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Executive Director of the Wackerlin Center for Faith & Action

Aurora University

Last Updated: 4/06/21

Job Description


Aurora University
Executive Director of the Wackerlin Center for Faith & Action

Aurora University seeks the next Executive Director for the Wacklerin Center for Faith & Action, which is the campus' heart for service learning opportunities, leadership development programming, and campus ministry. The mission of the center is to support and cultivate a student's journey of discovering their vocation through serving, leading, and believing.

Founded two decades ago, the Center serves as a connecting point to a variety of volunteer opportunities in the 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 and none 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, and leadership. Additionally, a beautiful outdoor labyrinth enhances the center's focus on exploration, understanding one's personal journey, and discovering what matters.

The Executive 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 executive director will be a creative thinker—someone 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 executive 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. They will connect with the wider community, seeking opportunities for mutual benefit and student learning. The successful candidate will draw in others with a genuine enthusiasm for this work and a servant's heart.

A full descrition 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 early May and materials received by May 10, 2021 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 or Disa Mason, Consultant at disa.mason@academicsearch.org.

Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.




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Aurora University

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.