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  • Academic Advisor, Aurora University (Aurora, IL)

    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 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.
    3. 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 as assigned.

    Essential Job Functions:

    1. 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.
    2. Deliver presentations and advise students on course selection during new student orientation.
    3. Conduct individual academic advising sessions and small group sessions with new and continuing students.
    4. Provide students with the resources to become knowledgeable about, and comfortable with, the online registration process.
    5. Review academic transcripts, placement exams, and student files in preparation for student
    appointments and new student orientation.
    6. Proactively communicate information to students that is relevant to their academic success.
    7. Demonstrate expertise in WebAdvisor, Student Planning, and Colleague.
    8. Assist students in confirming major/minor selection in support of their educational and professional interests and goals.
    9. Assist students through the process of vocational discernment by discussing their strengths, values, and interests and encouraging vocational exploration.
    10. Intentionally focus on moving students toward increased independence by the conclusion of the first college year.
    11. Listen to, advocate on behalf of, and build positive working relationships with students.
    12. Build positive working relationships with parents, as appropriate.
    13. Strategically mentor at-risk students.
    14. Refer students to appropriate university resources.
    15. Establish and maintain relationships with assigned department chairs to understand and clarify departmental expectations to assist in maintaining current knowledge of assigned degree programs.
    16. Collaborate with Academic Affairs to review academic materials for accuracy (e.g. degree audits, academic catalog, online resources) and provide feedback regarding course offerings.
    17. Collaborate with university departments (registrar, student accounts, financial aid, admission, athletics, etc.) to help facilitate student retention and academic progress.
    18. Other duties as assigned.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • 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.

    Application Instructions:

    To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references including name, telephone, and email address.

    If you were referred by a current employee of Aurora University please include the name of the employee in your submission.

    Aurora University
    Human Resources
    347 South Gladstone Ave
    Aurora, IL 60506