Announcement for Illinois Campus Compact  Executive Director Opportunity


The Board of Illinois Campus Compact (www.illinoiscampuscompact.org) announces the search for the replacement of its current long-term Executive Director who be retiring in June 2015. The new Executive Director is expected to begin work in that same month.

The Executive Director of Illinois Campus Compact reports to the Chair of the Board of Directors, which is comprised of presidents of Illinois higher education institutions. The organization, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit housed at DePaul University in Chicago, is affiliated with the national Campus Compact network, including 30+ similar organizations. Our membership unites over 40 public, private, two- and four-year institutions across the spectrum of higher education in Illinois.

Our mission is to support Presidents and their institutional leadership, to actively promote the civic mission of higher education and to engage students, faculty and campuses in collaborative partnerships that promote civic engagement.

It is an exciting time in campus engagement and civic learning and this is an opportunity to become a local and national leader. The Board seeks an individual who will continue the growth and diversity of the organization through innovative programming and revenue generation. The Executive Director oversees a part-time staff and volunteers. Primary responsibilities for this position include fund development and grants administration; conference/program development and management; participating and leading campus, state and regional collaborations; and consulting with individual campus leaders.

A Master’s degree, 5-10 years of experience in a leadership role, and prior training and experience with service-learning/civic engagement are required. A Ph.D. or terminal degree and a professional background in higher education or the nonprofit sector are preferred. Qualifications include:

- Proven ability and willingness to effectively work with a wide and diverse network of administrators, faculty, students and community leaders.

- Must be organized, efficient and energetic. 

- Must have strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills with the proven ability to build consensus and to demonstrate creativity in achieving the goals of the organization.

- Prior experience with voluntary board governance and management would be helpful. 

Illinois Campus Compact is prepared to offer a competitive compensation and benefit package.

Applicants should provide a cover letter summarizing reason for interest and evidence of ability, a curriculum vita or resume, and three professional references. The confidentiality of applicants for the position will be respected throughout the search process.

Application materials should be sent to McLennan Partners, 1017 59th Street, Lisle, IL 60532 or emailed to mclennan.partners@gmail.com. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.


MAPSCorps (Meaningful Active Productive Science in Service to Community)

is a collaboration between the University of Chicago’s South Side Health and Vitality Studies (SSHVS), After School Matters, various Chicago community-based organizations, and post-secondary education institutions.   

MAPSCorps trains and employs local high school students to map the assets in our communities. Under the supervision of University of Chicago mentors and college and graduate students, youth gain hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering, math and health—all while collecting valuable information on neighborhood businesses and organizations.  People can use these data to find services, improve health and health care, attract new businesses and visitors to their neighborhoods, and advocate for community needs (see www.mapscorps.org). To date, we have provided 259 meaningful work opportunities for youth who have identified over 16,000 businesses and organizations in more than 35 communities in Chicago.

In Summer 2015, we aspire to scale MAPSCorps to the entire city of Chicago. We are interested in cultivating partnerships with post-secondary education institutions like yours to help us in this endeavor.  Post-secondary education institutional partners may be called upon to help provide space for MAPSCorps programming activities and will aid in the recruitment and placement of qualified college and/or graduate students to serve as “field coordinators.”  Trained by University of Chicago research professionals and staff, field coordinators manage local high school youth in data collection and aid in the development and administering of extracurricular youth STEM and community-based programming.  We also envision these partnerships as having the potential to integrate with classroom experiences, such that post-secondary education institutional partners could have the option to build classes and/or teach around the program experience if they wish. We are currently in the process of fundraising to support the core infrastructure for the program including the extracurricular youth programming.  The number of partners that we are able to take on for MAPSCorps 2015 is dependent upon this funding.  All partners will be fully credited on public-facing signage, in presentations, and on the MAPSCorps website. 


If your institution is interested in learning more about becoming a MAPSCorps partner, please contact Mark Ohrtman at mohrtman@bsd.uchicago.edu or 773.934.3292.  

ILCC and CEEP would like to congratulate the following schools for being awarded grant money to be used to help get out the vote and engage students in the upcoming November elections!!!

Dominican University

Governors State University

Millikin University

Northwestern University

Parkland College

Truman College

Western Illinois University

 Who we are

Campus Compact member presidents are joined together in their commitment to the development of personal and social responsibility as integral to the educational mission of their campuses. 

 Campus Compact is a leader in building civic engagement into campus and academic life. Illinois Campus Compact is a state office of the national organization and our membership unites public, private, two-and four-year institutions across the spectrum of higher education. Illinois Campus Compact is housed at DePaul University in Chicago Illinois.

March, 2013 marked the begining of 20+ years of service to our campus communities.  ILCC is proud of its long history of supporting the development of citizen students through service-learning opportunities on its engaged member campuses. Currently Illinois Campus Compact has 40 member campuses. Illinois members are also part of the National Campus Compact, a coalition of nearly 1,100 college and university presidents, representing some 6 million students.