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Director of the Wackerlin Center for Faith & Action

Aurora University

Last Updated: 11/22/21

Job Description


Aurora University
Director of the Wackerlin Center for Faith & Action


Aurora University seeks the next Director for the Wacklerin Center for Faith & Action, which is the campus' heart for service learning opportunities, diversity initiatives, leadership development programming, and campus ministry. The mission of the center is to be inclusive of all students and support and cultivate a student's journey of self-discovery through faith, service, cross-cultural understanding and experiential learning. The Wackerlin Center brings to life AU's commitment to helping students "discover what matters".

Founded two decades ago, the Center serves as a connecting point to a variety of volunteer opportunities in the diverse surrounding community, as well as offers numerous leadership development opportunities for "hands-on" learning experiences that combine service, volunteerism, and personal reflection. Students of all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds are equally welcomed in the common quest for meaning and purpose.

The Center houses Aurora University's campus ministry programming and builds on the university's faith-based roots while reflecting today's diverse student body. The retreat-like space offers students and the campus community opportunities and space to contemplate and discuss issues of faith, responsibility, identity, and leadership. Additionally, a beautiful outdoor labyrinth enhances the center's focus on exploration, understanding one's personal journey, and discovering what matters.

The Director of the Wacklerin Center is responsible for the carrying out the center's mission and will be student centered and possess a calling to serve in this unique, important capacity.

The next director will be a creative thinker and will be instrumental in working with senior leadership to ensure that the university honors its mission while welcoming and supporting students of all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds. They will be a leader who both generates new ideas and who naturally seeks opportunities to integrate the efforts of the Wackerlin Center with those of the broader community (and vice versa). Perhaps most importantly, the director will be a connector: creating a nurturing, student centered space and building relationships across campus. They will connect conceptually, weaving the work of the Wackerlin Center into the student experience and the life of the University. And they will connect with the wider community, seeking opportunities for mutual benefit and student learning.

A full description of the role and responsibilities, as well as a description of the ideal candidate, can be found in the position profile: https://academicsearch.org/open-searches-public/ This position is opened until filled. Review of applications will begin in January and materials received by January 20, 2022 will be given full consideration.

Nominations, applications and expressions of interest should be sent to AuroraWackerlin@academicsearch.org. Applications must include a letter of intent including description of education, certifications held, and all relevant experience, current curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references including phone numbers (candidates will be notified prior to references being contacted).
Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting Dr. Scott Flanagan, a Senior Consultant with Academic Search, at scott.flanagan@academicsearch.org.

Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.





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Company Details

Aurora, Illinois, United States
Aurora University is a four-year, private, nonprofit, fully accredited higher education institution offering students an excellent education while maintaining one of the lowest private school tuition rates in Illinois. We were founded in 1893 in Mendota, Illinois, as a seminary college, before moving to Aurora in 1912.