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This position is responsible for providing leadership, direction, coordination, management, and supervision to IMSA's experiential learning programs including, but not limited to, Student Inquiry & Research (SIR), Internships/Entrepreneurships, Independent Studies, and Intersession.


This position fulfills the requirement for DFI (Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois) Fellows following completion of their academic program.


The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10–12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program. It also serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry.


The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) is committed to an equitable, diverse and inclusive teaching and learning environment. IMSA has committed to advancing equity in STEM education and representation and creating a diverse, inclusive community of global citizens who can realize their full potential, and execute our mission to advance the human condition.


This Equity and Excellence work is the intentional integration of Cultural Competence, Diversity, Equity, Equity-Minded Frame, Excellence and Inclusion into every facet of the Academy, with the understanding that it is an active and ongoing process involving structures, processes and people and not an isolated initiative.


This position will support IMSA's Diversity work by ensuring the delivery of quality, equitable, and inclusive constituent-centered support while promoting and maintaining an inclusive work environment and culture that embraces the diversity of people and perspectives collaborating at IMSA to ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Provide vision, leadership, and oversight of IMSA’s Experiential Programs, including but not limited to: student research, innovation programs, entrepreneurship programs, independent studies, and Intersession/J term.
  • Lead the efforts in expanding Experiential programs ensuring all students have access and the opportunity to participate and have opportunities that meet the diverse interests of the student body
  • Foster relationships with external constituents to develop pipelines for student opportunities
  • Communicate with students, parents/guardians, and Experiential  Learning advisors/mentors  to convey expectations and progress
  • Determine, monitor, articulate, and assess requirements for successful participation
  • Provide guidance to students during the Experiential Learning programs.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Institutional Research to review the IRB documentation for accuracy and completeness and to ensure the research and related responsibilities are completed.
  • Support the creation of scholarship (writing and presentations) to advance IMSA’s mission through travel to conferences, chaperoning student participation at conferences, and writing
  • Serve as the budget manager for all experiential learning budget lines
  • Supervise and evaluate Experiential  Learning staff
  • Serve on IMSA committees and fulfill community responsibilities to support the Academy’s mission and functioning
  • Promote equitable access for all students to experiential learning opportunities
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Masters and experience in an educational environment required
  • 3-5 years of research experience
  • Experience supervising / coordinating one or more experiential learning program
  • Supervisory experience



  • Terminal degree
  • Experience working with gifted and talented students
  • Bilingual/Spanish



This is a 12 month exempt position. Starting salary no less than $79,144 and is commensurate with training and experience expected at this level of employment. The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including health and retirement benefits. The State Universities Retirement System (SURS) is reciprocal with other Illinois public retirement systems such as the Teachers’ Retirement Systems of Illinois (TRS) and the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF).

Additional Notes


Work is performed in an office setting with minimal exposure to health or safety hazards. Substantial time is spent working on a computer. This role generally requires mobility, written and verbal communication, hearing and visual capabilities. However, reasonable accommodations, including assistive technology, may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform such requirements. 

How to Apply

Application Process:

Applicants must submit a letter of interest, complete and current resume, a statement of teaching philosophy, and the contact information for three current professional references. Applications will be accepted and reviewed as received until the position is filled. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. We are seeking a diverse applicant pool.

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