Elgin Community College — Academic Advisor, Part time

Elgin Community College
Elgin, IL
Academic Advisor – Part time

Elgin Community College (ECC) is a comprehensive, fully accredited community college located in Elgin, Illinois, one of its most rapidly growing cities. Our district encompasses 360 square miles, serving 400,000 people, 11,000 businesses with four public school districts and 15 high schools. ECC was selected as one of five Illinois community colleges to participate in the national Achieving the Dream (AtD) initiative. is a long-term national initiative that collaborates with community colleges to help more students earn degrees, complete certificates, or transfer to four-year institutions to continue their studies. The park-like setting of our 145 acre Main Campus offers instruction spanning nine major buildings with beautiful views. ECC also offers classes throughout the northwest suburbs of Chicago with more than 100 off-campus locations.

Provide academic advising to new, continuing and returning students. Assist students in clarifying their educational and career goals and establishing a clear pathway to successfully complete the identified coursework, certificate, or degree requirements. Implement a prescribed communication plan with assigned student caseload using various modalities such as but not limited to: meetings, phone calls, Skype, e-mails and text messages. Establish a completion plan for each student. Respond to the students or any reports or concerns through Early Alert, or other sources regarding students within his/her caseload. Responsible for understanding and interpreting College policies and procedures to help facilitate the student’s success.

Essential Responsibilities:

  1. Provide academic advising focused on helping new, continuing and returning students with the exploration of their academic and career objectives; Establish a completion (education) plan for each student in assigned case load utilizing all available modalities to contact, advise, assist and monitor assigned students in successful completion of program requirements.
  2. Assist the Associate Dean, in conjunction with other Offices, with the development, coordination and implementation of a comprehensive student support system from admissions to completion by facilitating relevant workshops and participating in college events and initiatives (Transfer Fair, New Student Orientation, Early Alert, SOAP Intervention, etc.) that focus on increasing retention rates, course completion rates, graduation and/or transfer to either a college/university, or entering the workforce.
  3. Provide academic support services to students including teaching them to utilize the technology to self-serve.
  4. Work collaboratively with (Wellness) Mental Health Professionals and Career Development Services; refer students to appropriate campus resources, including but not limited to (Wellness) Mental Health Professionals and Career Development Specialists, for additional assistance; make referrals to partnering external agencies such as the Student Assistance Program and social service agencies when appropriate, and assist with locating other referral sources as needed.
  5. Utilize available technology to monitor academic progress of students toward degree and/or certificate completion.
  6. Participates in professional activities including NACADA (National Academic Advising Association), ILAAA (Illinois Academic Advising Association), IACAC (Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling), and other professional organizations which encourages continuous professional growth and development as an Advisor.


  1. Master’s degree (MA) or equivalent; or equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Applicable coursework in Education, Human Relations, Psychology, Social Services, Human Services, College Student Personnel or related field.
  2. Minimum one year experience advising individuals; three years of experience in a higher education environment
  3. Knowledge and competence in the application of student development theory including influences of culture, gender, class, environment, and age.
  4. Advising and coaching skills including the ability, knowledge, and forward thinking to determine when a student requires additional professional help.
  5. Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to develop and conduct presentations for a variety of student audiences.
  6. Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.); ability to operate a personal computer and various software packages.
  7. Available to work days, evenings, and/or weekends to support the requirements of the department.

For a detailed job posting and to apply, please visit our web site at: jobs.elgin.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=52417

Elgin Community College is an Equal Employment, Equal Access Employer committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce.


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