This search is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. Inquiries and questions should be directed to Senior Consultant Dr. Scott Flanagan ([email protected]). To arrange a confidential conversation with Scott, please use this this Bookings link to access available times and set a call at your convenience: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/[email protected]/bookings/. This position is opened until filled. Review of applications will begin in early May and materials received by May 10, 2021 will be given full consideration. Nominations and application materials should be sent to [email protected] Applications must include a letter of intent including description of education, certifications held, and all relevant experience, current curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references including phone numbers (candidates will be notified prior to references being contacted). Application deadline: May 10, 2021
Position Purpose: The Executive Director of the Wackerlin Center is responsible for the carrying out the center's mission and will be student centered and possess a calling to serve in this unique, important capacity. The next Executive Director will be a creative thinker—someone who both generates new ideas and who naturally seeks opportunities to integrate the efforts of the Wackerlin Center with those of the broader community (and vice versa). Perhaps most importantly, the Executive Director will be a connector: creating a nurturing, student centered space and building relationships across campus. They will connect conceptually, weaving the work of the Wackerlin Center into the student experience and the life of the University. They will connect with the wider community, seeking opportunities for mutual benefit and student learning. The successful candidate will draw in others with a genuine enthusiasm for this work and a servant's heart.
Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.
Essential Job Functions:
Oversee programming and communications that promote a sense of campus community
Offers personal and group opportunities for students to help them discern their interests, values and life goals and deepen their faith and explore vocational interests.
Teaching an appropriate course (i.e. first-year seminar or in specific discipline).
Ensure ongoing volunteer activities for students to help them discover what matters.
Supervise the University Chaplain position.
Mentor and advise students throughout the AU community
Serve as university liaison to NetVUE.
Maintain relationships and collaborate with partner organizations and institutions.
Responsible for budgeting and managing expenses for the Center.
Essential Job Requirements:
Master's degree in related field; terminal degree preferred.
Minimum of 3 years in service coordination, development of leaders and/or faith development leadership, 5 years preferred. Leadership experience required, preferably in one or more of these areas.
Approachable, kind, compassionate, energetic personal style.
Collaborative leadership style: must be team player, with positive attitude, able to build consensus to move initiatives forward.
Detail oriented and organized; excellent project management skills.
Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, team environment and manage numerous activities simultaneously.
Strong organizational skills, including ability to plan, establish priorities, and handle multiple tasks and projects.
Ability to employ flexibility and creativity in the execution of duties in the face of changing needs and fluid priorities.
A self starter with the ability to work independently and, as needed, the willingness to accept direction.
Excellent listening, verbal and written skills.
Understanding of and enthusiasm for serving AU's unique student population.
The ability to work effectively to create an inclusive learning environment—one that integrates diverse perspectives and is welcome to all.
Interact effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
Voluntary participation in university committees, activities and events.
The ability to interact in person, via electronic media, and on the telephone.
The ability to move about campus and between locations.
The ability to work a flexible schedule as needed with some weekends and evenings required.
Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to becoming a model university of the 21st century. Toward this effort we are determined to have a faculty, staff, and student body reflecting the cultural demographics of the greater Chicago area.
Aurora University (AU) is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. It is committed to helping students discover what matters and build their life around it.
AU is a private, nonprofit, independent university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It offers more than 45 undergraduate majors — such as nursing, social work, business administration, criminal justice and psychology — and a wide variety of master’s and doctoral degrees that include social work and business administration. Degree programs are grounded in real-world experiences and are led by experienced, dedicated faculty members, nearly 140 of whom are full-time. The student/faculty ratio is 18:1.
Almost 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students take classes on two main campuses — Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, and George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin — as well as the nearby Orchard Center in Aurora and the Woodstock Center in Woodstock, Illinois. Online classes are also available. The Aurora University campus is located 40 miles west of Chicago.
AU has 24 NCAA Division III teams competing in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, Midwest Lacro...sse Conference, Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference and Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. About 700 student-athletes compete in sports. AU has a rich history and tradition of success across the spectrum of sport offerings. From conference championships to NCAA Championship appearances to academic awards and community service, student-athletes and staff continue to bring excitement and a sense of pride to Aurora University and all of the Spartan fans across the country. At AU, we firmly believe that intercollegiate athletics should promote the character development of participants, enhance the integrity of higher education, and promote civility in society. Toward these ends, we strive to adhere to fundamental values such as respect, civility, honesty and responsibility. Student-athletes and staff are always expected to operate with the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct in mind.
Founded in 1893 in Mendota, Illinois, as Mendota Seminary, the institution soon changed its name to Mendota College. By 1911, it had outgrown its facilities and the following year changed its name to Aurora College and moved to Aurora, where its students could take advantage of a thriving business environment and easy access to Chicago. In 1985, Aurora College changed its name to Aurora University to better reflect the magnitude of its academic offerings. Seven years later, Aurora University and George Williams College traditions blended when the two institutions entered into an affiliation agreement that paved the way for a merger eight years later. In 2010, the Woodstock Center opened to meet the needs of students in McHenry County and surrounding communities.