Aurora University (AU) is committed to the transformative power of
learning by creating a student-centered environment and an equity
of experience and opportunity, to ensure that students, faculty,
and staff of all backgrounds feel welcome and included. Our culture
of collaboration, generosity, and belonging make it a special place
for students, faculty, and staff.
AU is grounded in the transformative opportunity it provides to a
diverse student body. As a private university with a public mission
and a commitment to making a difference in peoples’ lives, AU has a
long history of resilience and of providing access to an education
that values innovation, focuses on continuous improvement, and has
a positive impact on the communities we serve. We are proud of our
service to and economic impact on the state of Illinois, where over
80% of our students stay to live and work, where 90% of our
students come from, and where we foster strong community
partnerships to develop the workforce in areas such as nursing,
education, business, technology, and social work.
We are looking for passionate and purposeful individuals who
represent the full diversity of Aurora and who demonstrate a
sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic,
socioeconomic, cultural, ability, identity, and ethnic backgrounds
present in our community. When you join the team at AU, you can
expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative, and equity-focused
community that approaches higher education as a matter of social
justice requiring broad collaboration among faculty, staff,
students, and community partners.
At AU we believe that continuous learning is a fundamental part of
working life, and our goal is for all colleagues on our campus to
feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We
actively support our community by providing all employees with
opportunities to engage in professional development activities, as
well as a range of tuition and employee benefits that can be found
The Academic Advisor supports learning by fostering a culture of
empowerment by promoting goal setting, responsibility, and
accountability. Staff members serving in this role will engage in a
variety of activities designed to achieve, maintain, and improve
student success and retention and provide students with access to
the information and resources necessary for the attainment of
academic success, professional development, and personal goals.
S/he will engage students with compassion by providing an
encouraging and supportive environment for students to share their
goals, concerns, and interests.
Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with
prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers, and
the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group
of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service,
learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora
Upholds the Mission Statement:Aurora University is an
inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of
learning. As a teaching-centered institution, we encourage
undergraduate and graduate students to discover what it takes to
build meaningful and examined lives. We empower our students to
achieve lasting personal and professional success.
Handles all information with tact and discretion and recognizes
the confidential nature of university business.
Supports learning through performance of essential job
functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or
Essential Job Functions:
Possess a strong understanding of requirements and policies as
stated in the university catalog including, but not limited to,
information on general education, university requirements, major
requirements, and academic policies and procedures.
Deliver presentations and advise students on course selection
during new student orientation.
Conduct individual academic advising sessions and small group
sessions with new and continuing students.
Provide students with the resources to become knowledgeable
about, and comfortable with, the online registration process.
Review academic transcripts, placement exams, and student files
in preparation for student appointments and new student
Proactively communicate information to students that is
relevant to their academic success.
Demonstrate expertise in Self-Service, Student Planning, and
Assist students in confirming major/minor selection in support
of their educational and professional interests and goals.
Assist students through the process of vocational discernment
by discussing their strengths, values, and interests and
encouraging vocational exploration.
Intentionally focus on moving students toward increased
independence by the conclusion of the first college year.
Listen to, advocate for, and build positive working
relationships with students.
Build positive working relationships with parents, as
Strategically mentor at-risk students.
Refer students to appropriate university resources.
Establish and maintain relationships with assigned department
chairs to understand and clarify departmental expectations to
assist in maintaining current knowledge of assigned degree
Collaborate with Academic Affairs to review academic materials
for accuracy (e.g. degree audits, academic catalog, online
resources) and provide feedback regarding course offerings.
Collaborate with university departments (registrar, student
accounts, financial aid, admission, athletics, etc.) to help
facilitate student retention and academic progress.
Other duties as assigned.
Essential Job Requirements:
- Master's degree required.
- Full-time, professional experience in higher education or
related field required.
- Strong communication skills.
- Must be detail-oriented.
- Knowledge of student data and communication systems.
- Ability to interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff,
students, and parents.
- Flexibility with evening and Saturday work hours.
- Ability to use a computer.
- Ability to move about campus.
- Ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours.
Benefit-eligible positions offer excellent benefits including
health, dental, life, vision, long term disability, a 403(b)
retirement plan through TIAA, and tuition remission.
To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and contact information
for three references including name, telephone, and email
If you were referred by a current employee of Aurora University
please include the name of the employee in your submission.
347 South Gladstone Ave
Aurora, IL 60506
Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.