Director, LEAD for Executive MBA
The University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

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Booth Leadership Development for MBA Programs

About the Department

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is the second-oldest business school in the U.S. and second to none when it comes to influencing business education and business practices. Since 1898, the school has produced ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. Their rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education transforms students into confident, effective, respected business leaders prepared to face the toughest challenges.

Chicago Booth has the finest set of facilities of any business school in the world. Each of the four campuses (two in Chicago, one in London, and one in Hong Kong) reflects the architectural traditions of its environs while offering a state-of-the-art learning environment.

Chicago Booth is proud to claim:
-an unmatched faculty.
-degree and open enrollment programs offered on three continents.
-a global body of nearly 56,000 accomplished alumni.
-strong and growing corporate relationships that provide a wealth of lifelong career opportunities.

As part of the world-renowned University of Chicago, Chicago Booth shares the University's core values that shape the distinctive intellectual culture. At Booth, they constantly question and test ideas, and seek proof. This extraordinarily effective approach to business leads to new ideas and innovative solutions. Seven of the Booth faculty members have won Nobel Prizes for these ideas - the first business school to achieve this accomplishment.

For more information about the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, please visit:

Job Summary

The Leadership Development Office (LDO), with suites in the Harper Center and the Gleacher Center, oversees a portfolio of developmental programs at the Booth School of Business. This includes an experiential class (LEAD) required of all MBA students, a version of which is also offered to Law students at the University. Other program offerings for the LDO include classroom based instruction, managing student leadership roles, corporate speakers, and coaching. Each member of the LDO team plays a lead role in designing and managing particular offerings. Additionally, each team member plays a role supporting other programs through activities such as individual and team coaching, facilitating workshops, and classroom instruction. Finally, each team member owns a set of administrative responsibilities necessary to the success of the Office. All team members are part of a group that collectively manages all office activities.


  • Oversees the design and implementation of the LEAD class for Chicago based Executive MBA students. This includes overseeing all operations and logistics for Chicago based Executive MBA LEAD class and associated programming; managing vendor contracts, facilities, purchases, and event management; managing the XP EMBA budget; managing student grading; receiving and addressing student concerns in a professional, compassionate, timely, and effective manner. The role also includes interpreting the core curricular goals of the required LEAD class based on executive student needs and aspirations; creating and implementing innovative, experiential classroom learning experiences that are aligned with developmental course goals. leading a team to deliver all classroom learning experiences in ways that are consistent with other Executive MBA locations.
  • Manages a small team of LDO staff. This includes hiring and managing LDO team members and building a team that's creative, responsible, flexible, committed, and capable; supporting the success and growth of LDO team members via ongoing developmental conversations; advocating for LDO team members as necessary.
  • Collaborates with members of the Global Career and Leadership Development team who manage operations and logistics for London and Hong Kong based Executive MBA LEAD class and associated programming.
  • Manages institutional relationships. Creates and sustains successful partnerships with departments allied with goals and programs; proactively manages communications with relevant departments; influences policy and practice within relevant departments as it relates to the EW LEAD class; represents the LDO across departments.
  • Plays a role in leading the LDO. Collaborates with the Associate Dean and other LDO team leads to provide perspective, ideas, and input into the strategic direction; works with the Associate Dean and team leads to respond to and resolve emergent needs.
  • Serves as a leadership coach for LDO developmental programs. Collaborates with Leadership Development team members to ensure the smooth and successful operation of specific programs. Instructs students on a variety of career and leadership relevant topics; facilitates training exercises and workshops that fulfill program objectives; provides individual coaching, feedback, and support to students.
  • Contributes to the quality of the student educational experience. Manages relationships with key internal and external departments on campus. Offers perspective concerning the student experience along with ideas concerning how to improve it. Engages with the broader life of the Booth community in meaningful ways.
  • Designs, delivers, and evaluates course content including workshops, retreats, and other events. Recruits, plans, and implements training exercises and workshops that support the learning of facilitators and/or participants.
  • Manages relationships with other MBA program and facilities staff to assure continuity in programs and priorities and logistical challenges.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree.

  • A minimum seven years of experience coaching/developing others (executive or management development, developmental education, counseling, coaching, or a related field).
  • Helping individuals transfer the value of school-based learning to life and work beyond.
  • Demonstrated experience leading a team and driving result through the work of others.

  • Coach credentialing (e.g., BCC, ICF).

Preferred Competencies
  • Work independently with little supervision; possess a self-motivated disposition; identify opportunities for improvement and recommend effective changes, all while achieving key objectives resulting in desired outcomes.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the logistical aspects of training, event, and meeting planning.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and diplomatically with colleagues, as well as with students, faculty and corporate contacts in a multitude of communication methods i.e., in person, email, phone.
  • Outstanding verbal, written, and presentation skills, as well as organizational skills.
  • Professional demeanor, including tact, discretion, and a customer service-oriented approach.

Working Conditions
  • This position is currently expected to work a minimum three days per week in the office.

Application Documents
  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)

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

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Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, military or 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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