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State Universities Retirement System of Illinois (SURS) -Champaign, IL

Executive Director

Located in Champaign, IL, the State Universities Retirement System of Illinois (SURS; ) administers benefits and over $17.4B in assets for approximately 227,000 members. Reporting to an eleven-member Board of Trustees, the Executive Director directs a staff of 130 through 10 direct reports, including a Chief Investment Officer.  The Executive Director also serves as the chief governmental/legislation liaison with the General Assembly, its committees, and other governmental entities as necessary. The ideal candidate will possess an advanced degree and progressive management responsibility culminating in a senior management position in a public pension fund, insurance or financial services company, as well as outstanding leadership attributes, excellent communication skills, professional presence and maturity, and sensitivity to issues of managing and funding a public trust fund.  The ideal candidate will also have strong people and process management skills, political acumen, strategic agility, and the highest integrity and ethics. To read, the full position specification: SURS Executive Director (Position Specification) 12-3-14.   Click here to email us.

Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) – Chicago, IL


The Sinai Urban Health Institute (; SUHI) seeks a passionate, highly accomplished President to lead its nationally recognized, unique research institute in Chicago, Illinois.  Founded in 2000 as part of Sinai Health System (, SUHI’s goal is to serve as a leading urban health research institute for eliminating health disparities and working toward health equity.  SUHI is highly respected, both locally and nationally, for its work in developing and implementing effective approaches to improve the health of urban communities through data-driven research, interventions, evaluation, and community engagement.

The President will be a visionary leader and accountable for all of SUHI’s management, administrative, fiscal, fundraising, research, intervention, dissemination, community engagement, and programming activities.  Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer of Sinai Health System, the President will lead a team of almost 40 epidemiologists, community health workers, and other public health professionals who are dedicated to health care equity.

The ideal candidate will possess a PhD or Dr.PH and at least 15 years of relevant work experience in the field of Epidemiology, Public Health, Statistics, Medical Sociology or a related field; he/she will have expertise in leading community-based, participatory research.  Other requirements include:

-Ability to develop long- and short-term goals, plans and funding strategies.

-Demonstrated record in the acquisition of grants from public and private funders, including management of multiple funding sources.  Familiarity with NIH extramural funding is a plus.

-Adept at establishing and maintaining effective relationships with funders, administrators, academic organizations, community leaders, and government officials.

-Ability to develop, implement, manage and evaluate public health programs, particularly for vulnerable populations.

-Extensive experience managing a large, diverse staff; possess mentoring skills to guide staff in research, publishing and program development/evaluation.

-Scientific knowledge, skills, and proven history of contributing to the science of public health practice.

-Strong record of peer-reviewed publications in public health, epidemiology, and/or preventive medicine.

Applicants should submit a cover letter describing professional experience as it relates to the opportunities and requirements of the position; a current resume/curriculum vita; and the names, telephone numbers and email addresses of five references.  Send all materials electronically in Microsoft Word; please reference “SUHI President Search” in the email subject line.  To read, the full position specification: SUHI President Job Description.   Click here to email us.

Harold Washington College – Chicago, IL


The City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) District 508 is the largest community college system in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation, with 5,800 faculty and staff serving 120,000 students at seven campuses and 13 satellite sites city-wide. CCC is currently in the midst of a collaborative effort to review and revise its programs and practices to ensure students leave CCC college-ready, career-ready and prepared to pursue their life’s goals.  Harold Washington College, which is named after Chicago’s first African American mayor,  serves 15,469 diverse students (6,973 are FTE) and is located in a bustling Loop area of downtown Chicago on the corner of Lake and Wabash. Harold Washington offers accessible and affordable opportunities for academic advancement, career development, and personal enrichment.  The Business and Professional Services College to Careers program is headquartered at Harold Washington.

CCC is seeking a candidate strongly committed to diversity, to building strong partnerships with local business, civic, and other institutions in support of Harold Washington’s commitment to students of all ages and backgrounds. Successful applicants should possess a minimum of 10 years of progressive senior management experience in either an academic institution, business or other organization of similar scope and complexity. The ideal candidate will have an outstanding track record of professional achievement and demonstrated success in strategic planning and fiscal management. Applicants should have the ability to provide effective leadership of the College’s academic programs, accreditation process, and innovative instructional technology initiatives. A Master’s degree from an accredited institution is required; an earned Doctorate degree from an accredited institution is preferred. The Presidential Search Committee will begin reviewing nominations and applications immediately and will continue to accept them until a President is selected. Application materials should be submitted electronically and should include a letter of interest addressing how the candidate meets the qualifications outlined above, a current resume, and contact information for at least five references. Attachments in Word format preferred.   Chicago residency is required for all full-time employees within 6 months of hire.   Click here to email us.

University of Chicago
Director of Transportation and Parking

The University of Chicago, a private, non-denominational institution with an extraordinary history of world-renowned research and education programs, seeks applicants for the position of Director of Transportation and Parking (Director). The Director is responsible for providing strategic leadership to the Office of Transportation and Parking within the Department of Safety and Security. This position directs and administers university-wide commuter, parking, and transit/transportation functions to ensure safe, efficient and economical operation. The University currently has parking for over 2,300 vehicles daily, including one parking structure and 12 surface lots. The Director will oversee the University shuttle service, carpooling, park and ride, and other travel demand management programs, as well as day-to-day campus transportation services provided through contracts with providers including the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and private contractors.

The Director coordinates with University and Medical Center administration, including the Office of Campus and Student Life and works closely as a liaison to the University’s Office of Civic Engagement as directly related to parking and transit matters.   Additionally, the Director markets and promotes the parking and transit programs to the University community and various key stakeholders. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Management Operations within Safety and Security, the Director leads two Assistant Directors who in turn manage a total workforce of five.

Applicants must possess at least five years of public administration, business, parking and/or transit operations or related experience.  Requirements: at least three years of management and financial experience; strategic long-range planning; broad knowledge of parking, transportation, and transit system operation, safety and management; ability to conceptualize, design, and implement business and operating systems; excellent interpersonal and communication skills – including listening, negotiation, conflict resolution and persuasion; and a valid driver’s license and demonstrated safe driving performance. Knowledge of economic and public policy to shape transportation behavior is preferred, as is knowledge of transportation trends, laws and regulations. A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree in planning, public administration, marketing or communications preferred.  To read the full position announcement, click here: Director of Transportation and Parking Position Specification.   Click here to email us.

Yale University – New Haven, CT

Director of Facilities Services and Grounds Maintenance

The Office of Facilities at Yale University seeks an outstanding leader to serve as the Department of Facilities Services and Grounds Maintenance.  Yale’s Central, West and School of Medicine campuses cover 1,000+ acres within the greater New Haven, Connecticut, area and include more than 440 buildings, encompassing 16.7 million square feet of space.  Yale is a “city within a city” for over 25,000 students, faculty and staff.

The Director will oversee 34 supervisors with ultimate oversight for 300 service and maintenance staff providing grounds maintenance (landscaping, snow removal, waste collection, and recycling services activities) for all three campuses of university properties, including athletic fields, green roofs, historic trails and botanical gardens.  Develop and incorporate innovative thought, technology, and best practices to continually improve how the organization functions and delivers services required to maintain and operate Yale’s buildings, including preventive maintenance, emergency response to all weather conditions and natural disasters, landscaping and construction projects, and support of special events and activities.  Create and implement safety training programs and sustainable programs and initiatives.  Certified Landscape Technician (CLT) or Facilities Management Certification (CFM) preferred.  To read the full position specification: Yale University Position Specification for Director of Facilities Services and Grounds Maintenance.

Candidates for this position must possess: Bachelor’s degree in facilities management, business administration, management or a related field; 10 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and demonstrated experience in a leadership position, including well-developed supervisory skills and experience with performance management and feedback.  Facilities leaders with experience participating in joint union labor/management initiatives preferred.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter outlining interest and how experience aligns with position responsibilities and requirements; current resume; and the names and contact information (mail, e-mail, and telephone numbers) of three professional references.  Send all materials and/or inquiries (reference “Yale University” in the subject line) to The Hollins Group Inc. via email.  Click here to email us.