Director of Graduate Education - Molecular Biosciences
University of Chicago
March 30, 2018
Location: Hyde Park Campus
Responsible for comprehensive administrative management and oversight for all graduate programs within an administrative cluster. In addition, serves as the student affairs administrator for one program within that cluster.
Works with faculty leadership to hire, train and supervise , who may not all be physically located in the same space, but are assigned to specific programs within that cluster and ensure staffing coverage is provided to support training related activity for all graduate students and faculty trainers within the cluster.
Serve as liaison to the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs within the Biological Sciences Division with a matrix reporting relationship to the Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs.
Organizes the effective coordination of all activities related to graduate student training within the cluster and ensures all staff within the cluster are accountable to the graduate program faculty leads.
Manages all aspects of the budgets within the cluster including monthly reporting on expenditures for all programs in the cluster as well as preparing and submitting the annual operating budget in consultation with the faculty leadership.
Ensures compliance with all BSD and University policies and provide updates and reports requested by the BSDâ™s budget office.
Manages the fellowship support for all students in the cluster.
Responsible for ensuring any external contracts are effectively negotiated, obtaining multiple quotes and ensuring compliance with BSD policies related to review and approval of these contracts.
Manages regular events and ensures efficient staff support for cluster retreats, new student orientation, student recruitment, symposia, journal clubs, and other training related activities.
Manages data on graduate students relevant to all training grants held by programs in the cluster in collaboration with the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, faculty and program chairs, and department staff.
Ensures consistency among graduate programs, removing duplication from programs, reducing administrative costs and ensuring support for students and student mentorship is provided across the cluster.
Manages all aspects of communication including ensuring that the program websites within the cluster are all successfully upgraded to the new platform and are regularly updated by the student affairs administrators.
Manages comprehensive alumni tracking for programs within the cluster.
Works with faculty leadership to develop and organize an effective student recruitment strategy.
Support for broader efforts at divisional, institutional and affiliate institution level, to recruit and support a diverse group of students and promote an inclusive environment.
Oversees all aspects of the graduate student program and monitors student progress in fulfilling requirements including: student registration, fulfillment of coursework requirements, grades, laboratory rotations, candidacy submissions, teaching assistantships, thesis committee meetings, student funding, thesis defense and graduation.
Assists the assigned program chair and curriculum committee members to manage any and all curriculum affairs and issues or problems that may arise for that program.
Maintains records of faculty membership in assigned graduate program.
Provides support for new, competing renewal and annual progress reports for training grants germane to the graduate program.
Functions as the primary student contact for external fellowship applications.
Advises students in assigned program on all administrative aspects of their academic progress.
Assists faculty with the administration of courses, scheduling, room reservations, selecting teaching assistants and tutors, notifies instructors of students at risk.
Ensures the program website is successfully migrated to the new website platform and remains up to date.
Serves as the primary point person for internal communication to students and faculty within the program to ensure that all training activities, programs and events are clearly communicated and scheduled.
Leadership skills including the ability to organize events and programs and effectively deploy staff resources
Commitment to providing a high level of service and working in a team environment
Ability to effectively manage a budget, track spending, and prepare financial reports
High degree of professionalism
Attention to detail
Ability to handle confidential information with utmost discretion
Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to handle student concerns with empathy
Highly effective in verbal and written communication skills, including formulating recommendations and developing presentations
Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and under tight deadlines
Strong analytical and organizational skills
Demonstrated flexibility and ability to multi-task on frequent and constantly changing demands
Ability to negotiate effectively on behalf of students or faculty
Ability to bring groups together and build consensus
Ability to report to multiple people and effectively prioritize
Ability to effectively communicate with faculty, graduate students, and various administrative offices at all levels in the University
Ability to meet deadlines
Ability to work collaboratively to resolve problems
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Knowledge of database management software preferred
Advanced degree preferred
Minimum of five years of progressively responsible administrative experience
Experience in student affairs, academic support, or a closely-related area.
Experience with standard computer programs (e.g. MS Office Word, and Excel, standard email and internet applications)
Experience running intermediate level financial reports and managing financial accounting in Excel preferred
Experience working with students and/or faculty in the sciences preferred
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