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Rockford University invites candidates for Director of Student Involvement and Orientation.  The successful candidate provides overall leadership and coordination for a comprehensive campus activities program which includes the planning, implementation, and assessment of social, service and educational programs that address the needs and interests of students. This person leads, plans, and coordinates the student activities programs on campus that will enrich and enhance the student’s overall experience. The Director will supervise student organizations and facilitate meetings and partnerships that will further improve students’ involvement on campus. The Director also coordinates orientation programs for first-year and transfer students.  This person also serves as the Burpee Student Center building supervisor and in that role will train and supervise student workers/managers, manage the student center facility, and establish and maintain building policy and procedures.  This is a fulltime, exempt position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Student Activities

  • Create, market, and implement a comprehensive student activities program for RU students, which includes social, educational, and diverse cultural events.
  • Provide leadership and management for student activities.
  • Establish student programming goals, policies, and operating procedures.
  • Develop methods for evaluating program effectiveness in helping promote holistic learning and growth that supports both the mission of the University and key learning outcomes.
  • Lead in the planning and implementation of evening and weekend programming initiatives.
  • Advertise and maintain an events master calendar for activities in coordination with the University events calendar.
  • Establish and provide oversight for a Campus Activities Board. Mentor and develop student members.
  • Responsible for the daily operation of the Student Activities
  • Prepare and manage yearly student activity budgets.
  • Assist and/or coordinate University events including, but not limited to: RU Celebration, Family Weekend, Homecoming, etc.
  • Function as a student development generalist by handling all types of student affairs and student development situations as necessary.
  • Serve as a connector for student organizations and University offices.
  • Participate in collaborative campus committees and develops professional relationships with students, staff and faculty.
  • Positive role model for students, demonstrate, cultivates respect for diversity.

Student Organizations

  • Serve as a coordinator and resource to student clubs and organizations. Facilitate Executive Circle and/or other inter-club/organization meetings.
  • Serve as resource to student organizations by meeting with students throughout their event planning process, providing assistance with event details, budgeting, advertising, set-up requests, relevant University policies and serving as a liaison between University offices.
  • Coordinate the annual registration process for student organizations, by maintaining officers’ contact information, budgeting, and other materials including membership rosters, constitutions, and other organizational documents. Update policies and procedures for student organizations and clubs.
  • Provide specific guidance on issues related to University policies and procedures, contract negotiation and management, as well as risk management.

Orientation/Welcome Week

  • Design, coordinate, and implement fall and spring orientation/welcome week programs for first-year and transfer students, working collaboratively with campus partners.
  • Coordinate the recruitment, selection, training, supervision, and evaluation of student orientation leaders.
  • Develop comprehensive technology, website, social media, publication plans for content related to orientation/welcome week programs.
  • Develop an assessment plan for orientation efforts.
  • Responsibly manages orientation/welcome week budget by maintaining appropriate records.

Burpee Student Center

  • Serve as building supervisor.
  • Select, train, supervise and evaluate Burpee Student Center student staff, including one graduate assistant and 30+ student workers
  • Serve as a liaison with Facilities, Safety and Security, Campus Scheduling, Food Service, and other offices as it relates to the Student Center.
  • Establish and maintain Burpee Student Center policies and procedures.
  • Assist in maintaining the condition of all building spaces, furniture, and equipment including, but not limited to, purchase recommendations and inventory.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Higher Education, College Student Personnel, Student Development or related field required. Master’s degree in Higher Education is preferred.
  • Minimum of two years of experience in student activities, student programming board, student life, campus center, student union or a combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills are acquired.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks at once and able to handle fast paced and intense environment.
  • Ability and willingness to work varied hours including evening and weekends.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, problem-solving, conflict resolution, planning, presentation, and project management skills.

To Apply:

Review of applications 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



Rockford University invites applicants for a tenure-track Professor of Education, Assistant/Associate rank, to begin August 2017. The successful candidate will teach courses in Special Education, oversee scheduling and the curriculum of the program, liaise with pertinent stakeholders, and engage in student recruitment activities.  Must carry an evening class load and attend meetings and events outside of normal working hours.  Applicants must be able to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses online and face-to-face.  Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Special Education or a relevant field.  Doctoral candidates with ABD status will be considered.  Applicant must hold a Professional Educator’s License or teaching certificate with a credential to teach students with special needs.  At least 3 years of experience working directly with students with special needs. Prior full-time college teaching experience is highly preferred. Enthusiasm for teaching in a small-university liberal arts setting is essential.

Applications will be reviewed starting immediately, and will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation to

Rockford University’s search committees and hiring managers are especially interested in candidates who through their research, teaching, and/or service will contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community. Rockford University is committed to being an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Date Posted: 04/20/2017
Primary Category: Graduate Assistant
Type of Position: Graduate Assistant, Men’s Soccer
Education Requirement: Bachelor’s
Description & Details
Rockford University, a member of the NCAA Division III, located in north central Illinois, invites applications for a graduate assistant position with Men’s Soccer. The primary responsibility will be to assist the head coach in all facets of the program, including the recruitment of quality student-athletes, organization and planning of practices, game preparation, administrative duties, scouting, and monitoring of student-athlete academic progress.  Graduate Assistants must be available to work 30+ hours per week.  The position includes tuition remission, room and board, and a stipend.

  • A bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Acceptance into the Graduate program.
  • Successful playing experience preferably at the collegiate level in men’s or women’s soccer.
  • Position specific knowledge of the game
  • Valid driver’s license and personal auto insurance
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
How to Apply / Contact
Priority application deadline is May 5th, 2017.  Submit a  letter of application, resume, and a list of three professional references to:  Review of candidates will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until position is filled.


Date Posted: 4/20/17
Primary Category: Graduate Assistant
Type of Position: Graduate Assistant, Sports Information
Education Requirement: Bachelor’s Degree, Must be admitted into the MAT or MBA program
Description & Details
SUMMARY: The Sports Information Graduate Assistant will assist the Sports Information Director with the promotion and publicity of Rockford University’s 14 NCAA Division III intercollegiate varsity sports.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Sports Information Graduate Assistant responsibilities include but are not limited to assisting with all game day operations; writing, editing, and disseminating press releases, game notes and stories; producing athletics publications, managing the athletic department social media pages and producing other digital media content; updating the athletics website (; compiling, maintaining, and distributing statistics; and operating computer systems including Adobe Creative Suite and Stat Crew. Some travel may be required.

QUALIFICATIONS: A bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations or related field; admission into a Rockford University graduate program; previous experience in a Sports Information Office is preferred; Experience with and knowledge of Adobe suite and Stat Crew is recommended.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Sports Information requires attendance at most home athletic events, both indoor and outdoors; Extensive nights and weekends are required; Office work will also be involved.

How to Apply
Review of candidates will begin immediately.  Please submit a cover letter, resume and list of three references to: