University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Assistant Director, Illinois Leadership® Center

The Illinois Leadership Center is a highly successful partnership between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a premier public research university located in east-central Illinois. The Center serves as a focal point for student-oriented leadership initiatives on campus, bridging learning and development opportunities between academic curricula and student affairs programs and services. It has an established record of student involvement in academic leadership courses, workshops and conferences, educational programs, and consulting services. The Center’s goal is to help students prepare not only for involvement but for leadership–on campus as well as in civic and work life beyond the academic realm. Past participants in Center programs now lead in such venues as Fortune 500 companies, Teach for America, research laboratories, and the Peace Corps.

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

Primary Responsibilities of Position:
The Assistant Director serves as a member of the Illinois Leadership Center (ILC) staff and reports to the Associate Director of the Illinois Leadership Center. The Assistant Director designs, develops, and implements the Center’s activities, programs, and services to meet the needs of students. The primary responsibilities of the Assistant Director are to manage the suite of i-Programs the ILC offers, and coordinate the ILC Workshop Series. The Assistant Director also serves as liaison with other departments and university units.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop, design, and deliver the i-program suite of leadership programs including Insight, Intersect, Integrity, Ignite, Innovation, Inclusion, and Imprint.
  • Manage the curriculum design of i-Programs.
  • Coordinate the Leadership Center Workshop Series, and the ILC RSO Consulting Program; including designing curriculum for the workshops.
  • Supervise a graduate student, two Grad Interns, and student staff on programming activities.
  • Manage the recruitment of facilitators for the Illinois Leadership Center’s i-programs, including lead facilitators and small group facilitators.
  • Train lead facilitators for all i-Programs.
  • Oversee the training of all small group facilitators for each i-Program.
  • Support Leadership Center programs and special events when it is a priority for the Center (e.g., attending assigned weekend programs or evening workshops when necessary).
  • Other duties and responsibilities as determined appropriate to progress the Illinois Leadership Center positively forward.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in leadership, organizational development, college student personnel, or related field is required.
  • Three years professional experience, including supervisory experience, in academic affairs, leadership education, student affairs, or a related field.

Successful candidates will possess the following:

  • Demonstrated organizational, leadership, written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong team orientation with the ability to work autonomously and in a highly collaborative team setting, to think independently and creatively, and to manage multiple tasks with flexibility and efficiency.
  • Self-motivated; ability to take appropriate initiative and a willingness to assume responsibility.
  • Capable of establishing and maintaining effective, cooperative working relationships with students, volunteers, faculty and staff.
  • Exhibited skill at creative program development and implementation.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and facilitate leadership programs or workshops.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with faculty and administrators to plan and implement curricular/co-curricular programs.
  • Understanding of and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Salary and Appointment Information:
This is a full-time, Civil Service Program Coordinator position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application Procedures:
Applications must be received by July 30, 2019. Apply for this position using the “Apply for Position” button below. If you have not applied before, you must create your candidate profile at If you have already have a profile, you may be redirected to that existing profile via email notification. To complete the application process:

Step 1) Submit the Staff Vacancy Application.
Step 2) Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms.
Step 3) Upload a letter of application, resume (months and years of employment must be included), proof of academic credentials (unoffical transcripts or diploma may be accepted), and names and contact information of three references.

In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for the position using the “Apply for Position” button below. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For further information regarding this position, please contact For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

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

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