Position: Specialist

(Academic Support Professional/Academic Advisor)

Department: Project Success (Academic Development)

Northeastern Illinois University invites applications for the position of Academic Support Professional/Academic Advisor.

Full-Time, Continuing Position

Working under the direction of the Director of Project Success, the Academic Support Professional/Academic Advisor is responsible for providing a variety of services to meet the academic, career, and personal development needs of program participants consistent with the mission and vision of the program. The Academic Support Professional/Academic Advisor plans and manages caseload advisement, career exploration, and other program services; facilitates intrusive and probationary advisement practices; conducts assessment activities and writes related reports; fosters decision-making, intellectual growth, self-confidence, leadership skills and responds to student transition, academic development and retention; guides, coaches and meets regularly with students every semester; assists with the recruitment, admissions, orientation, registration, Early Alert process, the Summer Transition program; and teaches program seminar(s).

About Northeastern Illinois University

Founded in 1867, NEIU has a rich tradition of educational innovation and prides itself on preparing teachers and administrators who make a difference in Chicago. That tradition continues to this day and has expanded to include an array of academic disciplines, allowing the University to embrace fully the community in which it resides. NEIU is regarded as the most diverse public comprehensive university in the Midwest and is designated by the United States Department of Education as an Hispanic Serving Institution. Diversity is an important factor in the character of this urban institution and in the social fabric of the student body. NEIU has an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students, and ALANA students represent nearly 60% of the student body. Located on 67 acres in an attractive residential area on the northwest side of Chicago, the University offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, education, and business. The University has additional campuses in the metropolitan area: The Carruthers Center for Inner city Studies, El Centro, and the Center for College Access and Success (formerly the Chicago Teachers’ Center). The University is also a founding member of the University Center of Lake County consortium campus in suburban Lake County, north of Chicago. Newsweek magazine named Northeastern Illinois University the sixth “Best Investment” in the United States and number one in Illinois. Northeastern shares the top-ten spot with Harvard, Stanford, Princeton and MIT.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Academic Support Professional/Academic Advisor reports to the Director of Project Success, who reports to the Executive Director of Learning Support. The Academic Support Professional/Academic Advisor provides academic, personal and career advisement to first-year and continuing program participants; assists program students in planning a course of study and selecting a major that is consistent with their academic strengths and appropriate to their educational and personal goals; provides program students with accurate information regarding educational options, degree requirements and academic policies and procedures, and program and University resources; teaches required seminar course(s) for program participants; provides appropriate referral and follow-up for program participants within the University community and outside organizations; and monitors the academic progress of program participants and maintain accurate student records.

The Academic Support Professional/Academic Advisor also assists with targeted recruitment, admissions, orientation, registration, and the Summer Transition Program (STP); assists in the development and facilitation of retention-focused programs for program participants and effectively utilize social networking to engage students; participates in staff development opportunities, such as workshops, professional associations, and conferences; and participates in assessment activities, including data collection and interpretation in support of program objectives.

The Academic Support Professional/Academic Advisor also submits all required reports (i.e. annual report) concerning the assessment of program goals; stays current with relevant research and pedagogy for underprepared students/services and contributes to the body of literature; and serves on University committees/task forces and represents the program at on-campus and community events.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in Higher Education, Counseling, or a related field required, with a minimum of three years of experience in college or university advisement and/or counseling. Experience related to caseload management, teaching, orientation and registration, program event planning and career exploration. An in-depth understanding and experience consistent with the diverse populations of students described in the "About NEIU" section above is a must. Exceptional verbal, written communication, coaching, computer proficiency and multi-tasking skills are needed. Flexibility is required as program services and activities require weekday evening hours and weekends. Experience in an urban college or university is preferred.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package including health, dental and vision benefits, sick and vacation days, and participation in the State Universities Retirement System. Applicants are expected to respond based on the entire job description.

This position requires a background check.

To Apply:

In order to be considered for employment by Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) you must submit the following and send all documents within one PDF/Word document to acadsupportsearch@neiu.edu

• A letter of interest addressing your qualifications for this position

• Current resume

• Three (3) current professional references

Employment Application

Affirmative Action Form

Statement of Annuitant Status

• Copies of unofficial transcripts are accepted; however, official transcripts will be required of candidates selected   for on-campus interviews

In addition to the links provided above for the Employment Application (fillable), Affirmative Action Form and Statement of Annuitant Status, you can also obtain these forms at the NEIU Office of Human Resources, Bernard Office Building (B0B), 5555 N. Bernard Street, Chicago, IL 60625, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, as well as Other Qualified Individuals. Northeastern Illinois University positions are contingent upon the University's receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.