Early Childhood Education Academic and Career Advisor
Waubonsee Community College

Sugar Grove, Illinois

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Early Childhood Education Academic and Career Advisor


Sugar Grove Campus
Full-time Support Staff

Hybrid Option:

Waubonsee Community College promotes diversity in faculty, staff, and student recruitment and is committed to hiring and retaining exceptional faculty and staff who are committed to the college's culture of collaboration, professional growth and student success.

The Early Childhood Education Academic and Career Advisor will guide student success through personalized quality academic advising, career exploration, transfer planning and success strategies to retain a diverse student population. The advisor oversees an assigned caseload of Early Childhood Education students in support of the Student Success and Retention Division's strategic plan of proactively engaging students in attaining their educational goals throughout their lifespan at Waubonsee. This position reports directly to the Counseling and Student Support Manager and indirectly to the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity Grant Manager. It is supported through a grant funded by the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity (ECACE) Act.

Participate in recruiting students for the Early Childhood Education program, partnering with ECACE navigators, the Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, the Illinois Network of Child Care Resources and Referral Agencies, employers, and community members to identify prospective students, meeting with individual and groups of prospective students to present the Early Childhood Education program, and supporting new/returning students through the Waubonsee enrollment process.

Serve as the central point of contact for the Early Childhood Education students, providing one-on-one and group support to ensure each student persists, advances, and completes his/her studies, pursues his/her Illinois Gateways credentials, and follows the transfer pathway to a bachelor's degree program.Connect students to Admissions, the Development Office, Financial Aid, Learning Assessment and Testing Services, Registration and Records, and Student Accounts and Cashier Office as necessary and appropriate.

Provide holistic academic and career advising services to Early Childhood Education students, including course selection, choosing a major, certificate pathways, degree pathways, Illinois Gateways credentialing, university transfer planning, and all aspects of career planning.

Coach and support students in the Early Childhood Education career exploration process, utilizing college resources, interest inventories and online career tools. Make referrals to counselors for students requiring more complex career assessments.

Monitor, contact and follow-up with Early Childhood Education students. Utilize college advising technology to identify and provide positive feedback for students who are achieving academic success and interventions for students who are most at risk for academic difficulty.

Provide Illinois Gateways support for Early Childhood Education students interested in credentialing, notifying students of their eligibility and assisting students in the application process.

Provide transfer advising to Early Childhood Education students interested in attending four-year colleges and universities. Use transfer articulation technology and university partnership agreements to help students optimize their course selection toward their four-year degrees. Assist the students in making contact with key staff at transfer universities, and with university and scholarship applications.

Facilitate in coordination with Student Success and Retention (Student Development Unit, Student Success and Retention Division), Admissions (Strategy and Community Development), and Early Childhood Education (Educational Affairs Unit, Liberal Arts and Science, Visual and Performing Arts, Education, and Sciences Division) activities related to new student orientation, group advising and classroom presentations. Utilize variety of technology modalities to achieve learning outcomes goals.

Educate Early Childhood Education students and job seekers on current trends in preparing resumes and cover letters, how to conduct job search activities, and applying for jobs.

Interpret assessment results and explain placement, Childhood Development Associate prior learning assessment and other equivalencies to Early Childhood Education students.

Sustain extensive, current knowledge of policies, the Early Childhood Education program, college catalogs, university transfer agreements, career exploration, job search and interview prep best practices, and overall holistic case management processes as assigned by manager and/or dean.

Play a leadership/coordinating role in the Early Childhood Education area of expertise (i.e., new student onboarding, academic probation, veterans) and provide training and support for colleagues in that area.

Perform other duties as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree required. A degree or credit hours in Early Childhood Education is a plus.

Two years of successful experience in a position involving public contact in an educational setting or an equivalent combination of training or experience is required. Experience in Early Childhood Education is a plus.Experience with case management is a plus.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with proven successful experience working with diverse populations. Bilingual (Spanish/English) fluency is a plus.

Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail. Familiarity with college advising and degree audit software is a plus.

Flexibility and ability to handle multiple priorities.Must be willing and available to work at more than one campus, work a maximum of two evenings per week and four Saturdays per year, and travel to off-site meetings.

Please attach the following documents when applying:

  • Cover Letter-Yes
  • Resume-Yes
  • References-Yes (Can be provided at interview)
  • Transcripts-Yes (Can be provided at interview)

  • Position Details
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    Grant Funded: Yes
    Minimum Starting Rate: 22.23 - 22.23
    Compensation Type: Hourly
    Work Schedule: M-F 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Work Hours: 40 hours per week
    Testing: No
    Targeted Hire Date: 10/3/2022
    Special Instructions: Early Childhood Education Experience Academic Advising Experience Bi-Lingual Spanish Preferred

    EOE, including disability and veteran


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