Assistant Director of Recruitment and Retention - Engineering Administration (A1800062)

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Assistant Director of Recruitment and Retention
Engineering Administration
College of Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The College of Engineering seeks applicants for the position of Assistant Director of Recruitment and Retention. Reporting to the Assistant Dean and Director of the Morrill Engineering Program, the Assistant Director of Recruitment and Retention is primarily responsible for planning and coordinating academic enrichment and support programs that improve retention, access, and success of undergraduate engineering students with a focus on underrepresented minority students (African American, Native American, Hispanic). Specific duties and responsibilities include:

Academic Support/Retention

  • Actively participate in and support freshman mentoring programs that focus on promoting academic/professional accountability and performance, and cohort building including the Morrill Engineering Program (MEP) mentoring courses and the Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) Graduate Mentoring program.
  • Track the academic progress of MEP students and provide coordinated interventions (such as academic advising and midterm outreach) for students considered academically at-risk.
  • Plan, develop, and implement programs that support transfer and continuing students continuing their professional and personal development.
  • Develop and facilitate opportunities for MEP student participation in scholarships, internships, and research through timely communication and referrals.
  • Work with the Center for Academic Resources in Engineering (CARE) to coordinate Facilitated Study Groups (FSG) and academic enrichment workshops targeting MEP students for study skills, time management and academic planning.
  • Plan, develop, and implement MEP signature activities including Illinois Connections in Engineering (ICE)/EMBARK, System of Success (SOS) retreat and annual awards banquet, collaborating with corporate sponsors, alumni volunteers, and student leaders.
  • Collaborate with University and College of Engineering offices to proactively engage MEP students by providing guidance on matters of inclusion, diversity, and outreach to underrepresented minority populations.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise student staff who will support MEP activities including EMBARK, FSG, and MEP mentoring programs.

  • Collaborate with College of Engineering staff and departments to attract underrepresented minority students by promoting strategies for outreach, facilitating presentations for students and families, and collaborating with existing programs that increase diversity in engineering.
  • Engage underrepresented minority students that have expressed interest in inter-college transfer into the College of Engineering by coordinating and facilitating a special-topics course (ENG 199) to enrich, advise, and support their transition and overall academic experience.
  • Communicate with high school students and staff regarding MEP and opportunities for study at Engineering at Illinois as part of coordinated efforts involving the Office of Admissions and the Engineering Communications Office.
  • Assist in the undergraduate admissions process for improving yield of underrepresented minority students admitted to Engineering at Illinois.

MEP Student Professional Development
  • Track and support students' professional and personal development to facilitate and create opportunities with corporate partners and national associations supporting underrepresented students in engineering.
  • Work with corporate partners to identify, refer, and create relevant opportunities for MEP students in coordination with the Engineering Career Services office.
  • Coordinate and facilitate programs for minority engineering students that inform, prepare, and support MEP students in the graduate school application process.
  • Assume other, appropriate recruitment and retention-related duties to further the mission of the department and the College of Engineering.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, STEM education, or a related area
  • Three years of experience working with engineering students in student support programming or three years in engineering or related field
  • Demonstrated successful experiences in a least one of the following areas: college student advising, academic retention programs, or pre-engineering programs
  • Demonstrated ability in successfully building and coordinating programs targeting academic student communities
  • Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently
  • Ability to work flexible and extended hours, including some weekends; open to travel
  • Superior written and oral communications skills

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in engineering, STEM education, or a related area
  • Three years of professional work experience with academic and professional development programs for undergraduate engineering students
  • Supervisory/management experience (e.g. experience selecting, training, supervising, and evaluating staff and volunteers)
  • Demonstrated success in mentoring and advising underrepresented minority college students
  • Experience with social media communications strategies

The Assistant Director of Recruitment and Retention position is a full-time, benefits-eligible academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three references by February 21, 2018. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Thurman Etchison, [email protected], 217-300-2193.

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

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: Engineering
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Assistant Director of Recruitment and Retention - Engineering Administration (A1800062)
Open Date: 01/31/2018
Close Date: 02/21/2018
Organization Name: Engineering Administration





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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 4/29/2018
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