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Program Adviser

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5



College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Northern Illinois University

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Position Description
The Academic Advisor will share academic advising of all Liberal Arts and Sciences majors advising a caseload of CLAS. Advising includes considering class and university withdrawals, overload permits, probation interviews, general scheduling advising and degree requirements as well as assisting with the coordination of orientation and recruitment programs within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Advising at Northern Illinois University is critical to retention and student success. Understanding that student’s needs are different depending upon where they are in their development is at the core of advising at NIU. We practice both developmental advising and high-touch intervention recognizing the importance of (1) the interaction between students and the campus environment; (2) the value of supporting the “whole” student; (3) the consideration of student’s developmental level; and (4) the need to be intentional and responsive to concerns, potential risks, barriers or challenges. Advisors at NIU are deliberative and proactive, and are expected to work in collaboration with support units across campus guided by the goal of student success. Advisors are expected to understand and fully utilize technology to support positive student outcomes including utilizing Navigate for scheduling, note-taking, referral and data analysis. All advisors at NIU are expected to be highly aware of the status of the students in their caseload including retention, persistence and graduation outcomes, academic outcomes and progress toward completion and achievement of customized pathways to completion.

Application Process

  • Fully complete the Education and Work History sections of the application. Be specific on your entire work history, including employment dates and duties for all positions held. Applicable part-time work experience will be considered toward qualifying for this position, however, it will be converted to a full-time equivalency to determine combined length of experience.
  • If you have education and/or training in excess of what is required, we encourage you to upload your unofficial transcripts.
  • After the posting has closed, your submission will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the classification, including any specialty factors associated with this particular position.
  • Please monitor your e-mail for further information regarding your application. Emails will be generated from and Please add these emails to your address book to ensure timely delivery of any future communication.
  • We STRONGLY recommend that contact information used in your online profile be personal use, not professional/work information: personal email address, home address, and phone numbers. The information you provide is used to make contact on search updates, department referrals and interviews, etc. We must be able to relay sensitive and important information in a way that protects your privacy concerning job search activity, now and in the future.
  • The Civil Service examination for this classification is a Credentials Assessment, and is based on your application materials as submitted for this posting. If you meet the minimum required qualifications for this position, you will receive a score based on your education and experience, and your name will be placed on the active employment register. After the application deadline, the names within the top three scores will be referred to the hiring department for interview.
  • Once this position has been filled, all names will be removed from the employment register in accordance with State Universities Civil Service System rule 250.60(h)(10).
  • If eligible for Veteran’s Preference Points, DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256 paperwork reflecting an Honorable Discharge MUST be uploaded to this application in order to receive the maximum eligible points on the Civil Service examination.
  • Click on Program Adviser for more information including salary ranges, typical duties, minimum acceptable qualifications, and testing requirements.
  • Please click Human Resource Services – Benefits for detailed information about Northern Illinois University’s benefits package.
  • Employment is contingent upon your passing a criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Institution Information

Additional Information

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Health Services 230


Contact Information
Steven Leon Estes



Required Qualifications
1. Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of academic advising related experience in higher education or a discipline in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS),
Master’s degree with 1 year of professional experience in higher education, leadership, student personnel, academic advising.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a CLAS discipline or College Student Personnel, Adult & Higher Education, Counseling or related field
    OR Professional experience in a CLAS discipline, or related fields

• Experience using a student information system such as PeopleSoft.
• Experience with advising platforms and/or early alert systems such as EAB’s Navigate.
• Familiarity with developmental advising.
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; polished written and verbal communication skills.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office.
• Professional demeanor, strong ethical behavior, good personal judgement and decision-making abilities.
• Ability to perform multiple tasks efficiently and effectively and the ability to be flexible.
• Ability to apply student development theory to functional advising concepts, practices and methods.
• Ability to work some evenings, weekends, and off-campus assignments based on critical advising cycles.‚Äč