Job Positions

Pre-college Advisor - TRIO Talent Search

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5


Office of Minority Student Affairs


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Date Posted:

Sep 22 2020 10:00PM

Close Date:

Nov 22 2020

Position Description

The Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is accepting applications for the Pre-college Advisor positions. The Pre-college Advisor will work with a team of professionals to improve and sustain a college going culture for its target schools and target areas and to improve parents' capacity to prepare their child/children for college. We invite individuals with specialized training, skills, and experience helping students succeed to apply.

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

Primary Position Function/Summary:

The Pre-College Advisor is responsible for assisting with the implementation of the TRIO Talent Search program in compliance with the approved grant proposal, federal legislation and regulations, state law, and university policies. Responsible for contributing to the development, implementation, and evaluation of precollege services that increase achievement, persistence, and graduation rates for participants. Delegated the responsibility for ensuring the attainment and reporting of the program's objectives and outcomes.




Major Duties and Responsibilities


  • Assist the director in implementing the Plan of Operation and Evaluation for the approved Talent Search grant.
  • Assist in developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative, responsive, and empirically grounded academic and enrichment services for participants that meet the TRIO Talent Search program objectives.
  • Assist with recruiting, hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating personnel to fulfill the Talent Search objectives.
  • Identify participants experiencing academic challenges and develop appropriate interventions to bolster their academic success.
  • Assist in monitoring participants' academic progress from their date of admission through their college graduation.
  • Maintain accurate, audit-ready program records and service delivery reports as requested.
  • Apply appropriate professional judgment, discretion, and autonomy to deliver high quality services to participants and their parents or guardians.
  • Collaborate with target schools to deliver pre-college services that meet critical academic needs of participants.
  • Trouble-shoot student related issues proactively and provide appropriate solutions.
  • Collaborate with TRIO Upward Bound and TRIO Student Support Services to provide coordinated service for participants.
  • Keep abreast of current trends related to precollege and collegiate success by participating in professional organizations (e.g., state, regional, and national TRIO associations).
  • Contribute to monthly and annual reports of the use and effectiveness for service delivery.
  • Assist with planning major department activities.
  • Assist with the data entry, filing and organization of student file and information.
  • Assist in meeting operational needs by performing other duties including, but not be limited to instruction, writing, presenting, and consulting activities.


  • Screen, recruit, recommend, and retain eligible participants for the TRIO Talent Search program.
  • Assist admitted students with their orientation and acclimation to the program.
  • Maintain ongoing communication with students to ensure delivery of services.
  • Be available to participants and parents to assist with the college preparation and selection process.
  • Develop, maintain, and update student's action plans.
  • Periodic evening and weekend duties are required.


  • Supervise assigned TRIO Talent Search hourly employees.
  • Assists with recruiting, hiring, onboarding, professional development, and evaluation for hourly employees.
  • Disseminate accurate and timely information to the hourly staff.
  • Serves as a coach to assist hourly staff in meeting performance goals.


  • Participates in staff, committee, and other meetings as assigned.
  • Provide relevant information for the Annual Performance Report.
  • Performs evening, weekend, and business travel events as request.
  • Assists with meeting the operational needs by performing other appropriate related duties.


Application Process


Application Procedures

Please complete your application profile at and upload (1) cover letter addressing qualifications, experiences, and how you comply with requirements; (2) a résumé with a specific month and year for dates of employment; and (3) contact information, including relationship to applicant, for three references. Submission of materials in one PDF document is desired but not required. Evidence of degree will be required before the first day of employment.

Incomplete materials will not be considered. Applications may be reviewed, and interviews may occur immediately but will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. To ensure full consideration, submit your completed materials by October 09, 2020; no interviews will be made prior to this date. Completed materials submitted after October 09, 2020, will be considered only as needed faxes, mail, or hand-deliveries will not be accepted.

For additional information regarding the application procedures, please contact:

Office of Minority Student Affairs
Human Resources
217-333-0054 (phone)

Background Checks
This is a security-sensitive position. The chosen candidate is required to pass an extensive criminal background check before starting the position.

Appointment Status: This is a 12-month, full-time Academic Professional position.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and includes an excellent benefits package.

Start Date: As soon as possible.


Institution Information


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.

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 Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

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


Additional Information


Contact Information

See above



Required Qualifications

Required Education:

  • Bachelor's degree in education, counseling, or a discipline appropriate for providing excellent pre- college services to students participating in a federal TRIO program through the US Department of Education is required.

Required Experience:

  • A minimum two years of experience working with pre-college students. At least two year of experience designing, implementing, or overseeing pre-college advising, outreach, or student support programs. A minimum of two years of experience working with students from diverse backgrounds (i.e., first generation, low-income, TRIO, or Gear Up). Supervisory experience is required. Experience working with public school personnel and community agency staff who serve students.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to think clearly, creatively, and to solve problems proactively. Excellent communication and administrative skills. Ability to work effectively individually and collaboratively. Ability to manage competing priorities successfully. Ability to advise, mentor, and coach students successfully. Ability to design and implement successful educational programs. Must be student centered and service oriented.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Education:

  • Master's degree in education, counseling, or a discipline appropriate for administering a federal TRIO program through the US Department of Education is required.

Preferred Experience:

  • Three to five years of relevant work experience. Experience working for a TRIO program. Experience successfully matriculation in higher education as a first generation and/ or low-income student.