Staff Positions

Academic Advisor - Department of Computer Science
(Closes May 22)

Assistant Director of Communications - Department of Computer Science
(Closes May 19)


Academic Advisor
Department of Computer Science

College of Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The primary function of this position is to advise current Computer Science graduate students on various procedures relating to thesis format and deposit, coordinate recruitment and admissions procedures, and collaborate with the Department’s Director of Graduate Programs, Coordinator of Graduate Programs, and Academic Advisors and Graduate College staff on a variety of related areas.

Advising:

Academic advising duties:

  • AThomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Sciencedvise current Computer Science graduate students on the fulfillment of degree requirements and other academic needs.
  • Advise current Computer Science doctoral graduate students on the policies and procedures of preliminary and final defense examinations.
  • Work with other graduate academic advisors and other professional staff in advising Computer Science graduate students on the fulfillment of degree requirements and other academic needs.
  • Advise Computer Science graduate students on the policies and procedures of thesis format, deposit and departmental clearance.
  • Collaborate with the Program Coordinator in the degree certification process at the departmental level.
  • Provide information on degree requirements to admitted BS/MS and BS/MCS students.
  • Coordinate the orientation activities of incoming graduate students such as departmental check-in activities and welcome sessions.

Manage the Computer Science Graduate Admissions process in conjunction with peer Academic Professionals:

  • Advise applicants and potential applicants to the graduate programs in Computer Science in matters pertaining to admissibility and application procedures.
  • Coordinate and participate in activities of application processing such as independently evaluating transcripts and standardized test scores which meet departmental requirements, managing the flow of application information.
  • Attend graduate admissions committee meetings to provide additional information requested by committee members.
  • Maintain a familiarity with departmental and university admissions policy requirements and procedures.

Coordination with the Graduate College and International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS):

  • Serve as Thesis Reviewer for CS department.
  • Serve as a Petition Reviewer for CS department.
  • Process Optional Practical Training (OPT) requests and serve as back-up staff for processing Curricular Practical Training (CPT) requests for international students in compliance with ISSS guidelines.

Participate in the graduate recruiting activities:

  • Attend graduate recruiting fairs with CS Graduate Programs Coordinator and College of Engineering staff.
  • Coordinate activities associated with CS graduate student recruiting events such as meeting with visiting students, collaborating with departmental stakeholders to organize and deliver programming for recruits.

Information Management:

  • Develop/compile/maintain statistics pertinent to the Department’s graduate programs.
  • Provide information as needed by the Director of Graduate Programs and Coordinator of Graduate Programs with regard to departmental policies and procedures pertaining to all aspects of graduate programs and admissions processes.

Participate in other related projects integral to the mission of CS graduate programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • At least two years of experience providing student academic support in a higher education setting.
  • Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience working independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and manage diverse activities.  Must be highly organized and be able to work under multiple deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience and knowledge of University of Illinois graduate admissions and Graduate College policies and procedures.

The Academic Advisor position is a full-time, benefits-eligible academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis.  The expected start date is in early July.  Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.  Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three references by May 22, 2017.  Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date.  For further information regarding application procedures, contact Denise Corray, decorray@illinois.edu, 217-300-3309. 

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu

CS @ ILLINOIS Fact Sheet [PDF]


Assistant Director of Communications
Department of Computer Science

College of Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This position is responsible for conceptualizing, writing, creating, producing, and distributing content across multi-platform publications. Serve as a key member of the Department of Computer Science advancement team, whose mission is to deliver a comprehensive and integrated program to increase the visibility and profile of the department, to facilitate faculty, staff, student, alumni, and industry engagement, and to secure substantial financial support through individual, foundation, and corporate giving that strengthens the department’s ability to maintain and enhance its excellence. The department’s highly visible and high-impact publications serve the diverse audiences of faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, and peers.

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manage relationships with all the department’s key constituencies (administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and peers) to develop a deep knowledge of the department’s priorities and the accomplishments of its people in order to strategically position and promote the department’s excellence
  • Act as lead writer for the department’s high-visibility communications, including:
    • feature writing for prestigious print publications such as click! Magazine, fundraising, recruitment, and event materials
    • extensive digital content for the department’s website and monthly E-newsletter
    • multiple social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn)
  • Serve in a leadership role on the Editorial Board to:
    • initiate and develop the year-long calendar for story ideas and publication planning based on department priorities and a deep knowledge about the accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni
    • execute stories from start to finish and doing so within the deadlines required for the publication production schedules
  • Responsible for implementing policies and guidelines that govern content accuracy and branding standards set by the department and university (i.e. Public Affairs)
  • Prepare, organize, and manage annual project schedules; determine deliverables and set deadlines; produce deliverables and meet deadlines
  • Set annual goals and metrics for projects, track project progress, and report on project impacts
  • Attend numerous department sponsored activities and events (often on evenings and weekends) in order to observe and interview participants to acquire the information required to write stories and then distribute created content as deemed appropriate
  • Contribute as a member of the advancement team to further the advancement mission of the department; work collaboratively with teammates and key stakeholders such as faculty, staff, students, and alumni
  • Assume additional appropriate related communications duties to further the mission of the department

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field
  • At least three years of experience as a professional writer, with excellent knowledge of spoken and written English for editing and creating correspondence, storytelling, and report generation
  • Experience with interviewing and information gathering, organizing information in databases or spreadsheets, and preparing professionally written materials
  • Experience with writing and communicating complex and/or technical information to both technical and nontechnical audiences
  • Experience working independently and as part of a team, and the ability to manage both individual and team deadlines on multiple, simultaneous projects under tight deadlines
  • Must have the ability to develop effective working relationships with faculty, staff, students, alumni, media, and other key publics
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to attend department-sponsored activities and events

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in an academic research and instructional setting
  • Knowledge of or interest in the department’s research areas and its impact to the field of computer science
  • Complimentary skills such as a demonstrated knowledge of desktop publishing, web design, web site development and maintenance, accessibility standards, blogging, podcasting, social media, print production, graphic design, and photography and art from the perspective of a project manager
  • Specific proficiencies with Drupal 7, Photoshop, InDesign, Microsoft Office Suite, University of Illinois WebTools, University of Illinois Blackbaud CRM (TED), and Social Media management in Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram are highly desired

The Awards Specialist position is a full-time, benefits-eligible academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis.  The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date.  Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.  Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload the following to be considered a complete application:  (1) Cover Letter, (2) Resume, (3) Three References, and (4) Three Relevant Writing Samples by May 19, 2017.  The writing samples should include (a) a long-form feature story, (b) a short news article, and (c) a profile of an individual.  Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date.  For further information regarding application procedures, contact Denise Corray, decorray@illinois.edu, 217-300-3309. 

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu

CS @ ILLINOIS Fact Sheet [PDF]