Director of First Year Advising Center

Posted: 12/06/2022

Director of First Year Advising Center


Category: Administrative, Professional & Staff Positions

Department: Advising and Academic Services Center

Locations: Macomb, IL

Posted: Nov 30, 2022

Closes: Open Until Filled

Type: FT - Continuous


About Western Illinois University:


Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves nearly 7,600 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan branch campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.


Job Description:


APPOINTMENT: April 1, 2023


RESPONSIBILITIES: Western Illinois University seeks a collaborative and student focused leader to serve as the Director of First Year Advising. The position, which reports to the Executive Director of Retention Initiatives, will be responsible for the oversight, coordination, development, and supervision of activities and initiatives within the First Year Advising Center which has direct responsibility for advising first year students, conditionally admitted students, dually enrolled students, and students within the University Advising program. The Director of First Year Advising coordinates the implementation of new student registration processes and coordinates the administrative and financial affairs of the department. The position supervises full time, graduate, and paraprofessional staff and provides direct advisement to students through an active caseload. The Director of First Year Advising will serve as a core member of the Retention Initiatives Leadership Team in the Division of Enrollment Management. This position is located on WIU's Macomb campus.


Provide overall supervision and evaluation of professional academic advisors, clerical, and graduate staff, along with the student workers, volunteers and leaders associated with the department.


Direct the leadership, planning, policy development, and day-to-day operation of First Year Advising Center including University Advising Program, Reach Advising program, Dual Enrollment Advising program, and other advising related needs.


Develop, coordinate, and implement strong communication between the First Year Advising Center team and department chairs, advisors, and colleges.


Serves as member of Retention Leadership Team including day-to-day collaboration with the Transition and Academic Skills Center, Office of Retention Initiatives, and Center for Career Preparation and Employer Engagement.


Develop and maintain assessment and programmatic efforts related to new student registration, advising, and orientation experience.


Monitor both pre-registration and registration, working in partnership with Academic Advisors, Chairs and Directors, Deans, and the Provost's Office concerning enrollment issues including: enrollment management, course overloads, enforced prerequisites, and granting special permissions on restrictions.


Coordinate and implement new student registration and pre-registration processes.


Advise students (enrolled, reentry, and prospective) pursuing degrees at Western Illinois University and within the High School Dual Enrollment program.


Serve on divisional and university committees


Represent First Year Advising Center and/or Retention Initiatives on various internal/external committees.


Other duties as assigned


RANK & SALARY: $6350 per Month. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:






• Master's degree in personnel counseling, or a field closely related to the position.

• A minimum of three (3) years of advising experience.

• Possession of strong written and oral communication skills.

• Demonstrated effective and collaborative management skills.

• Knowledge of student development or persistence theory and/or practice.




• Experience supervising full time and/or graduate level staff

• Knowledge of analytical models and their usage in higher education.


For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body) Unless otherwise stated, the degree must be "in hand" at the time of appointment.


Additional Information:


About WIU (


Since 1899, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.


WIU-Macomb, IL: Western's traditional, residential main campus offers a comprehensive slate of undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, and post-baccalaureate certificates. A diverse community in west central Illinois, Macomb features a unique blend of agriculture, industry, service, retail, education, and culture. Macomb serves as the county seat, with connections across the state with Amtrak providing twice-daily service from Macomb to Chicago (and point in-between). Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).


WIU-Quad Cities: Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Moline, Illinois, the WIU-Quad Cities campus is the only public four-year regional university that serves the Quad Cities region. Designed as a metropolitan commuter campus, WIU-Quad Cities offers select undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. Moline is located just 80 miles north of the Macomb campus and is centered within a diverse, bi-state community of 383,000 that offers a broad range of cultural, social, and entertainment amenities and experiences, as well as varied businesses and industries.


WIU Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism (


Western Illinois University fosters respect, equity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. WIU is committed to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity. We value inclusion as a core value and as an essential element of Western's public service mission. WIU embraces individual uniqueness and a culture of inclusion that supports broad and specific diversity initiatives. Western believes in the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society as integral to the success of all individuals.


At WIU, we will:


Maintain a safe and secure environment for all members of our University communities.


• Educate and empower students, staff, and faculty to be social justice advocates.

• Provide curricula, programs, training, resources, and environments that reflect and strengthen the diversity of our communities, and to elevate cultural awareness and understanding.

• Ensure fair, equitable, and inclusive access to University facilities, programs, resources, and services.

• Create inclusive and equitable policies and practices.

• Diversify the University's workforce by assessing hiring practices to attract, retain, and develop talented staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds.

• Address intergroup disparities through areas as representation, retention, learning outcomes, and graduation rates.

• Create a Universitywide diversity plan to ensure a continued commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity.


Academics (


More than 61 undergraduate degree programs, 41 graduate programs, two doctoral programs and 16 post-baccaulaureate certificate programs prepare students for a successful career after graduation.


Student Resources


More than 200 student organizations at Western provide social, academic, recreation, athletics, service, academic, and many other opportunities for students to grow and learn, develop leadership skills, and much more.


Numerous concerts, lectures, films, dance performances, cultural events and more are presented and performed each year, along with numerous major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows, and a variety of service-oriented projects and activities, all in a diverse and inclusive campus environment.


The Multicultural Center is home to four cultural and resource centers: The Gwendolyn Brooks, Casa Latina, the Women's Center, and the LGBT*QA Resource Center. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.


WIU Intercollegiate Athletics (


The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League.


Application Instructions:


APPLICATION: Complete Applications Include:


• a letter of application

• a current curriculum vitae or resume

• contact information for at least three professional references

• Copies of unofficial academic transcripts and any certifications/licenses are also required at the time of application (official copies will be requested of selected candidate)

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Screening begins: January 20th, 2023


Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students. As such, candidates are required to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.


Questions regarding the search may be directed to search chair, Jackie Miller at mailto:[email protected]


For assistance with the online application system contact the Human Resources at (309) 298-1971 or via email at mailto:[email protected]


Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are especially interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that prohibits discrimination based on sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state and federal law. Western Illinois University is a drug-free, smoke-free workplace.


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