Academic Program Advisor Center for Translation Studies University of Illinois EXTENDED

Urbana, Illinois
Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Jun 14, 2019
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Academic Advising
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Center for Translation Studies is searching for an Academic Program Advisor to provide academic advising to students in CTS’s multilingual academic programs, lead efforts to recruit applicants, help coordinate institutional partnerships, and promote CTS academic programs through websites, social media platforms, and other strategies. The Academic Program Advisor will also teach the equivalent of one course per year, and advise CTS colleagues and students on language-specific translation choices, as appropriate.

The Center for Translation Studies (CTS) is an academic unit in the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. CTS currently offers three academic programs: Masters' in Translation and Interpreting, available fully online or on campus; Undergraduate Certificate, for University of Illinois undergraduate students in any major; and Graduate Certificate, for University of Illinois graduate students from any area of study.

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  • Primary contact for all applicants to Center academic programs (MA, undergraduate and graduate certificate programs), advising them on program requirements and application questions
  • Provide comprehensive support to meeting academic and professional goals in order to support on-time degree completion for students in all Center academic programs
  • Maintain undergraduate and graduate records and files (i.e. update, correct and archive when appropriate);
  • Process petitions, in consultation with Director
  • Represent the Center on appropriate college and campus committees related to student advising.


  • Create a recruitment plan for the Center's academic programs in collaboration with college-level staff and implement recruitment activities (e.g. plan and execute events, create and disseminate written materials, develop and update advising website, maintain a broad social media campaign)
  • Participate in School, college and university efforts in recruiting students, including Admitted Student Days in spring term, LAS Discovery Days and Majors/Minor Fair in fall term, and other events where unit representation is expected to ensure its visibility to prospective, admitted and current students
  • Regularly monitor MA prospects and initiated applications; contact prospects and applicants individually to encourage final application and to answer queries about program
  • First point of contact for students admitted to the MA program to respond to questions or concerns

Marketing and Outreach

  • Implementation of marketing strategies for all Center academic programs, including (but not limited to) social media, webpages, automated communications, print marketing, and conference displays
  • Create and maintain an alumni database
  • Regular outreach to alumni, including creation and dissemination of a newsletter, organization of annual Alumni Showcase day, maintenance of website and social media of alumni news, etc.


  • Teach up to one course per year for CTS
  • Advise CTS colleagues and students on language-specific translation choices



  • Masters’ degree, preferably in Translation or Communication or related field;
  • Experience teaching at the university level.


  • Doctoral degree, in Translation or Communication or related field;
  • Professional experience in translation or interpreting

Successful candidates will have:

  • Professional level competence in least one other language besides English;
  • Knowledge of Translation Studies as a discipline;
  • Solid working knowledge of standard office communication software (e.g. Skype, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint);
  • Social Media and Web management skills;
  • Proven organizational talent and initiative;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills;
  • Skill at working collaboratively and congenially with a broad and diverse spectrum of colleagues and stakeholders;
  • Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, and to anticipate and solve problems proactively;
  • Ability to accept direction;
  • Ability to initiate creative solutions;
  • Ability to manage competing priorities successfully and efficiently


This is a full-time (100%) academic professional position appointment on a 12-month basis.  Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.  The proposed starting date is August 16, 2019. 



To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at and upload your cover letter and resume and contact information for three professional references by the closing date of June 24, 2019. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-6747.  For further information regarding this specific position, email [email protected] The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.