Staff Positions

Academic Adviser
Department of Computer Science
The Grainger College of Engineering
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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Due to growth, the Department of Computer Science is accepting applications for the position of Academic Adviser.  This position will support the advising and administrative operations of the department's graduate programs, with primary responsibility for on-campus graduate programs.

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Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Academic Advising:

  • Advise current Computer Science graduate students on the fulfillment of degree requirements and other academic needs.
  • Work with other graduate academic advisors and other professional staff in advising Computer Science graduate students on the fulfillment of degree requirements and other academic needs.
  • Coordinate the orientation activities of incoming graduate students, such as departmental check-in activities and welcome sessions.
  • Maintain familiarity with departmental and university graduate program procedures and ensure graduate program policies are in compliance with those of the University.

Coordination with the Graduate College and International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS):

  • Serve as a Graduate College Petition Reviewer for CS department.
  • Assume responsibility in the degree audit process with other graduate academic advisors.
  • Serve as a departmental contact for Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT) requests for international students in compliance with ISSS guidelines.
  • Serve as a Thesis Reviewer and a departmental contact for establishing doctoral examination committees for CS department.

Participate in the graduate student programming and recruiting activities:

  • Support administration of peer mentoring and networking programs for CS graduate students.
  • Attend graduate recruiting fairs with CS Assistant Director of Graduate Programs and Grainger College of Engineering staff.
  • Coordinate activities associated with CS graduate student recruiting events, such as meeting with visiting students, collaborating with departmental stakeholders to organize and deliver programming for recruits.

Information Management:

  • Develop/compile/maintain statistics pertinent to the Department's graduate programs.
  • Curate, track, and communicate language proficiency requirements for admitted and continuing students.
  • Assume responsibility to administer My.CS job board.
  • Provide information as needed by the Director of Graduate Programs and Assistant Director of Graduate Programs with regard to departmental policies and procedures pertaining to all aspects of graduate programs processes.

Support the Computer Science Graduate Admissions process in conjunction with department peers:

  • Coordinate and participate in activities of application processing such as independently evaluating transcripts and standardized test scores which meet departmental requirements, managing the flow of application information.
  • Maintain a familiarity with departmental and university admissions policy requirements and procedures.

Assume additional graduate programs duties as needed to further the mission of the department, which may occasionally require working evenings and weekends.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • At least two years of experience in providing student academic support in a higher education setting.
  • Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience working independently, and as part of a team, while meeting multiple deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in higher education or related field.
  • Experience with event planning.

Highly Qualified Candidates will possess the Following:

  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and manage diverse activities.
  • Must be highly organized and be able to work under multiple deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to use technical tools to communicate with students and manage a large volume of student records.

The Academic Adviser position is a full-time, benefits-eligible academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis.  The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date.  Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.  Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three references by October 20, 2021.  Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date.  For further information regarding application procedures, contact Denise Corray,, 217-300-3309.

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