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Academic Advisor

Illinois State University
Normal, Illinois

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Job No: 512611
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


Illinois State University invites applications for the role of University College Academic Advisor. As a department, University College supports Illinois State’s core values of inclusion, racial equity, and social justice. We promote a culture of inclusivity and understanding and seek to provide transformative experiences through mentorship, advocacy, and professional development opportunities. We strive to meet the diverse needs of our student population and respect the voices of minoritized students, staff, and faculty.

What you will do:

The purpose of the academic advisor in University College Academic Advising is to give academic advice and overall guidance to all assigned students including course recommendations, so that they may progress successfully through the next stage of their academic career at Illinois State University. University College Academic Advising 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, as well as major/minor plans of study.

What you can expect:

• Starting with summer orientation, advise a caseload of students with diverse identities.
• Participate in retention initiatives including early alert outreach, outreach to students in-between terms, and probation advising.
• Guide students through major exploration, degree planning, registration, and re-enrollment processes as well as navigating academic issues.
• Monitor student progress and provide proactive, sustained, and developmentally appropriate coaching to targeted populations.
• Assist in training and mentorship of a student worker through shared responsibility of caseload management.
• Present to groups of incoming students and guests during new student orientation.
• Participate in internal training and professional development opportunities on a continuing basis (including anti-racism trainings and workshops). Seek out opportunities to enhance one’s knowledge regarding students of color and how to provide effective support.
• Provide referrals to appropriate campus resources for any difficulties that may happen during a student’s college journey.
• Assist and advise transfer students during Transfer Day Program.

Required Qualifications

1. Bachelor's Degree
2. Evidence of interpersonal communication and listening skills to interact in a culturally inclusive and respectful manner with students, parents/guardians/families, faculty, administrators, staff, and the general public; and to communicate in person, in writing, via Zoom, and by telephone.
3. Ability to communicate while addressing urgent and confidential matters with discretion and sensitivity.
4. Document all student interactions so that others may understand the outcomes of any contacts related to the student.
5. Communicate with historically underrepresented students; exhibit understanding and sensitivity to the needs of students of color.
6. Autonomously manage work goals and priorities, with attention to detail and follow-through.
7. Collaborate with University College colleagues and other campus partners.
8. Meet the educational needs of diverse student populations including, but not limited to, students with diverse abilities, racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic backgrounds, and religions.
9. Interact in a culturally inclusive and respectful manner with students, parents/guardians/families, faculty, administrators, and staff.
10. Exhibit a professional and growth-minded demeanor that cultivates a culture of understanding and empathy.

Desired Qualifications

1. Master's Degree, preferably in Education, College Student Personnel or related field)
2. Professional advising experience or demonstrated equivalent experience

Work Hours

8-4:30 M-F; only on rare occasions will evening and weekend hours be required.

Functional Expectations

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

1. Effectively communicate on a daily basis.
2. Remain at a workstation for extended periods
3. Distinguish color codes and wires.
4. Move about in various locations across campus as needed to complete day-to-day work.

Proposed Starting Date

February 2022

Salary Rate / Pay Rate

Pay is commensurate with qualifications and experience, combined with an excellent benefits package

Required Applicant Documents


Cover Letter:
Submit a cover letter addressing how your previous experiences and skills connect to the position description.

References upon request for final candidates.

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

This position is subject to a criminal background investigation based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of 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: 12/03/2021 11:00 AM CST
Application Closes: 12/24/2021 11:55 PM CST



Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. Illinois State is a co-educational, residential university committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities and promoting the highest academic standards in teaching, scholarship, and community service. Serving more than 20,000 students, our six colleges offer 178 undergraduate majors, 77 minors, 102 master’s programs, 18 doctoral degrees, and 42 certificate options. We have repeatedly been named a “Great Place to Work” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Illinois State University is committed to and accountable for advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our mission.


Illinois State University, a first-choice public university, will be increasingly recognized as a national leader for educating high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized and transformative experience at an institution that:

  • Offers premier undergraduate and graduate programs that integrate traditional knowledge and methods with emerging ideas and innovations
  • Generates knowledge through high-quality research, scholarship, and creative activities
  • Supports student learning and development inside and outside of the classroom
  • Serves the region, state, nation, and world through its commitments to responsible stewardship, meaningful civic engagement, cultural enrichment, and the development of global citizens


We at Illinois State University work as a diverse community of scholars with a commitment to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. We promote the highest academic standards in our teaching, scholarship, public service and the connections we build among them. We devote all of our resources and energies to creating the most supportive and productive community possible to serve the citizens of Illinois and beyond.


Pursuit of Learning and Scholarship

Illinois State University works with students as partners in their educational development inside and outside of the classroom so that students come to appreciate learning as an active and lifelong process. The University contributes new knowledge through research, scholarship, and creative activities in which all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate. Faculty members embrace a balanced teacher–scholar model that values their contributions as teachers (facilitators of learning) and scholars (creators and discoverers of knowledge and information). 

Individualized Attention

Illinois State University provides a supportive environment that places all learners at the center of teaching and scholarship. Innovative curricular and cocurricular programs, strong student-faculty-staff connections, and superior student services focus on each student as an individual. The University fosters academic and personal growth, recognizes unique educational aspirations, and acknowledges that each faculty and staff member is integral to student success.


Illinois State University affirms and encourages community and a respect for differences by fostering an inclusive environment characterized by cultural understanding, ethical behavior, and social justice. The University supports a diverse faculty and staff who mentor a diverse student population. The University endeavors to provide opportunities for all students, staff, and faculty to participate in a global society.


Illinois State University promotes an environment defined by the highest ethical standards. Leadership of the University is characterized by stability, adherence to shared values, collaborative decision making, and accountable stewardship of all university resources. Members of the University community work collaboratively through shared governance to ensure the success of the University and are dedicated to making ongoing improvements, always enhancing their contribution to Illinois State University and building on prior accomplishments. Teaching and learning, including research and creative activities, are conducted at the highest level of academic quality and integrity.

Civic Engagement

Illinois State University prepares students to be informed and engaged global citizens who will promote and further the goals of society. The University promotes active learning experiences through which students will gain an awareness and understanding of civic engagement as a lifelong responsibility. The University partners with business, industry, government, and educational entities providing leadership in local, statewide, national, and international initiatives; expanding service and outreach; and enhancing financial support for instructional, scholarly, and service activities.

Illinois State University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding affirmative action, nondiscrimination, and anti-harassment. Illinois State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, order of protection, gender identity and expression, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, genetic information, unfavorable military discharge, or status as a veteran in employment, educational programs and activities, or admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed by contacting the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access by email at [email protected], by calling (309) 438-3383, or by mail at Illinois State University, Campus Box 1280, Normal, IL 61790.

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