Academic Advisor, School of Education & Counseling

Updated: 29 days ago
Location: Hammond, INDIANA

Overview of Academic Advisor

The School of Education & Counseling is currently seeking an Academic Advisor!  The primary role of the Academic Advisor is to provide support to candidates concerning their academic plans and progress, advises them on scheduling courses, choice of major and concentration, and other academic activities and career goals, to assist the candidate in making decisions about their personal educational goals leading to graduation and licensure.


Pay: $41,400 - $49,000/annual


Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Duties and Responsibilities of Academic Advisor
  • Applies professional student services concepts, provide the full range of student services to the undergraduate student population served by the School of Education and Counseling and the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
  • Advises faculty on department, college, and university policies and procedures; review students' progress and advise student and faculty on requirements for degree/program completion; identifies students with progression problems and recommends interventions to the faculty as well as documents progress and reports at faculty meetings
  • Advises prospective applicants on necessary academic preparation; appropriateness of program as it pertains to prospective applicant's goals.
  • Oversees the processing, evaluation, and awarding of student grants, scholarships, fellowships, and other awards
  • Provides input to curriculum planning in collaboration with department chair, program coordinators, and graduate adviser, and with other departments, to ensure students' progress through course sequences, avoiding conflicts, and ensuring compliance with policies
  • Responsible for updating departmental websites and campus academic guides/catalogs with undergraduate student related information
  • Responsible for interpreting campus policies and advising students and faculty on student conduct, student grievances, disputes, and issues regarding discrimination
  • Plans and implements, high-visibility student events
  • Provides verification of completion and validity of programs to districts, universities, and state departments of education
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Benefits of Academic Advisor
  • Full benefits – Medical, Dental, Vision, Short Term Disability, Retirement, Life Insurance and more
  • Accrue 15 days’ vacation your first year, then 22 days’ vacation your 2nd year plus rollover
  • University contribution of 10% to retirement (3 year waiting period)
  • University contributions to Health Savings Account –
    • Plus a chance to earn more through participating in University Wellness Initiatives
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Employee Wellness Programs
  • Paid Parental Leave after one year of service
  • Tuition remission for you, your spouse, and dependent children at any Purdue campus

For more information on our excellent benefit package, please visit:
Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a premier metropolitan university dedicated to empowering transformational change in our students and in our community. We offer two campuses serving approximately 8,800 undergraduate and graduate students. At PNW, we value academic excellence, support growth, and celebrate diversity.
PNW sits between Chicago’s skyscrapers and Lake Michigan’s sandy shores.  You can have all the perks of a world-class city just a short drive away or enjoy the natural beauty of the Indiana Dunes National Park and Lake Michigan just 15 miles away.

Education of Academic Advisor
  • Master’s degree in higher education, student affairs, or related field (i.e., social work, counseling) or a;
  • Master’s degree in a humanities, education, or social science discipline

Experience of Academic Advisor
  • Three years of professional work experience required
  • Professional work experience within a public higher education setting in an academic advising and/or retention-related position preferred

Core Competencies of Academic Advisor
  • Ability to learn, understand, and relay the full range of student services available; including enrollment services, academic policies, and procedures of PNW
  • Ability to initiate and maintain retention-related outreach projects, multi-task, prioritize, and meet deadlines; work in a fast-paced environment and possess excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Knowledge of student databases such as Banner, information systems, and communication technologies highly desired
  • Experience working with a variety of databases e.g., Access, Excel, Sharepoint)
  • Strong interpersonal and human relations skills essential, as well as excellent verbal and written communication
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality; adapt to change and willingness to learn new things; professionally represent PNW; work evening and weekend hours, as assigned

Additional Information

Professional references will be verified prior to any offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon completion of successful background check along with a motor vehicle records check if applicable.


Purdue University Northwest is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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