Director of Student Affairs - Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Champaign, IL
May 26, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Director of Student Affairs

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Revised and Extended

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) and Carle Health System (Carle) have embarked on an exciting endeavor by creating the nation's first engineering-based college of medicine. In partnership, Carle and Illinois are seeking an exceptional leader to serve as the first permanent Director of Student Affairs.

The Director of Student Affairs will be responsible for monitoring all aspects of medical student welfare and professional development towards meeting key milestones in the academic life of the student, including promotion, graduation, and securing suitable residency positions. The Director of Student Affairs will collaborate with the Office of Academic Affairs to monitor student academic progress. In addition, the person in this position will oversee services and events designed to identify and meet student needs, enhance well-being, and promote professional development.

This is a rare opportunity to join an enthusiastically engaged, multi-disciplinary group of academic scholars, health care professionals, and specialists in medical education at the intersection of engineering, biological, and clinical sciences. It is planned that the individual in this administrative role will have full-time, benefits eligible, University employment. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The start date will be as soon as possible after the close of the search.

Responsibilities of the position include the following:
  • In collaboration with the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, provide vision, leadership, and direction to the development and implementation of the student affairs programs.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Academic Affairs to monitor the academic progress of medical students towards requirements for promotion and graduation. This collaboration includes identifying student needs and appropriate assistance.
  • Oversee preparation and updates of the Medical Student Handbook for the Carle Illinois College of Medicine.
  • Provide leadership to the area of student support services to insure administration, faculty, and staff in this area are well informed and oriented towards common goals; oversee training, goal setting and evaluation, and professional development opportunities in the area of student affairs.
  • Provide advising services to medical students, as well as direct students to external resources when appropriate.
  • Develop effective and comprehensive career counseling programs for medical students.
  • Serve as an information resource for medical students on aspects of well-being; engage with campus wellness programs and act as a liaison to resources available for all facets of wellness, including environmental, physical, spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, occupational and financial well-being.
  • Upon self-identification or recommendations from others, inform and advise students and/or suggest a need to the student to address issues of wellness.
  • Refer to and monitor Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) standards, ensuring that strategic planning and implementation of services and events complies with, supports, and advances LCME standards.
  • Establish and provide a friendly, student-centered, supportive atmosphere for students in need of personal and /or academic support.
  • Foster a culture of diversity and inclusion, particularly in the community of recruited and enrolled medical students.
  • Network with other learning assistance programs uniquely concerned with the needs of underrepresented medical school students; serve as a liaison and resource person with faculty and staff to effectively address learning assistance difficulties of underrepresented medical school students.
  • Work closely with the Director of Admissions to support the Carle Illinois College of Medicine vision, mission, and financial aid strategy to attract diverse classes of students.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Admissions to identify prospective students and pipeline opportunities, investigate the financial support these prospective students will require, and plan options that can be available to these students.
  • Identify student qualifications for externally sponsored financial assistance and assist students in accessing these resources.
  • Maintain an updated information base for reference.
  • Provide students with professional financial knowledge and with plans and resource information for debt management when necessary to provide financial well-being as they advance toward their careers.
  • Develop a debt counseling program for students and track student engagement and program effectiveness.
  • Assist with alumni relations to establish career support for current students and to encourage life-long engagement with and support of the college and university.
  • Maintain responsibility for compliance related to Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) standards and University policies that pertain broadly to student affairs and financial aid.
  • Engage in ongoing planning and continuous quality improvement processes that establish short-term and long-term goals, result in measurable outcomes, and monitor the effectiveness of student services, providing reports in compliance with LCME accreditation standards.
  • Participate in national organizations to identify and learn new concepts that relate to student well being, professional development, and financial aid in order to provide optimal and continually updated service to Carle Illinois College of Medicine medical students.
  • Engage in and support students, faculty and staff in accordance with related student and patient regulations and ethical norms, such as FERPA and HIPAA.
  • Champion positive inter-professional relationships bridging the college's private/public organization and missions.
  • May supervise additional staff members as needed.

Required Education: Master's degree.

Preferred Education: Ed.D., M.D., D.O., or Ph.D.

Required experience, skills and abilities include:
  • Minimum of 5 years of advising and/or counseling experience of medical students.
  • Experiences and a record of accomplishment that reflects excellent organizational skills, effective verbal and written communication skills, and attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Must be willing to learn all aspects of the college's strategic approach to curriculum, student well being and advancement, research, diversity and inclusion, and collaborative approach.
  • Must be willing to learn and respect University policies and Liaison Committee on Medical Education standards related to student matters.
  • Must have demonstrated knowledge of the financial aid function and the administration of this function, including knowledge of all relevant federal loan programs, and knowledge of the rules and regulations, and federal and State of Illinois laws regarding financial aid.
  • Evidence of excellent collaboration skills, with the ability to cultivate relationships to think creatively and solve problems.
  • Strong project and time management, team-building skills, as well as skills and abilities to work cooperatively with all constituencies in a unique environment of engineering-based medical education in the context of the Carle and Illinois private/public relationship.
  • A strong work ethic, an approachable leadership style, and a consistent focus on the college's immediate and strategic goals are required.
  • The position requires effective use of interpersonal and communications skills that incorporate tact and diplomacy.
  • The individual holding this position must have the ability to maintain appropriate confidentiality of work related information and materials in accordance with regulations and ethical norms, such as FERPA and HIPAA.

Procedure for candidacy:

For more information on the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, please visit Interviews may be conducted before the closing date, although no hiring decisions will be made until after the search has closed. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by no later than June 8, 2017. Interested candidates must create a candidate profile through; submit an application, resume, and a letter of interest. Also required is a list of names and contact information of three professional references. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Jennifer Steiling at

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

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

College Name or Administrative Unit: Office of the Provost
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Director of Student Affairs - Carle Illinois College of Medicine
Open Date: 04/07/2017
Organization Name: Carle IL COM Administration


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