Director of Education and Workforce Programs, CQE

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime


PME Quantum Exchange

About the Department

The Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE) is an intellectual hub for advancing the science and engineering of quantum information between the CQE community, across the Midwest, and around the globe. A catalyst for research activity across its member and partner institutions, the CQE is based at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and is anchored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Northwestern University. The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) was established in May 2019 and evolved from the Institute for Molecular Engineering, which was founded in 2011. The PME integrates science and engineering to address global challenges from the molecular level up. The PME’s rigorous academic and research programs are made possible through the University of Chicago’s unique partnership with Argonne National Laboratory. The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering is the first new school at the University of Chicago in three decades and the first school in the nation dedicated to molecular engineering. In the next phase of growth as a School, the PME will continue to expand its team of world-class faculty researchers and empower students from diverse backgrounds to collaborate with faculty in cutting-edge facilities. The PME aims to bring solutions for urgent societal problems to the forefront, while training the next generation of scientific leaders and entrepreneurs.

Job Summary

The Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE) within the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering is seeking a Director of Education and Workforce Programs who provides professional support for launching, managing and maintaining quantum education and workforce development programs in coordination with multiple University departments and external institutions. The Director of Education and Workforce Programs will enhance and support the implementation of institution-wide quantum initiatives related to teaching and learning, inclusive excellence, leadership development, and assessment.


  • Creates and manages workforce development and education programs between three universities (University of Chicago, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, University of Wisconsin – Madison, two national labs Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and other institutions). 
  • Develops, manages, and executes administrate efforts for the quantum certificate and Open Quantum Initiative programs.
  • Works in close collaboration with the industry partnerships team and is attuned to the workforce needs of employers.
  • Develops, manages, and executes administrative efforts at University of Chicago for the multi-institutional NSF Quantum Leap Challenge Institute with a dotted line report to the lead UChicago Investigator.
  • Collaborates with Career Advancement to execute the Quantum Recruiting Forum for students and trainees across STEM disciplines.
  • Establishes new education and outreach initiatives that increase the education and training of scientists and participation in quantum science and technology.
  • Plans and implements virtual and in-person events, including new courses, education, and outreach activities.
  • In coordination with the Chief Executive Officer of the CQE, prepares and monitors the various financial and budgetary activities, including vendor contracts, annual reports, and evaluations to funding agencies.
  • Partners with a vibrant group of faculty, industry partners, quantum professionals, and fosters new connections. Ensures clear and consistent communications with relevant program stakeholders.
  • Oversees the work of the Associate Director of Curriculum and Education Partnerships and the Program Administrator, Quantum Education.
  • Manages, evaluates, and develops staff as needed and as assigned.
  • Plans, develops, analyzes, and manages the budget, including developing multi-year budget forecasts. May oversee the preparation and management of grant and contract proposals, ensuring compliance with all University, federal and private foundation guidelines and regulations. Develops financial reports and assists with seeking funding for CQE education and career development programs and initiatives.
  • Uses best practices to develop and execute the organization’s operational and overall strategic plan. Develops and implements relevant policies and procedures and ensures compliance.
  • Manages the dissemination, interpretation and application of program policies and recommends or makes exceptions.
  • Contributes to design of program content, policies and strategic planning efforts.
  • 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 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field, such as in the STEM fields.


  • A minimum of seven years of significant work experience.
  • Grant and contract coordination, project coordination, and/or evaluation.
  • Working in higher education or an academic research environment.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Strong computer skills including and proficiency with Microsoft office suite, including Excel and database management.

Preferred Competencies

  • Demonstrated experience launching, managing, and evaluating education and/or workforce programs.
  • Experience with grant development, management, and reporting.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication, administrative, organization, problem -solving coordination skills, including public speaking.
  • Time management skills and the ability to organize and handle multiple, concurrent tasks within deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Flexible and adaptable to changes in workflow and procedures.
  • Handle public contacts with courtesy, clarity, and diplomacy.
  • Handle sensitive and confidential situations and information with absolute discretion.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)
  • Writing or presentation sample (preferred)
  • Professional References Contact Information (3)(preferred)

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

Job Family

Administration & Management

Role Impact

People Manager

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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