Director of Student Life and Campus Inclusion

Des Plaines / Skokie
Jun 15, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Other Executive Administration
Institution Type
Community College

Oakton Community College, a caring community of educators dedicated to excellence and learning, invites applications for Director of Student Life and Campus Inclusion.

A premier comprehensive community college, Oakton is 17 miles from downtown Chicago.  Oakton serves the near northern suburbs of Chicago with campuses in Des Plaines and Skokie with buildings totaling over 700,000 square feet of space resting on 192 acres.  These campuses serve almost 10,000 students annually that are enrolled in over 82,000 credit hours of instruction.  This position will be based out of the Des Plaines campus. The College's Operating Funds' budget (Education and Operations & Maintenance Funds) for the academic year ending on June 30, 2017 amounts to $69.3 million.  The College has undertaken a five year, $68.5 million Master Plan which included the construction and recent opening of the 93,000 square foot Margaret Burke Lee Science and Health Careers building on the Des Plaines campus.

The College is known for its academic innovations, commitment to serving students, solid financial position, and supportive environment for both students and employees. Oakton seeks a Director of Student Life and Campus Inclusion who is an innovative leader and who will continue a strong tradition of excellence.

Candidates with a commitment to working in a culturally competent environment are especially valued at Oakton.

We encourage applications from candidates who reflect the increasing diversity of Oakton's student body and community, enhance and promote engagement with other cultures, and have demonstrated a commitment to working with and as part of a multicultural faculty and diverse student body and community.


Job Description:

Basic Function and Responsibility:

As a member of the student affairs leadership team, the director of student life and campus inclusion provides leadership and direction to the student life staff and provides oversight of student activities and student leadership programs that support a diverse and multicultural student body.  The director also provides leadership to co-curricular assessment for the division of student affairs, oversees divisional marketing and communication targeted to enrolled students, and when called upon serve as a conduct officer, which supports adjudicating student rights and responsibilities under the code of student conduct.  In addition, the director of student life and campus inclusion provides oversight for the procedures regulating the allocation, distribution, and authorization of the student  activity fees, and works collaboratively with staff assigned to coordinate the allocation and effective utilization of space in an effort to support a prioritization that increases student success outcomes.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Under the leadership of the AVP for Student Affairs/Dean of Access, Equity and Diversity, provide leadership, organization, and planning for student life and inclusion programs and services across campus. This includes oversight of college- wide activities and leadership development programs designed to engage the active involvement of enrolled students to support college persistence, completion, and overall success. Oversee the effective administration and utilization of the Student Center.
  • Develop and effectively administer budgets assigned to the office of student life. This includes the effective management of the allocations, distributions and expenditures associated with student life fees.
  • Collaborate with college leadership staff on identified priorities that support the effective delivery of major college program and events (i.e. Student Orientation, college-wide welcome events, commencement, student leadership awards and recognition, etc.)
  • Strategically cultivate the college's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity through the funding of educational and cultural programming and services for diverse students.
  • Working in collaboration with other student affairs leaders, coordinate student affairs divisional assessment activities and practices that measure and evaluate the impact of programs and services on students and their contribution to student success. This includes helping to create systems, structures, and a culture that values and support evidence-informed decisions and actions for program and service improvements.
  • Coordinate divisional marketing and communication activities that are focused on enrolled students. This includes coordinating regularly scheduled communication about important events and campus activities, coordinating a timeline for divisional leaders to update important website information, and serving as a liaison to college relations in supporting effective communication to Oakton students.
  • Provide oversight to the student election processes and give leadership advisement to elected student leaders and groups. This includes supervising the election of the student trustee and members of the Student Governing Board, College Programming Board, and other broad-based identified student organizations that are designed to represent the Oakton student body in executing campus leadership or voice.
  • Collaborate with the College's "Events Coordinating Committee", insuring the efficient utilization of assigned space with considerations to student services that will support positive student experiences and outcomes.
  • Serve as a conduct officer. As directed, adjudicate student behavior under the College's Code of Student Conduct.
  • Collaborate with the Title IX Coordinator to educate the student body on Title IX guidance and laws.
  • As directed, produce written reports and updates related to departmental activities and general assessment.  This may include preparing reports and related correspondence that may be requested by state and federal agencies or accrediting bodies, which reflect compliance with professional and legal standards and Oakton's commitment to delivering quality programs and services.
  • Collaborate with assigned staff in the coordination of college commencement activities. This includes supporting the arrangement of facilities, coordinating and monitoring the distribution and retrieval of regalia, arranging technical set up for the event, as well as other identified activities that support a successful student experience.
  • Serve on assigned committees, representing the student life office and identified college priorities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned and supported by the college.



  • Master's degree in student personnel, counseling or human services is required.
  • Three years experience in student life, student personnel services, or counseling at the college level is required.


Additional Information:

The salary range for the 2016-17 fiscal year associated with the Director of Student Life and Campus Inclusion is: Minimum annual salary: $80,586. Salary midpoint: $106,723. Maximum annual salary: $132,866.  Placement in the salary range is based on educational qualifications, related experience, and internal equity.

Appointment to an administrator position is contingent upon approval by the College's Board of Trustees. It is anticipated that recommendation for appointment of one of the finalists will be presented to the Board of Trustees at the October 2017 Board meeting. 

The anticipated start date is November 2017.


Application Instructions:

To become an applicant, interested individuals must complete the online application linked from the posting found on the Oakton website.  Electronic copies of a cover letter, resume/cv, list of three (3) references with contact information, two letters of recommendation and transcripts must be submitted by the applicant via uploading to the Oakton employment website.  Please indicate the position code (DSL-17) on the cover letter. Uploaded documents need to be under 2 MB in size and in either .doc, .txt, or .pdf format. A total of 8 separate documents may be uploaded to an application file that has been successfully submitted to the College.

An unofficial copy of transcripts must be submitted at the time of application by the applicant.

Official transcripts for all degrees earned are required prior to appointment.

Recommendation letters may either be original documents with signature or e-mailed from the reference to  Official transcripts or a placement/credential file should be e-mailed to  Official transcripts or placement/credential files sent by postal mail should be sent to:

Oakton Community College
Director of Student Life and Campus Inclusion (Position Code DSL-17)
c/o Human Resources
1600 East Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL  60016

Please contact Matthew Robitaille, Employment Specialist at 847.635.1868 or if you encounter any difficulties with electronic submission of these documents.

Posted positions may be removed from the Oakton website without notice when it is determined that no additional applicants are required.



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