job: Assistant Director, GRADTalk – UChicago–GRADTalk_JR11683-1

 Provost UChicagoGRAD Careers

About the Department
 UChicagoGRAD, a part of the Office of the Provost that supports graduate education across the University, is an innovative national model for preparing graduate students and postdocs to succeed while at UChicago and beyond. With teams focusing on admissions, fellowship advising, writing support and public speaking training, diversity initiatives, career exploration and planning, and administration, UChicagoGRAD works with campus partners to support students and postdocs at every stage of their academic careers and beyond. UChicagoGRAD functions as a one-stop shop for graduate students and postdocs to access resources that support timely degree completion and to enhance professional preparation that helps them translate their degrees into a variety of careers. UChicagoGRAD works with academic departments and divisions as well as campus-wide offices to develop and implement outreach, recruitment, and yield efforts; graduate and postdoc-focused programs, workshops, and events; training and support tailored to UChicago graduate students and postdocs; and administrative practices and policies in support of graduate education.

Job Summary
 The Assistant Director (AD), GRADTalk will offer workshops and individual consultations on topics of oral communications to graduate students and postdocs across all disciplines. In addition to consulting responsibilities, the AD GRADTalk will manage a team of 2-4 GRADTalk consultants. The AD GRADTalk will also cultivate and maintain collaborations with various stakeholders across campus, developing and providing content and programming to address their specific oral communications needs.


  • Conducts individual 50-minute meetings with graduate students and postdocs who seek help with interviewing and public speaking skills, providing positive, constructive feedback as well as concrete tips and strategies on general and specific oral communication needs.
  • Develops and delivers oral communications-related workshops and programs across campus, managing their organization, promotion, and logistics.
  • Leads and expands upon existing GRADTalk programs such as the Three Minute Thesis Competition, and Expand Your Perspective’s public speaking series and podcast.
  • Directs students and postdocs to other resources as needed, records advising notes in Symplicity at the end of each session, and responds to follow-up inquiries from students and postdocs by email.
  • Partners with other members of the graduate career development team to offer and present workshops and programs.
  • Coordinates with campus partners to design and customize workshops and programs to fit the needs of various populations of graduate students and postdocs.
  • Trains and leads a team of 2-4 graduate student GRADTalk Consultants including hiring new Consultants as needed; serves as primary reporting contact for Consultants and manages workflow and calendar coordination for all GRADTalk advising and programs.
  • Conducts mock interviews, reviews resumes and cover letters, and coordinates other interview related programming in both individual and group settings.
  • Develops original content for career related publications and assists with the editing and distribution of Career Services communications materials.
  • 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


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Advanced degree.


  • Two or more years of professional communications coaching experience.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Proficiency in MS PowerPoint.
  • Working knowledge using shared online calendars.
  • Professional email etiquette.

Preferred Competencies

  • Excellent oral communication skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Extensive experience in public speaking.
  • Background in interview settings.
  • Knowledge of tenure-track job application and interview process is ideal.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (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
 Student Affairs & Services

Role Impact
 Individual Contributor

FLSA Status

Pay Frequency

Scheduled Weekly Hours

Benefits Eligible

Drug Test Required

Health Screen Required

Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required

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