Job Positions

Program Advisor

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


Northern Illinois University

Date Posted:

Nov 22 2019 10:00PM

Close Date:


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 the employment dates and duties for all positions held.
• Transcripts are required to be uploaded (if multiple transcripts, please attach each transcript in a separate PDF file) at the time of application. Please note: Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application; official transcripts will be required if hired.
• Once your complete application is submitted, it will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this classification.
• Please monitor your e-mail for further information regarding your application status.
• The Civil Service examination for this classification is based on your application materials. If you meet the minimum required qualifications for this position, you will receive a score calculated from your education and experience, and your name will be placed on the active employment register by exam score. After the application deadline, the names within the top three scores will be referred to the department for interview. Once this position has been filled, all names will be removed from the employment register in accordance with SUCSS rule 250.60h10.
• If eligible for veteran’s preference points, DD214 paperwork reflecting an Honorable discharge MUST be emailed (, faxed (815-753-2335), or hand delivered to Human Resources prior to the posting deadline date in order to receive the maximum eligible points on the Civil Service examination: Fax: 815-753-2335 Attn: (Program Advisor, #2755) Address: Northern Illinois University Human Resources 1515 W. Lincoln Highway DeKalb, IL 60115
• Employment is contingent upon your passing a satisfactory 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

• For more information on the PROGRAM ADVISOR, including salary ranges, typical duties, and minimum acceptable qualifications, please visit:

Contact Information Human Resource Services Northern Illinois University 1515 West Lincoln Highway DeKalb, IL 60115


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), OR Master’s degree with 1 year of professional experience in higher education, leadership, student personnel, academic advising.

Preferred Qualifications

1. 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, food 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.