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Academic Advisor

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Job Location Normal, Il 61790

Posting date 11-26-2018

General Summary
University College Academic Advisement serves several student populations including: first year, general/undecided, continuing, and academic probation students. Advisor must provide accurate and realistic academic information and support to an assigned caseload. Advisors must accurately interpret and relay academic policies and requirements, including general education (ISU's general education or the Illinois Articulation Initiative), as well as major/minor plans of study. The purpose of the academic advisor in University College Academic Advisement is to make course recommendations and give academic advice to all assigned students so that they may progress successfully though the next stage of their academic career at Illinois State University. While University College advisors may have a specialized knowledge about a particular academic area, they are expected to have broad and general knowledge about all majors/minors at Illinois State.

Most decisions are complex in terms of student impact, and require comprehensive knowledge of Illinois State policies and procedures. The Academic Advisor is expected to attend all training sessions provided by University College or other campus units to remain knowledgeable about policies and procedures that impact student advising. The Advisor is expected to be proactive contributing to the goals of University College and University College Academic Advisement. To achieve that end, the Advisor is expected to use varied campus and off-campus resources/knowledge including, but not limited to: University College Policies and Procedures Manual, ISU Catalog, computer applications, knowledge of changing student profiles/needs, and assessment tools as set out in the Program Review. This position requires familiarity with and adherence to Illinois State University and University College policies and procedures and state and federal law, in particular the Ethics Standards for all employees of the State of Illinois and FERPA. This position requires sensitivity to issues of college students and their families, particularly the issues faced by first year students.

Required Qualifications
1. Bachelor's Degree
2. Minimum two years of professional advising experience or demonstrated equivalent in directly related field.
3. Excellent oral and written communication skills; including the ability to make effective public presentations.
4. Excellent interpersonal skills including listening, communication, and teamwork.
5. Ability to multi-task and produce quality work under deadlines; organizational skills; attention to detail; flexibility in a changing administrative model.
6. Ability to work with diverse populations of students, peers, and public.
7. Working knowledge of basic office software (word processing, e-mail systems, spreadsheets, databases, etc.)
8. Must be able to work independently, but also work cooperatively within an advisement staff with a learner-centered and service-oriented philosophy.
9. Evidence of a positive professional demeanor that contributes to a positive and fulfilling work environment.
10. Evidence of understanding as to the issues facing today's college students as it impacts their academic choices.
11. If this position is Security Sensitive or if you are subject to a criminal background investigation based on University policy, employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Desired Qualifications
1. Master's Degree (preferably in Education, College Student Personnel or related field).


Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Posted: 11/27/2018
Application Due: 1/26/2019
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