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Academic Advisor

Columbia College of Chicago

This is a Full-time position in Chicago, IL posted November 25, 2021.

Columbia College Chicago is an acclaimed undergraduate and graduate institution that provides a comprehensive education in the arts, communications and public relations.

We constantly aim to reach our full potential as an educational innovator, incubator of new creative practice and generator of real-world success for young creatives.

We are located in the heart of Chicago, across the street from historic Grant Park, and housed in some of the most iconic buildings in the South Loop.

Columbia College Chicago a private urban institution of over 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students, four-year College offering a distinctive curriculum that blends liberal arts, creative and media arts and business is currently searching for an Academic Advisor.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Academic Advising, the Academic Advisor will work closely with assigned academic department, student support services, and the other members of the advising team, provide students and departments with knowledge of campus resources, institutional policies and procedures, and academic degree options and requirements.

The role of the Academic Advisor is critical toward improving the undergraduate student experience and ultimately increasing student success and graduation rates.

Duties & Responsibilities
Provide holistic student support to assist students with academic options and requirements, transitional issues, and baseline career preparation.
Responsible for the advising of students via scheduled appointments, walk-in advising hours, group advising sessions, and phone/email support.
Monitor student academic progress and overall completion of degree requirements for a caseload of 400-500 students.
Monitor registration and course schedules for assigned caseload and provide outreach to targeted students as needed.
Assist with the evaluation of student academic records and the process to provide exceptions, alternatives, substitutions and academic waivers.
Deliver academic advising presentations at new student orientation and facilitate the new student registration process.
Develop and maintain strong working relationships with faculty and staff in assigned academic department(s).
Attend and participate in departmental curriculum committee meetings to represent student matriculation and navigation concerns.
Assist in the development of departmental advising tools with primary emphasis with multi-year plans and articulated pathways to degrees.
Develop and deliver programming sessions for the academic department, such as group advising, new student orientation, and open house sessions.
Assist with general walk-in / phone assistance to support centralized advising resource.
Participate in cross-training and professional development opportunities.
Attend and contribute during staff and team meetings.
Perform other related duties and/ or responsibilities as assigned or required.
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s Degree Preferred.
Relevant professional knowledge of advising techniques and procedures used in higher education and student development theory.
Understanding of undergraduate education and undergraduate planning and implementation.
Effective analytical skills to collect, compile, analyze, and evaluate information.
Ability to assist students develop effective academic plans and career and life goals in order to promote student retention and academic success.
Ability to work with other to achieve organizational objectives.
Skill to use or ability to quickly learn online registration and advising systems.
Outstanding written and oral communication skill.
Strong organizational and interpersonal skill.
Effective project management skill.
Skill in using Microsoft Office applications.
Ability to work independently and as an effective team member.
Self-motivated with a keen attention to detail.
Service-oriented, diplomatic, and able to present ideas in user-friendly language.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee and is subject to change based on the needs of the department and/or college.

Qualified applicants please apply through the Columbia careers page at:

At Columbia, we offer a rewarding work environment for our faculty and staff.

We take pride in offering competitive benefits with affordable health, dental and vision coverage; flexible spending accounts; commuter benefit program, life and accidental, death & dismemberment coverage; paid and unpaid leave options; work/life benefits; educational assistance programs; and retirement and financial planning benefits.

We invite you to join our talented faculty and staff and become part of our collective aspiration to ensure Columbia prepares students for success in their creative fields through innovation, engagement and real-world experiences.

Additional Information
Position subject to a background screening.
This is a union position.
This position is eligible for overtime
Qualified candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Columbia College Chicago is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations concerning civil rights.

The college does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.

Job Type: Full-time

Dental insurance
Employee assistance program
Flexible spending account
Health insurance
Health savings account
Life insurance
Paid time off
Parental leave
Retirement plan
Vision insurance
8 hour shift
Day shift
Work Location:
One location
Work Remotely:
Work Location: One location