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Academic Advisor

Elmhurst University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Apr 29, 2023
Job Summary

Elmhurst University welcomes applications for an Academic Advisor, a full-time, 12-month position that reports to the Director, Office of Advising, housed in Academic Affairs. The Academic Advisor works directly with undergraduate students to support a diverse student population at a recently designated Hispanic-Serving Institution that uses a blended advising model. The position assists the Director and Assistant Director in developing and implementing advising programming and activities to offer holistic advising informed by evidence-based practices to enhance student success, retention and graduation rates.

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Essential Functions
  • Support undergraduate students and faculty advisors.
  • Provide holistic advising to students by engaging in evidence-based practices that uphold NACADA’s statement of core values—respect, inclusivity, professionalism, empowerment, commitment, and caring.
  • Assist students with course selection and degree requirements, including completion of the Elmhurst Integrated Curriculum; inform students about academic policies; make students aware of high-impact practices (e.g., study away, internships, undergraduate research, etc.); discuss transfer credit; articulate academic majors and career interest equivalencies; monitor students’ academic records; explain academic standing; and refer students to campus resources for additional assistance.
  • Document student interactions in Navigate, including maintaining and recording advising appointments, submitting notes and responding to student requests for assistance.
  • Communicate and build relationships with students and faculty in person, by phone, e-mail, Navigate or other forms of communication to answer questions and requests for information.
  • Cultivate relationships with campus partners, including Student Affairs and the Office of Equity & Inclusion, to collaborate on inclusive and equitable practices to support student success, including participating in First-Year Seminar ( FYS ) and fostering a transfer-friendly environment.
  • Assist the Director and Assistant Director in ongoing Office of Advising responsibilities and programming, including Advising & Registration days, workshops, and event planning.
  • Assist the Director and Assistant Director in reviewing the portal, website, and program handbooks for accuracy and updates and creating advising resources (e.g., major checklists, pathways, etc.) in collaboration with the School Deans, program directors and faculty.
  • Participate in professional development through NACADA (National Academic Advising Association), ILACADA (Illinois Academic Advising Association), and other professional organizations to foster continuous growth and development as an Advisor.
  • Serve as a resource of preferred advising practices for faculty and other advisors across the university.
  • Serve on committees/working groups as needed.
Other Duties and Responsibilities

Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience advising or mentoring undergraduate students, or similar transferable experience.
  • Familiar with learning and study strategies.
  • Ability to effectively engage with postsecondary students of diverse ages and backgrounds.
  • Analytical, problem-solving, team-building and conflict-resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in student success and a proven ability to work with a diverse group of students, staff, and faculty.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree.
  • 2-4 years academic advising experience within higher education (or related experience).
  • Experience working in EAB Navigate, Ellucian Colleague, and Technolutions Slate.
  • Member of the National Academic Advising Association ( NACADA ) and ILACADA (Illinois Academic Advising Association).
Working Conditions/Physical Requirements

Employee is subject to indoor work, protected from weather conditions. Work is sedentary in nature and involves exerting up to 10 lbs. of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently/constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Duties are expected to be performed onsite with extended hours in January and June.

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Special Instructions to Applicants

Please provide 3 references, including name, phone number and email. This may be included in applicant’s cover letter or optional “other” document.

Elmhurst University is a leading institution of higher education that seamlessly blends liberal learning and professional preparation to help students reach their full potential. Elmhurst University offers more than 70 undergraduate majors, 20 graduate programs, degree-completion programs for busy adults, and the acclaimed Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy for young adults with developmental disabilities. Elmhurst University is one of the Top 10 Colleges in the Midwest, according to U.S. News & World Report; and U.S. News, Money and Forbes magazine’s consistently rank Elmhurst as one of the Midwest’s best values in higher education.

Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce is a critical component of the University’s mission, vision and core values. Our commitment stems from the belief that an institution of higher learning is enriched by the presence of diversity. Elmhurst University is an EO Employer. Elmhurst University prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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