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Academic Advisor

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5


Electrical Engineering & Computer Science


Northwestern University

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Position Description

The Academic Advisor advises and counsels students on course selection associated with curriculum goals and objectives for the Computer Science Division. Assesses individual situations and circumstances, many complex in nature, and creates, implements and monitors recommendations, partnering with internal/external constituencies and resources that meet student needs. Ensures compliance with all associated policies, rules and regulations. Develops additional programs for undergrads as necessary to support advising. Assist in the many key aspects of CS education including: peer mentors, graduate TA's, advising and tutorials. This position requires non-traditional hours.



  • Manage the applications, interviews, training and assignment of undergraduate peer mentors to CS Courses
  • Assist in the organization of grading efforts for CS Core courses
  • Hold and distribute tests for student pick up


  • Proficiency with computer applications so as to be able to use MS Office Suite and Student Enterprise System


  • Provides customer service oriented, student centered guidance and counsel based on individual circumstances, preferences, etc. and in compliance with all associated policies, rules and regulations.
  • Identifies service improvement opportunities that will enhance guidance/counsel delivered.
  • Academic advising & counseling may include: degree planning and management (qualifications for enrollment; major/minor selection, double majoring, interschool transfer; course planning, sequencing, alternatives, waivers, etc.); monitoring academic progress; graduation preparation; application and/or referrals to graduation.
  • Provide advice on course offerings, program requirements and supplemental programs.
  • Serve as a resource to students who have questions about graduation requirements.
  • Schedule/coordinate tutorial sessions for EECS111.


  • Collaborates with student affairs, academic departments, student organizations and administrative offices to develop programs and publicize opportunities spanning a broad range of industries and geographies.
  • Engages with associations, organizations, alumni, and employers to encourage experiential education and professional development.


  • Manages planning and arrangement of programs - meetings, workshops, trainings, events, etc. designed to provide information, promote resources and to build internal and external relationships.
  • Manages event details including communication, venues, presenters, travel arrangements, materials, refreshments and technology ensuring that all are arranged and completed in an appropriate and timely manner.
  • Assist with course scheduling and registrations.
  • Represent CS at Weinberg Fair.


  • Collect & analyzes outcome measurements and recommends changes & enhancements to improve program.
  • Seek and organize feedback from students and faculty on peer mentors and graduate TA's. Maintain records of reviews.


  • Coordinates development & implementation of processes and procedures that ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state, local & NU laws, regulations, policies & procedures.


  • Approve peer mentor payments and timecards
  • Other duties as assigned.

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Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

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Required Qualifications

  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 1 year career counseling/advising in higher education or 1 year of industry experience; or other relevant experience required; OR
  • Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a master's or JD or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to present information clearly and professionally to audiences ranging from faculty and current students to prospective student families
  • Understanding of the undergraduate experience and development as students early in their college years, including difficulties requiring referral to proper support/service offices elsewhere in the University
  • Thorough and accurate ability to monitor a student's curricular progress to an engineering degree
  • Expertise in using and explaining University's central Enterprise System for maintaining students' academic records and enabling them to do the same independently
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining timely and effective student service and high levels of attention to detail; outstanding organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and sense of collegiality.
  • High degree of integrity and ability to main confidentiality.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's Degree or equivalent experience
  • Background in Computer Science and/or Education.