Senior Program Associate
The University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

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BFI Macro Financial Research Initiative

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

Job Summary

This position will work to support the MFR Program Executive Director with planning and executing MFR events, special projects, and activities, and addressing operational tasks like monitoring day-to-day expenses and staff needs. Under the supervision of the MFR Executive Director, this position will serve to provide exceptional support for the MFR Program's various functions and activities and will deliver crucial logistical support for the MFR Program Faculty Director, Professor Lars Peter Hansen.


  • Manages and coordinates MFR events from start to finish, including handling MFR event contract negotiations, booking venues, coordinating with caterers, communicating with speakers regarding logistics, tracking attendees, tracking MFR program event expenses, preparing printed materials, staffing MFR events, sending hotel accommodation information, collecting presentation materials, and assisting with submitting travel reimbursements as well as for MFR program faculty visitors
  • Provides logistical support to the MFR Faculty Director with virtual and in-person formal speaking engagements and arranging travel itineraries for offsite speaking engagements and overseeing his day-to-day calendar
  • Assists the Executive Director in monitoring and delegating tasks to the Events and Operations Assistant including in onboarding and training for events and day-to-day operational needs and tracks expenditures for MFR events and day-to-day activities and assisting in the accounting and reconciliation of expenses.
  • Supervises MFR program interns during MFR Program events onsite and for logistical preparation in advance of MFR Program events and activities.
  • Manages and monitors the MFR Program's Twitter account by promoting MFR events and activities and engaging with Twitter users.
  • Assists with monitoring the MFR Program email account and addressing any inquiries.
  • Assists with research, including vendor selection and contract negotiation. Keeps track of all expenses, prepares reports on costs, using existing procedures to solve moderately complex problems as they arise.
  • Reviews and finalizes the guest lists, assists with mailing invitations and creates brochures for the event.
  • Works to implement ideas for improvement as they are identified in addition to providing post-event feedback on turnout and vendor performance with direction from others.
  • 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 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related field.

  • Minimum of three years of previous job experience.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:
  • Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Experience with University of Chicago systems.
  • Virtual systems such as Zoom and WebEx.

Preferred Competencies
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Work both independently and as a team member.
  • Adapt to the needs of others.

Working Conditions
  • Work some weeknights and weekends as MFR events are structured.

Application Documents
  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)
  • Three Professional References Contact Information (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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Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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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