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Director of Student Life (SPSA Opt 6)

We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within the State of Illinois.  A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public.  Bilingual skills welcome

Reasonable Accommodation Statement

Persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations throughout the hiring process and during performance of all job duties.  Please email the Central Management Services Disability Resource Center at or call (217) 524 - 7514 for further information and to request an accommodation.

Sponsorship for Employment

The State of Illinois does not provide sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H-1B visa status).  To be considered for permanent employment with the State of Illinois, applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Disclosure of Salary Information

In compliance with the Illinois Equal Pay Act, 820 ILCS 112/1 et seq., the State does not seek, request, or require a job applicant’s wage or salary history.  Employment decisions are not made based on an applicant’s wage or salary history.  To that end, please do not include wage or salary information in your resume or other profile or application materials.

Date:  Aug 4, 2022

Jacksonville, IL, US, 62650-2130

Job Requisition ID:  17167

Agency:  Department of Human Services 

Posting ID: 10-45-17167

Opening Date: 08/05/22
Closing Date/Time:  08/18/2022 
Salary:  Anticipated Salary:$7,500 - $10,833 per month 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Morgan 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  Term Appointment Gubernatorial (Management Bill) 000 



Please attach a DETAILED Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV), a copy of your transcripts or diploma for all degrees earned, and a copy of any applicable professional licensures to the MY DOCUMENTS section of your application. Please note that the Department of Human Services must verify proof of higher education for any degree earned (if applicable) before any offer can be extended.  You WILL NOT be considered for the position if you attach a CMS100, CMS100b or any other document in lieu of a Resume or CV.

Position Overview

The Illinois School for the Visually Impaired is seeking to hire a Director of Student Life to develop policies and procedures and to direct dietary, engineering, and residential services. The vision of the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired is to provide a quality comprehensive education and serve as a statewide resource to students in Illinois with visual impairments assisting them in becoming personally productive and self-sufficient citizens.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Serves as the Director of Student Life at the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired (ISVI).
  2. Serves as full-line supervisor.
  3. Serves as the school training coordinator in planning, developing, and implementing staff training workshops, seminars, and ongoing classes within the Student Life Program.
  4. Collaborates with the Superintendent on five year projections and maintenance schedules.
  5. Serves as a member of the Admissions Review Committee and Executive Council reviewing admissions to ISVI and determining whether incoming students have medical issues or other issues that the residential staff need to be prepared for.
  6. Maintains familiarity with and advises administrators concerning applicable laws and regulations relating to child abuse and neglect identification and reporting, institutional health practices, and labor-management issues affecting childcare practices.
  7. Serves as facility Title IX Informal Coordinator.
  8. Serves as the School Superintendent in his/her absence, assuming responsibility for the school when the Superintendent is away on business or otherwise absent.
  9. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of four (4) years college with course work in education, child psychology, social work administration or a closely related field.
  2. Requires four (4) years progressively responsible administrative experience in a residential school setting.

Preferred Qualifications (in priority order)

  1. Three (3) years of professional experience, preferably five (5) years, working with the diverse needs of individuals who are blind or have low vision needs.
  2. Three (3) years of professional experience, preferably five (5) years, in the administration of a residential program within a K-12 educational program for individuals who are blind or have low vision needs.
  3. Three (3) years of professional experience, preferably five (5) years, working with residential and/or educational programming ensuring compliance with applicable health, safety, education and residential childcare policies, procedures and laws.
  4. Three (3) years of professional supervisory experience, preferably five (5) years, assigning work, providing guidance to subordinates, recommending counseling and/or discipline following collective bargaining agreements, training staff, and preparing and signing performance evaluations.
  5. Three (3) years of professional experience, preferably five (5) years, communicating clearly and tactfully orally and/or in written form with a wide range of individuals such as state agency officials, public, families, advocates, internal and external stakeholders.
  6. Three (3) years of professional experience, preferably five (5) years, evaluating programs and recommending policies and procedures for a public or private entity.
  7. One (1) year of professional experience developing and managing a program budget.

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires the ability to work on an on-call basis, including after normal business hours, weekends, and holidays.
  2. Requires the ability to travel.
  3. Requires the ability to meet all agency vaccine/health-related policies and guidance.
  4. Requires ability to pass the IDHS background check.
  5. Requires ability to pass a drug screen for drugs prohibited from recreational use under Illinois Law.

Work Hours:  Mon - Fri, 8:00am - 4:30pm 
Work Location: 658 E State St Jacksonville, IL 62650-2130 

Division of Rehabilitation Services

Illinois School for the Visually Impaired

Support Services
Agency Contact: 
Job Family: Administration/Management; Social Services 


About the Agency

The Illinois Department of Human Services serves families in need across Illinois. Our mission is providing equitable access to social services, supports, programs and resources to enhance the lives of all who we serve.

We are committed to the core values of Human Dignity, Equity, Community, Urgency, Transparency and Kindness.



As a State of Illinois Employee, you will receive a robust benefit package that includes the following:

  • A Pension Program
  • Competitive Group Insurance Benefits including Health, Life, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • 3 Paid Personal Business Days annually
  • 12 Paid Sick Days annually (Sick days carry over from year to year)
  • 13 Paid Holidays annually, 14 on even numbered years
  • Flexible Work Schedules (when available dependent upon position)
  • 10-25 Days of Paid Vacation time annually - (10 days in year one of employment)
  • 10 Weeks Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Deferred Compensation Program - A supplemental retirement plan
  • Optional Pre-Tax Programs such as Medical Care Assistance Plan (MCAP), Dependent Care Assistance Plan (DCAP)
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program and Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program eligibility
  • 5% Salary Differential for Bilingual Positions
  • Commuter Savings Program (Chicago only)

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