Northeastern Illinois University — Director of the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies

Director of the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
Northeastern Illinois University invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies

Full Time, Continuing Position

The primary function of the Director of the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies is to oversee the overall operation and growth of the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies (CCICS) location, one of three locations of Northeastern Illinois University located on the Southside of the city. The Director is responsible for the development and implementation of academic and other programs, services, and activities aimed at the successful recruitment, retention of students, faculty, and staff at CCICS. The Director of the CCICS (1) provides visionary leadership and support to CCICS staff; (2) leads CCICS to ensure it is accessible to a diverse and multicultural traditional and non-traditional student population; (3) works with appropriate department chairs to hire qualified instructors to teach scheduled classes ; (4) works collaboratively with administrators, faculty, and staff; (5) ensures that all policies and contractual obligations are met; and (6) develops and monitors budgets. The Director represents the University at various events and conducts other duties as assigned.

About Northeastern Illinois University
Founded in 1867, NEIU has a rich tradition of educational innovation and prides itself on preparing teachers and administrators who make a difference in Chicago. That tradition continues to this day and has expanded to include an array of academic disciplines, allowing the University to embrace fully the community in which it resides. NEIU is regarded as the most diverse public comprehensive university in the Midwest and is designated by the United States Department of Education as a Hispanic Serving Institution. Diversity is an important factor in the character of this urban institution and in the social fabric of the student body. NEIU has an enrollment of 10,000 students, and ALANA students represent nearly 60% of the student body. Located on 67 acres in an attractive residential area on the northwest side of Chicago, the University offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, education, and business. The University has additional campuses in the metropolitan area: The Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, El Centro, and the Center for College Access and Success (formerly the Chicago Teachers’ Center). The University is also a founding member of the University Center of Lake County consortium campus in suburban Lake County, north of Chicago. Newsweek magazine named Northeastern Illinois University the sixth “Best Investment” in the United States and number one in Illinois. Northeastern shares the top-ten spot with Harvard, Stanford, Princeton and MIT.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (education, years of experiences, training, licensing, programs or certifications)

  • PhD in a related field (Education, Sociology, Urban Studies, African/African American History and/or related fields).
  • Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a doctorate degree and progressively responsible managerial experience in relevant areas.
  • Demonstrated record of distinguished teaching, research activities and service consistent with a tenure line-professor.
  • 3-5 years of experience in an administrative role in an academic program at a higher education institution.
  • Proven ability to develop, implement, and execute in program development related to community, scholarship, and professional development.
  • Successful track record of leading the development and implementation of a strategy to achieve a set of desired goals in a state and public educational context.
  • Proven ability to collaborate successful with a large set of diverse stakeholders and ability to prioritize needs in support of an overarching strategy.
  • Experience leading, managing, and developing professional staff and faculty.
  • Experience in strategy development, operational responsibility, and budget management.
  • Experience with staff evaluation.

MINIMUM COMPETENCIES: (skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Knowledge of and passion for addressing intersectional race and culture based issues and issues that disproportionately affect marginalized students, faculty, and staff.
  • Ability to effectively build coalitions with community partners and stakeholders.
  • Significant leadership and management experience.
  • Strong communication skills.


  • Political and civic minded: ability to work with and establish support of political agents, policymakers, and community activists to promote the wellbeing of the educational institution and academic program.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage and facilitate in the recruitment of traditional and non-traditional students.
  • 3-5 years of experience with the recruitment, retention, and graduation of diverse population of students.
  • Experience with university staff hiring procedures.
  • Experience working with deans, chairs and supporting faculty.
  • Understanding of and willingness to work in a collective bargaining environment.

Salary and Benefits
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package including health, dental and vision benefits, sick and vacation days, and participation in the State Universities Retirement System.

To Apply:
In order to be considered for employment by Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) you must submit the following and send all documents within one PDF/Word document to

  • A letter of interest addressing your qualifications for this position
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Three (3) current academic and professional references
  • Employment Application
  • Affirmative Action Form
  • Statement of Annuitant Status
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts are accepted; however, official transcripts for all earned degrees will be required of candidates selected for on-campus interviews
  • This position requires a background check

In addition to the links provided above for the Employment Application (fillable), Affirmation Action Form and Statement of Annuitant Status, you can also obtain these forms at the NEIU Office of Human Resources, Bernard Office Building (BOB), 5555 N. Bernard Street, Chicago, IL 60625, Monday through Friday, 4:30p.m.

Review of applications begins November 1, 2017 and continues until the position is filled.

Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, as well as Other Qualified Individuals. Northeastern Illinois University’s positions are contingent upon the University’s receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.