, and Tarrson Fund alumni.

  • Assists with a process to commercialize faculty innovation that can have social impact by supporting faculty in their research and business creation efforts.

  • Contributes to the evolution of the ESEP program by refining our programs, tracking program developments at peer institutions, developing relationships with external organizations to build the pipeline of social entrepreneurs and impact investors, and more.

  • Provides key course support for social entrepreneurship and impact investing lab courses at the University, working closely with students and faculty on these programs.

  • Helps develop and track metrics to assess the success of social entrepreneurship and impact initiatives.

  • Serves as global programs liaison for cross-sector initiatives including faculty commercialization, research to practice work, and other global initiatives in the ESEP focus areas.

  • Advises, supports, and recommends concepts for programming to leaders of various organizations and programs.

  • Communicates and discusses contract terms with outside vendors. Administers contracts. Maintains organizational records and archives relevant information and program materials. Receives a moderate level of guidance and direction.

  • 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


  • A minimum of two years of experience in program or project management, and/or business administration.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Proficiency in MS Excel, Outlook, and MS Office.

Preferred Competencies

  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills with keen attention to detail.

  • Creative and resourceful with strong problem solving skills and willingness to seek out, coordinate, and appropriately disseminate information to key stakeholders.

  • Enjoys administrative work and event planning.

  • Work with frequent interruptions and successfully manage concurrent projects and deadlines.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated experience and interest in social entrepreneurship and/or impact investing strongly.

Working Conditions

  • Flexibility to travel locally and occasionally start early or work late to assist with Rustandy Center events.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

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

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Benefits Eligible


COVID-19 Vaccination or Approved Medical or Religious Exemption Required


Drug Test Required


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