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Student Advocate

07/17/2019 9:30 am

Rockford University invites candidates for the position of Student Advocate.  The incumbent of this position will be responsible for analyzing and answering questions (face to face or over the phone) about students’ academic progress, financial aid and accounts as well as preparing/entering financial aid packages. This position is also responsible for processing and maintaining student records, distribution of cash for check cashing and petty cash distribution as well as working with students to set up acceptable payment arrangements. This position will work with current students in a proactive manner to insure they meet all deadlines for academic and financial related procedures. Other responsibilities include preparing various pieces for mailing/distribution (e.g. financial aid packages, grades, registration materials and account statements/bills). This position will also provide support for Rockford University’s Institutional Research functions.

General Expectations:
• Provide efficient, professional and accurate information in a manner which fosters/supports respect for all members of the Rockford University community.
• Respond with “sense of urgency” to all customers’ questions and/or concerns.
• Maintain/foster positive atmosphere to ensure all “transactions/contacts” are handled with the highest level of customer service.
• Knowledgeable/proficient in all standard procedures of registration, student accounts and financial aid.
• Knowledgeable about procedures of other departments and contact information to accurately direct customers as needed.
• Promote/adhere to goals of increasing retention rates and communicate concerns to appropriate person(s) to ensure this goal.
• Represent the Student Administrative Services department on various college committees.
• Participate in functions that have a direct link to SAS (e.g. R.O.A.R. and Transfer Registration events).

• Principal Activities:

• Knowledgeable of procedures for contacting students and collection of student accounts with outstanding balances.
• Attend various training sessions offered through ELM, ISAC, and ILASFAA.
• Assist students, parents, faculty and staff with questions by providing answers with regards to all services provided by SAS.
• Accurately direct students, parents, faculty or staff to appropriate persons for all other campus services.
• Process all forms needed for registration such as: registration cards, add/drop, degree declaration(s), and graduation.
• Assist students in processing of any financial aid related forms.
• Disburse (in accordance to rules/regulations) financial aid advances and cash returns to students with account credits as well as cash student payroll checks
• Enter data/maintaining student accounts/records to ensure all balances are accurate and students receive current information.
• Ensure petty cash requests are processed within the approved procedures and disburse when verified/approved.
• Assist in preparing various communications from SAS including financial aid packages, grades, registration, account statements and other mailings as needed.
• Responsible for the timely and accurate filing of all forms received from students, faculty or staff.
• Apply loan checks and electronic fund transfers to student accounts.
• Assume Additional duties as assigned by the AVP for SAS
• Assist with updating Fact Bok
• Assist in marketing efforts for institutional surveys
• Assist in the proctoring/administration of institutional surveys

Education:
Bachelor Degree Preferred.

Work Experience:
Prefer a minimum of three years of experience in at least one of these areas: customer service, financial aid or retail sales.

Skills and Certifications:
Proven customer service skills
Strong organizational skills
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Strong attention to detail and ability to work effectively in a fast paced, multi-task oriented environment.
Proficient in MS word, MS excel and “data” programs

TO APPLY: 

Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Please submit a cover letter indicating salary requirements, resume and list of three professional references to HumanResources@rockford.edu.

EOE

Head Men’s Basketball Coach

07/16/2019 11:53 am

Rockford Men’s Regents basketball team invites candidates for the position of Head Coach. Responsibility and primary emphases of this position is to coach men’s basketball at the intercollegiate level and ensure student athletes, in the respected sport, are being molded, coached and developed in conjunction with the mission of the University.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Manage and direct the men’s basketball program by ensuring the athletes have the knowledge, skill and abilities in order to perform to the best of their ability.
• Plan coaching and practice sessions in accordance with NCAA and Conference regulations for the men’s basketball team.
• Manage and is actively involved in all aspects of the team including strength and conditioning, practicing, and competing.
• Monitor class schedules, grades and student-athlete academic progress and works with students in satisfactory academic progress.
• Responsible for basketball student-athlete retention by working closely with the director of student success and retention and ensuring academic and personal growth by implementing action plans.
• Evaluate and recruit qualified student-athletes.
• Directs and supervises the assistant basketball coach and graduate assistant basketball coach in ensuring the pursuit of the student development experiences.
• Monitor and maintain the discipline and conduct of student athletes to support the image and reputation of the athletics program.

SECONDARY DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
• Scheduling of events and
• Evaluates and recruits qualified student-athletes
• Manages a fiscally sound budget
• Attend monthly athletic staff meetings

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and operational needs.
• Principles and practices of basketball.
• Methods and techniques of program development and evaluation.
• Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
• Ability to market and to promote your program.
• Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population.
• Ability to evaluate, advise and counsel students on sport-related matters (sports nutrition, care, rehabilitation).
• Ability to gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
• Ability to effectively develop, implement, and evaluate programs and strategies designed to provide effective student services.
• Ability to interpret and apply university policies, procedures, rules and regulations.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
• A Master’s degree is preferred; however, a bachelor’s degree will be considered if the candidate has appropriate specialization and eight years of coaching experience at the high school level or above.
• Experience working with student-athletes in a university setting.
• Experience and knowledge of NCAA regulations.

TO APPLY: Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please submit resume, cover letter listing salary requirements and list of three professional references to HumanResources@rockford.edu.

 

EOE

Adjunct Instructor of English

07/05/2019 9:07 am

Rockford University invites applications for part-time instructors in English starting Fall 2019. PhD, ABD, or MA, preferably in rhetoric and composition.  Must have a minimum of two years experience teaching college-level writing at institutions accredited by regionally accrediting associations, such as the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and ability to teach developmental courses. Enthusiasm for teaching in a small liberal arts university setting is essential.

Review of applications will start immediately. Interested candidates should e-mail a curriculum vitae, cover letter, sample syllabi, list of three professional references and all related transcripts graduate and undergraduate to:

HumanResources@rockford.edu

Founded in 1847, Rockford University is an independent, liberal arts institution dedicated to teaching. It is located in Rockford, IL, a city of 150,000 people about 85 miles northwest of Chicago. The University offers bachelor degree programs in over two dozen majors, masters programs in teaching and business, and educational programs for the citizens of our community. Rockford University is one of only twelve institutions in Illinois with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Rockford University is an AA/EOE employer.

ESL Instructor, part-time

06/28/2019 1:00 am

Rockford University invites applicants for the position of ESL Instructor to start Fall 2019.  The successful candidate will be teaching students in Levels 1 to 5 the following courses: Grammar, Listening/ Speaking, Reading/ Writing and Academic Preparation. Position is approximately 22 hours per week. The successful candidate qualifies for a tuition remission benefit.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide ESL course instruction at various proficiency levels, in knowledge areas and in different skill sets.
  • Prepare lesson plans for classes.
  • Deliver lectures and facilitate interactive classes on the various subject matter areas and assist students in the learning process.
  • Evaluate and monitor students’ progress.
  • Maintain records to report attendance
  • Attend in-service meetings and ongoing professional development activities
  • Assist the Director with program needs in areas including orientation, placement/exit testing, textbook and material needs, co/extra-curricular activities
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and/ or Experience:

  • A minimum of two years of teaching ESL full-time or equivalent, including experience developing curriculum and training materials.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent training and/ or certification in ESOL, TESOL, Linguistics, or teaching a foreign language.
  • Experience learning a foreign language preferred.

To Apply:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter, list of references and a resume/ Curriculum Vitae to: HumanResources@rockford.edu

Rockford University is accepting applications for the position of Graduate Assistant for Women’s Soccer to begin August 2019 . The selected candidate will receive up to 21 hours of tuition remission per academic year, room and board and a monthly stipend. Requirements include working a minimum of 30 hours per week.

SUMMARY:
1. To foster, mold, guide, lead, and direct student-athletes towards a quality educational experience in order to obtain the ultimate goal of a degree.
2. To develop a successful collegiate women’s soccer program and individual coaching philosophy through recruiting, off-season programs, practice planning, and in-season execution.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

• Recruiting phone calls, off-campus visits, setting up on-campus visits.
• High School visits, both in and out of state.
• Setting up and executing practices.
• Game and practice coaching.
• Individual student-athlete meetings.
• Weekly study table sessions.
• Set up individual tutoring and learning sessions through the usage of Rockford University programs.
• Classroom attendance and grade checks.
• Strength and conditioning supervision.
• Film breakdown of both practice and game film.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

  • • Bachelors Degree.
    • Acceptance into the graduate program
    • Successful playing experience preferably at the collegiate level.
    • Position specific knowledge of the game
    • A valid driver’s license and personal auto insurance
  • Insurable for driving per University policy
  • • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
    • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Must be willing to take initiative and work hard
    • Working knowledge of Strength and Conditioning

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references to Human Resources@rockford.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and be accepted until the position is filled.

EOE

Position Summary:

Rockford University is accepting applications for the position of Graduate Assistant to the athletic training department to begin August 2019. The selected candidate will assist staff for fall, winter, spring, and off-season events for men’s and women’s athletics. Additional duties include working under the direction of the athletic training staff helping with preparation for events and practices as well as perform the duties involved with prevention, care, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. This is a year round position, working 30-40 hours per week.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to assist Head Athletic Trainer with:

• Coverage of assigned sports’ practices and games home and away, including setting up, pre- and post-game treatments, response to injuries through field evaluations and first aid (this will include weekends and possible holidays)
• Perform injury evaluations of athletes
• Communicate with athletes and coaches about the injury and the athlete’s participation status
• Implement rehabilitation protocols for injured athletes
• Arrange and administer Impact Testing
• Arrange and communicate medical appointments between physicians and athletes.
• Assist in record keeping and documentation for files
• Assist with daily functions of the Athletic Training Room
• Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements:

• Bachelors Degree in Athletic Training
• Must have certification through the NATA BOC and be eligible or have Illinois licensure by start
• CPR/AED Certified for the Professional Rescuer
• Remain HIPPA and OSHA compliant
• Ability to work independently and maintain a schedule
• Valid driver’s license/ personal automobile insurance and insurable for driving per RU policy
• Ability to travel with assigned teams as necessary

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee frequently is required to sit, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee is required to stand; walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move 75 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the position. It is not intended to be all-inclusive. Administration reserves the right to adjust the duties and responsibilities.

Work Environment:

Employees work in an athletic setting. This includes indoor and outdoor settings depending on the athletic season.

Compensation and Benefits:

• 21 graduate credits per academic year including summers
• Room and board
• $200 monthly stipend

TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references to:

HumanResources@rockford.edu

Rockford University is accepting applications for the position of Professional Tutor as part of the Center for Learning Strategies.  The professional tutor provides individual and small group tutoring and academic support for Rockford University students. Tutors provide coaching support for specific content areas in accordance with the mission, core values, and purposes of the university.  This part-time position offers scheduling flexibility.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

 Provide academic assistance to assigned student(s), either in a group or individual setting.
 Assist students in achieving a better understanding of a specific subject area; assist with improving academic capabilities in designated areas; review of course material; and preparation for tests and examinations.
 Assist students with the development of study skills necessary for academic success.
 Provide evaluations and other reports as requested.
 Write and submit weekly notes after tutoring session(s).
 Document student progress.
 Maintenance of confidential files and records.
 Attend yearly training session and meetings required by the department administrator.
 Maintain consistent communication with supervisory staff.
 Model appropriate academic attitudes and behaviors to staff, faculty and students.
 Motivate and support students’ achievement and success.
 Research and select learning materials, textbooks, software, and equipment to facilitate tutoring; design specific handout, study and related materials.
 Develop a working relationship with Rockford University professors for assigned tutoring areas.
 Follow all Rockford University and CLS procedures and rules.
 Perform other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None.

QUALIFICATIONS:

 High energy self-starter; must be able to take initiative with minimal guidance and be comfortable working both as an individual and as part of a team.
 Strong verbal and written communication skills.
 Excellent interpersonal skills with various stakeholders.
 Effective time management skills.
 Knowledge of best practices related to teaching and learning, tutorial/learning materials and instructional aids.
 Knowledge of the theory of multiple intelligences to facilitate effective learning.
 Knowledge of integration of technology to facilitate teaching and learning to connect with students of all learning styles.
 Demonstrated knowledge, skills and abilities in working with faculty, staff and students with diverse backgrounds including academic, socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation, and disabilities.
 Must pass a criminal background verification.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

 Bachelor’s degree minimum required. Master’s degree preferred, equivalent industry experience, certification, and demonstrated work experience may be substituted.
 Current teacher licensure preferred.
 Possess the appropriate experience, certifications and licensure for assigned content area(s).
 2 + years teaching experience.
 High energy self-starter; must be able to take initiative with minimal guidance and be comfortable working both as an individual and as part of a team.

TO APPLY:

Please submit cover letter indicating salary requirements, resume and list of three professional references to HumanResources@rockford.edu.

Rockford University is accepting applications for the position of Graduate Assistant Hall Director to start 8/1/19.  The GA Hall Director for Residence Life provides primary leadership and overall management of a residence hall area of approximately 90 students within Residence Life. The position assists in the day to day operation and will report directly to the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life. This is a required live-in position that involves a level of accessibility and accountability to all students and staff members. The position includes the expectation of eating in university dining operations, when in operation, to promote community development for staff and students. The Graduate Hall Director is responsible for fostering a responsible, inclusive community through developmental based supervision of four – five Resident Assistants. The position is responsible to ensure a safe, comfortable living environment for students through residential programming based on the mission of the University and Residence Life.  Benefits include tuition remission, housing, meal plan and monthly stipend.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

Advising
• Counsel, advise and refer residents on varied personal and academic matters.

Leadership & Community Development
• Create intentional interactions with students for growth and development through residential programming.
• Support the mission, policies and procedures of Residence Life and Rockford University.
• Promote and develop inclusive and academically supportive residential environments.
• Monitor and document behavioral concerns.
• Assist with departmental initiatives as needed.
• Actively participate as a member of the Residence Life team and areas of Student Life (Student Involvement & Orientation, Police & Public Safety, Lang Wellness Center, Athletics, Career Development).
• Collaboratively work with Dining, Facilities, Student Administrative Services, Admissions and other campus partners.
• Assist with summer housing operations and camps.
• Assist with management of hall facilities and budgets.
• Assist staff members in assessing student needs and meeting those needs through residential programming.

Supervision
• Supervise 4-5 Resident Assistants.
• Assist with the selection, training, development, and evaluation of student staff.
• Establish and maintain regularly scheduled office hours.
• Conduct regular 1:1 supervisory meetings with each Resident Assistant.

Crisis Management & Student Development/Conduct
• Adjudicate low-level violations of the Rockford University Code of Conduct and Residence Life policies. Adhering to procedures for communication, tracking, and filing of reports and outcomes.
• Respond to crisis and emergency situations, communicating necessary information appropriately.
• Participate in area on-call rotation including weeknights, weekends, and break periods when the university may be closed.
• Serve as a Campus Security Authority and assist with the process of reporting crimes to maintain accurate and timely crime statistics and to increase overall safety of campus.

Administrative
• Ability to multi-task and utilize critical thinking skills.
• Strong interpersonal communication skills (in-person and on the phone).
• Prepare check requests and process expense reports.
• Assist with updating Portal, Website, and Facebook accounts through Social Media.
• Work collaboratively with faculty and staff across campus
• Meet 1:1 with Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life on a weekly basis.
• Attend scheduled Residence Life staff meetings, Student Life staff meetings and campus All-Staff meetings.
• Assist in completing end of semester and end of year reports.
• Assist in annual key audit.
• Assist in overall program planning.
• Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

• Bachelor’s degree required.
• Enrollment in a graduate studies program at Rockford University.
• Ideal candidate will have undergraduate experience in student life/student development and be familiar with residential living/co-curricular activities in higher education.
• Experience in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher.
• Experience in a variety of social media.
• Must possess valid driver’s license and personal auto insurance.
• Must meet driver insurance eligibility standards of the University.

TO APPLY:

Please submit resume, cover letter and list of 3 professional references to HumanResources@rockford.edu.

Rockford University is accepting applications for the position of Test Proctor in the Center for Learning Strategies.  A proctor administers and monitors tests and exams for Rockford University students and community guests. Proctors provide accountability, making sure students do not cheat or manipulate the test in any way. They initiate and close the exam along with explaining and enforcing the test guidelines and rules.  This is a non-exempt, part-time position.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
 Read the test manual(s) and understand the policies and procedures it describes.
 Attend training and briefing sessions.
 Take responsibility for the test room and provide an environment conducive for testing.
 Assist with identifying and admitting examinees.
 Direct examinees to seats.
 Distribute necessary and approved test materials.
 Follow protocols for logging students into digital exams including keeping the passcode completely private and inaccessible to students.
 Complete a score report for digital exams at the end of the exam and submit report to the CLS Program Coordinator.
 Properly time tests and verify the timing of the test using an accurate timepiece.
 Be attentive to examinees, materials, and testing responsibilities throughout the entire administration.
 Walk around the test room to ensure examinees are working on the correct section of the exam and to prohibit and discourage prohibited behavior.
 Collect and account for all materials after testing including scrap paper which must be disposed of.
 Provide detailed written report describing testing irregularities or violations to the CLS Program Coordinator and Director. Report must include date and time of exam, student name and exam name. Collect evidence of academic dishonesty and submit it with report.

QUALIFICATIONS:
 High energy self-starter; must be able to take initiative with minimal guidance and be comfortable working both as an individual and as part of a team.
 Strong verbal and written communication skills.
 Excellent interpersonal skills with various stakeholders.
 Effective time management skills.
 Excellent moral character, and, as such, have not been the subject of any judicial or administrative decisions involving offenses or violations of moral turpitude, among which includes fraud, larceny, deceit, etc.
 Must be at least 21 years of age.
 Must complete the CLS Proctor Training. Upon training completion must provide signature agreeing to the terms of the varying test(s) administration rules.
 Provide professional reference who can verify character.
 No conflict of interest (e.g. familial relationship or otherwise whereby proctor benefits from the successful outcome of the examinees test scores).
 Demonstrated knowledge, skills and abilities in working with faculty, staff and students with diverse backgrounds including academic, socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation, and disabilities.
 Must pass a criminal background verification.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
 Bachelor’s degree preferred, equivalent industry experience and demonstrated work experience may be substituted.
 A teaching or education license or credential preferred, previous experience in the capacity of test administration may be substituted.
 1 + year test administration experience preferred.

TO APPLY:  Review of resumes will begin immediately.  Please submit  cover letter, resume and list of three professional references to HumanResources@rockford.edu.