University of Illinois Chicago — Academic Advisor, Academic Resource Center

The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) seeks qualified applicants for the Academic Advisor, College of Engineering Academic Resource Center. The primary goal of the Academic Advisor is to guide the academic and educational development and success of our students. The Academic Advisor is responsible for assuring student academic success, growth as an individual, adjustment to college life and independence, and ultimately graduation, by maintaining an academic advising caseload and verifying and evaluating official student academic records. Meets with students, primarily by appointment, to provide academic guidance and assistance by planning course schedules, recommending courses, determining appropriate educational goals and solutions, helping to choose/switch majors or minors, providing career guidance. Provides guidance and support to students in their transition from high school to college. Interviews and advises students regarding procedures and academic requirements of a specific program or major and has authority to make commitments on behalf of the university. Develops and presents academic information to orientation groups and potential students and family members. Verifies and evaluates official student academic files.

Essential Duties:

  • Monitors academic progress of students; determines eligibility and satisfactory progress toward degree; identifies current and potential needs or problem areas (e.g., study skills, tutoring, and counseling) and refers students to appropriate campus resources for assistance or counseling; communicates academic progress and findings to coaches (for NCAA compliance), financial aid and various administrators and professors. Advises student academically from orientation to graduation.
  • Meets with students, by appointment, on a walk-in basis, via group advising, open advising and cohort advising sessions, to assess and advise students on academic and career issues; identifies the educational and career options appropriate for each student and assists with the analysis of each option, including possible outcomes and their implications; develops an action plan for the student to explore alternative careers and related majors.
  • Engages students to ensure successful completion of a degree. Serves as an ambassador to students to help deal with poor grades, changing majors/minors and provides support for students facing academic difficulties. Asks appropriate questions to determine how to best serve the student.
  • Evaluates official student records including degree checklist; documents all pertinent student information; updates computerized information system regarding changes to student status.
  • Interacts with Faculty members and Directors, especially the Directors of Undergraduate Studies, to gather and provide new information regarding curriculum, student academic difficulties and performance to present a unified message to students.
  • Advises students transferring from other academic institutions on transfer articulation and determines how courses taken at other institutions, including online courses, will transfer to UIC. Evaluates and verifies transfer transcripts from other academic institutions for equivalencies and application to degree program.
  • Interprets and explains college and university policies and procedures; participates in preparation of new student orientation and presents academic information to interested students and family members during preview days and recruitment events. Serves as policy expert for the college.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.

The successful candidate will be a highly creative self-starter who understands and believes in the mission of an urban public university. Other qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business or a related field.
  • Demonstrated work experience in student/academic advising, counseling or other related field preferably in an institution of higher learning.
  • Excellent communication, organization, presentation and computer/pc skills are required. Proficiency in Microsoft Office to include: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, along with other related software.

The University of Illinois has a long history of outstanding engineering education and research. The UIC College of Engineering continues this tradition with excellent undergraduate and graduate programs in six academic departments: Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Materials Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.
Additional information about the College may be found at engineering.uic.edu.

To apply, please visit uic.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/1889?c=uic.

For fullest consideration, please apply by Thursday, November 3, 2022. Applications will be accepted through Saturday, November 26, 2022.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or status as an individual with a disability.

Offers of employment by the University of Illinois may be subject to approval by the University’s Board of Trustees. The University of Illinois may conduct background checks and other pre-employment assessments on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background Checks will be performed in compliance with state and federal law.

As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit www.hr.uillinois.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=4292&pageId=1411899

University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.

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