Academic Advisor

For over 40 years, Oakton Community College has been the setting where thousands begin or continue their college or career studies.  Educating people of all ages, from all walks of life and from more than 40 nations, Oakton focuses on improving the quality of life for everyone who enters its doors.

We offer: 

Continuing education
Great benefits
Paid winter break
FRIDAYS OFF during the summer


Job Description:

Basic Function and Responsibility:
Under general supervision, the Academic Advisor provides an array of advising services and assistance to promote personal growth and informed educational and career planning and decision making. Specifically, the Academic Advisor works with new and continuing students in both individual and group settings to help assist students explore educational and career options, establish academic and life goals and implement related action plans. In addition to generalist advising responsibilities, advising assignments may include a special emphasis with special populations, students in specific academic programs or majors as well as specific career tracks.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide academic advising focused on helping new, continuing and returning students with the exploration of their academic and career objectives. Develop relationships and provide ongoing communication with assigned students/advisees.
  • Participate in the planning, promotion and delivery of advising, registration and transition workshops and events for newly admitted students.
  • Assist in the daily operation of the Des Plaines Campus and Skokie Advising Services Department and participate as scheduled in advising rotations.
  • Participate in all major academic advising initiatives and interventions including new student orientation and advising programs for, Advising Week programs, State University Days, Private College and University Days and periodic Advising Reviews of students.
  • Maintain accurate and timely advising notes in student information software systems (eg. Banner and GradesFirst). Complete and submit student registration documents for all students, especially students included in selected SOAP interventions.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative and supportive relationships with academic division and faculty.
  • Facilitate student use of on-line advising and transfer resources to access relevant information for informed decisions regarding academic planning choices.
  • Assist other areas of the College as appropriate in recruitment efforts or the development of programs to support special populations.
  • In conjunction with Counseling Staff, make appropriate referrals for students in need of personal counseling.
  • Participate in Enrollment Center cross training activities to develop knowledge in other functional student affairs areas in order to provide integrated and comprehensive information to students, staff, and community.
  • Provide excellent customer service.
  • As directed, provide Advising Services in the Enrollment Center.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.



  • Master's degree is required, preferably in college student personnel work, counseling, adult continuing education, or related field.
  • One or more years of successful advising and/or student affairs experience, preferably in a college setting.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to develop and conduct presentations for a variety of student audiences.
  • Ability to positively and enthusiastically provide general academic information to highly diverse student population.
  • Ability to work flexible hours including some evening and weekend hours consistent with student and office needs.
  • Ability to read and accurately interpret academic and career advising information.
  • Ability to integrate college-based, Internet and other computer-based information resources and software into the advising process.
  • Ability to utilize a keyboard to enter, maintain and manipulate data in a personal computer is required.
  • General office environment. Little or no exposure to adverse working conditions.


Additional Information:

HOURS: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:15 pm. At least one evening shift a week is required plus the ability to work flexible hours during peak periods. This includes additional evening and weekend hours consistent with student need. The new hire will work primarily at the Skokie campus but may commute to Des Plaines for coverage, meetings and events

Salary: $50,561 annually


Application Instructions:

For further details, visit our website at and select the Employment link to view Employment Opportunities.

Please be sure to have a current resume, cover letter, and list of, at least, three (3) professional references with contact information prepared to submit with your application.  One (1) of the references must be your most recent, direct supervisor.

Oakton Community College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, committed to employing competent, qualified individuals. Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, socioeconomic status, sex or gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or in its employment practices.

Posted positions may be removed from the Oakton website without notice when it is determined that no additional applicants are required.



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