Become the Inaugural UIA Fellow at UIC!

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University at Illinois - Chicago (UIC) seeks its first University Innovation Alliance (UIA) Fellow. This position will work closely with leadership from the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Academic Programs (VPUAAP) as well as Student Affairs to lead, support, and assess UIC and UIA student success initiatives to increase retention, graduation and minimize the achievement gap. The Fellow will engage in policy and best practices research; program development, coordination, and assessment; report and proposal writing; and program enrichment analysis and will work with senior leaders across campus to learn the decision-making process and how student success initiatives are conceptualized, launched, and coordinated over time.

Specific duties include:

  • Assisting with the setting and implementation of student success strategy on campus.
  • Supporting high-yield projects that are impactful to UIC, and critical to the scaling mission of the Alliance.
  • Monitoring student success literature and best practices at peer institutions and ensuring timely dissemination of information to appropriate members of the team and other senior leaders at UIC.
  • Reviewing materials, data, and best practices to develop and recommend policies, programs, and initiatives as part of UIC’s ongoing efforts to improve student success.
  • Engaging in work such as policy research, assessment, report and proposal writing, and program enrichment analysis.
  • Developing and/or coordinating campus-wide student success initiatives that enhance institutional capacity based on UIC’s strategic priorities.
  • Promoting UIA scale initiatives related to predictive analytics, proactive advising, strategic financial interventions, and/or college to career efforts as well as other university-directed student success initiatives.
  • Training in and leveraging skills in process mapping and design thinking to help improve the likelihood of student success for undergraduates who identify as first-generation college students, from diverse and underserved backgrounds. Identify and analyze barriers to student success and make recommendations for new programming.
  • Supporting UIA central initiatives and help disseminate collective learnings related to innovating and scaling student success initiatives.
  • Performing other related duties and participating in special projects as assigned.

Anticipated Salary: $75,000

All materials must be received by September 9, 2022, Central Daylight Time. 

How to Apply

All applications should be submitted online directly to UIC. To apply, please visit the Careers at UIC website. Information below provides details on the exact posting at UIC.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's Degree;
  • Five years of work experience in higher education or related field;
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated experience leading projects within a complex organization;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Ability to prioritize, take initiative, and follow projects through completion both independently and as part of a team.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Terminal degree in higher education or related field;
  • Experience in a large, urban, public university;
  • Ability to think outside the box and rapidly iterate to strategically solve problems;
  • Have exceptional project management skills and talent to appropriately pivot and adapt;
  • Hold an unwavering passion and commitment to transforming public higher education to better serve low-income, first generation, and historically underrepresented;
  • Knowledge of current issues in undergraduate student success;
  • Experience managing complex change initiatives in a collaborative and consensus building environment.

Required Application Materials

  • Cover Letter, resume/CV, and contact information for up to three professional references must be submitted directly to UIC.
  • Any questions about the job application process at UIC can be addressed to the attention of Gerardo Jimenez, UIC Director of Operations at


  • General questions about the UIC Fellow position description and responsibilities can be addressed to Dr. Candice Staples, UIA Director of Alliance Engagement at

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