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
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 enrollment procedures.
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
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 employer.
Thank you for your interest in CCC!