Associate Director, Programming

Updated: 25 days ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime


Booth Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence 1

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Job Summary

The Associate Director will be an integral member of the Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence (CAAI) team, working to ensure that a long-term strategy and diverse set of programs and events are planned and executed to successfully reach our mission. This role reports directly to the Center Director and is primarily responsible for developing and executing a cohesive programming strategy that serves a diverse set of audiences, including alumni, students, and the general public. The Center has an entrepreneurial culture, and the successful candidate for this role will be a self-directed and creative professional, who is excited by the potential for having a key role in defining the Center’s future offerings.


  • Focuses on amplifying and extending the Center’s work through events and programs that enable students and alumni to explore many possibilities for engaging in AI and social science; supports students and alumni in their efforts to pursue careers in AI; and curates meaningful experiences for the University and broader community to understand the impact of AI and its role in the social sciences.
  • Based on the high-level objectives that have been established, builds out a strategy and tactics for the Center’s programs and lead execution. 
  • Oversees development of a new program intended to engage alumni and students in the work of the Center, leading to cross-pollination between industry and research as well as new opportunities for career growth. In the immediate term, this involves working closely with the Center Director to outline the strategy of the program, develop metrics of success, and plan initial opportunities and experiences for alumni and students.
  • Included in the portfolio of existing programs is the Center’s flagship academic program, the Machine Learning in Economics Summer Institute. This role is responsible for ensuring the continued success of this program and oversees support staff who will ensure high-quality execution.
  • Develops metrics for measuring the success of new and existing programs and events.
  • Supervises support staff, whose job responsibilities will include support and execution of some events.
  • 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


  • Master’s degree.


  • A minimum five years of experience managing large-scale projects, developing programs and executing events.
  • Experience working in higher education ecosystem.

Preferred Competencies

  • Demonstrated leadership abilities, including developing strategic plans against a vision and involving others in the execution.
  • Experience managing staff.
  • Demonstrated passion for and interest in the social impact and tech sectors.
  • Excellent and professional verbal, written, and presentation skills.
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to handle multiple projects concurrently.
  • Build and lead teams from multiple organizations.
  • Proven ability to work effectively and diplomatically with fellow staff members and to be part of a high-functioning team, as well as adapt to working with students, alumni, faculty, and senior university leaders.
  • Proven ability to seek out, coordinate, and appropriately disseminate information.

Working Conditions

  • Travel between Hyde Park campus and downtown Chicago; occasional travel domestically or internationally.
  • Flexibility to work late or start early for CAAI events, as well as attend events on weekends. Approximately one evening and/or one Saturday on a monthly basis, with more during MLESI in August.
  • This position is currently expected to work a minimum three days per week in the office.

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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