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Coordinator of Student Leadership & Service

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Job Location:
Aurora, Illinois
Student Affairs and Services

The faculty and staff of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) invite you to join them in shaping and implementing the next generation of innovative and engaging learning experiences. IMSA is actively seeking applications for the full-time position of

Coordinator of Student Leadership & Service in the Office of Student Affairs. 

The Coordinator of Student Leadership & Service position is a 12 month, full time position. Key responsibilities include coordination of the leadership education and service learning graduation requirements. The Coordinator of Student Leadership & Service reports to the Associate Director of Student Affairs.

The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program. It also serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry (

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) is committed to an equitable, diverse and inclusive teaching and learning environment. Through a model of Equity and Excellence, IMSA has committed to advancing equity in STEM education and representation and creating a diverse, inclusive community of global citizens who can realize their full potential, and execute our mission to advance the human condition.

This Equity and Excellence Model is the intentional integration of Cultural Competence, Diversity, Equity, Equity-Minded Frame, Excellence and Inclusion into every facet of the Academy, with the understanding that it is an active and ongoing process involving structures, processes and people and not an isolated initiative.

This position will support IMSA's Diversity Stance by ensuring the delivery of quality, equitable, and inclusive support while promoting and maintaining an inclusive work environment and culture that embraces the diversity of people and perspectives collaborating at IMSA to ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Coordinate leadership education and development (LEAD) program, including hiring and training a group of 34 student facilitators, overseeing curriculum development, supervising weekly classes for 200+ sophomore students, and planning and executing Student Leadership Exchange (SLX) annually
  • Provide guidance and leadership on curriculum best practices focused on developing the whole person and with an emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Coordinate leadership development programs and training for student leaders, including identifying conferences for students to attend and facilitating on campus leadership experiences
  • Oversee the Service Learning graduation requirement which includes:
  • Tracking student service learning hours to ensure accurate recording keeping;
  • Providing service learning training and communication to students and parents;
  • Developing relationships with community partners to coordinate service opportunities;
  • Knowledge and understanding of service learning theory and best practices;
  • Coordinate Day of Service for incoming sophomore students
  • Coordinate Sophomore Orientation, including creating the schedule of events and program content, managing the Orientation budget, hiring and training student orientation leaders, drafting and sending communications, and planning all event day logistics
  • Coordinate Welcome Week annually for sophomore and upperclassmen, including creating the schedule of events, selecting and contracting the sophomore featuring speaker, and coordinating educational sessions for multi-day program
  • Co-advise Student Council with the Coordinator of Student Activities, including elections, club chartering, and budget management
  • Oversee student leader hiring during the spring semester, including designing and implementing the hiring process, engaging key staff, communicating hiring decisions, and providing leadership training for students selected
  • Responsible for evaluating student leadership and service programs, using tools including surveys and benchmarking
  • Manage content development and maintenance for leadership education and service learning webpages
  • Maintain up to date budget records and submit budget-related paperwork in a timely manner
  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of best practices and emerging issues in higher education, gifted student learning, and student affairs
  • Maintain cooperative working relationships with offices on campus, including but not limited to security, maintenance, and faculty
  • Work in close cooperation with student activities, athletics, co-curriculars and residence life for an overall student experience rooted in growth and development.
  • Represent the Division of Student Affairs on designated committees
  • Assist with divisional and campus-wide events such as Preview Day, Convocation and Graduation
  • Actively further the Academy’s Equity and Excellence policy by supporting culturally, linguistically, economically diverse students
  • Other duties as assigned


The required skills and experience for this position include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of three years professional experience working in student affairs and/or higher education or related field
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Comfortable using technology to communicate and increase efficiency including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite and Google Business Suite
  • Strong service orientation and ability to relate effectively with diverse individuals and groups at all levels of the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to be productive, deliver high quality work, take initiative, use good judgement, and problem solve
  • Ability and willingness to work irregular hours, including nights and weekends
  • Valid driver's license


  • Bi-lingual, Spanish
  • Master’s degree in college student personnel, higher education administration or related field


Work is performed in an office setting with minimal exposure to health or safety hazards. Substantial time is spent working on a computer. This role generally requires mobility, written and verbal communication, hearing and visual capabilities. However, reasonable accommodations, including assistive technology, may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform such requirements.


Salary for this 12 month position is commensurate with required formal education and experience. IMSA offers a comprehensive benefits package including health (medical, vision, dental, and prescription) and retirement benefits. The State Universities Retirement System (SURS) is reciprocal with other Illinois retirement systems such as the Teachers’ Retirement Systems of Illinois (TRS).

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