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Executive Director for Quad Cities Outreach and Campus Operations

Company name
Western Illinois University

Moline, IL, United States

Employment Type

Clevel, Executive, Education, 100k

Posted on
Apr 03, 2023


Executive Director for Quad Cities Outreach and Campus Operations


Administrative, Professional & Staff Positions





Moline, IL


Apr 3, 2023


Open Until Filled


FT - Continuous

Position ID:



About Western Illinois University:

Recognized as a Best Midwestern College by the Princeton Review. Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves nearly 7,600 students at its traditional, residential campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential branch campus in Moline, IL.

Job Description:


: June 1, 2023


: Executive Director of Quad Cities Operations is responsible for community outreach and partnership development that contributes to University growth and impact in the Quad Cities region and serves as second administrator in charge of the WIU Quad Cities campus.


Provides strategic leadership for development and implementation of strategic community and regional outreach and partnerships.

Builds new and strengthens existing partnerships with local business, community organizations, government agencies, and other stakeholders to promote the University and align University academic programs, people, and expertise with regional innovation, entrepreneurship, and career and workforce development priorities.

Attends community networking opportunities, meetings, and community events and traditions with a focus on partnership development.

Provides campus leadership for outreach activities such as summer camps, academic discipline-specific events (i.e. Engineering Week), and special on-campus event, speakers, and workshops. Establishes a schedule to accomplish each event cycle from beginning to end including recruitment, interface with participants/volunteers, providing resources and program information, meeting event guidelines, planning logistics, engaging in pre-event setup, event execution, and post-event tear down, and concluding with a debrief for continuous improvement.

Serves as a member of the WIU Quad Cities Outreach Team, collaborating between academic affairs, advancement, enrollment, marketing, public television and other areas to develop and implement outreach activities that raise the profile of WIU in the Quad Cities region, and meet the needs of the community.

Represents the Vice President for Quad Cities Campus Operations as needed on relevant Quad Cities community organizations.

Provides coordination and implements academic outreach initiatives, programs, and events on the Quad Cities campus. Serves as a liaison between departments and schools within academic affairs and Quad Cities regional partners and organizations.

Generate college and program visibility strategies working with staff on news releases, brochures, flyers, website pages, distributions (mailing or emailing), or other means.

Assists with initiation and implementation of educational partnerships in collaboration with academic affairs, colleges/schools/departments, university marketing, and enrollment/admissions.

Convenes the Quad Cities Planning Advisory Council, with consultation and collaboration with the Vice President and Director of Development and Corporate Relations.


Serves as second administrator in charge of the Quad Cities campus and acts as administrator in charge when the Vice President is not available. Maintains comprehensive working awareness of university and campus operations, policies, protocols, procedures, and contacts.

Represents WIU Quad Cities to the media when the Vice President is not available, or to provide subject matter expertise.

Creates and maintains Quad Cities-specific data and reports to inform decision making and planning related to university initiatives in the Quad Cities.

Contributes to an inclusive and collaborative work environment that embraces and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Participates on university committees representing the Quad Cities campus.

Projects and duties as assigned by the Vice President.


: Executive Director, Administrative. Negotiable, commensurate with experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:



An earned master's degree from an accredited institution is required.

Minimum of three years of experience in higher education administration, with increasing roles and responsibilities.

Demonstrated understanding of the unique opportunities and needs of a multi-campus university and organizational relationships between internal and external stakeholders.

Experience developing and implementing successful external partnerships with employers, organizations, schools, and colleges/universities.

Experience implementing actions within a strategic plan.

Knowledge of outreach strategies for career and workforce development, academic affairs, student affairs, and demonstrated ability to collaborate and implement initiatives with colleagues and partners.

Strong interpersonal skills and exceptional oral, written, and presentational skills.


Strong knowledge of Quad Cities region with established professional networks.

Five years progressive experience in higher education administration.

Contextual awareness about historical, current, and future opportunities and challenges in higher education.

For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body). Unless otherwise stated, the degree must be conferred at the time of appointment.

Additional Information:


: Western Illinois University Quad Cities is dedicated to interactive and applied education, advanced research and development, and invigorating public service. As the only public four-year University serving the region, the WIU - Quad Cities campus is a hub of innovation and educational access for citizens in the Quad Cities and beyond and is committed to the growth and sustainability of local and global partnerships, personal and cultural health, and social and environmental justice.

About WIU (

Since 1899, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.

WIU-Macomb, IL

: Western's traditional, residential main campus offers a comprehensive slate of undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, and post-baccalaureate certificates. A diverse community in west central Illinois, Macomb features a unique blend of agriculture, industry, service, retail, education, and culture. Macomb serves as the county seat, with connections across the state with Amtrak providing twice-daily service from Macomb to Chicago (and point in-between). Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

WIU-Quad Cities

: Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Moline, Illinois, the WIU-Quad Cities campus is the only public four-year regional university that serves the Quad Cities region. Designed as a metropolitan commuter campus, WIU-Quad Cities offers select undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. Moline is located just 80 miles north of the Macomb campus and is centered within a diverse, bi-state community of 383,000 that offers a broad range of cultural, social, and entertainment amenities and experiences, as well as varied businesses and industries.

WIU Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism (

Western Illinois University fosters respect, equity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. WIU is committed to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity. We value inclusion as a core value and as an essential element of Western's public service mission. WIU embraces individual uniqueness and a culture of inclusion that supports broad and specific diversity initiatives. Western believes in the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society as integral to the success of all individuals.

At WIU, we will

Maintain a safe and secure environment for all members of our University communities.

Educate and empower students, staff, and faculty to be social justice advocates.

Provide curricula, programs, training, resources, and environments that reflect and strengthen the diversity of our communities, and to elevate cultural awareness and understanding.

Ensure fair, equitable, and inclusive access to University facilities, programs, resources, and services.

Create inclusive and equitable policies and practices.

Diversify the University's workforce by assessing hiring practices to attract, retain, and develop talented staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds.

Address intergroup disparities through areas as representation, retention, learning outcomes, and graduation rates.

Create a University wide diversity plan to ensure a continued commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity.

Academics (

More than 61 undergraduate degree programs, 41 graduate programs, two doctoral programs and 16 post-baccalaureate certificate programs prepare students for a successful career after graduation.

Student Resources

More than 200 student organizations at Western provide social, academic, recreation, athletics, service, academic, and many other opportunities for students to grow and learn, develop leadership skills, and much more.

Numerous concerts, lectures, films, dance performances, cultural events and more are presented and performed each year, along with numerous major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows, and a variety of service-oriented projects and activities, all in a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

The Multicultural Center is home to four cultural and resource centers: The Gwendolyn Brooks, Casa Latina, the Women's Center, and the LGBT*QA Resource Center. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.

WIU Intercollegiate Athletics (

The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League.

Application Instructions:


: Complete applications include:

1) a letter of application

2) current curriculum vita or resume

3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL

**Note** In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.

Screening will begin on May 1, 2023 and continue until position is filled.

Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Jennifer von Kaenel at

For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Human Resources at (309) 298-1971 or via email at

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.

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