Director, Women in Engineering - Engineering Administration (146259)
University of Illinois

Champaign, Illinois

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Director, Women in Engineering
Engineering Administration

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Grainger College of Engineering seeks applicants for the position of Director, Women in Engineering. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, the Director, Women in Engineering oversees, develops, implements/delivers, evaluates, and improves student-focused programs and services that improve the climate and retention of women in Grainger Engineering undergraduate programs. This position also leads and oversees programming for the recruitment of women to Grainger Engineering undergraduate programs.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

Curriculum and Program Development

  • Provide oversight and direction during the development, planning, delivery, and execution of programs and curricula that effectively promote academic and professional development of women in engineering. Current Women in Engineering (WIE) programs include WIE Orientation for first-year women, WIE mentoring classes, a WIE leadership program, and women-centric Grainger First-year eXperience (GFX) Scholar programming. Lead the identification and implementation of improvements to these programs.
  • Propose, develop, and teach workshops and classes supportive of the professional development of women in Grainger Engineering undergraduate programs, including current students, new transfers, and intercollegiate transfer students.
  • Develop and implement/deliver new retention programs for women in Grainger Engineering undergraduate programs. Define the objectives and motivation of the programs in partnership with other college and campus units (e.g., academic units, International Programs in Engineering, Engineering Career Services, GFX, the Women's Resource Center), as appropriate.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of WIE programs and track these measures over time, interpreting the data and obtaining (when appropriate) Institutional Review Board approval for more thorough, research-based evaluations. Effectively communicate results of those evaluations in reports, presentations, and scholarly publications.
  • As needed, assist with other Grainger Engineering retention, recruiting, and outreach programs that serve students from under-represented groups. Collaborate with The Grainger College of Engineering New Student Program Coordinator to implement WIE recruiting events within the campus' Orange and Blue and Admitted Student Days.
  • Collaborate with the Institute for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Access on pilot initiatives, programming, workshops, and research that is focused on retention, recruiting, and outreach to support women in Grainger Engineering undergraduate programs.

Administrative Functions
  • Manage the budgets for WIE programs and work closely with Engineering Human Resources and Shared Business Services on all WIE-related hiring, appointments, and purchasing.
  • Write proposals to help fund current and new WIE programs. Actively seek opportunities to solicit new funds from foundations and granting agencies through proposal writing and those identified through College corporate engagement and advancement efforts.
  • Identify staffing needs for WIE? recruit and select student staff and leaders, assign, and coordinate their work? and manage their performance. Develop marketing strategy for WIE, including an online web and social media presence, annual report, presentations, and flyers.
  • As needed, represent The Grainger College of Engineering on campus-level committees related to student diversity and build partnerships with other units on campus to promote the success of under-represented students.

  • Advise and assist the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and other student organizations that support women in Grainger Engineering undergraduate programs. Partner with these groups in organizing programs and events.
  • Maintain a WIE student advisory board.
  • Stay current on academic policies and process so as to be able to mentor and advise selected undergraduate women on academic progress.
  • Work flexible and extended hours, including some weekends.
  • Assume other, related duties to further the mission of Grainger Engineering.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or a closely related STEM field
  • Five years of experience in engineering or a closely related STEM field
  • Three years of experience working with students and/or developing student activities/programs
  • Three years of experience supervising professional staff, including delegation of tasks and performance management
  • Experience managing an operating budget

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree or Ph.D. in engineering or a closely related STEM field
  • Experience mentoring and/or advising under-represented minority college students
  • Experience with social media communications strategies

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, excellent interpersonal skills and being results-oriented
  • Strong oral and written communications skills, including the ability to make effective public presentations
  • The ability to interact with a broad array of internal and external constituents
  • An understanding of organizational relationships and functional working relationships within The Grainger College of Engineering

The Director, Women in Engineering position is a full-time, benefits-eligible academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three references by July 13, 2021. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Thurman Etchison,, 217-300-2193.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit "Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment."

As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.

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