Aurora University

Executive Director of the Wackerlin Center

Aurora University seeks talented staff and administrators who are passionate about supporting an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.

This search is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. Inquiries and questions should be directed to Senior Consultant Dr. Scott Flanagan ( To arrange a confidential conversation with Scott, please use this this Bookings link to access available times and set a call at your convenience: 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 and application materials should be sent to 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). Application deadline: May 10, 2021

Position Purpose: The Executive Director of the Wackerlin 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.

Core Competencies:

  1. Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers, and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
  2. Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
  3. Handles all information with tact and discretion and recognizes the confidential nature of university business.
  4. Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Oversee programming and communications that promote a sense of campus community
  2. Offers personal and group opportunities for students to help them discern their interests, values and life goals and deepen their faith and explore vocational interests.
  3. Teaching an appropriate course (i.e. first-year seminar or in specific discipline).
  4. Ensure ongoing volunteer activities for students to help them discover what matters.
  5. Supervise the University Chaplain position.
  6. Mentor and advise students throughout the AU community
  7. Serve as university liaison to NetVUE.
  8. Maintain relationships and collaborate with partner organizations and institutions.
  9. Responsible for budgeting and managing expenses for the Center.

Essential Job Requirements:


  • Master’s degree in related field; terminal degree preferred.


  • Minimum of 3 years in service coordination, development of leaders and/or faith development leadership, 5 years preferred. Leadership experience required, preferably in one or more of these areas.


  • Approachable, kind, compassionate, energetic personal style.
  • Collaborative leadership style: must be team player, with positive attitude, able to build consensus to move initiatives forward.
  • Detail oriented and organized; excellent project management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, team environment and manage numerous activities simultaneously.
  • Strong organizational skills, including ability to plan, establish priorities, and handle multiple tasks and projects.
  • Ability to employ flexibility and creativity in the execution of duties in the face of changing needs and fluid priorities.
  • A self starter with the ability to work independently and, as needed, the willingness to accept direction.
  • Excellent listening, verbal and written skills.
  • Understanding of and enthusiasm for serving AU’s unique student population.
  • The ability to work effectively to create an inclusive learning environment—one that integrates diverse perspectives and is welcome to all.
  • Interact effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.

Special Requirements:

  • Voluntary participation in university committees, activities and events.

Physical Requirements:

  • The ability to interact in person, via electronic media, and on the telephone.
  • The ability to move about campus and between locations.
  • The ability to work a flexible schedule as needed with some weekends and evenings required.

Benefit-eligible positions offer excellent benefits including health, dental, life, vision, long term disability, a 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA, and tuition remission. Please send resume with cover letter and contact information for three references including name, telephone and email address.

Apply to:

Aurora University
Human Resources
347 South Gladstone Ave
Aurora, IL 60506
630-844-5650 - fax - email

Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.