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Academic Advisors

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Academic Affairs



Date Posted:

Aug 24 2020 10:00PM

Close Date:

September 8, 2020

Position Description

 Academic Advisors
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Student Academic Affairs Office
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Student Academic Affairs Office is searching for multiple Academic Advisors who will provide academic advising and coordination of student services to holistically support the personal, educational, and professional development of declared and undeclared undergraduate students affiliated with the Educational Opportunities Program and President’s Award Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Established in 1968, the Access and Achievement Program (AAP) is the flagship student academic service program within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Student Academic Affairs Office.
LAS AAP encompasses two components:
(1) Declared (those students admitted with majors) and (2) Undeclared (formerly The Transition Program). LAS AAP serves LAS students admitted through the President’s Award Program (PAP) and the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP). It is designed to provide a supportive learning environment, promote self-advocacy and students’ academic success through systematic monitoring of academic performance, individualized academic advising, intensive personal and career counseling, structured student/teacher interaction through enrollment in program-sponsored course sections, academic workshops, enrichment and leadership activities and identification of opportunities for research and scholarships. We strive to connect students with University resources that will complement their academic talents and will help shape their academic paths and ambitions. Our goal is to prepare students for academic success, graduation, and a life of impact. The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit


• Serves as the primary advisor for students admitted into LAS Undeclared
• Serves as a college advisor for students assigned to specific cohorts in the Access and Achievement Program including: honors, students on academic probation, students in LAS General Curriculum, and other students who need assistance from the College of LAS
• Create, design, implement, teach, and assess a section of LAS 199: Design your College Success for students in LAS AAP Undeclared
• Collaborates and communicates with LAS departments and other colleges/units to ensure accurate dissemination of information for students for academic planning purposes
• Coordinates LAS AAP Online instructional platforms, LAS AAP Scholarships, and monthly AAP student newsletter • Participates in the review of the Late-retroactive drop queue and other online administrative process queues
• Participates in team of core academic advisors
• Serves on walk-in advising duty rotation for LAS SAAO
• Monitors and advises students who are not making adequate academic progress in their major, including those with low major GPAs or in shadow majors
• Participates in end-of-term academic progress review audits
• Contributes to LAS student recruitment and orientation activities, as needed
• Serves as unit representative on internal and external committees or working groups, as needed
• Other duties as assigned to further the mission of the unit

Application Process

APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND DEADLINE INFORMATION To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at, directly apply to our position and upload your cover letter and resume by September 8, 2020. Online application will require names and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-6747. For further information on this specific position, please contact
For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-6747. For further information on this specific position, please contact

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Additional Information

Successful candidates will have the following:
Excellent ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively, with a wide range of on-campus and off-campus constituencies. Excellent organizational, communication, interpersonal and assessment skills. Demonstrated ability to work from a strengths-based advising perspective. Demonstrated ability to track and assess student academic progress. Knowledge of academic skills and student development issues associated with undergraduate student populations, especially those that require enhanced advising and academic skills support. Excellent intercultural skills and a commitment to inclusive practices.

Successful candidates will also demonstrate a working level of proficiency in the following competencies:
• Facilitating Student Development, Success, and Outcomes: Ability to work developmentally with students; ability to promote student learning, development, and success by applying varied advising approaches to diverse individual student situations.
• Communicating for Effective Relationships: Knowledge and application of communication techniques (including listening skills) and relationship building skills to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and collaborative manner.
• Communicating Complex Concepts: Knowledge and use of summarization and simplification techniques to explain complex concepts in simple, clear language appropriate to the audience.
• Resourcefulness and Judgment: Ability to apply past experience and analysis of information to arrive at sound and timely conclusions.
• Planning and Organizing: Ability to mobilize time and other resources to get things done.
• Collaboration and Embracing Diversity: Ability to work with a variety of individuals in a constructive and civil manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals from varied cultures, race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

This is a full-time academic professional position appointed on a 12 month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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Required Qualifications

• Bachelor's Degree
• Professional experience working with college students in academic affairs, preferably in advising, counseling, or academic progress monitoring.

Preferred Qualifications

• Master's Degree or graduate studies in undergraduate education or liberal arts and studies.
• At least one year of full-time professional experience in academic advising/counseling or teaching of learning or life skills.
• Experience advising students who are not making adequate academic progress in their major or generally.
• Experience working with student transition and/or retention programs.