Job Positions

Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5




University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Date Posted:

Sep 10 2019 10:00PM

Close Date:

September 23, 2019

Position Description

The Department of Economics seeks applicants for the position of Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies. This position will provide leadership and managerial oversight to the Economics Undergraduate Studies Office, including career planning services, and provide holistic academic advising services for undergraduate students for the economics curriculum and economics courses. This department serves approximately 1,200 undergraduate majors in the department. The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit


Administration Serve as primary advisor to the Department Head regarding the Undergraduate programs, management, and operations.
• Represent Department on various campus and University committees, and communicate and collaborate with other offices.
• Oversee the undergraduate office budget.
• Formulate, initiate, implement, interpret, and oversee standards for the Undergraduate Studies Programs, providing policy and procedure decisions on matters concerning undergraduate students based on College, Campus, and University standards and expertise.
• Supervise (hire, train, assign/review work; conduct performance evaluations, address work issues, approve time, set work schedules, set goals) for the Undergraduate Studies Academic and Career Staff. Ensure Advisors are following proper policies and procedures. Provide guidance and act as a resource when needed. Be a point of escalation for staff as necessary, and provide counsel on difficult situations. Provide developmental opportunities and promotional plan for staff to encourage growth within the Department. Academic Advising & Support Provide holistic academic advising for the economics degrees to assist students in their short-term and long-term academic and vocational explorations and planning, meeting with students to review their academic performance and interests, gauge progress towards completion of major requirements, and provide advice and counsel regarding viable academic options.
• Be the main point of contact for offices on- and off- campus for questions related to the undergrad Economics program. Work with other offices across campus to provide academic advising support and answer questions about the departmental curriculums.
• Oversee programs and support services for all students, including those on probation and needing additional support and attention. Be a point of escalation for students or parents and handle difficult and challenging student situations and issues. Curricular and Co-Curricular Oversight and Development Process course articulations for the department, including study abroad and course transfer requests, working directly with the office of undergraduate admissions and college offices.
• Work with the Department Head to determine course needs, scheduling, and enrollment management.
• Serve as main contact for Economics faculty and instructors on academic matters affecting undergraduate students, including resources, dates/deadlines, and other services pertaining to teaching undergraduate students, ensuring the student code and other University procedures are followed. Serve as the departmental FAIR administer, providing information and support to instructors and students.
• Collaborate with other programs on joint academic and co-curricular efforts.
• Oversee the development and function of departmental international programs, including semester abroad and short-term faculty led trips, working with other campus offices on international programs.
• Oversee undergraduate experiences, such as student programming, field trips, alumni and student engagement events, and postgraduate explorations.
• Work with other programs, including LAS Global Studies, ACE majors and minors, COB, and other units, to assist them with the Economics courses offered in their program. Assessment and Program Development
• Support assessment plan and activities for the undergraduate studies programs to ensure curricular and co-curricular alignment with learning outcomes.
• Collect and analyze data on various aspects of the undergraduate program from recruitment to graduation and beyond.
• Create and oversee recruitment and admissions functions.

Application Process

APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND DEADLINE INFORMATION To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at and upload your cover letter and resume by September 23, 2019. Online application will require names and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Institution Information

The Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies position is a full-time, 12 month service, academic professional position. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Additional Information

Contact Information

For questions regarding the application process, please contact (217) 333-6747. For further information on this specific position, please contact Lauria Grift at


Required Qualifications

Required: Master’s degree, preferably in a field of higher education, student affairs or a related field. At least five years of professional experience in higher education; minimum of two years of supervisory experience of staff; academic advising experience.
The successful candidate will have: Exceptional communication skills; Ability to work with computer database applications; Ability to exercise initiative, confidentiality, discretion and sound independent judgment; Ability to respond to concerns of undergraduate students; Ability and commitment to working with culturally diverse groups; Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred: Experience overseeing an undergraduate program; experience at a large public four-year institution; experience with curricular development and support. Experience with Economics students in a university setting.