Director of Vocation Initiatives

Aurora, IL
Aug 29, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Director of Vocation Initiatives

Aurora University is an independent, comprehensive institution founded in 1893 offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Our two campuses are located in Aurora, Illinois and on the shores of Geneva Lake in Wisconsin. Additionally, we have an Educational Center in Woodstock, Illinois. We seek people passionately involved in the educational process who will help us realize our vision.

Position Purpose: The Director of Vocation Initiatives is a key member of the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action that supports the center’s mission by leading student-centered programming focused on vocational discernment, helping to oversee leadership development activities, and building strong experiential-based programs across all campuses that helps our students discover what matters.

Core Competencies:

  1. Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
  2. Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
  3. Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
  4. Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Create, develop, and implement new Wackerlin Center vocational discernment programs.
  2. Coordinate, plan, and supervise a new vocational speaker series on campus.
  3. Coordinate, plan, and supervise a campus-wide alternative break trip program.
  4. Assist with the development, implementation, and oversight of student leadership programming, including the LEAD program and new athletic leadership council.
  5. Oversee the marketing, advertising, and promotion of all vocational/leadership programming.
  6. Collect, track, and report student involvement and success data.
  7. Act as a liaison to other university departments, particularly the offices of Student Life and Academic Affairs.
  8. Support the mission and general programming of the Wackerlin Center.

Essential Job Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s degree required – preferably in a humanities (ex: leadership, religion, philosophy, sociology, psychology, literature, etc.) or related field


  • Two years experience working in similar higher education setting preferred
  • Knowledge and familiarity designing experiential learning activities preferred
  • Experience with college/university student life program development preferred


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with diverse populations of students, faculty and staff
  • Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines
  • Excellent organization skills with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and be flexible in response to changing priorities
  • Strategic thinking with the ability to identify and to solve problems
  • Excellent computer skills, to include Microsoft Office

Special Requirements:

  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to move about campus, spend long periods of time at a computer station, and stand for extended periods of time.

Benefit-eligible positions offer excellent benefits including health, dental, life, vision, long term disability, a 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA, and tuition remission included. Please send resume with cover letter and contact information for three references including name, telephone and email address.

Apply to:

Aurora University
Human Resources
347 South Gladstone Ave
Aurora, IL 60506
630-844-5650 - fax - email

Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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