College of Media at Illinois

University of IllinoisCollege of Media

Employment Opportunities

 

Academic Advisor

The Academic Advisor is responsible for the academic advising of students enrolled in the College of Media. As such, the advisor will holistically support the personal, educational, and vocational development of Media students. The College of Media enrolls approximately 1,100 undergraduate students each semester in the majors: Advertising, Journalism, and Media & Cinema Studies. Student advising is housed in the College of Media’s Student Services Center.

Typical responsibilities:
This is a robust developmental academic advising role. The advisor will engage in purposeful discussion with students to learn about course performance and interests, to gauge student adjustment to the University, and will provide advice and counsel regarding academic, personal, and career options. The advisor will carry a roster of students and practice mandatory advising.

The Academic Advisor will:

  • Become proficient regarding the College of Media’s and the University’s academic structure and degree requirements and acquaint the student with support-related resources.
  • Be familiar with opportunities for students in terms of study abroad, RSO, internship, community involvement, honors etc.
  • Inspire, motivate, and mentor and will subscribe to and practice a holistic, developmental advising approach.
  • Be assigned an advising caseload of 300+ students (variable depending on other duties).
  • Monitor the students’ progress towards degree and is responsible for thorough record-keeping of all student contacts.
  • Coordinate information with SSC personnel and academic departments within the College of Media.
  • Collaborate when necessary with other Media Student Services units such Media Career Services and Recruiting.
  • Assist with recruitment events: meet with prospective students and families, work campus fairs, Orange and Blue days, Mediapalooza, ICT nights, and meet with on-campus students.
  • Intensively work with students placed on probation or having issues that are affecting academic progress.
  • Assist with the development and review of variety of materials used by SSC.
  • Facilitate a section of MDIA 100, the College’s orientation course.
  • Have opportunities to serve as student group advisor.
  • Have opportunities to participate in international study trips.
  • Serve as a committee member for student petitions.
  • Assist in the review of ICT applications.

Qualifications
Required: Master’s degree; at least two years of experience in programs of assistance to students in higher education; demonstrated ability to respond to concerns, motivations, and learning patterns of undergraduate students; ability to work with computer database applications; demonstrated ability and commitment to working with culturally diverse groups; exceptional communication skills; and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues. Must possess strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.

Preferred: University of Illinois advising experience, knowledge of the College of Media and its majors, and experience using Banner and DARS (or similar) student record systems.

Application Procedures:
To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by March 6, 2015. The committee may begin reviewing applications before the close date but no decision will be made until after the close date. Please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter describing qualifications for the position, current resume and the names and contact information for three professional references. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Jane Dowler at (217) 333-2351 or dowler@illinois.edu.

This is a full-time, 12-month academic professional appointment with a start date as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).

 

Visiting Undergraduate Recruiter

The College of Media (CoM) seeks a 12 month, 50% time visiting academic professional to coordinate recruiting activities for the College’s undergraduate programs. The College of Media administers the Advertising, Agricultural Communications, Journalism, and Media & Cinema Studies majors. There are approximately 1,100 students enrolled in CoM programs. This position will primarily be based in the greater Chicago/Collar Counties region. Some evening and weekend hours may be required.

Responsibilities:

The Visiting Undergraduate Recruiter (VUR) will:

  • Will work with CoM administrators, to develop and implement recruiting strategies, programs, and events to attract high school students and community college underclassmen students to majors in the College of Media
  • Develop comprehensive plans for travel and outreach based on the strategy of recruiting a highly diverse and talented applicant pool
  • Work closely with the College’s communication director to develop recruiting materials that inform, educate, and attract prospective students
  • Identify and attend events involving high school and community college students, attend college and recruiting fairs, and develop a number of signal College of Media recruiting events
  • Importantly, the VUR will develop relationships with high school and community college administrators and counselors and similar stakeholders
  • Develop relationships with media focused high school and community college clubs and societies, and foster relationships and provide outreach with organized media focused high school activities
  • Develop and implement an effective social media campaign to increase awareness of Media majors and career with high school and community college students
  • Work with the College’s Admissions Dean to coordinate prospective students meetings with current students and/or faculty/staff members
  • Build and maintain a database of recruiting contacts
  • Serve on College of Media Recruitment Committee
  • Work collaboratively with the University’s Undergraduate Admissions Office and its recruiters. Serve on UG Recruitment and Yield Committees
  • Represent the College of Media at recruitment programs and special activities as assigned

Qualifications:

Required

  • A bachelor’s degree required, preferably in a media field
  • Two or more years of relevant professional work experience at an administrative level, in a media focused professional field, student recruiting, or student advising
  • Extensive project management experience, with excellent attention to detail
  • Self-starter with an ability to work independently and as a part of a team
  • Demonstrated effective public speaking skills; excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills
  • Understanding and commitment to affirmative action in educational access and employment
  • Valid driver’s license required

Preferred

  • A master’s degree in a media field
  • Experience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Knowledge of career opportunities in fields related to Media
  • Familiarity with the requirements of Media majors
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Commitment to excellent customer service, with a high priority placed on responding quickly and thoroughly to inquiries from prospective students and stakeholders
  • Being an effective self-starter
  • Fluency in a second language preferred

Application Procedures:
To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by January 20, 2015. The committee may begin reviewing applications before the close date but no decision will be made until after the close date. Please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter describing qualifications for the position, current resume and the names and contact information for three references who can speak to your experience. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Jane Dowler at (217) 333-2351 or dowler@illinois.edu.

This is a visiting 12-month, 50% academic professional appointment with a start date as soon as possible after the closing date. Position may become non-visiting and/or the percent time may change in the future dependent upon funding and programmatic needs. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).

 

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