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Malcolm X College is currently seeking a full-time
College Advisor.  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.

The Student Services Department provides a broad range of services to assist students
in achieving their academic and life goals.

The mission of Malcolm X College is to provide accessible liberal arts and health-focused
education that fosters personal and professional achievement. To fulfill this mission, we focus on the following core values:
accountability, community, diversity, empowerment, learning, and respect. 


  • 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.
  • 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
  • Provides academic, personal, and career advising for students.
  • 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.
  • Maintains student files and records; documents all pertinent
    student information and updates in PeopleSoft regarding changes to student status.
  • 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.
  • Evaluates and makes recommendations on students’ petitions for re-admission in addition to explaining placement
    test score and evaluating transcripts. 
  • 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
  • Utilizing available technology, maintains thorough daily, weekly, and semester records/logs concerning students to
    compile appropriate narrative statistical enrollment, retention, and matriculation reports. 
  • Makes referrals to partnering social
    service agencies when appropriate. Refers students to appropriate human services and assists with locating other referral sources as
  • 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.
  • Maintains confidentiality of information exposed to in the
    course of business regarding students and others who may obtain advising services.
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • 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.
  • Knowledge of academic
    and occupational programs, articulation agreements, transfer guides, assessment and academic career advisement.
  • Experience
    overcoming barriers similar to those faced by the target population.
  • Must be self-directed with the ability to work independently
    within changing deadlines.
  • Financial aid knowledge a plus.
  • Ability to analyze and address the educational and personal
    needs of students.
  • Knowledge of the career development process and of available career development resources.
  • Demonstrated
    experience with computers and database related software.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Experience in advising both traditional-aged students and adults in a higher education setting desirable.

When applying,
please attach your unofficial transcripts. 

WE OFFER: Excellent health benefits at a low cost; Investment plans
403(b) & 457(b); SURS Retirement Plan; Generous vacation, holidays, personal and sick days; Tuition Reimbursement. For a more detailed
overview of benefits please visit our benefits page. 

For the second time in three years, Malcolm X College was selected as a Promising Places to Work in
Community Colleges
award winner! The award is given by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), a
membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching and leadership at community and technical colleges,
and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, a leading academic publication.  

MXC was recognized for its best-in-class student and staff
recruitment and retention practices, inclusive learning and working environments, and meaningful community service and engagement

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! 

Additional Information

City Colleges of Chicago is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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