The School of Integrative Biology seeks an Academic Advisor to provide academic advising and coordination of student services to holistically support the personal, educational, and professional development of undergraduate students in, and recruitment of students to, Biology and the Bachelor of Science Majors/Minors in Integrative Biology. This position reports to the Associate Director of Academic Affairs and works as a part of the School of Integrative Biology Student Affairs unit.
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DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Provide timely and accurate academic advising and support to a diverse group of undergraduate students pursing the Biology and Integrative Biology curricula or courses
Advise students holistically to support their personal, educational, and professional development, providing support on topics such as course selection, policies and procedures, academic progress, intercollegiate transfer(ICT), dual-degree, double major, course overloads and underloads, late course drops, career preparation, and other processes related to academic advising
Make good judgments based on individual circumstances while maintaining equity, objectivity, and consistency, working within the framework of policy guidelines, referring to senior personnel or other relevant offices on campus when necessary
Make referrals to appropriate campus and academic support and resources, extracurricular activities, workshops and trainings, and other services within and outside the School based on the unique interests and needs of each student
Maintain schedule of academic advising appointments and express advising hours in coordination with the office, adapting during high-peak times to meet the high student demand
Provide reporting and monitoring of student academic progress for enrollment, retention, and graduation purposes
Prepare written and online materials to help students in course selection and career planning
Prepare and deliver special programs (such as Study Abroad) as requested by the Associate Director of Academic Affairs and in collaboration with other academic advisors
Student Engagement, Support, Outreach, and Recruiting
Work collaboratively with the School’s Student Affairs unit, which includes other Academic Advisors, the Coordinator of the Alumni Mentoring Program, the Communications Coordinator, instructional staff, and faculty 1) work with the Coordinator of Alumni Mentor Program and other campus units to provide career counseling and internship/research/summer opportunities to undergraduates, 2) Work with the Communications Coordinator to contribute to outreach for the School, including the iBiology Spotlight digital newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and blog, 3) Work with faculty and instructional staff on special projects as directed by the Associate Director of Academic Affairs
Provide special assistance to transfer students, students-at-risk, and students on academic probation, including time management skills, study skills, and adjustment to college
Provide Summer Orientation and Registration services for new freshmen in Biology and new transfer students in Integrative Biology
Develop and maintain effective working relationships with advisors in other campus units
Work with Office of Admissions and Records to provide admissions information to high school students and counselors
Work with the Associate Dean, Assistant Deans, and other staff of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to develop and implement policies and practices to best serve students in Biology and Integrative Biology
Provide career counseling and internship/research/summer opportunities to undergraduates in conjunction with other campus units
Work with appropriate campus units to deliver print, web-based, and in-person recruiting material and programs for prospective Biology and Integrative Biology students
Assist with the annual Convocation ceremony, the Fall Welcome event, and other School events supporting all programs
Coordinate activities with SIB Student Ambassadors
Prepare academic advising reports as requested by the School
Serve when requested on School and campus-wide committees concerned with academic advising, career planning, undergraduate education, minority retention, undergraduate research opportunities, and other relevant areas
Work with campus articulation office to evaluate and articulate potential IB courses from other institutions, both domestic and abroad
Work with appropriate School personnel to update IB webpages devoted toundergraduate education
Schedule, train, assign duties, and evaluate work of hourly workers
APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND DEADLINE INFORMATION
To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at https://go.illinois.edu/AcadAdvisor2020, directly apply to our position and upload your cover letter and resume by February 25, 2020. Online application will require names and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-6747. For further information on this specific position, please contact Academic Advisor Search Chair at [email protected].
Required: A bachelor’s degree is required, with two years of experience in higher education working with students within the areas of academic advising, student records, admissions, and/or career services or related field. Demonstrated successful experience working in, and contributing to, a collaborative work environment is also required. The successful candidate should have strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as analytical and organizational skills; strong listening skills and the ability to recognize students in distress and direct them to relevant campus resources; knowledge of the University of Illinois student policies and procedures; and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Preferred: A bachelor’s degree in biology or related field and an advanced degree are preferred. Experience with electronic student record systems, such as UGradRecs (or advising records system), BANNER Student Information System, as well as the degree audit reporting system (U.Achieve) and experience supporting students from diverse backgrounds are also preferred.
Additional Salary Information: This is a full-time, academic professional position appointed on a 12 month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.