Position Announcement:  Assistant Director of Academic Programs


Northeastern Illinois University, located in Chicago, Illinois, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Assistant Director of Academic Programs.

About Northeastern Illinois University

Founded in 1867, NEIU is a vibrant public research and learning community. Over the past 151 years, the University has trained teachers and school administrators, produced leaders representing the Chicago metropolitan area in city, state, and national politics, and enriched the lives of our students by fostering their academic and professional excellence. NEIU provides a supportive learning environment which has a student-teacher ratio of 16-to-1 and supports mentoring relationships and experiential learning. Educational experiences at the University include hands-on learning through civic engagement, research opportunities, and creative works and performance. NEIU is the most diverse public comprehensive university in the Midwest, and is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic Serving Institution. The ethnic, cultural, age, sex/gender, economic and language diversity of the University is one of our most precious resources and a fundamental responsibility of the institution.

Position Responsibilities:

Working alongside and reporting to the Director, the Assistant Director of Academic Programs will manage all aspects of the freshman cohort and summer programming, and will support the operations of other academic programming at the Carruthers Center.  The Assistant Director will work closely to program directors and staff to ensure appropriate course scheduling and will collaborate with staff on planning and executing recruitment and orientation activities.  Finally, the Assistant Director will work with advisors to ensure all students meet program and/or degree requirements.

The Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies

The Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, located on the south side in Chicago's historic Bronzeville neighborhood, has been a leading center of scholarship and activism in Chicago and in the country, supporting the forward progression of African-American culture and life.  For over fifty years, the Carruthers Center has been home to the Inner City Studies Programs (BA, MA), which have focused on the intersection of the social, political, and cultural aspects of inner city life, and specifically the African American experience, within it.  One of Northeastern Illinois University's campuses, the Carruthers Center offers an array of courses in other programs and hosts a variety of community and cultural events for students and for the surrounding Bronzeville community.  Beginning in Fall 2019, the Carruthers Center will host its first freshman cohort, along with additional degree programs in social work, community health, gerontology, school leadership, and a certificate in couple and family counseling.

Description of duties and responsibilities:

  • Knowledge of academic programs, student advising, curriculum planning, student affairs and/or program management in higher education
  • Coordinate all CCICS student academic program and support services as needed
  • Liaison to campus units and faculty on academic development and advising.
  • Assist in the development and coordination of the CCICS strategic plan.
  • Coordination of recruitment and retention activities
  • Coordination, development, and implementation of CCICS vision and goals and assist in leading these efforts
  • Coordinate workshops, off campus trips, internships, summer research placement, seminars, and guest speakers related to academic programming and student development
  • Identify areas for improvement and propose and make changes in procedures and requirements, when needed.
  • Ability to effectively supervise staff and student workers
  • Assist in executive policy decisions for CCICS
  • Ability to make independent judgments and to act on decisions on a daily basis
  • Assist in the managing of the fiscal and CCICS budget
  • Support excellence in instruction and scholarly and creative productivity
  • Ability to lead and support an environment to achieve the highest student success through learning
  • Build a collaborative culture of learning at CCICS through effective academic program development and advising
  • Collect baseline and on-going assessment and academic progress data on students and on academic programs
  • Assist faculty with academic and curriculum development needs
  • Provide direct and daily discussions to students, staff, and faculty as it relates their academic needs, recruitment and retention
  • Train staff and students on new procedures, policies, and processes as needed


The successful candidate must a Master’s degree and 3-5 years of progressively responsible experience in program management.  Experience in academic or student affairs administration in a higher education setting is required.  Supervisory experience is strongly desired.  The position requires effective written and oral communication skills and attention to detail, and the ability to multitask, set priorities, and meet required deadlines and goals.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package including health, dental and vision benefits, sick and vacation days, the participation in the State Universities Retirement System.

To Apply:

In order to be considered for employment by Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) you must submit the following and send all documents as a single PDF document to AssistantDirectorCCICS@neiu.edu.

  1. A letter of Interest addressing your qualifications for this position
  2. Current Resume
  3. Contact information for three current professional references
  4. Employment Application
  5. Statement of Annuitant Status
  6. Copies of unofficial transcripts are accepted; however, official transcripts will be required of candidates selected for on-campus interviews

In addition to the links provided above for the Employment Application (fillable) and Statement of Annuitant Status, you can also obtain these forms at the NEIU Office of Human Resources, Bernard Office Building (BOB), 5555 N. Bernard Street, Chicago, Il 60625, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Review of applications begins on April 15, 2019,and will continue until the position is filled.

Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, as well as Other Qualified Individuals. Northeastern Illinois University’s positions are contingent upon the University’s receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.