Job Location:
Chicago, IL


BSD OAA – Office of Academic Affairs

About the Department

The BSD’s Office of Academic Affairs is a service-oriented and compliance unit in the Dean’s Office devoted to overseeing faculty searches, managing institutional data, and reviewing proposals from appointive units for research appointees, visitors, academic affiliates, other academic appointees, and faculty. The BSD OAA plays a critical role in the BSD in training, supporting, and advising academic administrators and departmental leadership.

Job Summary

Reporting to the BSD Assistant Dean and Senior Director of Academic Affairs, the Associate Director will contribute to improving, refining, and simplifying processes related to the management of over 2,000 academic personnel, affiliates, and visitors. In addition to facilitating communication between the Office of Academic Affairs and appointive units within the Division of the Biological Sciences on federal/state/University/Divisional statutes, policies, guidelines, and practices, the Associate Director will develop and deliver training materials for departmental academic affairs administrators. The associate director will work closely with chairs, executive administrators, and academic affairs administrators not only to assist in anticipating issues and preemptively solving problems that may arise in the course of academic review, but also to develop tools, standards, and practices that will streamline the recruitment and the human resources management of faculty and other academic appointees. The Associate Director will also contribute to 1) the ongoing development, implementation, and curation of web-based materials and forms; 2) conducting research and drafting reports on policies and practices at peer institutions with academic medical centers; 3) other projects as assigned, including monitoring departmental compliance with the Division’s Affirmative Action Plan.


  • Manages the day-to-day operations of the Office of Academic Affairs functions to support faculty and academic appointee compliant search, recruitment, outreach, and appointment efforts.  

  • Assumes comprehensive responsibility for the drafting, review, assembly, and submission of materials in support of divisional appointive actions.

  • Serves as a resource to faculty and faculty administrative leaders on university policy and process matters and on BSD’s academic guidelines.

  • Utilizes oral and written communication skills to promote and ensure efficient processing compliance.

  • Contributes to process improvement as an advocate for clinical and basic science departments.

  • Drafts correspondence on faculty and other academic appointee matters on behalf of the Dean of the designates.

  • Processes visa materials, working with the University’s Office of International Affairs.

  • Organizes and manages the divisional electronic files, databases, and website for efficiency and improved user experience.

  • Serves as a resource for program information. Resolves problems or questions referred by program staff, University administrators, or other contingencies.

  • Gathers and analyzes data for possible solutions for faculty-related issues. Writes reports and expands knowledge and experience in areas.

  • Creates and disseminates new employee orientation, regular ongoing training, and educational materials for departmental academic affairs administrators, executive administrators, and other senior leaders such as department chairs and section chiefs as needed.

  • Prepares and presents analyses, reports, and marketing materials to a wide variety of both internal and external audiences. Participates and contributes on a variety of committees/teams and with a diverse array of colleagues and partners.

  • Conducts research and data gathering (e.g., Internet research, surveys), project planning, and implementation for a wide range of projects.

  • 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


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.

  • Master’s degree strongly preferred.


  • Experience creating and delivering educational workshops and/or material; instructional design.

  • Experience managing a team and influencing without direct oversight in a complex environment.

  • Experience in Academic Affairs, Human Resources, or other relevant experience in an academic environment.

  • Demonstrated experience delivering quality customer service.

  • Experience using and applying data analytics to diagnose problems and implement appropriate solutions.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

  • Experience with Adobe and MS Office including Excel and PowerPoint.

  • Experience with Workday human resources data system or similar HR platform.

  • Website design and management.

Preferred Competencies

  • Ability to foster a culture of inclusion by appreciating and respecting diversity.

  • Exceptional organizational and analytical skills. 

  • Ability to contribute to an environment where teams are committed to achieve institutional goals.

  • Ability to partner with different levels of the organization to achieve results.

  • Exceptional attention to detail and strong level of professionalism in the quality of work completed.

Working Conditions

  • Office Environment.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (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

Academic Affairs

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

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