Deputy Director

University of Chicago
Illinois, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Nov 11, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Financial Affairs
Employment Level
Salary Band
Employment Type
Full Time

About the Department
The Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago was founded in 1998 and renamed the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights in July 2014. The Pozen Center supports innovative interdisciplinary teaching and research initiatives that critically explore the theory and practice of global human rights.

Job Summary
Under the leadership of the Executive Director, this position manages administrative staff, develops, and executes organizational operational and strategic plans, oversees financial budget administration of the unit, and directs daily operations including finance, fundraising, marketing, communications, and human resources. Oversees and manages the programmatic mission of the unit. Provides strategic leadership for the Center and serves as a liaison to academic departments, professional organizations, and administrative units of the University.



  • Oversees the proper discharge of administrative duties of the Center including supervising personnel, financial management, and operations.
  • Works effectively with the Center’s faculty board.
  • Pursues the equity goals of the university in all facets of Center operations.
  • Develops and implements curricular and co-curricular mission of the Center with Center Directors.
  • Collaborates with Directors to develop individual programmatic strategic priorities and supports implementation of programs.
  • Sets benchmarks for program evaluation and regularly measures outcomes against strategic priorities.
  • Identifies short and long-term goals and oversees allocation of resources to meet priorities.
  • Develops operational policies to ensure strategic goals are met and oversees their implementation.  
  • Strengthens and develops sustainable partnerships with administrative units across campus.  
  • Ensures compliance of staff with organizational, University and other relevant policies and guidelines in all areas of grants, financials, and human resources.
  • Oversees human resources activities for all unit’s staff employees, including hiring, orientation, performance planning and compensation, staff development, and employee relations with college administration. 
  • Manages program operations and administrative functions which may include planning and scheduling, program evaluation, policy implementation, personnel administration, budget, marketing, fundraising and proposal development.
  • 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



  • Master’s degree in higher education/college student personnel or related field.


  • Minimum 5 years professional work experience in higher education.
  • Minimum 5 years of management experience, including staff management.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience developing and monitoring budgets.
  • Specialized knowledge of college student development and event planning.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Proficiency in Mac and PC environments.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, and online organizational tools.
  • Familiarity with Adobe graphic design/web development environments.

Preferred Competencies

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills including excellent editing/proofreading ability in English.
  • Work in student-centered environment.
  • Handle multiple concurrent projects in a competent and professional manner while also managing details and meeting deadlines.
  • Work effectively with supervision and as a part of a team, individually, or in concert with other offices and campus partners.
  • Work autonomously, taking initiative and without detailed instructions.
  • Maintain confidentiality/discretion at all times.
  • Handle stressful situations.

Working Conditions

  • Office environment.
  • Some evening and weekend work.

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