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Academic Advisor

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5



School of Architecture


University of Illinois

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Position Description
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignSchool of Architecture, College of Fine & Applied Arts
Academic Advisor
The Illinois School of Architecture (ISoA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is accepting applications for an Academic Advisor position. This position will work with the Architecture Student Services team to advise undergraduate and graduate students about program requirements and opportunities, course selection, and post-graduation career planning.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

•Advise undergraduate and graduate students on ISoA and University curricular requirements and degree requirements; communicate support resources to students.
•Inspire, motivate, and mentor students through a holistic, developmental advising approach.
•Monitor student progress towards degree completion; be responsible for thorough record keeping of all student contacts.
•Provide support, resources, and referrals for students on academic probation.
•Advise students on course registration and selection.
•Advise incoming freshman and transfer students during summer orientation.
•Work in concert with the Student Services team to offer excellent customer service to ISoA students.

•Assist faculty members with Career XPO by managing student organizations that support the XPO.
•Assist the Associate Director of Student Services with coordination and implementation of Discover Architecture and Discover Architecture Chicago activities, including attending field trips and facilitating orientation sessions.
•Work with the Coordinator of Student Services and Advising on graduate programming activities, such as faculty presentations for studio options and the graduate review process during midterms and finals.
•Serve as a team member for all other ISoA activities, including but not limited to, convocation, Annual Architecture Awards (A3), and the NOMAS Symposium.

•Serve as a member of the ISoA recruitment team by coordinating on-campus transfer info sessions for students, attending Orange and Blue Days, and conducting tours for prospective students and their families.
•Serve as a back-up for the Associate Director of Student Services for out-of-state recruitment events.
•Coordinate the annual ACE Mentoring recruitment visit.

•Collaborate with Student Services staff on newsletters for undergraduate and graduate students.
•Other relevant duties as assigned to further the mission of ISoA.

Application Process
This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary and position level are commensurate with experience and qualifications. To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at, and upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three professional references as a single PDF file by December 24, 2019. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. Applicants may be interviewed prior to then; however, no hiring decision will be made until after the closing date. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Margo Kiener at

Institution Information
The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit

Additional Information

Contact Information
Margo Kiener



Required Qualifications
Required Education:
Bachelor's degree, preferably in higher education, architecture, or related field.
Required Experience:
Three years of experience in programs of assistance to students in higher education.
Demonstrated ability to respond to concerns, motivations, and learning patterns of undergraduate students; ability and commitment to working with culturally diverse groups.
Excellent communication skills, organizational skills, interpersonal skills, and strong written and oral skills.

Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Education:
Master's degree in related field.
Preferred Experience:
University of Illinois advising experience; knowledge of Illinois School of Architecture; experience using Banner and DARS (or similar) student record systems.