University of Chicago Operational Excellence Partner in Chicago, Illinois

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About the Unit

The Biological Sciences Division (BSD) is the largest operating unit of the University of Chicago. It includes the Pritzker School of Medicine, twenty-three academic departments, twelve interdisciplinary degree-granting committees, and more than a dozen research centers and institutes.

Our mission is to discover and create new knowledge of living systems, to preserve and communicate knowledge through education, and to nurture and sustain a community of scholars. These scholars pursue this mission through research, the education of basic scientists, physicians, and others interested in living things, and through enlightened and compassionate care of patients in a humane, academic environment.

We have a long and rich history of discovery. Our academic departments have each developed and sustained outstanding programs of research and training in a broad range of programs. These are further enhanced by interdisciplinary committees, centers, and institutes. Unique among our peers, our Pritzker School of Medicine and basic biological science programs are housed in one division, allowing for strong collaborations between basic science and clinical research. Faculty, staff and students interact across programs and disciplines, creating collaborative and innovative approaches to the study of complex problems.

Unit Job Summary

The Operational Excellence Partner will report to the Vice Dean for Administration and Finance but will have a close working relationship to the Office of Operational Excellence at the University of Chicago Medical Center. S/he will have leadership responsibility for coaching, mentoring and training all levels of the organization on the principles of process improvement and management philosophies solely for the Biological Sciences Division. The Operational Excellence Partner will engage staff and managers within the BSD with regard to improving clinical, research, teaching, administrative and support functions.


Bachelor's Degree or equivalent training acquired via work experience and/or education required.

Master's degree preferred.


A minimum of four years of previous job-related experience running Kaizen/Rapid Improvement Events and flow related process improvement required. Experience using Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Project, and VISIO required. High level of adaptability and interpersonal skills required.


Leadership skills, strategic planning and project management skills required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required. Problem solving skills required. Reading skills required. Reasoning and customer service skills required. Ability to maintain confidentiality required. Ability to perform multiple concurrent tasks required. Attention to detail required. Computer skills required. General mathematics and statistics skills required

Required Job Seeker Documents

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Optional Job Seeker Documents

Requisition Number: 103394

Departmental Job Title: Operational Excellence Partner

Type of Position: Staff

Number of Positions Available: 1

Division: Biological Sciences

Department: 201002004-BSD-Deans Office

Work Location: Campus - Hyde Park

Work Schedule: Full-Time

Hours/Week: 37.5

If other than regular hours (M-F, 8:30-5:00) please detail: Regular

Benefits Eligible?: Yes

Union (If applicable): Non-Union

Pay Grade: NA

Pay Range: Depends on Qualifications

Pay Frequency: Monthly

Does this position require incumbent to operate a vehicle on the job?: No

Is a Background Check Required?: Yes

Is Drug Testing Required?: No

Employee Referral Bonus Amount: None

Posting Date: 08-17-2017

Remove from posting on or before: 02-17-2018