Academic Advisor

Aurora University is an independent, comprehensive institution founded in 1893 offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Our two campuses are located in Aurora, Illinois and on the shores of Geneva Lake in Wisconsin. Additionally, we have an Educational Center in Woodstock, Illinois. We seek people passionately involved in the educational process who will help us realize our vision.

Position Purpose: 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. By advocating of behalf of the student, the Academic Advisor can assist students in the transition to Aurora University, through a successful academic experience, and into a purposeful career.

Core Competencies:

  1. 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 University.
  2. Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
  3. Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
  4. Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. ACADEMIC ADVISING
  2. Review academic transcripts, placement exams, and student files in preparation for student appointments and new student orientation.
  3. Deliver presentations and advise students on course selection during new student orientation.
  4. Conduct individual academic advising sessions and small group sessions with new and continuing students.
  5. Provide students with the resources to become knowledgeable about, and comfortable with, the online registration process.
  6. Proactively communicate information to students that is relevant to their academic success.
  7. 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.
  8. Demonstrate expertise in WebAdvisor and Colleague.
  9. Adhere to Crouse Center Standards of Practice.
  10. MENTORING
  11. Assist students in confirming major/minor selection in support of their educational and professional interests and goals.
  12. Intentionally focus on moving students toward increased independence by the conclusion of the first college year.
  13. Listen to, advocate on behalf of, and build positive working relationships with students.
  14. Build positive working relationships with parents, as appropriate.
  15. Strategically mentor at-risk students.
  16. Refer students to appropriate university resources.
  17. UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIPS
  18. Establish and maintain relationships with assigned department chairs to understand and clarify departmental expectations to assist in maintaining current knowledge of assigned degree programs.
  19. Collaborate with university departments (registrar, student accounts, financial aid, admission, athletics, etc.) to help facilitate student retention and academic progress.
  20. Hire, train, supervise and mentor student interns.

Essential Job Requirements:

Education:

  • Master’s degree required

Experience:

  • Full-time, professional experience in counseling and/or higher education required.

Skills:

  • 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.

Special Requirements:

  • Some evening and Saturday hours required.
  • Flexibility with an evolving work environment important.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to use a computer terminal
  • Ability to move about campus
  • Ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours.

Health, dental, life, vision, long term disability, generous contributions to a 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA CREF, and tuition remission included for benefit eligible positions. Please send resume with cover letter and contact information for three references including name, telephone and email address.

Apply to:

Aurora University
Human Resources
347 South Gladstone Ave
Aurora, IL 60506
630-844-5650 - fax
jobs@aurora.edu - email

Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to becoming a model university of the twenty-first century. Toward this effort we are determined to have a faculty, staff, and student body reflecting the cultural demographics of the Greater Chicago land Area.