Director of Project Success
Northeastern Illinois University - Chicago, IL

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The Division of Student Affairs at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) invites applications for the Director of Project Success .

About NEIU:
Northeastern Illinois University is a fully accredited public university serving more than 11,000 full and part-time undergraduate and graduate students in the Chicago metropolitan area. NEIU engages its diverse campus community in a rich environment of teaching, learning and scholarship. The University offers more than 80 academic programs in the arts, sciences, education and business. Newsweek magazine has named Northeastern Illinois University the sixth best investment among all universities in the nation and number one in Illinois. The University also is recognized as one of the most diverse universities in the United States and is federally designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution. For more information visit us at www.neiu.edu .

About Student Affairs:
The Division of Student Affairs at Northeastern Illinois University enhances student success through educationally-purposeful programs and services in an inclusive, multicultural learning community. Under the leadership of a new and energetic vice president, Student Affairs at NEIU is undergoing transformation and growth to strengthen our ability to support student retention. In building our team, we invite applications from innovative, dynamic professionals who are committed to advancing social justice and student success.

About Project Success:
The Director of the Project Success, who reports to the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, provides leadership, supervision and support for Project Success. Established at Northeastern Illinois University in 1968, Project Success is an academic support program that has historically and continues to serve African American and/or first generation college students who demonstrate academic potential and do not meet the general University admissions requirements. Students in this program are given a two-year adjustment period to meet university academic requirements. They must actively participate in the assistance programs provided and show evidence of academic progress. Students receive guidance and support from an assigned academic advisor. Academic advisors are responsible for: advising students, utilizing a holistic advising philosophy and approach that focuses on teaching and learning; instructing a three-credit academic seminar course for all incoming students, participating in educationally-purposeful programming, and actively implementing the enrollment plan. The Project Success team consists of three academic advisors and one assistant director, all of whom report to the Director.

Position Responsibilities:
The Director of Project Success reports to the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, and is responsible for leading the Project Success staff in providing innovative and educationally- purposeful programs and services that support the access, transition, and progress of Project Success students. The Director collaborates with colleagues in student affairs, academic affairs, and enrollment services in developing strategies to support student retention and progress.

Minimum Requirements:
The successful candidate must possess an earned master’s in higher education or related field with at least five years of experience advising diverse students and three years managing, training, and/or supervising staff. Preference will be given to candidates that also have at least 3 years of enrollment experience (i.e., recruiting, admitting, and enrolling students). Strong organizational skills and experience coordinating and implementing academic support programs are essential. Demonstrated knowledge of national promising practices and successful strategies to support the success and retention of underrepresented students and historically marginalized groups is required. Exceptional interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and budget development and monitoring skills are needed. Must have strong computer proficiency skills (e.g., academic advising databases, on-line technology, and social media) and knowledge of academic advisement and student transition and development theories. Experience in an urban commuter college or university and prior employment in a union setting is preferred.

Salary:
Salary for the position is competitive, and commensurate with experience.

To Apply:
Send letter of interest, current vitae, graduate school transcripts, names and phone numbers of three professional references (including current supervisor) to: Screening Committee Chair, Director of Project Success; Northeastern Illinois University Division of Student Affairs; Sachs Administration Building C, Room 519, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave; Chicago, IL 60625-4699 or via email preferably as a single pdf file to psdirector@neiu.edu . Review of applications begins November 15, 2012 and continues until the position is filled. Preference will be given to candidates who apply by November 15, 2012.

NEIU values the inclusion of a broad spectrum of students, staff, and faculty in the life of the University. We celebrate and foster global perspectives. We encourage the open and respectful expression of ideas and differences in thoughts, experiences, and opinions.

Northeastern Illinois University is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer and Invites Applications from Women and Minorities as well as Other Qualified Individuals.

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