College Advisor
Harold Washington College

As an integral part of the educational experience, the Advising
Department at Harold Washington College empowers students to take charge of their academic, career, and personal goals through shared
responsibility between the student and advisor. We are currently seeking a full-time College Advisor. Under the supervision of the
appropriate Dean, the College Advisor 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/or transfer to either a
college/university or enter the workforce. If you are interested in working in a fast-paced environment and enjoy working in support
of students, consider joining our team.


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Provides academic, personal, and career advising for students.

  4. 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.

  5. Maintains student files and records; documents all pertinent
    student information and updates in PeopleSoft regarding changes to student status.

  6. Interprets and explains college and
    District policies and procedures; participates in preparation of orientations; presents academic information to new students and
    parents/family during orientation.

  7. Evaluates and makes recommendations on students’ petitions for re-admission in addition
    to explaining placement test score and evaluating transcripts.

  8. 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.

  9. Utilizing available technology, maintains thorough daily, weekly, and semester records/logs
    concerning students to compile appropriate narrative statistical enrollment, retention, and matriculation reports.

  10. Makes
    referrals to partnering social service agencies when appropriate. Refers students to appropriate human services and assists with locating
    other referral sources as needed.

  11. 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 an Advisor.

  12. Maintains
    confidentiality of information exposed to in the course of business regarding students and others who may obtain advising services.

  13. Adheres to CCC Customer Service Excellence standards.

  14. Performs related duties as required.


  1. 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.

  2. Knowledge of academic
    and occupational programs, articulation agreements, transfer guides, assessment and academic career advisement.

  3. Experience
    overcoming barriers similar to those faced by the target population.

  4. Must be self-directed with the ability to work
    independently within changing deadlines.

  5. Financial aid knowledge is a plus.

  6. Ability to analyze and
    address the educational and personal needs of students.

  7. Knowledge of the career development process and of available
    career development resources.

  8. Demonstrated experience with computers and database related software.

  9. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.

  10. Experience in advising both traditional-aged students and
    adults in a higher education setting desirable.

  11. Special Requirements

    • 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 City Colleges of Chicago.

Harold Washington College, located at 30 East Lake
Street in Chicago’s Loop, is a student-centered institution that empowers all members of its community through accessible and affordable
academic advancement, career development and personal enrichment. At HWC, employees contribute to the success of our students while enjoying
competitive compensation and outstanding benefits packages. Build your future at City Colleges of Chicago and ensure more students complete
their curricula – college-ready, career-ready and prepared to pursue their life’s goals. This is an exciting time in the history of City
Colleges of Chicago (CCC), District 508, the largest community college system in Illinois and one of the largest in the

Additional Information

City Colleges of Chicago is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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