Director - Office of Special Scholarship Programs

Chicago, Illinois
May 30, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is accepting applications for the Director of the Office of Special Scholarship Programs (OSSP). This is a full-time, 12-month academic professional position. UIC is the city’s largest research university with an operating budget of $2.0 billion, serves over 29,000 students, comprising one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation, with 15 colleges and over 10,000 faculty and staff.  


The Director focuses on developing goals and initiatives for OSSP, which support student excellence and success on competitive scholarship programs. The Director leads the implementation of the national scholarship programs and policies; oversees and advocates for the office's programs working with students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni and donors; informs students, staff and faculty on nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships to enhance student competitiveness; provides advice and assistance to students during their application process to nationally competitive scholarships; establishes strategic priorities of the scholarship management system; oversees unit administration, day-to-day operation, academic policy, legal issues, and budget.

Other duties include:

  • Establish the strategic direction of OSSP to promote internal and external campus awareness and support of the office.
  • Lead the implementation of the national scholarship programs and policies.
  • Recruit, select and prepare students and guide them through the application process for nationally competitive awards, including, but not limited to, Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Merage, Goldwater, Truman, Gates Cambridge, Udall, and Fulbright.
  • Confer with national scholarship foundations to establish appropriate campus preparation and selection procedures.
  • Represent the university in the National Association of Fellowships Advisors, and recommend and implement program modifications to reflect existing national trends and program popularity.
  • Ensure scholarship management system (Academic Works’ Scholarship and Awards Program) is maintained and updated, participation is robust among campus constituents, and students are aware of the system.
  • Lead efforts to promote diversity representation in scholarships across campus departments.
  • Initiate and maintain effective collaborations with UIC administrators, faculty, staff, program directors and coordinators, and colleges and departments to promote applications for nationally competitive awards and for the Scholarship Association for UIC (SAUIC).
  • Communicate best practices for student scholarships with appropriate campus units.
  • Collect data for reports about national student scholarship results and SAUIC accomplishments for administrators, faculty, marketing and public affairs to ensure program compliance.
  • Review budget and formulate budget strategies for the office.
  • Pursue grant and donor funding to support unit and its programs
  • Plan, train, manage, assign and review work of staff and student workers to ensure that office objectives are met.
  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.



Master’s degree required. Minimum of five years’ experience in higher education, including educational program development and administration and at least two years supervisory experience required.

Familiarity with program quality assessment. Strong knowledge of nationally competitive scholarships.  International educational experience is preferred.

Excellent writing and editing skills. Strong verbal and written communication skills, and leadership skills to maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff, students, administrators and external constituents such as parents, high schools, other colleges/universities, and scholarship foundations. Strong project management skills; detail oriented and analytical skills. Strong knowledge of budget planning and fiscal analysis preferred. Proficient in Microsoft Office suite programs.

For fullest consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references by June 21, 2017 at Questions can be directed to Gerardo Jimenez, Director of Operations, at or 312-413-8516.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.