Academic Skills Specialist

University of Illinois
1206 S. Fourth St.
Champaign, IL 61820
United States

Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Security Clearance Required
From $48,000
Per Year    

Job Description

Academic Skills Specialist

College of Applied Health Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The College of Applied Health Sciences (AHS) ( at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is accepting applications for an Academic Skills Specialist. The Academic Skills Specialist will provide support, resources, and career and academic coaching for students freshman through senior year.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit


Meet regularly with students, and work with each student individually on an academic success plan and portfolio. Coach and counsel a caseload of approximately 100 AHS freshman, sophomores, and transfer students. These meetings continue in a monitoring capacity through Senior year.

Aid students in career exploration, graduate school searches, and volunteer and research opportunities. Listen to student interests and based upon these interests support our advising staff in making students aware of courses, extracurricular opportunities, internships, and full-time opportunities that are pertinent to student goals.

Serve as the co-instructor to the I-LEAP AHS 199: Orientation course.

Assist in recruitment of new students through admissions events, programs and workshops. Share knowledge of I-LEAP and majors within AHS. Work closely with College advising staff and faculty on various projects. Assist with college-wide retention efforts.

Develop and coordinate workshops and seminars on transitional and campus life issues by reviewing program goals and then develop materials or identify guest speakers who can present/teach/facilitate sessions; tracks participation and evaluates student satisfaction with the workshops and seminars. Serve as a liaison between AHS and other campus units such as Office of Minority Student Affairs and the Access and Achievement Program to share best practices, explore common issues, identify areas of potential partnership and reduce likelihood of redundancy in services. Report findings to Director.

Participate in summer registration, and fall orientation by promoting the program to parents and prospective students, meeting with students to explore academic interests, assist in computer lab as students develop fall schedules.

Promote the development of academic study skills amongst I-LEAP students through intrusive one-on-one and group student interactions. (e.g. time and stress management, test taking tips, test anxiety, academic integrity, etc.).

Assist with the coordination and development of retention strategies and persistence; contribute to various campus-wide retention efforts. In bi-weekly meetings with the director, meet to review numbers, feedback from evaluations, and discuss student issues. The Academic Skills Specialist is front line with the students and can speak to barriers that may be hindering student persistence and retention.

Assist in planning annual spring break trip and other special programming. Accompany and co-facilitate programming and trips which could include driving as well as participation in activities. Hours of work will include some weekends and evenings.

Salary and Appointment Status and Start Date

This is a full-time (100%), 12 month Academic Professional appointment. The proposed start is as soon as possible after the closing date. The minimum salary for this position is $48,000.00.

Application Procedures and Deadline Information

Applications must be received by March 30, 2023. Apply for this position using the “Apply Now” button in the job posting at Applications not submitted through will not be considered.

For further information about this specific position, please contact AHS HR at

For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon accepting a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment.

The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.

Job Requirements


Master’s degree
Educational training and experience in counseling, higher education administration, or education.


Demonstrated direct experience with academic advising and academic coaching in a higher education setting.

Successful candidate will have:

Ability to work across cultures with non-traditional students highly desired.

Demonstrated ability to identify, implement and evaluate student success through tools to support academic advising (e.g. student tracking, social media, etc.).

Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with students, faculty, staff and parents.
Must have strong written and verbal communication skills, and be able to work effectively both independently and as part of a group.

Strong problem solving and time management skills.

Knowledge of Undergraduate Records and other student management tools recommended.
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