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Assistant Director of CREL for Civic Engagement and Leadership Development

Job Details

Illinois College - Jacksonville, IL
Full Time
Graduate Degree

The Assistant/Associate Director develops and implements initiatives to facilitate student civic and community engagement and leadership development. In collaboration with faculty, staff, student organizations, and community partners, this individual provides opportunities for learning and service to instill in students civic values, leadership skills, and social responsibility. Among the high-impact programs organized by the Assistant/Associate Director are: the Hilltop Service Experience for first-year students; the Alternative Spring Break; Emerging Leaders programming; and the development of pipelines for students to pursue careers in leadership and public service. 

Essential Functions:
The following list of duties is meant to be representative of the work performed in this position. The omission of a specific duty or responsibility will not preclude it from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical extension of position responsibilities.

  • Design and lead service-learning experiences for students;
  • Direct the Illinois College leadership program and advance student leadership development;  
  • Partner with faculty to support and/or expand course-based community engagement and leadership experiences; 
  • Direct Illinois College voter registration efforts and election programming; 
  • Develop assessment criteria and tools for measuring outcomes for community engagement, leadership development, and service-learning programming; 
  • Develop and participate in alternative break travel programs for students related to service, leadership and civic engagement 
  • Serve as Illinois College’s liaison with local community partners for curricular and co-curricular community engagement programming 
  • Direct and manage the True Blue Toolkit in conjunction with Student Life colleagues 


  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred 
  • Experience in leadership development, civic engagement development, and/or high impact educational practices 
  • Professional experience in a higher-education setting 
  • Awareness of pressing contemporary social issues facing communities locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally 
  • Knowledge of best practices in leadership development and community-based and service learning 
  • Knowledge of and experience working with community organizations
  • Strong technology skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Knowledge of student development theory 
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with multiple constituencies including students, faculty, and staff at the College as well as members of the larger community
  • Intercultural competence and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently 
  • Valid driver's license and ability to obtain college vehicle driving certification 


Additional Job Details:
Job Title: Assistant/Associate Director of CREL for Civic Engagement and Leadership Development 
Department: Career Readiness and Experiential Learning (CREL) 
Reports to: Executive Director of Career Readiness and Experiential Learning Status: Full time, Salaried 
Class: Administrative Exemption 
Date Last Revised: April 8, 2024 


About Illinois College:
Illinois College is a residential, private liberal arts college located in the heart of Illinois, 70 miles northeast of Saint Louis, Missouri, and 30 miles west of Springfield, the capital of Illinois. True to its founding vision in 1829, Illinois College is a community committed to the highest standards of scholarship and integrity in the liberal arts. The College develops in its students qualities of mind and character needed for fulfilling lives of leadership and service, fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success.