Academic Advisor

Job description

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Job No: 510776
Work Type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois

Title: Academic Advisor

Employee Classification: Academic Advisor

Division Name: Academic Affairs

College/Unit: Ucollege, Honors, Support Services

Department: University College

Campus Location: Normal, IL

General Summary

University College Academic Advisement serves several student populations including: first year, general/undecided, continuing, and academic probation students. Advisors 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 and overall guidance 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: 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.

University College supports Illinois State University’s core values as they relate to inclusion, racial equity, and social justice. Given the diversity of our student population, we actively recruit and retain talented individuals to meet their needs. We believe the greater the variety of perspectives, the more innovation, productivity and empathy our organization fosters.
We promote a culture of inclusivity and understanding and seek to provide transformative experiences through mentorship, advocacy and professional development opportunities. University College is an inclusive environment and respects the voices of minoritized faculty, staff and students. If you share our values and enthusiasm for helping students, then you will find a home in University College.

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. Exemplify intercultural fluency through excellent communication skills including verbal, non-verbal, listening, problem solving, public presentations, and teamwork.
7. Demonstrated ability and experience working in an inclusive environment, and a commitment to personal growth and learning that promotes the richness of a global campus
8. Ability to work with diverse populations of students, peers, and public.
9. Working knowledge of basic office software (word processing, e-mail systems, spreadsheets, mainframes, databases, etc.)
10. Must be able to work independently, but also work cooperatively within an advisement staff with a learner-centered and service-oriented philosophy.
11. Exhibit professional and growth-minded demeanor that cultivates a culture of understanding and empathy.
12. Committed to integrity and ethical behavior in consideration of the campus and larger community.
13. Evidence of understanding as to the issues facing today's college students (particularly students of diverse populations) as it impacts their academic choices.

Desired Qualifications

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

Work Hours

Typically M-F 8:00-4:30 with one hour allocated for lunch. Some evening and weekend hours may be required based on departmental needs.

Functional Expectations

Must be able to complete the following with or without a reasonable accommodation:

1. Ability to effectively communicate on a daily basis.
2. Ability to work for extended periods at computer workstation.
3. Ability to distinguish colors on a monitor.
4. Ability to use a computer in day-to-day work (i.e. type on a keyboard and use a mouse).
5. Ability to conduct or attend meetings in various locations across campus.
6. Ability to maintain a high level of concentration.
7. Ability to perform sedentary work involving sitting the majority of the time.
8. Ability to occasionally lift, move light furniture, stoop, kneel, reach, etc.) for event/program set-up.

Proposed Starting Date

May 2021

Salary Rate / Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Required Applicant Documents

Applicants must submit a resume/C.V., cover letter, reference list with at least 3 references and contact information for each, and unofficial transcripts for full consideration.

PLEASE NOTE: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Contact Information for Applicants

Cass Hermacinski
[email protected]

Important Information for Applicants

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.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.

Application Opened: 02/15/2021 08:00 AM CST
Application Closes: 03/07/2021 11:55 PM CST


 

 

 

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