The University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, United States
23 days ago
Employment Type
Job Duration
Job Category
International Education Leadership
Office Setting


The Assistant Director for Health and Safety is a member of the senior leadership team in Study Abroad, reporting to the Director of Study Abroad. The Assistant Director provides leadership on the development of policies and procedures that support the safety and well-being of Study Abroad students, faculty, and staff. The Assistant Director also serves as the emergency contact for Study Abroad, carrying and responding to the Study Abroad emergency cell phone (a 24-hour on-call duty). As the Chair of the Study Abroad Risk and Security Assessment Committee (SARSAC), the Assistant Director conducts Travel Advisory meetings with students, reviews student petitions, and communicates the committee’s decisions. The Assistant Director also provides broader input to other campus health and safety discussions upon request. In addition to the office-wide health and safety responsibilities, the Assistant Director manages an assigned portfolio of Study Abroad programs and/or grants and works with the Director on the establishment of new programs as needed. Additional responsibilities include liaising with the College Dean of Students Office, Student Wellness, UChicago CARES, Risk Management, Office of Legal Counsel, and other on-campus units; leading information sessions and other public presentations; and representing the office at conferences and events. This position requires the ability to travel domestically and internationally.


Minimum Qualifications

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


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Master’s degree.


  • Minimum 5 years of experience working in a related job discipline.
  • Background living or working abroad.
  • Crisis/emergency management, preferably in an international setting.
  • Working in higher education.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Proficiency in Mac or PC environments.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook and online organizational tools.
  • Proficiency in a foreign language strongly preferred.

Preferred Competences

  • Proven record of successful emergency management and ability to support stakeholders in crisis situations.
  • Remain calm under pressure and handle dynamic and stressful situations abroad that require immediate action and sensitivity.
  • Demonstrated record of sound judgment and decision-making abilities.
  • Use professional judgment and initiate solutions in situations where answers to problems are not readily apparent.
  • Nuanced understanding of University policy and local laws that may impact Study Abroad programming and emergency response.
  • Familiarity with and actively represent UChicago within Pulse International, the higher education international health and safety professionals network.
  • Handle matters confidentially and exercise discretion with sensitive topics.
  • Evidence of engagement in international education and appreciation for the value of supporting undergraduates as developing global citizens, particularly among students who are historically under-represented in study abroad.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to convey the appropriate tone for different audiences, such as students, faculty, parents, and staff.
  • Comfort with public speaking and presentations.
  • Work cooperatively with University students, faculty, and staff, as well as with international partners and scholars.
  • Represent the University in a professional manner at conferences, events, and to international partners.
  • Handle multiple concurrent tasks in a professional manner while also meeting deadlines.
  • Outstanding organizational skills and follow-up on unresolved issues.
  • Strong sense of teamwork and genuine collegiality with colleagues and students.
  • Take initiative to complete tasks and work both independently and cooperatively.
  • Responsive to direction from supervisors.
  • Critical thinking and reasoning skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.

Working Conditions

  • Office environment.
  • On-call emergency response.
  • Occasional evening and weekend work.
  • Some domestic and international travel.
  • Fast-paced environment.
  • Lift up to 25 lbs.
  • Push carts with up to 40 lbs. of material.
  • Sit at a computer for 2-4 hours.
  • Periodic walking to other campus locations.
  • Walking in other domestic and international settings.
  • Climbing up to 5 flights of stairs.
Job ID: 73399667

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