Coordinator for Student Advocacy Services (4416)

Northern Illinois University  |  DeKalb, IL

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Posted about 4 weeks ago Full-Time

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Position Title:

Coordinator for Student Advocacy Services (4416)

Job Type: Administrative Student Affairs Administration
Location: DeKalb, IL
Positions Available: 1
Institution Type: Public, 4-year
Institution Size: < 20,000 Students
Employer ID: 17894
Application Deadline: 09/13/2019


Housing for Position:
None provided
Housing for Position:
None provided
Masters Required
Major Preference:
Counseling, Student Affairs

Masters Required
Major Preference:
Counseling, Student Affairs

Position Description

Chartered in 1895, Northern Illinois University (NIU) is a student-centered, comprehensive regional public research institution with a diverse student body that offers programs from the baccalaureate through doctorate. Colleges include business, education, engineering and engineering technology, law, liberal arts and sciences, health and human sciences, and visual and performing arts. On-campus enrollment is approximately 18,000 students. The university also offers more than 200 extension courses each semester to students in communities throughout northern Illinois. The main campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago's "Loop" and 40 miles southeast of Rockford. In addition to the main campus, NIU has three education centers in Hoffman Estates, Rockford, and Naperville. DeKalb/Sycamore, with a population of about 50,000, is a modern paradox, a rural/urban community. It is simultaneously recognized for its manufacturing and rich farmlands. The site of the first manufacture of barbed wire and the development of hybrid seed corn are evidence of its diversified history. The blend of industry and agriculture, coupled with the cultural and recreational facilities of the university and supplemented by easy access to Chicago and Rockford, provide an enjoyable environment in which to live.

The Division of Student Affairsis seeking qualified applicants for the position of Coordinator for Student Advocacy Services. 

Primary Function

The Coordinator for Student Advocacy Services provides comprehensive leadership, management, and vision for Student Advocacy. This position supports and represents the Dean of Students on issues related to student advocacy and support for students in their personal and/or academic lives, support the outreach and advocacy of the Student of Concern Committee and Bias Incident Team, and encourage the development of student coping skills, resiliency, and self-advocacy.

General Duties and Responsibilities

Will serve as the primary advocate and case manager for student survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, hazing, bias incidents, hate crimes and all other matters that may come to the attention of the Office of the Dean of Students require advocacy, and case management

  • Create and maintain record keeping/case management documentation regarding all confidential communication relevant to clients’ cases.
  • Provide referrals to support services within the University as well as community agencies.
  • Meet with and serve as a university liaison to student and their families regarding concerns Institutional Advocacy
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders on campus and off-campus in the development of interdepartmental and/or interagency regarding advocacy or other concerns that are directed to the Office of the Dean of Students. Some of these collaborative partnerships may include, but should not be limited to; Police, Housing, Dining, Title IX, Student Conduct, Counseling & Consultation Services, Student Conduct, Academic Affairs, and Community Partners.
  • Serve as an ad hoc committee member as part of the representation of the Dean of Students office regarding matters that relate to student advocacy.

Additional Duties

  • Oversee the functional operations and concerns of the Dean of Students’ Student Advisory Board.
  • Serve as the Case Manager for the Students of Concern Committee and Bias Incident Team

Minimum Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Student Affairs, Counseling, or equivalent.
  • A minimum of 40 hours in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault training.
  • Experience assisting those both directly and indirectly impacted by violence and connecting students to resources.
  • Experience handling confidential and sensitive information and situations with diplomacy exercising excellent judgment that is congruent with federal, state, and university policy.
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds in an inclusive and supportive environment.
  • Ability to serve as a resource on complex issues evolving in higher education and ability to apply relevant laws such as Clery Act, Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (Campus SaVE) Act, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Title IX.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Exceptional ability to work collaboratively and interact effectively with faculty, staff, students, executive leadership, and community/government agencies.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 3 -5 years’ experience as a full-time student affairs professional providing direct services specifically related to response activities pertaining to, but not limited to Title IX, Behavioral Intervention, and Bias Incidents Concerns,
  • Direct crisis management and emergency response experience.

Appointment Status and Salary Details 

Civil Service; Commensurate with experience and internal equity

Application Procedures

Please submit application and documents through NIU online employment system at by September 13, 2019.  If you have any questions, please contact Jeffrey Salmon at or (815) 753-0100.  

EEO Statement, ADA Accommodation, Clery Information, and Visa Policy

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Acting Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Altgeld Hall 238

Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
Citigroup Center
500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475
Chicago, IL 60661-4544

NIUremains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form. This form can be obtained by contacting the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ADEI) at 815-753-8399.

NIUprovides information regarding campus security, personal and fire safety, including topics such as: crime prevention, emergency response procedures and crime reporting policies, in addition to crime and fire statistics for the most recent three calendar years. The Annual Security Report containing security and safety information is available at or by contacting the University Police Department and Public Safety Department at 815-753-9628 to receive a hard copy. The Annual Fire Safety Report is available at or by contacting the Environmental Health and Safety Department at 815-753-0404 to receive a hard copy.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document from upon hire.

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