Illinois Scholars Program Coordinator; Office of Academic Inclusive Excellence

Job Summary
Plans and manages academic and social programs for Illinois Summer Bridge Program (Illinois Scholars Program [ISP], Early Access Program). Reporting to the Director of Curriculum Development and Education, responsible for planning and organizing activities of the ISP; providing support for ISP students and mentors; maintaining a tracking system to evaluate student progress and/or interventions; interfacing with internal and external partners to coordinate and communicate among early access experiences.


Duties & Responsibilities

Develop and oversee the Illinois Scholars Program

  • Serves as the primary coordinator and liaison for the Illinois Scholars Program, communicating with relevant stakeholders and planning program logistics.
  • Provides daily management of mentoring and bridge programs, which includes supervision of student staff and budget reporting.
  • Oversees recruitment of incoming students and mentors to the program.
  • Hires, supervises, and creates development opportunities for student staff.
  • Creates and oversees the implementation of ongoing marketing.
  • Meets with students individually to discuss academic responsibilities and struggles.
  • Arranges and implement academic, career, and social support programs for program participants.
  • Coordinates program evaluation.
  • Coordinate communication and collaboration among campus early access programs
  • Facilitates coordination among campus early access programs to build strong network and collaboration
  • Interfaces with enrollment management, minority student affairs, campus’ pre-college programs, Chancellor and Provost offices, and other entities
  • Researches and recommends potential strategies for addressing and reducing barriers to academic inclusive excellence, particularly for targeted student populations
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with campus partners and external stakeholders
  • Cultivates and maintains relationships with community partners and stakeholders.
  • Communicates effectively with students, staff, faculty, and administrators about the program.
  • Fosters relationships with other departments that enhance and/or strengthen the Illinois Scholars Program as well as other early access programs

Administrative Duties

  • Provides support, assistance, and reasoned advice to the Academic Inclusive Excellence team (e.g., problem-solving, crisis communications, report-writing, special projects)
  • Develops detailed purchasing plan including catering, event space, supplies, housing requirements, etc.
  • Prepares, submits, and manages budget requests
  • Prepares annual and other reports
  • Assists with fundraising and grants to sustain initiatives
  • Other duties as assigned

Additional Physical Demands
Standard Office Environment

Travel Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree. Two years of work experience developing and providing educational programs to students in a higher education setting. (Note: Master’s Degree in an area consistent with the duties of the position may be substituted for one (1) year of work experience.)

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in Education or related field. 4 years of leadership experience coordinating summer bridge and college transition programming and mentoring for students. Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds, including URM, first-generation, low-income, low-sending counties, or EOP. Experience supervising student staff

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • A track record of success coordinating and leading diversity initiatives in a complex university environment.
  • Strong leadership, administrative, and presentation skills, including oral and written communications.
  • Track record of success in promoting student diversity, inclusion and/or success.
  • Experience in assessment and evaluation practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to manage both individual and team deadlines on multiple, simultaneous projects
  • Working knowledge of student advising and support systems
  • Knowledge of educational issues and trends related to student success
  • Budget development or oversight responsibilities

Appointment Information
This is a 100% full-time Civil Service 5002 – Program Coordinator position, appointed on a 12-month basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the close date. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application Procedures & Deadline Information
Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on Friday, November 4, 2022. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position. Applications not submitted through https://jobs.illinois.edu will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, please contact Hope Farney at hfarney@illinois.edu. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing accessibility@illinois.edu.


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