Academic Advisor/Program Specialist (TRIO SSS - Teacher Preparation)

Northeastern Illinois University, located in Chicago, Illinois, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Academic Advisor/Program Specialist, Teacher Preparation.  

Position Responsibilities:

NEIU’s TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Teacher Preparation grant is seeking one qualified individual for the academic advisor role in supporting services for students who are first-generation, students who are income eligible, and students with disabilities. This grant serves 140 students who are interested in becoming teachers.

The successful candidate is preferred to possess an earned master’s degree in higher education, student affairs or related field with a minimum of three years of experience working as an academic advisor in a four-year college or university setting. Candidate should have experience working with TRIO SSS eligible students (income-eligible, first generation, and/or students with disabilities). Candidate must have extensive knowledge of advising principles, practices and procedures. Strong oral and written communication, previous federal grant administrative experience preferred, strong computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and student databases. Evidence of excellent organizational, interpersonal, customer service, communication and time management skills with ability to pay attention to details and follow-through required.

Position Details:

  • Reports to the SSS Assistant Director – Teacher Preparation; 

  • Serve as academic advisor for SSS participants; 

  • Provide progressive, one-on-one academic advising, career, financial literacy, and scholarship activities for SSS participants; 

  • Collect information/documents and maintain participant records;

  • Coordinate the Tutor Mentor and supplemental instruction components; 

  • Meet with SSS participants regularly to monitor progress and complete a Student Success Plan for each participant; 

  • Develop and deliver SSS workshops; 

  • Hire, supervise, train and evaluate SSS Peer Coach;

  • Provide support in the coordination process of recruiting and selecting SSS participants;

  • Provide support to program participants regarding graduate school admissions, and financial aid; 

  • Provide support in the implementation of project programming, budget management, recruitment initiatives and social media presence for SSS;  

  • Responsible for academic monitoring and follow-up tracking;  

  • Collect and organize data necessary for program effectiveness;  

  • Provide support in implementing and evaluating tracking system for enrollment/academic progress;

  • Assist with the coordination of developmental education (Math, English or Reading) for program participants;

  • Support SSS Assistant Director in the writing of reports, evaluations, and budgets;

  • Assist in implementing new participant orientations for SSS;

  • Support the maintenance of collaborative efforts both on and off campus to identify scholarship/job shadowing/internship opportunities for SSS participants; 

  • Provide support for the completion and submission of Annual Performance Reports for the SSS Program;

  • Assist in implementing activities and services designed to increase retention and graduation rates of SSS program participants;

  • Assist in coordinating collaborative student-driven activities between TRIO Programs including conferences and graduate school visits; 

  • Serve on committees as assigned or supported by the SSS Assistant Director; 

  • Participate in related professional organizations related to TRIO programs; 

  • Participate in state, regional and national TRIO conferences; and

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the SSS Assistant Director.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Preferred master’s degree in education, counseling, counselor education, psychology, special education, student personnel, or a related field (bachelor’s degree required);

  • Extensive knowledge of advising principles, practices and procedures; 

  • Minimum three years of experience as an academic advisor in four-year college or university; 

  • Strong verbal and written communication; 

  • Experience in confidence-building activities, fostering leadership, developing study skills; 

  • Some knowledge of Illinois state education licensure requirements;

  • Ability to teach techniques of individual and small group instruction; 

  • Strong verbal and written communication;

  • Experience in developing student programming that fosters confidence-building, leadership, and academic skills;

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, customer service, communication and time management skills with ability to pay attention to details and follow-through;

  • Demonstrated initiative and experience working with students, faculty, and staff of diverse backgrounds;

  • Working software knowledge, including Word, Excel, Access, student databases; 

  • Previous experience working on a federally funded program preferred; and 

  • Successful experience working with college students from diverse backgrounds, including educational, socioeconomic, culturally ethnic, and physical and/or learning disabilities.

(Each position requires a background check)

About Northeastern Illinois University

Northeastern Illinois University’s Main Campus is located on 67 acres in an attractive residential area on the Northwest Side of Chicago. The University offers more than 40 undergraduate degree and certificate programs and more than 50 graduate degree, certificate, licensure and endorsement programs. The University is a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution. It has additional locations in the metropolitan area, including the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, El Centro, Center for College Access and Success, and the University Center of Lake County.


Please submit your application by January 31, 2022.


Salary for the position will be commensurate with experience.

To Apply: 

Screening of applicants begins immediately. Submit a letter of interest; a complete resume; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail address of three current references to: 

Search and Screen Committee, TRIO SSS Teacher Preparation Academic Advisor Position 

Email: j-rutschman@neiu.edu 

Northeastern Illinois University 

5500 N. St. Louis Avenue 

Chicago, IL 60625-4699 

You must also submit the following:

NEIU reserves the right not to consider any application on the basis of incomplete information/documents, delay in submission, and disqualifications however, assures that your application will be duly reviewed on the basis of the position(s) in which you qualify and, accordingly, will inform you of their decision. 

Copies of unofficial transcripts are accepted; however, official transcripts for all earned degrees will be required of candidates selected for final interviews.

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's positions are contingent upon the University's receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.