Consider becoming a College Advisor at Truman and contribute to the
success of our students while enjoying competitive compensation and
outstanding benefits in a collegial environment. Harry S Truman
College is conveniently located just steps from the CTA’s redline
on the North side of the city in the Uptown community. Truman is
one of the largest of the City Colleges of Chicago, with a yearly
enrollment of more than 23,000 students, and has the largest
English as a Second Language and GED program in Illinois with more
than 12,000 students annually. “This college must be for everyone,”
reads the EL mural that faces Truman College, words that continue
to guide the college to this day.
Under the supervision of the Associate Dean, the College Advisor’s
primary responsibility is to provide comprehensive academic
guidance and related support services to current and prospective
City Colleges of Chicago students to help each choose education and
career goals that are in line with their abilities, interests and
aspirations. In addition to monitoring the success of each student,
this position is responsible for assisting with the development,
coordination, and implementation of Student Support Services and
activities to increase recruitment and retention rates, course
completion rates, graduation and transfer to a 4-year
- Advises students on establishing academic and career goals;
identifies the educational and career options appropriate for each
student; and assists with the analysis of each option, including
possible outcomes and their implications.
- Establishes an action plan for students to explore alternative
careers and related majors.
- Identifies options for students to satisfy degree requirements;
evaluates and make recommendations on petitions and amendments to
student's program of study; assists students in successful
completion of degree/program requirements.
Provides academic, personal, and career advising for students.
- Utilizing available technology, monitors academic progress of
students toward degree and/or certificate completion; identifies
current and potential academic needs; and refers students to
appropriate campus resources for additional assistance.
- Maintains student files and records; documents all pertinent
student information and updates in PeopleSoft regarding changes to
- Interprets and explains college and District policies and
procedures; participates in preparation of orientations; presents
academic information to new students and parents/family during
- Evaluates and makes recommendations on students’ petitions for
re-admission in addition to explaining placement test score and
- Assists in recruitment of potential students by advising them
of general academic requirements for specific degree/certificate
program; describes courses; and disseminates information regarding
- Utilizing available technology, maintains thorough daily,
weekly, and semester records/logs concerning students to compile
appropriate narrative statistical enrollment, retention, and
- Makes referrals to partnering social service agencies when
appropriate. Refers students to appropriate human services and
assists with locating other referral sources as needed.
- Participates in professional activities including NACADA
(National Academic Advising Association), ILACADA (Illinois
Academic Advising Association), IACAC (Illinois Association for
College Admission Counseling), and other professional organizations
which encourages continuous professional growth and development as
- Maintains confidentiality of information exposed to in the
course of business regarding students and others who may obtain
- Performs related duties as required.
- Bachelor’s degree required with coursework in Education, Human
Relations, Psychology, Human Services or College Student Personnel.
Master’s degree preferred.
- Three years of experience in a higher education student
services environment; or supplemented by six years of related
experience in a higher education environment.
- Knowledge of academic and occupational programs, articulation
agreements, transfer guides, assessment and academic career
- Experience overcoming barriers similar to those faced by the
Must be self-directed with the ability to work independently within
- Financial aid knowledge a plus.
- Ability to analyze and address the educational and personal
needs of students.
Knowledge of the career development process and of available career
- Demonstrated experience with computers and database related
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Experience in advising both traditional-aged students and
adults in a higher education setting desirable.
WE OFFER: Excellent health and welfare benefit package and long
term savings and investment programs including 403(b) & 457(b)
Investment Plans and a pension plan with the State University
Retirement System (SURS) Plan. Generous vacation, holiday, personal
and sick days, and tuition reimbursement. For a more detailed
overview of benefits, please visit the benefits page of our
Chicago residency is required for all full-time employees within
6 months of hire.
We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action
Thank you for your interest in CCC!