University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Director, Office of Minority Student Affairs (100802)

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking applications for Director of The Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA). Founded in 1867, the University is one of the nation’s original 37 public land-grant institutions. The very accomplished and diverse community at Illinois is comprised of 48,000 students and 11,000 faculty and staff.

The Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) provides leadership in developing, implementing, and delivering student support services designed to improve the retention, academic achievement, graduation and success of undergraduates at Illinois, particularly, students who identify as first-generation, historically underrepresented, low-income, and/or academically underperforming. OMSA promotes and develops educational opportunities and enrichment activities to help facilitate the educational and personal growth of student participants through organized activities and collaborative efforts with Student Affairs departments and other campus units. OMSA is comprised of Academic Mentoring Programs and Services, Tutoring and Instructional Services, and Federal TRIO Programs (Student Support Services, McNair Scholars Program, Upward Bound College Prep Academy and Academic Talent Search College Prep Program).

As a part of Student Success and Engagement within Student Affairs, this office provides services and programs that advance student success, inspire students to make life-long positive contributions to society, promote an inclusive environment, and enrich the University of Illinois community. Units reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Engagement area include The Career Center, Illinois Leadership Center, Office of Minority Student Affairs, Testing Center, New and Transfer Student Programs, Veterans Student Support Services, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and the Illinois Student Government.

Primary Position Function/Summary:

  • Reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Engagement within Student Affairs, the Director for The Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) is responsible for providing vision and strategic direction that ensures OMSA contributes to the mission and strategic goals of Student Affairs and the University. The Director drives innovation and initiatives that are integral to a transformative educational experience for current and future Illinois students and strengthens recruitment, retention, persistence, and post-graduation success while closing equity achievement gaps. Using program assessment, data resources, and outcomes research, the Director focuses on continuous improvement, practices evidence-based decision-making, and documents the value and contributions of OMSA to the campus mission and strategic goals while ensuring stewardship of resources.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide vision, direct the operations, and manage the budget of OMSA, including strategic planning, personnel hiring and supervision, professional development, establishment of OMSA goals, and assessment/evaluation of practices and impact.
  • Leverage technology and the university ecosystem to effectively deliver and scale student support services for students who identify as first-generation, historically underrepresented, low-income, and/or academically underperforming.
  • Write and manage grants (i.e. U.S. Department of Education).
  • Foster initiatives and collaborations with academic and co-curricular partners that increase support and success for diverse and underserved student populations.
  • Collaborate with academic colleges to develop and support early alert and other student success strategies (e.g., supplemental instruction, mentoring, coaching, tutoring, workshops).
  • Review student data and learning outcomes using various reporting systems to identify trends and evaluate factors such as retention, persistence, graduation rates and learning outcomes to assess students’ academic progress and success rates.
  • Represent OMSA to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Lead or serve on Division and/or campus committees, boards, and councils.

Required Education:

  • Master’s degree (Ph.D. preferred) in Education, Student Development, Student Personnel or related field.

Required Qualifications:

  • At least 7 years of full-time professional experience: (1) managing, designing, and/or implementing academic support, retention, and/or student success programs (e.g., tutoring, advising, mentoring, supplemental instruction, TRIO Student Support Services, first year experiences); (2) supervising full-time professional staff; and (3) working with historically underrepresented, first generation, low income, probation, TRIO, or high achieving students.
  • Management of complex operating budgets, including grant writing and management.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and advocacy for the academic and personal support needs of diverse and underrepresented students.
  • Exhibited data-informed thought and decision-making, with an ability to share a story of success.
  • Demonstrated experience with strategic planning, goal setting, operational agility, and assessment/evaluation.
  • Confirmed collegial style of leadership and ability to convene key stakeholders to build consensus and collaboration.
  • Displayed innovative and creative approaches to address challenges and institutional priorities.
  • Experience networking, connecting and collaborating with internal and external stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience managing U.S. Department of Education TRIO Program policies and programs.
  • Knowledge of theoretical foundations of student development and experience with practical application and delivery within a higher education environment.
  • Demonstrated experience administering student success programs at a large, public institution of higher education.
  • Experience with event planning, marketing, and/or communications.
  • Experience using academic technologies, student information systems, tutoring management systems, predictive analytics, or early alert system.

Background Check:

  • This is a security-sensitive position. The chosen candidate is required to pass an extensive criminal background check prior to starting the position.

Appointment Status:

  • This is a 12-month, full-time Academic Professional position.


  • Commensurate with experience and includes an excellent benefits package.

Start Date:

  • As soon as possible.

Application Procedures

  • Please complete your application profile at and upload: (1) cover letter; (2) resume /vitae; and (3) contact information for at least three professional references. To ensure full consideration, submit your completed materials by August 27, 2018.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit