Position: Assistant to Vice President

(Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs)

Department: Vice President for Student Affairs

Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) invites applications for the Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Full Time, Continuing Position

The Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs is responsible for providing high level management support to enable the efficient performance of the official duties of the Vice President for Student Affairs, particularly as it is related to coordinating the office operations, human resources functions, and budgets in the Vice Presidential area, and supervising the office staff of Student Affairs.

About Northeastern Illinois University

Founded in 1867, NEIU has a rich tradition of educational innovation, and in preparing teachers and administrators who make a difference in Chicago. That tradition continues to this day and has expanded to include an array of academic disciplines, allowing the University to embrace fully the community in which it resides. NEIU is regarded as the most diverse, public, comprehensive university in the Midwest, and is designated by the United States Department of Education as an Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Diversity is an important factor in the character of this urban institution and in the social fabric of its student body. ALANA students represent nearly 60% of the NEIU student body. The University offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, education, and business, and has additional campuses in the metropolitan area: The Carruthers Center for Inner city Studies, El Centro, and the Center for College Access and Success. The University is also a founding member of the University Center of Lake County consortium campus in suburban Lake County, north of Chicago. Newsweek magazine named Northeastern Illinois University the “Sixth Best Investment” in the United States, and number one in Illinois. Northeastern shares the top-ten spot with Harvard, Stanford, Princeton and MIT.

About the Division of Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs at Northeastern Illinois University actively supports and engages its diverse community of learners through excellent programs and services that enhance students’: personal development, leadership skills, and intercultural competencies to engage in a dynamic global society. The Division of Student Affairs embraces the University’s core values and contributes to student success through holistic support, experiential learning, civic leadership, and social justice.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs, who in turn, reports to the President. The Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs will coordinate the responsibilities of the Vice President with other division offices and staff, including managing the calendar of the Vice President; will prepare, manage, and maintain the Student Affairs budgets, and provide areas with the master budget upon completion; will assist in the coordination of all Human Resources paperwork; will coordinate and implement policy decisions; and will manage the operations of the office of the Vice President for Student for Student Affairs.

The Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs will originate and prepare routine and special reports and studies; will oversee or conduct special projects; will function as a trouble-shooter; will represent the Vice President at campus/university functions, committees, meetings, and in correspondence as needed; will consult with and advise the Vice President; will orchestrate all administrative support for the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, including all Civil Service and student worker supervision; and will participant in short and long-range planning and goal-setting exercises.

The Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs will also investigate issues, consult with involved parties, and provide advice regarding various options for action; will handle a variety of sensitive and confidential assignments and projects on behalf of the Vice President; will conceive and administer special programs and projects under the direction of the Vice President; will administer employee performance evaluations; will work with Finance and Administration to prepare an Audit Finding Corrective Action Plan; will coordinate the verification of the Economic Interest Statements; and will collaborate with the Office of Human Resources to ensure that A&P Annual evaluations are completed in accordance with deadlines.

The Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs must interact with diverse constituencies across the University (e.g. Divisional Departments, Office of University Budgets, Office of Human Resources/Payroll, and all Student Affairs financial managers). The Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs will supervise the Civil Service and student staff, in the office of Student Affairs; and will serve as the division’s policy coordinator, as well as, coordinate all project management, and fulfill other duties as assigned by the Vice President, while handling sensitive information with the utmost confidentiality.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred and five years’ experience in higher education or related field. The incumbent must demonstrate expertise in office operations, budgetary planning and day-to-day implementation, and human resources functions. Strong organizational skills and exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, as well as, exceptional skills in public relations are all required. Experience in an urban commuter and/or community college, and/or university setting is preferred.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package including health, dental and vision benefits, sick and vacation days, and participation in the State Universities Retirement System. Applicants are expected to respond based on the entire job description. This position requires a background check.

To Apply:
In order to be considered for employment by Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) you must submit the following and send all documents within one PDF/Word document to d-lawson1@neiu.edu:

In addition to the links provided above for the Employment Application (fillable), Affirmation Action Form 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, 8:30a.m.to 4:30p.m. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until 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.