Senior Associate Director, Careers

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS


Posted: 15-Jun-24

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Type: Full-time

Salary: Open


Other Staff/Administrative

Internal Number: JR26790

Location: Chicago, IL

Job Description:

  • Serves as a central point of contact for companies which seek to engage with MiM and MiF Programs. This may be related to hiring Booth talent, guest speaker opportunities, or experiential learning opportunities for students. Develops and manages relationships with employers who can hire students in Boothâ™s newly created specialized master programs; conducts direct outreach to alumni and key employers to source job opportunities for MiM and MiF students. Coordinates with Booth staff in London and Hong Kong to source international employment opportunities for students. 
  • Advocates for specific students with specific companies, which entails deep knowledge of firmsâ™ hiring profiles and sufficiently trusted relationships with firms so that they welcome our referrals.
  • Collects, analyzes, and utilizes data to determine market and industry trends. Performs analysis on incoming student populations to inform employer outreach strategies. Creates company engagement strategies and collateral for potential employers.
  • Coaches MiM / MiF students who have an industry focus. Provides guidance on job search approach and tactics, which includes reviewing resumes, refining target lists, and connecting students with recruiters and supportive alumni.
  • Creates and manages speaker series which brings senior level alumni and company executives to campus. Facilitates off-site industry treks and office visits, and other networking opportunities. Solicits panelists and moderates panels to educate MiM / MiF students on relevant career paths.
  • Leads engagement with internal partners to ensure information flow between admissions, career coaches, and program operations staff, such that this role has full perspective on studentsâ™ career ambitions and goals. Provides talking points, and creates presentations, one-pagers, and documents for internal partners engaging with companies and alumni, and reports to stakeholders on career support and outcomes for MiM and MiF. 
  • Creates partnerships with undergraduate and other graduate career offices to ensure collaboration and coordination, particularly related to Universityâ™s 4+1 initiative and on employer outreach when appropriate. Serves as Booth lead on jointly sponsored initiatives (job fairs, workshops, etc.) supporting student employment outcomes.
  • Works closely with Booth Career Services to ensure collaboration and coordination related to MBA career support as appropriate. Partners with Career Services to coordinate campus recruiting visits.
  • Partners with Career Services to create and maintain an online recruiting solution to house a job board, resume databases, a coaching tool, and an employer tracking system. Establishes outcome tracking process and collects accurate data on studentsâ™ success in internship and job outcomes. 
  • Conducts complex 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 lead resource for and directs students to other career resources as needed.
  • Researches organizations that are hiring and partners with a wide variety of employers to ensure recruitment strategies meet their needs. Maintains contact with a portfolio of employers to serve as their dedicated Career Advancement liaison.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Master's degree.


  • A minimum seven years of business development, marketing, and/or recruitment experience.
  • Background working in a university environment.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and database management.

Preferred Competencies

  • Outstanding analytic skill set, with preference toward candidates who have applied that skill in the business development/sales arena.
  • Outstanding strategic skills, with experience in designing and leading business development strategies across a range of functions.
  • Critical thinking and persuasion skills.
  • Work effectively in an unpredictable environment where there are often multiple, sometimes-conflicting, priorities.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Superior organizational skills.
  • Manage micro and macro objectives and execute multiple objectives concurrently.
  • Outstanding verbal, written, and presentation skills, as well as organizational skills.
  • Possess a self-motivated disposition; identify opportunities for improvement and effectively recommend changes. Engage in performance feedback process , both giving and receiving.
  • Professional demeanor, including tact, discretion, and a customer service-oriented approach. Engage with very varied populations.
  • Work effectively and diplomatically with colleagues, as well as with students, faculty, and corporate contacts in a multitude of communication methods i.e., in person, zoom, email, phone.

Working Conditions

  • This position is currently expected to work a minimum three days per week in the office.
  • Work long hours, early mornings, late evenings, to lead and join student and employer meetings.

Application Documents

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

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