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 Coordinator

    Department

    BFI Communications

    About the Department

    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. For more information visit https://bfi.uchicago.edu.

    Job Summary

    The Events Coordinator 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.

    Working Conditions

    • Work irregular hours, including occasional early mornings and late evenings to staff BFI events.

    Application Documents

    • Resume/CV (required)
    • Cover Letter (preferred)
    • Three Professional References Contact Information (required)

    When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

    Job Family
    Communications

    Role Impact
    Individual Contributor

    FLSA Status
    Exempt

    Pay Frequency
    Monthly

    Scheduled Weekly Hours
    37.5

    Benefits Eligible
    Yes

    Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement
    Yes

    Drug Test Required
    No

    Health Screen Required
    No

    Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required
    No

    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.

    The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination.

    Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

    We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

    All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

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  • 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.

  • 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, 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)
  • 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
  • Associate Director for the Office of the Faculty Director, Development Innovation Lab

    Job Summary

    The Associate Director for the Office of the Faculty Director serves as the second in command in the Office of the Faculty Director, supporting the Chief of Staff for the office of the Faculty Director (CoS for OFD). Responsibilities include providing support to the CoS for OFD in outreach and communications related to the work of the Faculty Director including writing, public speaking and presentations, project development, event planning, and human resources of the Office of the Faculty Director. In general, the position supports the CoS for OFD in the public engagement of the Faculty Director and facilitates the strategic engagement to fulfill the Faculty Director’s responsibilities at the University of Chicago as University Professor of Economics in both the College and the Harris School of Public Policy as well as in his roles leading the Development Economics Center, Development Innovation Lab and Weiss Fund for Research in Development Economics. Other responsibilities include supporting the management of the Office of the Faculty Director to provide support in correspondence, logistics and calendar management and coordinating with the other teams reporting directly to the Faculty Director.

    The job requires a strong technical knowledge of development economics and the ability to work efficiently across many projects and teams. The Associate Director for the office of the Faculty Director will be working directly with Prof. Kremer on a day-to-day basis. This position is well-suited for someone interested in a career at the intersection of research and policy.

    Responsibilities

    • Leads writing of speeches, presentations, communications, and policy briefs.
    • Coordinates research activities, and works on some research projects.
    • Identifies and prioritizes opportunities for research, dissemination, policy outreach and funding.
    • Manages and coordinates daily activities across DIL project teams.
    • Works with the CoS for OFD to identify and implement systems to improve the efficiency and accuracy of support and coordinates with the Executive Director to ensure compliance with DIL and DEC systems.
    • Under the direction of the CoS for OFD, leads efforts of all written materials required by the Faculty Director. This includes writing materials as well as coordinating and editing the efforts of other members of the Office of the Faculty Director.
    • Coordinates correspondence from the Faculty Director.
    • Provides support to the CoS for OFD and the Executive Director in the preparations of event planning, public relations, and other external communications and related activities that require Faculty Director involvement.
    • Develops and communicates program priorities and performance standards and assesses operations using these criteria. Plans and conducts quality assurance reviews and recommends changes as appropriate.
    • Manages program budgets and recommends or makes budgetary recommendations.
    • Has a deep understanding when interacting with faculty, researchers and staff for committee work or information.
    • 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 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

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

    Experience:

    • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Experience with academic writing.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to translate technical ideas into non-technical content.
    • Excellent time management and organizational skills including the ability to meet external and internal deadlines.
    • Strong understanding development economics and economics research.
    • A strong knowledge of randomized controlled trials and other empirical methods used in economics.
    • Strong coordination and management skills.
    • Proven experience managing teams and projects.
  • Communications & Digital Media Manager, Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago

    Job Summary
    The Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC) is an interdisciplinary research and training institute focused on the economic and social consequences of energy policies. EPIC strives to marry world-class research and data analysis with comprehensive outreach and engagement in order to translate knowledge into impact.

    The Communications & Digital Media Manager will play a central role in implementing creative strategies to improve the Institute’s overall communications efforts and digital strategy as part of a passionate and nimble team. This work will include designing and implementing a strategy to raise the Institute’s digital profile, including through the management of multiple websites and social platforms; conducting audience analysis and providing stakeholder and media relations support; and leading promotional efforts surrounding the Institute’s programming. The Manager will be a self-starter able to work under minimal supervision and balance competing priorities. The Communications & Digital Media Manager will report to the Senior Director of Communications and External Engagement.

    Responsibilities

    • Manages multiple Institute-run websites and EPIC’s e-mail marketing initiatives. This includes producing regular emails to stakeholders, a monthly e-newsletter and maintaining robust stakeholder and media lists.
    • Manages multiple social media accounts, including creating and maintaining a content calendar and developing, purchasing and monitoring the success of social advertising. Develops new ideas to improve the Insitute’s social media positioning and engagement.
    • Develops strategies and other creative solutions to boost online engagement and grow EPIC’s e-mail marketing lists; monitors and tracks online presence, records analytics, and uses data to inform EPIC’s digital and social strategies.
    • Conducts stakeholder and media mapping activities in preparation for new programming or research with the goal of properly targeting the most appropriate audience and expanding stakeholder engagement.
    • Manages publicity and other responsibilities surrounding events and general programming.
    • Monitors the online presence (websites and social media) of associated schools and centers, as well as the University of Chicago’s news and events pages, for energy-related updates that would be appropriate for cross-promotion.
    • Drafts and edits occasional short news stories and other content under tight deadlines.  This includes writing profiles of students, researchers and other initiatives.
    • Monitors, tracks and reports on media coverage of the institutes’ researchers and issues of topical interest. Manages daily news monitoring e-mail.
    • Plans, develops and disseminates information designed to keep the public informed of the organization’s programs, accomplishments, or point of view, with moderate levels of guidance and direction.
    • Accomplishes assigned duties through two or more of the following: written communications; visual/graphic media, which may include Web site development and maintenance; speeches and personal contact. The incumbent is still acquiring higher-level knowledge and skills.
    • Solves a range of straightforward problems, as work assignments are difficult and broad in nature, usually requiring originality and ingenuity.
    • 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 communications, public relations, journalism, or a related field.

    Experience:

    • Minimum of three to five years of relevant experience.
    • Managing websites, email and social media accounts in a professional capacity.
    • Agency experience highly valued.
    • Experience in energy/environmental issues strongly desired and encouraged to apply.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and web-based communication methods and tools such as MailChimp and WordPress (or similar platforms).

    Preferred Competencies

    • Knowledge of current trends and best practices in digital engagement and their applications to communication strategies, including through web, email and social media.
    • Exceptional interpersonal skills, and the ability to work both independently with a high degree of initiative and collaboratively as part of a team.
    • Work effectively with management, staff, researchers, students, and outside vendors and collaborators.
    • Strategic and creative thinking, project management and planning skills.
    • Manage and prioritize job tasks, perform effectively in a fast-paced environment, and meet deadlines in a timely manner while maintaining professionalism and product quality.
    • Excellent organizational, problem-solving and decision-making skills, creativity, flexibility and attention to detail.
  • Data Analytics Lead, Development Innovation Lab

    Job Summary
    The Development Innovation lab is seeking an Analytics Lead to support our portfolio of large-scale research and policy projects related to child health, agriculture, education, and COVID-19. The Analytics Lead will offer technical support and advisory services across our projects on research methods and data analysis, and also will be responsible for institutional development and training on data best practices across the lab.

    An ideal candidate will have experience applying a variety of statistical modeling approaches to large datasets in real-world settings. Our Analytics Lead will support in all areas of data collection, cleaning, model development and implementation. The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading researchers and policymakers on projects with immediate real-world impact. You will collaborate closely with PhD-level economics, as well as a team of Research Professionals, Research Managers, Postdocs, and Directors.

    Responsibilities

    • Provides advice and technical support across teams of academics, research staff, and implementing partners.
    • Leads data analysis and management on research projects by supporting cleaning, merging, matching, sampling, modeling, and randomizing data.
    • Serves as an in-house expert for key datasets, and advises research staff to ensure consistent use of data.
    • Provides consultation to staff on advanced statistical techniques such as randomization, power calculations, data transformations, econometrics, etc.
    • Establishes training, onboarding and monitoring systems for data and coding practices.
    • Contributes individually to new methods development.
    • Leads projects related to building and maintaining best data practices across DIL. This may include quality assurance processes, creating code standards, and building templates and tools for data management and visualization.
    • Works with the DIL leadership team on issues of organizational development and leadership, potentially including identifying areas for staff development and professional development related to data best practices and building policies within the lab.
    • May supervise other research staff and provide guidance on professional development, goal setting, and lab- or organization-wide opportunities.
    • Has a deep understanding of methods to analyze complex data sets for the purpose of extracting and purposefully using applicable information. May develop and maintain infrastructure that connects data sets.
    • Calibrates data between large and complex research and administrative datasets. Guides and may set the operational protocols for collecting and analyzing information from the University’s various internal data systems as well as from external sources.
    • Designs and evaluates statistical models and reproducible data processing pipelines using expertise of best practices in machine learning and statistical inference. Provides expertise for high level or complex data-related requests and engages other IT resources as needed. Partners with other campus teams to assist faculty with data science related needs.
    • 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 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Bachelor’s degree in economics, public policy, statistics, computer science or closely related field.
    • Advanced degree.

    Experience:

    • Working with field experiments and randomized control trials.
    • Experience managing analytics staff.
    • Experience working with large, complex datasets.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Experience working with R,Python, Stata, or other programming languages.
    • Program evaluation methods experience (difference-in differences, propensity score matching, RD).
    • Work in Git and familiarity with Github.
    • Strong knowledge of randomized controlled trials and other empirical methods used in economics.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Strong interest in development and social policy.
    • Solid quantitative skills.
    • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
    • Strong data visualization ability.
    • Excellent time management and organizational skills including the ability to meet external and internal deadlines.
    • Strong coordination and management skills.
  • Field Research Associate, Energy and Environment Lab

    About the Department
    The University of Chicago Energy and Environment Lab (EE 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 EE 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 EE Lab is seeking self-driven and enterprising Field Research Associates to conduct air quality data collection in Colorado. The Associate will work with staff at the EE Lab and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to strengthen the existing partnership between EE Lab and CDPHE and collect on the ground data for a research project on monitoring methane emissions from oil and gas operations in the state. The Associates will assist in developing an air quality monitoring data collection plan and executing methane emissions measurements throughout the year. The Associates will work in teams to drive to data collection sites in the vicinity of oil and gas facilities, where they will conduct air quality measurements using gas analyzer technology. The Associates will be responsible for the logistics of ensuring the data collection plan is on track, will monitor the quality of the collected data, and will troubleshoot technical issues as they arise. This position offers a unique opportunity to apply modern emissions monitoring technology and data analytics to measure methane emissions and contribute to policy innovation. Candidates must be willing to live in greater Denver, Colorado for the duration of employment.

    Responsibilities

    • Performs sampling and data collection in the field using remote sensing equipment. Leads troubleshooting of technological, logistical, and meteorological problems in real time.
    • Coordinates with EE Lab principal investigators and research staff to develop an efficient but flexible data collection plan.
    • Develops and executes a weekly data collection plan, and makes daily adjustments as necessary, accounting meteorological conditions on the ground.
    • Provides technical assistance and recommendations to EE Lab staff regarding emissions monitoring.
    • Works closely with the research team to solve complex problems relating to the administration of the project, including planning new procedures, adapting existing procedures to the needs of the project, and thoroughly documenting all decision points.
    • Develops and maintains effective working relations with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and other stakeholders to cooperate on emissions monitoring efforts.
    • Collects and assists in analyzing data. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.
    • Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.
    • Installs, sets up and performs experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator.
    • Maintains recruiting and scheduling research subjects; assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; assisting with building databases; and providing general administrative support. Has general awareness in research techniques or methods, regulatory policies and procedures, and relevant scientific field.
    • 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 engineering, statistics, computer science, IT, chemistry, other sciences or a related field.
    • Coursework in physics, chemistry, environmental science, and statistics.

    Experience:

    • Prior experience obtained while in school or in a similar field.
    • Designing and carrying out data collection and sampling plans. Knowledge of data organization and management best practices is a plus.
    • Background working with large datasets.
    • Working knowledge on environmental monitoring research, field experiments and randomized controlled trials.

    Certifications:

    • Valid U.S. driver’s license; safe automotive driving record in the U.S. for past 2 years.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Skilled at troubleshooting and resolving technical challenges.
    • Knowledge of oil and gas operations.
    • Familiarity with Microsoft and Google suites.
    • Basic understanding of atmospheric science and air pollution concepts, and quickly learn how to operate new equipment and computer software.
    • Working knowledge using emissions monitoring equipment.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Proven work ethic, flexibility and punctuality.
    • Proven ability to work both independently, in a self-directed manner, and as part of a team.
    • Resourcefulness, adaptability, and flexibility.
    • Excellent analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
    • Proven organizational skills and high attention to detail, with a strong focus on results.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Grants & Contracts Coordinator, Development Innovation Lab

    Job Summary

    A primary activity of the DEC is a bi-annual request for proposals (RFP) process and the year-round management of those who have received awards. This position provides day to day administrative support in running and maintaining the award cycle.

    The Grant and Contracts Coordinator supports the Grants and Contract Manager with routine pre-award and/or post-award activities relating to the DEC’s grant and contract proposals and funding. Pre-award activities preparing for and executing the Request for Proposals process including performing eligibility and completeness checks, managing communications in the associated inboxes, updating the application form, and maintaining the RFP text on the website. Performs work with guidance from others.

    Responsibilities

    • Checks the associated inboxes and coordinates responses as necessary.
    • Prepares communications to announce the opening of the RFP.
    • Manages the open and close of the RFP application.
    • Reviews submissions for eligibility and completeness against DEC criteria.
    • Works with the Grants & Contracts Manager to compile and distribute materials for the committee review process and bi-annual committee meeting.
    • When award decisions are made, compiles draft contracts and works with University Research Administration (URA) to execute.
    • Receives and coordinates responses to no cost extension (NCE) requests.
    • Works with URA to execute NCE amendments.
    • Maintains DEC records and file system.
    • Receives, prepares, and submits for payment invoices from DEC awardees.
    • Assists in the review of 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.
    • Assists with 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 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • AA degree in related field.
    • BA degree in related field.

    Experience:

    • Minimum 2 years of relevant work experience.
    • Contracting and grant management experience.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Professional and service oriented communication skills.
    • Organized and thorough in record keeping.
    • Detail oriented especially toward compliance checking.
    • Skilled at coordinating internal stakeholders to compile responses and information for external stakeholders.
    • Team player with good problem solving and time management skills.
    • Work under pressure and meet deadlines.
    • Strategic thinking and analytical skills.
  • Policy Impact Senior Manager, Development Innovation Lab

    Job Summary
    The DEC seeks a full-time Policy Impact Senior Manager. The Senior Manager will help design and implement the Policy Impact plan to take policy evidence to action and reduce people’s suffering in the world. This role will also work closely with the Director to identify studies with the potential to be disseminated in different countries around the globe and with governments, NGOs, and firms to identify pathways to scale.

    The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in rigorous development economics research. Experience working with a range of internal and external stakeholders, including senior academics, government officials, bilateral and multilateral funders, non-profit organizations, and/or businesses, will be particularly valuable.

    Responsibilities

    • Supports the amplification of the impact of Weiss-funded projects by identifying promising projects and their pathways to scale. This will include contributing towards identifying partners for larger-scale research, implementation, policy change, and funding.
    • Supports the Director in the fundraising for scale-up efforts of the DEC team.
    • Collaborates in organizing conferences for research supported by the DEC.
    • Takes advantage of synergies in dissemination and policy outreach.
    • Leads the writing of policy briefs that help disseminate policy evidence to partners (specially governments).
    • Maintains and builds key relationships with the executive and legislative branches of the federal government to impact relevant policy and funding opportunities. Provides expertise to Congress and the federal agencies in the formulation of key policy decisions.
    • Develops relationships with University faculty and administration to learn about and convey University initiatives to the federal government. Communicates information about pending federal programs and projects to University officers to help faculty and administration anticipate and participate in federally sponsored programs of interest.
    • 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 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Master’s degree in economics, public policy, or international development, including significant training in economics.

    Experience:

    • Minimum of 5 years working in an economic research or policy implementation environment.
    • Working directly with academic researchers, developing country governments, and bilateral/multilateral funders.
    • Scaling up evidence-based development innovations.
    • Conducting randomized control trials.
    • Advanced training in econometrics.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Professional and service oriented communication skills.
    • Team player with good problem solving and time management skills.
    • Work under pressure and meet deadlines.
    • Strategic thinking and analytical skills.