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Break Through Tech Chicago is hiring!

Are you passionate about creating new opportunities for women in tech? Join our team. We are looking for an associate director of career development who will help Break Through Tech Chicago to develop and strengthen industry partnerships with companies and organizations throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.

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About the role

Break Through Tech Chicago seeks a mission-oriented associate director to advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in tech, with an emphasis on establishing company allies and partnerships.

This position directs, plans, and implements the career-development functions for female, female-identifying, and nonbinary undergraduate students in tech disciplines at UIC by expanding UIC’s presence with local, regional, and national employers. Strategic partnerships with employers and/or workforce development organizations will be evaluated and pursued. This individual leads the career preparation of current and prospective undergraduate students by utilizing best practices and developing strategies and programs.

This is a full-time position based in Chicago with significant industry exposure and ability to exercise leadership skills. Prior experience in securing corporate partners, fundraising, and/or comparable sales/business development role in support of business or program objectives required. Regular travel is not expected but will occur occasionally mostly around scheduled events in the Chicagoland area.

For fullest consideration, please submit your application by April 23, 2021 at


  • Promote and generate visibility of UIC women and nonbinary students pursuing tech disciplines in the College of Engineering and other UIC colleges with local, regional, and national employers who seek to diversify their employment pool with a focus on gender equity. Identify and cultivate employer relationships for the purpose of hiring target UIC students for internships and full-time positions. Explore partnerships with local Chicago and national workforce development organizations with aligned interests. Leverage UIC’s College of Engineering advisory board and other similar groups comprised of UIC advocates representing Chicago’s industries and leaders.
  • Lead program management of student internship and other career-focused programs in collaboration with the Engineering Career Center and other applicable UIC college career centers. This includes and is not limited to managing communication to company sponsors, volunteers’ participation, application process, marketing and measuring success for students and the hiring organizations. Create and maintain a hiring organization and stakeholder database to track success metrics and goals. Analyze success metrics across the lifecycle from internships to full-time hires and propose/implement improvements.
  • Develop and execute a plan for undergraduate students to become career ready and seamlessly transition from academic to workplace settings either through UIC resources or third-party entities with targeted expertise. Examples of skill development include résumé writing, interviewing, and negotiating. Engage employers and UIC college academic advisors on career-readiness topics and bring those resources to undergraduate women and nonbinary individuals pursuing tech disciplines. Create an action plan for students to explore careers in technology.
  • Participate as part of a team in the semiannual career fair sponsored by the UIC Engineering Career Center and in other employer-facing programs. Prepare and present UIC’s value proposition to employers seeking diverse, high-potential female and nonbinary talent. Regular travel not expected but will occur occasionally mostly around scheduled events in the Chicagoland area. Develop an alumni support network, particularly women in tech careers, that is accessible to current students. Work directly with the student affairs offices supporting the College of Engineering and other UIC colleges with technology-oriented disciplines. Attend corporate and alumni events, trade shows, professional association events, and other events to cultivate a network of key decision-makers.
  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.


  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience leading, executing, and/or developing programs in an academic, corporate, and/or startup environment that has a technology orientation and focus on talent management, strategic partnerships, career advising, marketing, or other business-related fields
  • Leading, executing and/or exposure to talent development strategies at organizations
  • Prior experience in securing corporate partners, fundraising, and/or comparable sales/business development role in support of business or program objectives required
  • Familiarity with change management principles and/or problem-solving techniques preferred
  • Proficient at using tools to develop communication aids and to perform analysis (e.g. Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Experience with use of social media in a professional setting to market and solicit interest from target employers and alumni.
  • Comfort with being a public spokesperson for the program when communicating with all stakeholders
  • Strong interpersonal skills and relationship building qualities
  • Ability to work effectively and maintain a positive rapport with students, professors, and corporate leaders
  • Critical, analytical and creative thinker
  • Process-oriented
  • Passion for developing mission-driven strategies and commitment to advancing women in tech careers
  • Committed to working with diverse student and community populations

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We look forward to receiving your application! This position will close on May 27, 2021.

For the fullest consideration, please apply by April 23, 2021.

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