Northeastern Illinois University, located in Chicago, Illinois, invites applications for the position of Program Specialist/Academic Advisor, for the Proyecto Pa’Lante Program in the Student Success and Retention Department.

In this role you will

The Advisor reports to the Director of Proyecto Pa'lante who reports to an Associate Vice President-Student Success and Retention. The 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 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, and leadership skills; responds to student transition, academic development and retention issues; guides, coaches and meets regularly with students every semester, teaches program seminars; and supports the student matriculation and transition process

Minimum Qualifications

This position requires a Master's degree in Higher Education, Counseling or a related field.  Three years' experience in college or university advisement and/or counseling. Experience related to caseload management, teaching, orientation and registration, program event planning, and/or career exploration. An in-depth understanding and experience with the educational, economic and cultural needs of Latino urban students transitioning to college is a must. Exceptional verbal, written communication, coaching, computer proficiency and multi-tasking skills needed. Experience in an urban college or university is preferred. Must be bi-lingual in English and Spanish. 

 (This position requires a background check.)


  • Provide academic, personal and career advisement to first-year and continuing program participants. 
  • Assist 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.
  • Provide program students with accurate information regarding educational options, degree requirements and academic policies and procedures, and program and University resources.
  • Teach fall/spring seminar course(s) for program participants.
  • Provide appropriate referral and follow-up for program participants within the University community and outside organizations.
  • Monitor the academic progress of program participants and maintain accurate student records.
  • Assist with student matriculation process, from prospect to enrolled student. This includes, and is not limited to, assisting with targeted recruitment, admissions, orientation, registration and Summer Transition Program.
  • Participate in staff development opportunities, such as workshops, professional associations, and conferences.
  • Participate in assessment activities including data collection and interpretation in support of program objectives.
  • Submit monthly and annual reports concerning the assessment of advising goals.
  • Stay current with best practices for first generation students and contribute to the body of literature.
  • Serve on university committees/task forces and represent the program at institution and community events. 
  • Perform other related duties as assigned. 

About Northeastern Illinois University

Northeastern Illinois University's Main Campus is located on 67 acres in a residential area on the Northwest Side of Chicago with additional locations in the metropolitan area: The Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies and El Centro. NEIU also is a founding member of the University Center of Lake County consortium campus in suburban Lake County, north of Chicago.

Salary & 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. This is a full-time, continuing position.


Review of applications begins immediately and continues until position is filled.  

To Apply

Applicants are expected to respond based upon the entire job description. You must submit the following online forms (see links below) and send the remaining documents to Mimi Crespo (email: m-crespo1@neiu.edu) with the job title in the subject line

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