Northern Illinois University — Counselor / Coordinator, Precollegiate Upward Bound Program

Chartered in 1895, Northern Illinois University (NIU) is a student-centered, comprehensive regional public research institution with a diverse student body that offers programs from the baccalaureate through doctorate. Colleges include business, education, engineering and engineering technology, law, liberal arts and sciences, health and human sciences, and visual and performing arts. On-campus enrollment is approximately 18,000 students. The university also offers more than 200 extension courses each semester to students in communities throughout northern Illinois. The main campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago’s “Loop” and 40 miles southeast of Rockford. In addition to the main campus, NIU has three education centers in Hoffman Estates, Rockford, and Naperville. DeKalb/Sycamore, with a population of about 50,000, is a modern paradox, a rural/urban community. It is simultaneously recognized for its manufacturing and rich farmlands. The site of the first manufacture of barbed wire and the development of hybrid seed corn are evidence of its diversified history. The blend of industry and agriculture, coupled with the cultural and recreational facilities of the university and supplemented by easy access to Chicago and Rockford, provide an enjoyable environment in which to live.

The Pre-Collegiate Upward Bound Program is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Counselor/Coordinator (Program/Student Adviser).

Primary Function

The Counselor/Coordinator has primary responsibility for: providing academic guidance, conducting afterschool tutoring and academic workshops; scheduling and overseeing college visits, community service and cultural enrichment activities.

General Duties and Responsibilities

The Counselor/Coordinator conducts orientation sessions with middle and high school students, screens and evaluates new student applicants, and implements academic year off campus class instruction and tutoring. The Advisor Associate meets with parents, arranges transportation for tutors during the academic year and for student participants during the summer program and academic year.

Minimum Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in education, counseling, or related academic area.
  2. Two (2) years of full time work experience as a secondary instructor, counselor, or administrator in academic counseling, performing student needs assessment and college preparation and placement.

Appointment Status and Salary Details 

Civil Service; This is a 12-month, full time position; Commensurate with experience and internal equity

Required Documents

  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Writing Sample (1-page professional writing sample)

Application Procedures

Please submit application and documents through NIU online employment system at  by the end of the day November 3, 2020.  If you have any questions, please contact Lyndsey Johnson at  

EEO Statement, ADA Accommodation, Clery Information, and Visa Policy

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Acting Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Altgeld Hall 238

Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
Citigroup Center
500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475
Chicago, IL 60661-4544

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form. This form can be obtained by contacting the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ADEI) at 815-753-8399.

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In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document from upon hire.