Division of Student Affairs

Job Description


Position Title:  Director of the Doug and Diane Oberhelman Center for Leadership      Performance

Department: Student Affairs

FLSA Category:  Exempt             


Working Relationships:

Reports to:  Vice President for Student Affairs

Works Closely with:  Academic Affairs, Faculty, Student Development, Athletics, Admission, Decatur and local community


Job Summary:  The Director of the Oberhelman Center for Leadership Performance is a 12-month administrative position reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs. The Director must be a visionary leader who guides the strategy and direction for a comprehensive, cross-division, broad-based, mission driven leadership development program. The Director coordinates broadly across a wide range of areas that plan and facilitate activities related to the new Oberhelman Center for Leadership Performance.


The Director must embody and value the competencies of vision, action, inclusion, communication, innovation, and resilience believed to be foundational in the development of leadership. The Director must have an understanding and a vision for how leadership development can be woven into the fabric of the University and Millikin’s distinctive brand of Performance Learning.

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Establish the Oberhelman Center for Leadership Performance as the premier hub of leadership development for persons seeking to advance the greater good and enhance their personal and professional success.
  2. Serve as a resource and liaison across University departments to advance leadership development in curricular and co-curricular offerings.
  3. Facilitate a cross-divisional Leadership Advisory Board with key campus constituents to advance leadership development and performance.
  4. Develop a robust 12-month calendar of leadership development events, workshops, retreats, clinics, and conferences to meet the needs of a diverse set of Millikin University, local, and regional leaders.
  5. Manage the daily operations, budget, and staff (including work-study students) of the Oberhelman Center for Leadership Performance.


Other Duties:

  1. Create and facilitate new programs and opportunities for Leadership Scholars (students), a cohorted program of undergraduate student scholars focused on leadership study and programming.
  2. Support and advance efforts for Leadership programming such as speaker series, scholars programs, co-curricular offerings, clubs and organizations.
  3. Collaborate with the Organizational Leadership, Management, and related academic programs to assist with development of leadership related curricular offerings. *Some teaching duties may also be expected as part of this role.
  4. Develop marketing initiatives to raise awareness of opportunities for both internal and external entities.
  5. Identify, develop and pursue opportunities to increase operations such as grant funding, donor relations, and programs that generate new revenue
  6. Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Position Qualifications:

  • Master’s required, doctorate preferred in the study of leadership or a closely related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in applying a range of leadership theories, and several years of management and program development is required.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in strategic planning, program development, fundraising, and experience with donor relations is highly desirable.
  • Skills such as planning, problem-solving, facilitating, and working independently to advance the efforts of a new and distinctive program are essential.


Work Environment:

Manual Dexterity:

  • Dexterity to operate a keyboard

Physical Effort: 

  • Occasionally sitting at a desk or table
  • Occasional lifting 25 lbs. or less
  • Intermittently sitting/standing
  • Hearing and visual acuity within normal range.

Working Conditions:

  • Typical working conditions found in most administrative work areas
  • Alternative or flexible work schedules.
  • Late night and weekend responsibilities frequent.