BFI Employment Opportunities

The Becker Friedman Institute for Economics (BFI) works with the Chicago Economics community to turn its evidence-based research into real-world impact. BFI takes a unique approach to bridging the divide between academic researchers and decision-makers in the business community and government by translating and packaging the rigorous work of the Chicago Economics community into accessible formats, and proactively sharing those findings with relevant decision-makers and thought leaders around the globe. BFI is a collaborative platform serving the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, the Harris School of Public Policy, and the Law School.

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Open Positions

  • Events Assistant

    Job Summary

    The Events Assistant works closely with the Events Manager and Senior Manager, Events and Academic Programs at the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics (BFI) as a key member of the events team. The job provides professional support and solves straightforward problems in a broad range of operational business activities in the creation of plans for events programming, marketing, and logistics. With guidance from others, monitors the execution of events.

    Responsibilities

    • Under the direction of the Senior Manager, Events and Academic Programs, assists with the coordination of events, including reserving space and hotel room blocks, coordinating with caterers communicating with speakers, arranging transportation and audio/visual equipment, tracking attendees, and providing updates of attendance to the team, and preparing printed materials.
    • Onsite event support including setup and breakdown.
    • Coordinates logistics and catering setup for weekly institute workshops.
    • Supports workshop speakers while on campus including greeting speakers, coordinating office hours and activities, responding to onsite needs, collecting feedback, and submitting reimbursements.
    • Works with the Communications team to regularly review the accuracy of, and submit updates for, event-related content on the BFI website and intranet.
    • Contributes to ongoing marketing efforts of BFI programs and events, including increasing outreach to other divisions across campus to engage their students, faculty, staff, and alumni in institute programs.
    • Assists with identification and resolution of event and program needs, including vendor selection and contract negotiation. Keeps track of all expenses, prepares reports on costs, using existing procedures to solve routine problems as they arise.
    • Maintains guest lists and assists with mailing invitations and creating brochures for the event.
    • Compiles data to be used in event and program evaluation. Contributes to improvements by implementing ideas as they are identified, with general direction from others.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education: Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
    Work Experience:
    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Experience:

    • A minimum of one year of relevant experience, such as event and/or conference planning.
    • Background in higher education is a plus.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Demonstrated skill and knowledge of Microsoft Windows suite, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Attention to detail.
    • Maintain confidentiality.
    • Work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
    • Budget management skills.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Organizational skills
    • Demonstrated ability to be an excellent team member.
    • Understanding of higher education and/or nonprofit organizations.
    • Diplomatic and customer service-based approach to interacting with colleagues and others.
  • Pre-Doctoral Research Opportunities

    The Predoctoral Research in Economics program (PREP) is intended to serve as a bridge between college and graduate school for students interested in empirical economics. The program offers unique research and professional training opportunities at the University of Chicago.

    The program offers economics research and training opportunities at the University of Chicago. Responsibilities span all stages of research, including managing projects, collecting and analyzing data, creating presentations, and editing manuscripts. In addition to working closely with faculty as research assistants, predoctoral research professionals typically attend classes and seminars at the Becker Friedman Institute (BFI), the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), the University of Chicago, and affiliate institutions.

    The program provides two key events for professional training. At the beginning of each year, there is a five-day long customized orientation and training workshop. The training sessions cover topics such as: Data management practices, version control, coding reviews, causal inference and econometric methods, working with spatial data, and science communication tools. In the winter, BFI will hold a retreat dedicated to professional career development. Junior and senior faculty attend and present on issues such as: Applications to graduate school, the development or research ideas and projects, grant applications, potential pitfalls in graduate school and how to avoid them, and cutting-edge statistical methods.

    Program Benefits

    Along with the day-to-day contact with BFI faculty supervisors, the fellowship provides two key events for professional training. At the beginning of each year, pre-doctoral fellows participate in a five-day orientation and training workshop. The training sessions cover topics from data management practices to econometric methods and science communication tools. In the winter, BFI holds a retreat dedicated to career development. Faculty present on issues such as completing applications to graduate school, developing research ideas and projects, applying to grants, and performing cutting-edge statistical methods. They also provide advice on how to avoid common mistakes and succeed in graduate school.

    BFI’s outstanding pre-doctoral fellows have gone on to some of the country’s top PhD programs, securing places in Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School; Urban Planning at the University of California at Berkeley; and more.

    How to Apply

    Applications for the program are reviewed in fall, winter, and spring cycles. The winter application cycle for 2022 is now live, with a priority deadline of January 30.

    Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree by June of the year they are applying, and have strong quantitative and programming skills. Candidates with research experience are strongly preferred, especially those with experience in Stata, R, Python or Matlab. The ideal candidate would begin in July and work for BFI for one or two years before applying to graduate school in Economics or another quantitative social science. BFI offers a competitive salary and employee benefits.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Do you offer visa sponsorship for international applicants?

    Yes, BFI sponsors work or student visas.

    2. Are there any specific requirements for the writing sample?

    There are no requirements for the length or topic of your writing sample. Many successful applicants submit economics research papers (e.g. a thesis, or term paper) that highlight their abilities in writing and empirical analysis.

    3. What kind of applicant does BFI look for?

    Successful applicants have typically completed advanced coursework with high marks in economics, math, statistics, or computer science. Many pre-doctoral research professionals have had past economics research experience at their university, or other research institutions such as the Federal Reserve, World Bank, J-PAL or IMF.

  • Grants & Contracts Associate

    Job Summary

    The job provides professional support for pre-award and/or post-award activities relating to grant and contract proposals and funding within a department or unit. Pre-award activities include research, preparing applications, and editing proposals. Post-award activities include compliance monitoring, payment processing, and salary allocations. Performs work with moderate guidance and utilizes knowledge of University and business drivers.

    Responsibilities

    • Monitors spending on all federal, non-federal, and internal grant accounts. Analyzes monthly financial reports and ledgers for accuracy, recommends and initiates action to correct discrepancies and follow-up until resolved.
    • Prepares drafts of financial sections for components of grant and supplement applications, including draft budgets and budget justifications. Coordinates with sub-award administrators to assist with preparation of financial materials for all major grant-related activities.
    • Manages the execution of Subawards, Sponsored Consulting Agreements, and Subaward Amendments.
    • Processes cost and payroll transfers.
    • Pre award activities includes reading proposal guidelines; collecting, composing, and/or preparing administrative components of proposal submissions; preparing applications, developing and preparing budgets, and monitoring regulatory compliance requirements.
    • Post award activities includes account creations, regulatory and compliance monitoring, salary allocations, effort reporting, grant projections, cost allocations, cost center charges, equipment inventory, invoice preparation, grant closing process, and account closing.
    • Partners with University Research Administration (URA) to monitor pre- and post-award activities, such as timely submission of applications and progress reports (RPPRs); requests for no-cost extensions; obtaining sponsor approvals for major changes to project work scope or major changes to anticipated expenditures, etc.
    • Works closely with the Senior Grants Manager to collect grant data for the annual budget.
    • Processes BFI internal (unrestricted) grants such as the BFI Data and Research Awards.
    • Works directly with the faculty and research staff to seek new avenues for funding and new grant opportunities.
    • Ensures that notices of relevant new funding opportunities for research programs are brought to the attention of the faculty.
    • Gathers needed documentation, manages and coordinates with University Research Administration (URA), the execution of Subawards, Sponsored Consulting Agreements, and Subaward Amendments.
    • Works with a broad array of sponsors, interpreting regulations and guidelines of multiple program funding with broad and complex guidelines for spending.
    • Ensures all applications meet agency and University guidelines.
    • Works directly with the PI to develop proposal budgets, in accordance with the needs of the research plan and Agency and Institutional Requirements.
    • Responsible for timely submission of applications, renewal/continual amendments, ensuring timely submission of technical reports, just-in-time submissions, no-cost extensions, and Agency required re-budgeting.
    • Coordinates with other departments/units/division regarding multi-investigator grant submissions.
    • Responsible for all data entry and preparation of grant reports and trend analysis.
    • Interacts with University Research Administration, faculty, postdocs, and pre/post-award colleagues from other departments and sections, and Financial Services Office personnel.
    • Handles post award activity including providing details for account creation, regulatory and compliance monitoring, salary allocations and effort reporting, grant projections, cost allocations, cost center charges, equipment inventory, prepare and submit interim closing memos for interim financial reports, and prepare and submit final closing memos for final financial reports and close out of accounts.
    • Prepares detail expense budgets based on awarded funds from the agency.
    • Allocates, authorizes, monitors, and controls expenses.
    • Maintains accounts including oversight, reconciliation, and error correction.
    • Performs financial forecasting.
    • Coordinates submission of closing memos to ensure timely submission of FSR.
    • Understands regulations and guidelines related to various awarding agencies.
    • Prepares summaries of grants and effort allocations for Principal Investigators.
    • Meets regularly with Principal Investigators regarding grant portfolio and expense allocation.
    • Responds to Principal Investigators questions.
    • Coordinates with other departments/units/division regarding multi-investigator grants.
    • Communicates status of faculty accounts to supervisor and other appropriate parties on a regular basis.
    • Interacts with University Research Administration, faculty, postdocs, grad students, departmental HR and post-award colleagues, and pre/post-award colleagues from other departments and sections, and Financial Services Office personnel.
    • Reviews all applications against University guidelines, in addition to drafting progress reports, non-competing applications, amendments, and budgeting. Responsible for all data entry and preparation of grant reports and trend analysis.
    • Prepares summaries of grants and effort allocations for Principal Investigators, meets with them and responds to their questions. Coordinates with other departments/units/divisions regarding multi investigator grants. Serves as department contact for annual audits and agency site visits.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

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

    Preferred Qualifications

    Experience:

    • Progressively responsible grant/contract and financial administration in an academic setting.
    • Experience with budgets, ledgers, invoices, and fiscal reporting.
    • Experience in one or more aspects of sponsored program administration in a research environment.
    • Experience with accounting systems

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Work experience with grant preparation, including pre- and post- award in a research environment.
    • Computer skills including word processing, database management, and spreadsheet skills.
    • Knowledge of federal and non-federal grant and contract policies.
    • Working knowledge in administration, accounting or grant and contract.
    • Experience with University research, financial and HR/payroll systems including FAS, AURA, Business Objects.
    • Knowledge of procurement and finance systems.
    • Knowledge of general accounting standards and auditing.
    • Demonstrated initiative in improving processes and enhancing systems.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Attention to detail.
    • Flexible and adaptable work style.
    • Strong organizational skills.
    • Strong financial and analytic skills.
    • Exercise sound judgment, discretion, and tact.
    • Excellent independent time management skills along with the ability to handle multiple and concurrent tasks within deadlines.
    • Knowledge of research methods and funding sources.
  • Executive Director, Development Innovation Lab

    About the Department

    The Development Innovation Lab (DIL) at the University of Chicago is a new initiative led by Nobel laureate Professor Michael Kremer. Announced in fall 2020, DIL uses economics tools to develop and test innovations that improve lives in developing countries. From a chlorine dispenser based on the insights of behavioral economics, to the financing of Covid-19 vaccines, DIL works with governments, firms and nonprofits to advance knowledge and generate practical solutions to development challenges which can reach hundreds of millions of people. The Development Innovation Lab is part of the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics at the University of Chicago (BFI). BFI is a collaborative platform serving the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, the Harris School of Public Policy, and the Law School. For more information visit https://bfi.uchicago.edu.

    Job Summary

    As the founding Executive Director, this role provides a rare opportunity to refine the mission and strategy for a new lab, while benefiting from the deep institutional infrastructure of BFI, the University of Chicago, and international policy partnerships built by Prof. Kremer and his collaborators. The Executive Director will be responsible for working closely with the faculty director to develop and execute DIL’s strategic plan and managing the Lab.

    Responsibilities

    • Spearheads the development of this new initiative to become an effective lab for fostering innovations using the tools of development economics.
    • Leads conversations and negotiations with governments to plan, design, and execute collaborations with the Lab.
    • Represents the Lab in meetings with high-level government officials, business executives, NGO leaders, and other key stakeholders on the global stage.
    • Builds and oversees a growing organization.
    • Provides leadership for a Center with senior management and serves as a liaison to academic departments, professional organizations and administrative units of the University.
    • Manages related teams. Establishes department priorities, may be responsible for the management of the center budget, allocates resources and executes strategic plans.
    • Oversees a communication strategy and marketing efforts aimed at increasing the visibility of the Center. Collaborates with others to make the center a valuable resource to all students and contributes to the broad goals of creating a stronger campus community.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Education:

    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

    Education:

    • PhD degree in economics, public policy, or a related field preferred with training in microeconomics and econometrics.
    • Candidates from a policy background who can demonstrate similar knowledge through demonstrated professional experience will also be considered.

    Experience:

    • 8 or more years of professional work experience, with significant experience in international development research and implementation working with, and ideally part of a diverse set of stakeholders.
    • 7 or more years of people management experience, including building teams of direct and indirect reports with significant technical and leadership skills as well as overall center management.
    • 5 or more years of experience conducting or managing research in development economics.
    • Background working with governments of developing countries.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Vigorous understanding of and ability to communicate economic concepts.
    • Knowledge of the practicalities and econometrics of randomized control trials.
    • Present complex data in a clear intuitive way.
    • Working knowledge in complex partnerships including between research, nonprofits, business, funding agencies, and governments.
    • Living in low- and middle-income countries.
    • Oversee budgets and financial reporting.
    • Fundraising from individuals, institutional and governmental funders, and philanthropic foundations.
    • Running an organization, or significant business unit within an organization.
    • Interacting with a variety of other major institutions relevant to international development.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate technical information in a way that can be understood by stakeholders with varying levels of technical background.
    • Highly organized with excellent project management skills and the ability to anticipate needs before they arise.
    • Comfortable navigating situations with varying degrees of ambiguity in an environment where priorities may shift often.
    • Excellent people management skills, with an ability to build an open, positive, team-oriented work culture that is diverse and inclusive, sensitive to cultural differences, and where everyone feels valued.
    • Demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of those living in poverty in developing countries.
  • Research Manager, Development Innovation Lab

    Job Summary

    The Research Manager position manages several research projects being conducted in low- and lower middle-income countries. The Research Manager is responsible for managing the overall project including data collection, data security, data analysis, and logistical support, as well as implementing partner and funder relationships. S/he supervises project teams of Research Professionals, works in close collaboration with Lead Researchers, and is expected to meet with and present regularly to implementing partners and project donors. Note: this role will require substantial travel to low-income countries where DIL has active research projects.

    Responsibilities

    • Ensures that all aspects of the research projects are being conducted effectively and in a timely manner. This will largely be done through managing the research staff, but direct support on research projects may also be needed.
    • Ensures research support staff are working effectively on their projects.
    • Ensures sufficient research support is provided to all project leads through regular meetings and involvement in project planning and timelines.
    • Regularly checks in with research support.
    • Coordinates the lab and broader University resources for research support to design a coherent program of mentorship and skills development for research professionals. Also responsible for actively providing support and mentorship to project personnel.
    • Communicates needs, requests, and complaints from RAs/Predocs to DIL Directors in timely manner.
    • Responsible for the output produced by the research professionals in the lab and the allocation of horizontal tasks that contribute to the building of the lab to research professionals, ensuring they are completed on time and meet expectations.
    • At any given time know what each RA/Predoc is working on in the lab.
    • Be confident human resources are being used effectively and efficiently.
    • Supports research professionals in prioritizing activities and time management.
    • Develops policy and outreach materials to support further project development and scaling.
    • Applies research principles and relevant subject matter knowledge relevant to administer a research project. With a moderate level of direction, manages lab and/or research-related duties and tasks. Helps develop, design and conduct research projects according to plan.
    • Supports data collection and analytical needs of research projects. Conducts literature reviews and helps write reports and manuscripts. Ensures project compliance with different policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.
    • Takes responsibility for the following non-laboratory duties: transcribing and coding data; developing data collection instruments; presenting research; and recruiting and scheduling research subjects. Acquires higher-level skills and knowledge in the process.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

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

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Bachelor’s degree in economics, mathematics, statistics, public policy, or related discipline.
    • Master’s degree in economics, mathematics, statistics, public policy, or related discipline.

    Experience:

    • Minimum 3 years of relevant experience.
    • Proven experience managing teams and projects.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Experience with STATA and/or R data analysis software is a must; experience interpreting data analysis; experience with academic writing.
    • Proficient with data collection techniques and field research including primary data collection.
    • Project management skills: Ability to plan tasks for teams, monitor progress, make corrections to plans.
    • Strong budget management skills.
    • Team player with good problem-solving and time management skills.
    • Work under pressure and meet deadlines.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Develop and maintain strong partnerships with external collaborators, funders, journalists, or other important constituencies.
    • Excellent oral and written communication and public speaking skills including the ability to translate technical ideas into non-technical content.
    • Support building relationships across diverse cultures and backgrounds, within the University, the regional ecosystem, and globally.
    • Familiarity with working in a university setting.
  • Research, Operations and Policy Associate, Development Innovation Lab

    The Organization

    The Development Innovation Lab uses the tools of economics to develop innovations with the potential to benefit millions of people in low- and middle-income countries. Recent or ongoing work includes a meta-analysis of water treatment and child mortality which informed a $65m grant to scale-up water treatment; research on how to accelerate the availability of COVID-19 vaccines; testing of innovative lending products for farmers, work on digital agricultural extension, and iterative testing of approaches to improve learning outcomes.

    The Role

    The Research, Operations and Policy Associate will work as part of a small team directly supporting the activities of Prof. Michael Kremer. They will coordinate logistics, provide research support, draft communications, and manage relationships. The position is well-suited with someone with excellent organizational skills who is interested in working at the intersection of research and policy.

    Responsibilities

    • Coordinates Prof. Kremer’s work with outside institutions, including NGOs and government agencies.
    • Organizes speaking and media requests for domestic and international events.
    • Assists in preparing speeches and presentations for policy outreach.
    • Monitors, prioritizes and drafts communications.
    • Organizes on and off-campus meetings including lab meetings, workshops, and other special events. Coordinates speakers, handling all travel arrangements and reimbursements; handles speaker’s itinerary.
    • Coordinates complex domestic and multi-country international travel arrangements and reimbursements for DIL team and visitors.
    • Collaborates on new and ongoing research projects. Tasks include: proofreading, fact-checking, and editing.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Education:

    • Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

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

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Bachelor’s degree in economics or a closely related field.

    Experience:

    • Skill in project management.
    • Working knowledge as a research assistant and/or supporting research projects.
    • Teaching Assistant experience in economics courses may also be considered.
    • Technical Skills or Knowledge:
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.

    Competencies:

    • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for development economics.
    • Excellent organizational and analytical skills with high-level of accuracy and sharp attention to detail.
    • Effective written and verbal communication.
    • A quick, self-learner with ability to initiate, organize, prioritize and complete multiple, high-level projects; meet tight deadlines; and work effectively with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment.
    • Anticipate and respond to future needs.
    • Works well independently and in a team environment.
    • Use appropriate resources and follow an issue through to resolution.
    • Solve problems and make effective decisions.

    Application Documents

    • Resume/CV (required)
    • Cover Letter (required)
    • Three Professional References Contact Information (required)
  • Senior Executive Assistant, Development Innovation Lab

    The Senior Executive Assistant will independently manage multiple administrative and management tasks, providing high-level support to organizational leadership to the Director of the Development Initiative Lab, senior level faculty member and Nobel Laureate of the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics. Must be able to provide a wide variety of exceptional strategic support and project assistance including scheduling and coordinating high-priority meetings, organizing meetings and workshops, running special events, and maintaining calendars, while upholding confidentiality and exercising discretion in handling sensitive matters.

    The job provides confidential and high-level office and location support activities by acting as a lead and coordinating the work of others. Identifies, enhances, and applies specific processes and procedures to maximize the efficiencies of the University to which the support is being provided. May ensure the correct functioning of facilities, office, and/or business support services.

    Responsible for planning, directing, coordinating and managing daily operations individual organization units, clinical research facilities, centers or academic departments. Responsibilities are diverse and general in nature and may reflect more than one functional area.

    Responsibilities

    • Stay informed of activities relating to University programs and initiatives, apprising the faculty of issues when deemed necessary.
    • Provides high-level, complete, strategic oversight of schedule and engagements including triaging and confirming internal and external invitations; develops and communicates agenda and meeting expectations; and leads follow-up with meeting participants for resulting deliverables.
    • Coordinates information flow from executive’s office, representing the executive to other University executives, other University offices and outside agencies.
    • Resolves routine and complex inquiries.Assists with coordination of faculty member’s work with outside institutions, NGOs and government agencies.
    • Manages speaking and media requests for domestic and international events. This includes screening requests, accepting via email or through form submissions from website (e.g. for interviews, speeches).
    • Coordinates complex domestic and multi-country international travel arrangements for faculty member including associated visa(s), airfare and ground transportation, hotel, and payment and/or reimbursement, according to faculty member’s preferences and with Dean’s approval.
    • May coordinate research support, including recommending various personnel actions related to research staff including but not limited to hiring, performance appraisals, and promotions, determining work priorities and scheduling workflow to meet deadlines and ensuring accuracy and timeliness of work.
    • Manage the transcription of voice files recorded by faculty member to draft and edit emails and documents. This includes both actual transcription work, and managing a small team of transcribers
    • Monitors faculty member’s internal and external communications to maximize research impact and exposure. Handles sensitive written and telephone communications effectively in a professional manner at all times; answers, screens, and directs communications with utmost courtesy, professionalism, and confidentiality.  Composes and edits emails, letters, memos, reports and meeting agendas. Monitors faculty member’s website, course sites and special websites for specific events or research.
    • Manages faculty member’s day-to-day expenses and reconciliations of expense reports and work in collaboration with the finance administrator with soliciting and processing travel reimbursements, honoraria and other internal and external receivables, to ensure timely dispersal of obligated payments using GEMS.
    • Manages  faculty discretionary account. Orders supplies and equipment using Buysite.
    • Guides projects from onset to completion, with a particular focus on the faculty member’s many external, internal, and publication related deadlines, accountable to ensure deadlines are monitored, and met on time. May be responsible for obtaining permissions and copyright registrations.
    • Organizes on and off-campus meetings including lab meetings, dinners, workshops and other special events. Coordinates speakers, handling all travel arrangements and reimbursements using E Payment; handles speaker’s itinerary; makes room reservations in ASTRA, arranges for ground transportation.
    • Prepares faculty annual report using Interfolio. Prepares and coordinates letters of recommendation for graduate students and postdocs.
    • Creates lecture materials and schedules Zoom calls for graduate classes taught by the faculty member.  Prepares PowerPoint presentation materials and exams.
    • Assists with processing faculty recruitment cases as needed.
    • Provides confidential and high-level administrative support for a leader. Stays informed of activities relating to University programs and initiatives, apprising the leader of issues when deemed necessary. Coordinates information flow from leader’s office to University. Relieves leaders of administrative responsibilities.
    • Prepare special reports and summaries, assists in managing daily operation of the office, and may assist in developing administrative goals and policies. Maintains the leader’s calendar, exercising considerable discretion and judgment as to priorities and effective use of the leader’s time.
    • Coordinates special projects as directed by the leader. Prepares write ups for recommendations for operational and administrative problems. May manage a portion of the leader’s budget, monitoring and reconciling accounts. Prepares financial and/or administrative reports.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Four-year bachelor’s degree in a related field.

    Experience:

    • At least 7 years of experience providing administrative support required. Experience supporting faculty.
    • Experience in calendaring, planning special events, and scheduling complex appointments and high-profile meetings.
    • Experience in coordinating complex domestic and international travel preferred
    • Experience obtaining visas for international travel.
    • Familiarity with University financial policies and procedures and with domestic and international tax regulations.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Excellent organizational and analytical skills with high-level of accuracy and sharp attention to detail.
    • Superior interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse professional environment.
    • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication.
    • Handle highly confidential and sensitive materials and situations.
    • Effectively manage a heavy workload, competing priorities, and tight deadlines.
    • A quick, self-learner with ability to initiate, organize, prioritize and complete multiple, high-level projects; meet tight deadlines; and work effectively with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment.
    • Demonstrated ability to anticipate and respond to future needs.
    • Works well independently and in a team environment.
    • Use appropriate resources and follow an issue through to resolution.
    • Demonstrated sound judgment with the ability to solve problems and make effective decisions.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.  Experience in project management.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of University financial systems – GEMS and Buysite ex: purchase order (PO) process.

    Application Documents

    • Resume/CV (required)
    • Cover letter (preferred)
    • Three professional references (required)
  • Special Projects Coordinator, Development Innovation Lab

    Job Summary

    The job coordinates non-technical (not information technology or construction related) projects from conception to completion. Assists with the assembly of teams and the development of detailed work plans, schedules, project estimates, resource plans, and status reports using straightforward problem solving skills.

    Responsibilities

    • Manages email communications in the DIL inbox and responds or coordinates responses with relevant DIL team members.
    • Coordinates DIL team’s work with outside institutions, including NGOs and government agencies.
    • Organizes speaking and media requests for domestic and international events.
    • Monitors DIL’s internal and external communications to maximize research impact and exposure.
    • Maintains DIL’s website. Organizes on and off-campus meetings including lab meetings, workshops, and other special events. Coordinates speakers, handling all travel arrangements and reimbursements; handles speaker’s itinerary.
    • Coordinates complex domestic and multi-country international travel arrangements and reimbursements for DIL team and visitors.
    • Collaborates on new and ongoing research projects. Tasks include: proofreading, fact-checking, and editing papers and reports under the supervision of the Executive Director.
    • Coordinates events, researches logistics, assists with planning and preparing presentations, event outreach, and post-event write ups.
    • Assists with researching funding opportunities, preparing grant proposals, and drafting and/or editing other written materials with moderate guidance.
    • Assists with other administrative projects as needed and acquire higher level guidance and skills.
    • Performs other related work as needed

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

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

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Bachelor’s degree in economics or a closely related field.

    Experience:

    • Background providing administrative support.
    • Skillful in project management.
    • Working knowledge as a research assistant and/or supporting research projects.
    • Teaching Assistant experience in economics courses may also be considered.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for development economics.
    • Excellent organizational and analytical skills with high-level of accuracy and sharp attention to detail.
    • Effective written and verbal communication.
    • A quick, self-learner with ability to initiate, organize, prioritize and complete multiple, high-level projects; meet tight deadlines; and work effectively with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment.
    • Anticipate and respond to future needs.
    • Works well independently and in a team environment.
    • Use appropriate resources and follow an issue through to resolution.
    • Solve problems and make effective decisions.
  • Research Manager, Energy & Environment Lab

    About the Department

    The University of Chicago Urban Labs partners with government and non-governmental organizations to identify and rigorously evaluate the policies and programs with the greatest potential to improve human lives at scale. Urban Labs’ evidence-based approach gives policymakers and practitioners the knowledge they need to effectively achieve the greatest social good per dollar spent. The University of Chicago Energy & Environment Lab (E&E Lab) partners with agencies at the federal, state, and local level to identify, rigorously evaluate, and help scale programs and policies that reduce pollution and improve environmental outcomes, while ensuring access to reliable and affordable energy. The E&E Lab applies rigorous evaluation and modeling methods, including natural and field experiments, randomized controlled trials, behavioral economics, and machine learning, to help policymakers identify and generate evidence on innovative approaches and policy solutions to their most pressing environmental and energy challenges.

    Job Summary
    The University of Chicago E&E Lab is seeking a Research Manager (RM) with strong research, methodological, and management skills to support large-scale environmental policy research projects. The RM will help manage a growing portfolio of projects designed to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of promising energy and environmental interventions. The RM will contribute to the design, implementation, and analysis of energy and environment research projects with direct applicability for policymakers. This role works closely with U.S. government agencies, municipal governments, researchers, and a dedicated team of research analysts, data scientists, and staff, to support research projects led by Faculty Director Michael Greenstone.

    Responsibilities

    • Works with partners to identify analytical approaches to answer specific research questions or to provide analytical support to government partners.
    • Constructs, trains, and deploys scalable machine learning algorithms for a variety of predictive analytics research projects.
    • Meaningfully contributes to research design, analysis, and implementation of policy-relevant research projects.
    • Manages data collection, econometric analysis and provides quality assurance for research projects.
    • Manages research partnerships with government agencies and serves as project manager for research and technical assistance projects, including communications and project deliverables.
    • Prepares results for memos, presentations, and papers targeting both policymakers and academic audiences.
    • Helps manage project teams and junior staff, leads task supervision and quality oversight.
    • Ensures compliance with institutional, state and federal regulatory policies and procedures as well as internal data privacy and security policies.
    • Assists with writing grant proposals and managing grant reports.
    • Supports data collection and analytical needs of research projects. Conducts literature reviews and helps write reports and manuscripts. Ensures project compliance with different policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.
    • Takes responsibility for the following non-laboratory duties: transcribing and coding data; developing data collection instruments; presenting research; and recruiting and scheduling research subjects. Acquires higher-level skills and knowledge in the process.
    • Takes responsibility for the following laboratory duties: recognizing abnormal results and varying conditions or procedures to correct problems; setting up and performing experiments. Analyze the meaning, significance, causes, and effects of the subject.
    • Maintains technical and administrative support for a research project.
    • Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

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

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Bachelor’s degree in economics, statistics, computer science.
    • Master’s degree in economics, statistics, computer science.

    Experience:

    • A minimum of three years of relevant research experience.
    • Experience working on field experiments / randomized controlled trials.
    • Coursework in statistics, econometrics, data science, and computer science.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Proficiency with R, Python, or Stata.
    • Experience working with large and complex datasets.
    • Applying machine learning algorithms in operational environments.
    • Explaining complex statistical ideas and/or research projects to non-experts.
    • Experience with relational databases.
    • Experience with GitHub.
    • Strong background in applied statistics and econometrics.
    • Knowledge and understanding of energy and environmental policy topics.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to present research concepts to non-technical audiences.
    • Strong time management skills with a proven ability to multitask and to prioritize activities to successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision.
    • Strong project management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
    • Work both independently, in a self-directed manner, and as a team member.
    • Work discreetly with sensitive and confidential data.
  • Grants & Contracts Manager, Weiss Fund

    Job Summary

    A primary activity of the Weiss Fund is a bi-annual request for proposals (RFP) process and the year-round management of those who have received awards from the Weiss Fund. This position supports the Weiss Fund team in running the annual RFPs and ongoing awardee financial and programmatic management.

    The Grant and Contracts Associate supports routine pre-award and/or post-award activities relating to the Weiss Fund’s grant and contract proposals and funding. Pre-award activities preparing for and executing the Request for Proposals process including collecting applications, facilitating the review period, and organizing the award decision process. Post-award activities include compliance monitoring, awardee reporting and NCE processing, invoice payment processing, and salary allocations. Performs work with guidance from others.

    Responsibilities

    • Seeks to improve and maintain processes for efficient grant management of outgoing awards from the Weiss Fund.
    • Prepares grant reports and analysis as requested by the primary donor.
    • For the primary award to UChicago, this person handles straightforward post-award activities including account creations, regulatory and compliance monitoring, salary allocations, effort reporting, grant projections, cost allocations, cost center charges, equipment inventory, invoice preparation, grant closing process, and account closure.
    • Plans and oversees the RFP process including updating the application, coordinating stakeholders for various review stages, and preparing materials for the committee meeting.
    • For outgoing awards to Weiss Fund recipients, this person handles all award notifications, coordinates contracts with URA, manages programmatic reporting requirements, processes no-cost extension requests, ensures invoices are compliant with Weiss Fund policies, and processes invoices.
    • Works closely with Weiss Fund and UChicago team members to execute the complexities of Weiss Fund grant management.
    • Creatively problem solves as unorthodox grant management questions arise. Weiss Fund is an organization that is giving out grants, an atypical arrangement for a University setting, so the role works closely with the University administration to identify appropriate processes and solutions.
    • Reviews all applications against University guidelines, in addition to drafting progress reports, non-competing applications, amendments, and budgeting. Responsible for all data entry and preparation of grant reports and trend analysis.
    • Handles straightforward post-award activities including account creations, regulatory and compliance monitoring, salary allocations, effort reporting, grant projections, cost allocations, cost center charges, equipment inventory, invoice preparation, grant closing process, and account closing.
    • Prepares summaries of grants and effort allocations for Principal Investigators, meets with them and responds to their questions. Coordinates with other departments/units/divisions regarding multi investigator grants. Serves as department contact for annual audits and agency site visits.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

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

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or similar field.

    Experience:

    • Accounting and budgeting experience.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Project management skills; plan tasks for teams, monitor progress, make corrections to plans.
    • Contracting and grant management experience.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Analyze financial data.
    • Great organizational skills.
    • Ensure compliance
    • Team player with good problem solving and time management skills.
    • Work under pressure and meet deadlines.
    • Strategic thinking and analytical skills