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Director of Student Life (SPSA Opt MC6)

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 CMS.DisabilityResCen@illinois.gov 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:  May 12, 2022

Jacksonville, IL, US, 62650-1877

Job Requisition ID:  14949

Agency:  Department of Human Services 

Posting ID: 10-43-14949

Opening Date: 05/13/2022
Closing Date/Time:  05/26/2022 
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 Deaf (ISD) is a large residential school serving students who are Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing. This mission of ISD is to engage students in a supportive, safe, and nurturing environment to achieve personal excellence academically, socially, physically, and emotionally. ISD is seeking to hire a Director of the Student Life to supervise and evaluate the residential, food service and health care programs at the school. ISD is seeking to hire an individual with strong leadership and communication skills for this position.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Serves as Director of the Student Life Program at the Illinois School for the Deaf.
  2. Evaluates all areas of the Student Life programming.
  3. Remains current with all applicable laws, polices, and regulations related to a residential and educational setting.
  4. Serves as full-line supervisor.
  5. Coordinates budget needs and expenditures for Student Life Program.
  6. Serves as school Title IX informal coordinator.
  7. Performs other duties as assigned or required 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 closely related field.
  2. Requires four (4) years progressively responsible administrative experience in a residential school setting.
  3. Requires ability to pass the Agency sign language assessment at the advanced level.

Preferred Qualifications (in priority order)

  1. Three (3) years of professional experience in the administration of a residential program within a K-12 educational program for students who are Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing.
  2. Three (3) years of professional experience working with residential and/or educational programming ensuring compliance with applicable health, safety, education and residential childcare policies, procedures and laws.
  3. Two (2) years of professional experience working with the diverse needs of individuals who are Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing.
  4. Two (2) years of professional supervisory experience assigning work, providing guidance to subordinates, recommending counseling and/or discipline following collective bargaining agreements, training staff, and preparing and signing performance evaluations.
  5. Two (2) years of professional experience 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. Two (2) years of professional experience 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 ability to pass the IDHS background check.
  2. Requires ability to pass a drug screen for drugs prohibited from recreational use under Illinois Law.
  3. Requires the ability to meet all agency vaccine/health-related policies and guidance.

Work Hours:  Mon - Fri, 8:00am - 4:30pm 
Work Location: 125 S Webster Ave Jacksonville, IL 62650-1877 

Division of Rehabilitation Services

Illinois School for the Deaf

Student Life
Agency Contact:  Melissa.Long@Illinois.gov 
Job Function: 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.


The main form of communication will be through email. Please check your “junk mail”, “spam”, or “other” folder for communication(s) regarding any submitted application(s). You may receive emails from the following addresses:

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