TRIO/SSS Advisor


POSITION SUMMARY:  The Student Support Services Advisor must show a sincere interest in students as people and be free of biases toward individuals with disabilities, low-income individuals, first generation college students, and individuals from diverse backgrounds. This is a part-time (28 hours per week), twelve-month position. The person filling this position will devote 100% of his/her time to provide general counseling services to those students identified as part of the SSS project. This person will work cooperatively with academic counseling, admissions, financial staff and registrar to provide identified students with the full range of institutional services. The SSS Advisor will report directly to the SSS Director.
Assist the SSS director with the identification of targeted students;
Help students identify, clarify, choose and implement realistic educational, career, and personal goals;
Help plan and implement diagnostic testing and assessment techniques that foster student self-understanding and decision making;
Complete the Personal Improvement Plan (PIP) with each new student and update the PIP when registering the student for each subsequent semester;
Provide individualized academic coaching to targeted students to improve retention and completion rates;
Conduct graduation audits with students on an on-going basis, and complete final graduation audits for all SSS students upon program completion;
Maintain SSS student record files as required, including a record of all student contacts;
Assist targeted students with the financial aid application process;
Provide academic advisement and registration to targeted students each semester as needed;
Provide information to targeted students to assist them in making academic and career choices;
Assist students in understanding information from senior institutions regarding the entire college transfer process, including organizing trips to local four-year universities;
Provide individualized assistance to students with the application process to four-year institutions, as well as the process for obtaining financial aid/scholarships at the four-year college or university;
Organize and assist targeted students with cultural enrichment activities; 
Provide education/counseling to improve financial and academic literacy of SSS students;
Plan and conduct a variety of SSS activities, such as the SSS Orientation and the SSS Honors Luncheon, as well as other various workshops and functions throughout the year;
Assist the Director in the selection and supervision of SSS mentors;
Assist the SSS Director with formative and summative evaluation;
Assist the SSS Director with grant writing and reporting;
Participate in activities and meetings with the SIC academic counselors and other college staff, including the weekly advisors meetings, area high school counselors meetings, etc.; 
Other duties as assigned by the SSS Director or the Dean for Student Affairs and Enrollment.


Master’s Degree required in counseling, student personnel work, education or other related field.

Two years of experience in counseling, education, or a closely related field is required.  Experience in post-secondary academic advisement/assessment required. Must possess a thorough understanding of human behavior; be able to work effectively with students and staff; and, demonstrate strong commitment to the SSS project and to the needs of disadvantaged students.  A background similar to SSS eligible students is preferred.  Computer skills and competency with Microsoft Office is needed.  Must be willing to travel as needed to fulfill the requirements of the grant, with some possible overnight trips necessary.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Excellent organizational skills and the ability to communicate with others are essential along with the ability work under pressure and multi-task, while remaining detail oriented. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Excellent organizational, written and verbal communications, analytical, and interpersonal skills are needed.  Attention to details and deadlines with excellent follow-up skills are needed to be successful in this position.  The ability to read and interpret budget and financial documents, manuals, procedure reports, and other similar documents is required.


$20/hr up to 28hrs per week.

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin December 12, 2016; position will remain open until filled. Send cover letter, resume, references, copies of transcripts and completed SIC staff application to: Human Resources Department, Southeastern Illinois College, 3575 College Road, Harrisburg, Illinois 62946.

Staff Application