Northern Illinois University — Program Adviser (Assistant Director for TRIO Student Support Services)- 00004350

Program Adviser 

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 Student Support Services department is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Director for TRIO Student Support Services

Primary Function

This is a 12-month, full time position

The Northern Illinois University (NIU) Student Support Services Program is a federally funded grant program designed to support 140 NIU students who are from low-income families or are first generation college students. One of the goals of the program is to facilitate the retention of student participants, as well as admission into, and graduation from limited admissions, limited access and other targeted majors. The program provides these students with comprehensive academic, career, and financial literacy counseling services as well as cultural enrichment activities designed to enhance their persistence and graduation from NIU and help them to transition to graduate school or full-time employment. The Assistant Director under the supervision of the Executive Director is responsible for the day to day operations of the TRIO Student Support Services Program.

General Duties and Responsibilities

Duties include but are not limited to: 

  1. small group retention coaching
  2. developing and operationalizing student academic success plan(s) 
  3. documenting outcomes and conducting assessments assessment of the program, including collection of appropriate student participation and achievement data; and generating reports monthly, each semester and annually 
  4. supervision of SI Leaders and tutors
  5.  5. work in collaboration with the Executive Director to develop new and improve existing services based on program assessment; 
  6. 6. Coordinate with selected academic units and other departments to enhance student services to SSS students and 
  7. 7. assisting the Director with Annual Performance Report (APR)

Minimum Required Qualifications

  1. 1. Bachelor’s degree
  2. 2. Master’s degree in education, student personnel services, counseling, or related field adherent to the position
  3. 3. Three years full time work experience with high school or college students.
  4. 4. Demonstrated experience and sensitivity in working with students from underserved populations.

Appointment Status and Salary Details 

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

Required Documents

  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. 3 Professional References (phone numbers and email addresses)
  4. One Page Professional Writing Sample 

Application Procedures

Please submit application and documents through NIU online employment system at  by the end of the day October 30th, 2020.  If you have any questions, please contact Lindsey LeMar 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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