The University of Chicago
Title: Higher Education Fellow
Division/Department: Graduate Student Affairs (GSA)
Reports to: Assistant Director of GSA
Given the strong interest in higher education administration among graduate students, Career Advancement has created the Higher Education Fellows Program. This program is intended for graduate students seeking experience in university administration specifically, and program management more broadly. More information is available online at: https://careeradvancement.uchicago.edu/career-resource-center/graduate-student. Graduate Student Affairs is now offering a position through the Higher Education Fellows Program for 2013. The GSA Higher Education Fellow will create and launch initiatives that support financial literacy awareness and education for graduate students. The fellow will be responsible for creating sustainable programs that encourage students to engage in issues of personal finance by utilizing University of Chicago resources, external tools, and peer support.
§ Identify and assess existing financial resources on campus, such as student services offices, external financial institutions, student-run organizations and university programming.
§ Based on assessment of existing resources, facilitate collaborations with individuals or partnering units on campus.
§ Create an online clearinghouse of pertinent tools and resources for managing personal finances and debt, featuring referrals to online budgeting systems, community events, and tips for economical urban living.
§ Plan a year-long program/workshop agenda that focuses on all components of personal finance, including but not limited to: student loan management, budgeting, investments, long-term planning, and online resources.
§ Create round-table discussions and/or social opportunities for peer-to-peer interaction on the topic of personal finances tailored to target audiences of doctoral and master’s/professional school students.
§ Identify communication networks and media (including social or other electronic media) that will be used and/or developed to engage graduate students in a sustained way.
§ Advise students in one-on-one or small group sessions to provide tips on budgeting and financial planning.
§ Required participation in Career Advancement’s Leadership in Higher Education workshop series.
§ UChicago graduate student enrolled in a full-time doctoral or master’s program in the graduate divisions or professional schools.
§ Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
§ Experience in program management preferred.
§ Demonstrated experience and/or interest in economics, personal finance and/or management helpful.
§ Strong skills with all Microsoft Office applications required.
§ Strong skills with digital media and communication required.
Benefits of Higher Education Fellowship
§ Participation in regular workshops and other supportive programming from GSA, CAPS, and partner offices, highlighting various aspects of careers in higher education administration.
§ Opportunity to network with and contribute to several graduate service offices throughout the University.
Hours, Schedule and Compensation:
§ Ten to fifteen hours per week for four quarters (can be extended).
§ This position is work-study eligible, but not required.
Start Date: Summer or fall quarter 2013
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter highlighting interest in the position and relevant background experience to Jessica Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org). This position will remain open until filled.