Harold Washington College
City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), the largest community college
system in Illinois, is made up of seven colleges and five satellite
sites, providing more than 70,000 students each year access to a
quality, affordable education. Harold Washington College
a student-centered institution that empowers all members of its
community through accessible and affordable academic advancement,
career development and personal enrichment. Harold Washington
College, located at 30 East Lake Street in Chicago's Loop, serves
thousands of students annually by supporting each one in pursuit of
a certificate or degree and ensuring they are ready to succeed in
further college or a career after graduation.
Under the supervision of the appropriate
Dean, the College Advisor 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/or transfer to
either a college/university, or enter the workforce.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Adheres to CCC Customer Service Excellence standards.
- 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
- 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 changing deadlines.
- 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 development resources.
- 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.
- Special Requirements
We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Thank you for your interest in City Colleges of Chicago.
- Chicago residency is required for all full-time employees
within 6 months of hire.