Director, Application Development
The University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

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Booth Information Technology

About the Department

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is the second-oldest business school in the U.S. and second to none when it comes to influencing business education and business practices. Since 1898, the school has produced ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. Their rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education transforms students into confident, effective, respected business leaders prepared to face the toughest challenges.

Chicago Booth has the finest set of facilities of any business school in the world. Each of the four campuses (two in Chicago, one in London, and one in Hong Kong) reflects the architectural traditions of its environs while offering a state-of-the-art learning environment.

Chicago Booth is proud to claim:
-an unmatched faculty.
-degree and open enrollment programs offered on three continents.
-a global body of nearly 56,000 accomplished alumni.
-strong and growing corporate relationships that provide a wealth of lifelong career opportunities.

As part of the world-renowned University of Chicago, Chicago Booth shares the University's core values that shape the distinctive intellectual culture. At Booth, they constantly question and test ideas, and seek proof. This extraordinarily effective approach to business leads to new ideas and innovative solutions. Seven of the Booth faculty members have won Nobel Prizes for these ideas - the first business school to achieve this accomplishment.

For more information about the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, please visit:

Job Summary

The Director of Application Development plans, organizes staff, and monitors all processes for applications development including acquisition of programming tools; management of application development and strategic architecture; and overall applications planning for the Chicago Booth Information Technology Department. This position also manages a data warehousing team that supports the Student Data Warehouse and the Enterprise Data Hub.


  • Designs, develops, and supports custom software applications and integrations to third-party vendor applications utilized by faculty, staff, students and alumni.
  • Leads/manages the Application Developers, Data Warehouse Analyst, Database Administrator and Applications Architect.
  • Plans resource allocations for both projects and day-to-day development activities.
  • Builds strong partnerships across the business to ensure priorities are understood and met.
  • Assigns tasks and monitors development progress compared to plans.
  • Member of the Change Advisory Board and responsible for scheduling application deployments.
  • Assists the Chief Information Officer with the Booth application strategy.
  • Collaborates with client departments to design and plan the implementation of new applications or enhancement of existing systems.
  • Researches new technologies appropriate to systems development.
  • Manages programming staff through subordinates, usually other managers. Establishes performance goals, allocates resources, directs training, and assesses policies for direct subordinates.
  • Executes functional business plans and contributes to the development of overall programming strategy. Oversees the departmental budget.
  • 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 10+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field.
  • Master's degree in IT or a related field.

  • A minimum twelve years of experience in IT development/operations, including at least eight years in a leadership role.
  • A minimum two years of experience leading an application development area of similar or larger size.
  • Managing a staff of IT professionals.
  • Working horizontally across an organization to implement change.
  • Leading an IT organization for a highly decentralized, people and data intensive business, either in the commercial or non-profit sectors.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:
  • Knowledgeable in Web technologies, ASP.NET technology, and MS SQL Server.

Preferred Competencies
  • A proven track record for recruiting and retaining outstanding technical and managerial talent.
  • Expertise in application development architecture, processes, methodologies, and disciplines.
  • Expertise in evaluating 3rd party solutions and vendor negotiations.

Working Conditions
  • This position is currently expected to work a minimum three days per week in the office.

Application Documents
  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUSTbe uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Information Technology

Role Impact

People Manager

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, military or 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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