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Assistant Director, OMSS

DePaul University
Chicago, IL

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Diversity and Inclusion Statement Guided by an ethic of Vincentian personalism and professionalism, DePaul compassionately upholds the dignity of all members of its diverse, multi-faith, and inclusive community. We seek to hire collaborative, open-minded, and dedicated professionals who are committed to advancing our university mission to making education accessible to all, with special attention to including underserved and underrepresented communities. Successful candidates thrive in an environment where ideas and perspectives representing a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds, and experiences are welcome and supported.
General Summary

This position reports to the Director of Multicultural Student Success within the Division of Student Affairs providing overall supervision and direction to programs and services designed to provide identity-conscious academic support services to historically marginalized students. The position manages and supervises key retention initiatives including scholarships, college transitions, and post-college success programming; supervising three full-time professionals, graduate assistant(s)/intern(s), and several hourly student employees. Additionally, this Assistant Director collaborates closely with key partners in the strategic design, implementation, and evaluation of campus-wide retention initiatives. Furthermore, this Assistant Director serves as a member of the OMSS leadership team providing specialized insight on departmental strategy assessing and addressing student retention and departmental operations.

The position is within an identity-conscious support model that acknowledges and affirms the importance of intersectional and holistic student development. 

Responsibilities & Duties
  • Collaborate with Enrollment Management, Institutional Research, Financial Aid, Admissions, and other key stakeholders in the strategic design, implementation, and evaluation of departmental and campus-wide retention initiatives.
  • Support the mission by providing administrative and strategic vision and leadership to the OMSS identity-conscious support programs suite (retention and persistence, college transitions, scholarships, and post-college success programming) including program design, assessment, budget management.
  • Supervise, train, and develop three full-time coordinators, graduate assistants, undergraduate interns, and hourly student employees.
  • Oversee Multicultural Student Success office operations including front desk management, student training across all OMSS areas, and other project management.
  • Oversee the assessment and reporting of the effectiveness of programs and services promoting student academic progress and persistence.
  • Serve on the university, divisional, and departmental committees as assigned.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Education & Experience
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master’s degree in Education, Counseling, Student Services, Human Services or related field
  •  3-5 years of experience working in a higher education setting, with an emphasis on developing programs for underrepresented student populations
  • Experience supervising professional or graduate-level staff
  • Experience in advising students with transitional issues, career readiness, cultural exploration, and academic enhancement
  •  Experience developing and evaluating educational programs 
Managerial Responsibilities
  • Direct supervision of three full-time staff members and a number of hourly student employees and the indirect supervision of a number of graduate assistants and approximately 40 undergraduate student employees.  
Financial Responsibilities
  • Provides oversight and accountability for multiple budgets.  The combined total for budget oversight is $570,000.
Other Skills & Abilities Required
  • Computer experience in Microsoft Office including: Word, Access, Excel, and Outlook
  • Excellent individual, group, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability and sensitivity in working with diverse populations

Additional Information

For consideration, please include a resume and cover letter. Your cover letter should address:

  • supervisory experience
  • experience with developing programs for underrepresented student populations
  • experience in advising students with transitional issues, career readiness, cultural exploration, and academic enhancement
  •  Experience with assessment and evaluation 
  • Some weekend and evening hours are required components of this position.
Salary & Benefits Package: DePaul offers a comprehensive package including competitive pay and benefits to attract and retain the best talent in order to further the University's mission. For more information, please visit the following pages: Full-Time Benefits
Part-Time Benefits

Required Background Check:
Employment at DePaul University is contingent on passing a background check. Only final candidates who are extended an offer of employment will undergo a background check.

Required COVID-19 Vaccination:
Employment at DePaul University is contingent upon receiving all recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine or having a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated. To request a medical or religious exemption, please email [email protected].

Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect:
Upon accepting an offer of employment with the university, you will also be required to sign an Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status at the time of hire. A mandated reporter is required to make a report to the Illinois DCFS Hotline whenever there is reasonable cause to believe that a child known to them in their professional or official capacity may be abused or neglected. For more information, please visit the following pages:
Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS)
Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act

Title IX Contact Information
Federal Title IX policy requires that all colleges and universities make known the contact information for the person responsible for coordinating its efforts to comply with Title IX responsibilities. The Title IX Office is on the Lincoln Park campus on the 3rd floor of the Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Avenue. The Title IX Office can be reached at 312-362-8970 or [email protected]

DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.


Working at DePaul University

Enrolling more than 23,000 students, DePaul is the ninth-largest private and largest Catholic university in the country. It offers over 200 graduate and undergraduate degree programs through nine colleges and schools. Nearly one third of DePaul’s students are of color—the most diverse of any private university in Illinois—and about 30 percent of each year’s freshmen class intend to be the first in their families to earn a college degree. DePaul’s success extends beyond recruitment—it is among the nation’s top 100 universities in awarding degrees to students of color.

Educating Chicago’s business leaders, lawyers, judges, teachers, artists and public servants for more than a century, DePaul enjoys an excellent academic reputation. It has earned impressive rankings from U.S. News & World Report for its business and law programs as well as distinctions for diversity and community service. A host of higher education guides have recognized DePaul for everything from its economic value and happy students to its hot and trendy campus and great town-gown relations.

DePaul prides itself on the strength of its academic programs, especially the programs in entrepreneurship, real estate, and the part-time MBA; computer science, network assurance and digital media; psychology and philosophy; music and theater; health and intellectual property law; and adult learning initiatives. Despite its size, the university is committed to providing students with personal attention; the student/faculty ratio is just 16:1. Professors who teach graduate students also teach undergraduates in small-group settings.

DePaul’s goal, expressed in the VISION twenty12 strategic plan, is to become one of the finest urban, Catholic universities in the United States. It is focused on creating nationally recognized, rigorous programs of study; preparing women and men to be at the forefront of their chosen fields as ethical and socially engaged leaders; and further strengthening its financial and operational foundations.

DePaul was founded in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission (or Vincentian) religious community, which follows the teachings of 17th century French priest St. Vincent de Paul. Established to provide a high quality education to immigrants and others who were denied access to college, DePaul continues to embrace this mission today, recruiting and graduating significant numbers of students from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups.


Located in Chicago, Illinois, DePaul has two primary campuses and four suburban locations. The Loop Campus is in the heart of the downtown business and cultural district and is home to four of DePaul’s colleges, a theater, a residence hall and most administrative functions. It is separated by a 20-minute trip on Chicago’s “el” train from the Lincoln Park Campus, close to Lake Michigan and Wrigley Field. Considered one of the nation’s most beautiful urban campuses, Lincoln Park is home to five colleges, the main library, numerous residence halls, a student center and the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center, open to employees and students.

Both campuses are located in thriving business and residential districts that are well served by public transportation, providing a full array of housing choices for employees. Chicago boasts six professional sports teams and some of the best theater, music and art venues in the nation. As an international business hub and conference center, Chicago enables employees to build strong professional networks and remain on the leading edge of their fields.

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