Academic/Health Professions Opportunity Grant Advisor/Part-time

McHenry County College

WORK YEAR: Grant funded through September 29, 2013; contingent upon funding  through September 29, 2015

WORK WEEK: Part-time 18 hours; flexible schedule to meet student demand.

Some evenings may be required.

PRIMARY PURPOSE: Provide Workforce Investment Act eligible students interested in health professions with a wide range of proactive academic advising and educational planning.


· Recruit and screen potential candidates for eligibility

· Development of appropriate education plans and selection of courses

· Utilizing a variety of proactive delivery modes, provide accurate and timely information to currently enrolled students

Increase student awareness of available institutional and external resourcesMonitor student progress toward established educational goalsConduct individual and group advising and orientation activitiesContribute to continually improving advising techniquesWork within parameters of academic advising position and make referrals to appropriate student servicesMaintain grant-required documentation in student records that is objective, complete, and accurateAssist with quarterly reports and other grant documentationCoordinate testing with the Testing Center and the Adult Education Department and determine student eligibilityTrack student progression through completion of educational program and employmentAdditional duties as assigned by immediate supervisor



Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education, Counseling, or related field preferred. Graduate certification as an Academic Advisor preferred.


Experience with and appreciation for diverse student populationsOne year advising experience


  • · Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work with highly detailed information and disseminate information to groups and individuals
  • Ability to remain flexible and handle vague or changing information
  • A sensitivity to students whose cultural and educational experiences differ from his/her own
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to demonstrate understanding of student development theory and practice
  • Demonstrate commitment to advising profession through practice and continued acquisition of advising skills and knowledge
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of institution’s programs, academic requirements, policies, procedures, and support services
  • Demonstrate good problem-solving skillsAbility to sit and communicate orally, for extended periods of time
  • Ability to safely handle heavy books, packages, and book trucks up to 25 pounds unassisted
  • Able to perform all of the essential functions, skills, and abilities of the position
  • · Ability to meet deadlines, manage multiple tasks, organize and prioritize tasks
  • · Willingness to share knowledge, learn from mistakes, accept personal responsibility, and develop multiple competencies
  • · Willingness to share responsibility for improving work relations
  • · Ability to work under pressure with composure
  • · Ability to follow leadership and college-wide procedures
  • · Must be able to work in a high-quality, focused service environment in a professional manner with excellent organizational and customer service skills