Academic Skills Specialist - College of Applied Health Science (A1700386)

Champaign, IL
Jun 24, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

College of Applied Health Sciences

Academic Skills Specialist

The College of Applied Health Sciences currently seeks an Academic Skills Specialist. The Academic Skills Specialist works primarily with students from the Mannie L. Jackson Illinois Academic Enrichment and Leadership Program (I-LEAP), which provides academic support services for students from under-represented populations, including minority, first generation students, student athletes, and students from recognized Educational Opportunities Program schools who are enrolled in declared Applied Health Sciences majors. The Academic Skills Specialist will assist the Program Director in recruitment, program development, and program coordination for students from under-represented populations in the coordination for students from under-represented populations in the College of Applied Health Sciences. I-LEAP provides support, resources, and career and academic coaching for students, freshman through senior year. The Academic Skills Specialist will meet regularly with students, and will work with each student individually on an academic success plan and portfolio. The program currently serves over 150 students and will double in number over the next two years. Hours will include some weekends and evenings. This is a full-time 12 month position that will report to the Senior Program Director.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Assist in recruitment of new students through participation in admissions events, programs and workshops. Participate in admissions events like Salute to Academic Achievement, Major/Minor fair, Transfer Day, Experience AHS, and Orange & Blue Days, to represent the five programs of study in the College.
  • Meet regularly with students, and work with each student individually on an academic success plan and portfolio. Coach and counsel a caseload of approximately 100 AHS freshman and sophomores. These meetings continue in a monitoring capacity through Senior year.
  • Aid students in career exploration, graduate school searches, and volunteer and research opportunities. Listen to student interests and based upon these interests support advising staff in making students aware of courses, extracurricular opportunities, internships, and full-time opportunities that are pertinent to student goals.
  • Develop and coordinate workshops and seminars on transitional and campus life issues by reviewing program goals and then develop materials or identify guest speakers who can present/teach/facilitate sessions; track participation and evaluate student satisfaction with the workshops and seminars. Report findings to Senior Program Coordinator.
  • Coordinate and manage the I-LEAP P.E.E.R Mentorship Program and Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society. Identify potential mentors and direct them to enroll in the mentorship course. Match mentors with potential mentees (i.e. incoming freshmen) and lead ongoing workshops and monthly meetings with mentors to discuss what is working and what needs to be improved. Also develop and implement evaluation tools to determine participant satisfaction. Report findings to the Senior Program Coordinator.
  • Serve as a liaison between AHS and other campus units such as Office of Minority Student Affairs and the Access and Achievement Program to share best practices, explore common issues, identify areas of potential partnership and reduce likelihood of redundancy in services.
  • Participate in summer registration, and fall orientation by promoting the program to parents and prospective students, meeting with students to explore academic interests, assist in computer lab as students develop fall schedules. Participate in fall orientation by staffing a booth where new I-LEAP students are greeted and introduced to alumni and peers in the program.
  • Serve as the instructor to the Mentorship and Leadership freshman course.
  • Promote the development of academic study skills amongst I-LEAP students through intrusive one-on-one and group student interactions. (e.g. time and stress management, test taking tips, test anxiety, academic integrity, etc.).
  • Assist with the coordination and development of retention strategies and persistence; contribute to various campus-wide retention efforts. In monthly meetings with the director, senior program coordinator, meet to review numbers, feedback from evaluations, and discuss student issues. Serve as front line with the students and speak to barriers that may be hindering student persistence and retention.
  • Assist with college-wide retention programs including the AHS volunteer tutoring program and college-wide student success and retention workshops by being present during tutoring hours, interviewing and training tutors, and tracking participation and satisfaction.
  • Work closely with college advising staff and faculty on various projects.


Master's Degree required. Educational training and experience in counseling, higher education administration, or education. Demonstrated ability to identify, implement and evaluate student success through tools to support academic advising (e.g. student tracking, social media, etc.). Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with students, faculty, staff and parents. Must have strong written and verbal communication skills, and be able to work effectively both independently and as part of a group. Strong problem solving and time management skills. Demonstrated direct experience with academic advising and academic coaching in a higher education setting.

Experience in student support services particularly for students from underrepresented populations. Ability to work across cultures with non-traditional students highly desired. Knowledge of Undergraduate Records and other student management tools recommended.

Salary Level:

Salary is commensurate with demonstrated abilities and qualifications.

Closing Date:

In order to receive full consideration for this position, applications must be received by July 7, 2017. Additional review of applications may continue after the closing date or until a suitable candidate is identified.

Start Date:

As soon as possible.

Application Procedures:

Please create your candidate profile at and upload a letter of intent, complete CV, and the names and contact information for three references by the closing date. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. For more information about the position applicants may contact:

Gretchen Adams, Chair

Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Student Affairs

College of Applied Health Sciences


The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: College of Applied Health Sciences
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Academic Skills Specialist - College of Applied Health Science (A1700386)
Open Date: 06/23/2017
Organization Name: Applied Health Sciences Admin


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