Job Positions

Academic Advisor - Orientation Programs - LAS Student Academic Affairs (Job ID #153654)

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences: Student Academic Affairs


University of Illinois Chicago

Date Posted:

Sep 24 2021 11:18AM

Close Date:

Oct 12 2021

Position Description

This position coordinates and oversees the academic advising component of orientation programming for all incoming LAS students. Provides leadership and training for academic advisors on a day-to-day basis throughout the orientation cycle and serves as Chair of the LAS Orientation Committee for LAS Student Academic Affairs. The Academic Advisor for Orientation Programs collaborates with the LAS advising administration, LAS recruitment staff, and the Executive Assistant Dean in overseeing the planning and day-to-day logistics of new student orientation. Being the primary point of contact for New Student and Family Programs within Student Development Services is central to the role to ensure the successful delivery of student-centered programming. Evaluates the effectiveness of orientation program components for over 2,000 first-year students, over 700 transfer and readmit students each fall semester (beginning of academic year) and over 400 transfer and readmit students each spring semester. Additionally, provides advising to an assigned cohort of students throughout the academic year.


• Coordinates and oversees the academic advising component of orientation for all incoming LAS students.
• Serves as chair of unit’s Orientation Committee, which determines intended student outcomes of the advising component of orientation, accesses outcomes, solicits feedback from staff, and incorporates feedback into future orientation programs.
• Develops and revises related orientation materials, the New Student Academic Guide, related web materials and outreach communication.
• Develops and presents full day staff training in preparation for orientation.
• Serves as a cohort advisor for undergraduate students, including: evaluating student’s degree progress/eligibility, educating and providing direction and guidance regarding degree requirements
• Meets with students on an individual basis and in group sessions for the purpose of evaluating students’ degree eligibility/progress, along with educating and providing guidance on degree requirements and programs.
• Documents each academically pertinent interaction with individual students and updates the system/database as needed, to ensure that student records properly reflect degree progress and academic status.
• Provides guidance and direction to undergraduate students regarding academic and professional planning.
• Provides guidance regarding University, Campus, and College policies, procedures, course registration and selection, along with available resources and opportunities.
• Intervenes and refers students to resources in the University/Campus community as needed.
• Exercises professional discretion and judgement to trouble-shoot issues and problems that may arise.
• Guides students through the petition process for exceptions/substitutions to academic policies.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Application Process

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Institution Information

University of Illinois Chicago:
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences:

Additional Information

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, Veteran or disability status. The University may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be conducted in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. 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:

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Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree required in the area of education, liberal arts and sciences, or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Master’s Degree preferred in education, student affairs, liberal arts and sciences, or a related field.
2. Prior and proven experience in undergraduate academic advising in a degree-granting college or university setting.
3. Previous significant experience facilitating both individual and group Orientation programming for new first-year, transfer, and readmit students.
4. Requires excellent communication, organization, analytical, presentation and computer/pc skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint…) and related software and database management.