Job Location:
Hyde Park Campus


Civic Engagement Neighborhood Schools Program: Staff

About the Department

The Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) is UChicago’s gateway to the South Side and the city, connecting the University to our neighbors. Our office works to foster UChicago’s university-wide approach to civic engagement and instill a shared set of values and practices while empowering each internal unit to build on its own unique strengths in forging community partnerships. We work to inform, support, and advance the community engagement of our faculty, students and staff. Working with community partners, OCE strengthens community organizations and small businesses, improves access to education, and connects residents to jobs —all with the goal of advancing economic and social progress in our neighboring communities and the city as a whole. OCE pursues civic partnerships that begin with shared opportunity, build reciprocity, and result in greater positive impact. OCE has a special focus on nine neighborhoods: Douglas, Grand Boulevard, Greater Grand Crossing, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, South Shore, Washington Park, and Woodlawn. Over the next three years, OCE will strengthen and scale the distinct areas of work it leads and support the sustainability of civic engagement as an integral part of the University of Chicago overall to enable greater impact.

Job Summary

The job provides business support within established procedures regarding office and location support activities. Identifies, enhances, and follows specific processes and procedures to maximize the efficiencies for which the support is being provided by working autonomously within established procedures and practices. Ensures the correct functioning of facilities, office and/or business support services.


  • Manages bi-weekly payroll of nearly 500 paid employees which includes ensuring Time Sheet and Workday compliance across OCE programs supporting student civic engagement.
  • Creates Workday positions and hires nearly 500 employees including volunteers into various programs and sub-programs within the OCE, including NSP, MTM, Jumpstart, CPA, and UCSC. Involves onboarding employees into Workday and ensuring University and government compliance.
  • Engages in a high volume of correspondence and engagement with students, superiors, co-workers, HR specialists, Financial Manager, Workday Support team, Payroll Support team, etc.
  • Reconciles payroll for student and temp employees involves filing bi-weekly adjustment forms, requesting payroll transfers, and corresponding with students and/or various University departments to ensure accuracy of payroll.
  • Advises students in all stages of hiring process, payment process, paycheck pickup, tax questions, as well as general program matters.
  • Creates and conducts payroll and Workday onboarding orientation sessions for incoming student employees across all programs (2-3 sessions per week during peak recruitment periods).
  • Manages employee files in Workday to reflect changes in employee status and stay in compliance with Workday regulations and file upkeep schedule.
  • Directs hiring of non-University affiliated temp staff for NSP, MTM, Jumpstart, CPA, and UCSC.
  • Operates payroll in an internal Access database and Excel worksheets detailing employee Workday information and bi-weekly payroll information and reconciliations.
  • Manages team of 2-3 student Payroll Administrative Assistants to support operational tasks.
  • Submit ePayments for program expenses as needed.
  • Prepare special reports and summaries, assists in managing daily operation of the office, and may assist in developing administrative goals and policies.
  • Coordinates special projects as directed by the leader. Prepares write ups for recommendations for operational and administrative problems. Prepares financial and/or administrative reports.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include vocational training, apprenticeships or the equivalent experience in related field (not typically required to have a four-year degree).

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree.


  • Background working in a university environment.

Preferred Competencies

  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Detailed oriented.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (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

Administration & Management

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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