Northern Illinois University Study Abroad Advisor in DeKalb, Illinois

Study Abroad Advisor

Posted On: Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Deadline: Monday, October 31, 2016

Position Type: Civil Service

Department: Study Abroad Office

Contact: NIU Human Resources

| 815-753-6000

Phone: 815-753-6000

Fax: 815-753-2335


This position will be responsible for the management, development, and advising of NIU Administered (faculty-directed) study abroad programs.

This position requires a highly skilled and efficient person with study abroad or international education experience who is able to recruit and advise students, guide and oversee student applications, and perform credential evaluation. The position will also coordinate the logistical and contractual planning of NIU Administered study abroad programs. This includes working with NIU faculty, NIU academic and support units, overseas universities and vendors in regard to program planning and implementation, adherence to University and Office policies, and overall program management. Requires specialized training and knowledge of all facets of each study abroad program. The position will be responsible for reports and data regarding assessment, student enrollment, status, cost factors, expenditures for NIU Administered programs.

The individual must be skilled in assessing priorities, identifying and responding to time demands, and scheduling various assignments for timely completion.

Scheduled work hours are 8-4:30 M-F with occasional evenings required.

Starting Salary: $1733.00/semi-monthly plus benefits (Click here for employment benefit information).


  1. Bachelor’s degree in any course of study.

  2. One (1) year (12 months) of experience such as;*

A. study abroad experience (classroom study, research, intern or externships, and/or service learning or participation in Peace Corps or a similar program) in a foreign country. (Study abroad educational experience may be used in conjunction with the Bachelor’s degree requirement.).

B. Working in a higher education setting working with study abroad, international internship programs or other related programs.

NOTE: Part-time employment is calculated to a full-time equivalent.

This is a security-sensitive position. Before any offer of employment is made, the University will conduct a pre-employment criminal background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.


  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, analyze, prioritize, meet critical deadlines and work under pressure.

  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in order to deal with constantly changing, new, and ambiguous situations.

  • Demonstrated awareness of cross-cultural principles, cultural sensitivity as well as global political and economic interconnections and differences.

  • Excellent customer service skills.

  • Exceptional judgment, assessment, and perception skills.

  • Confidentiality.

  • Enthusiasm and ability for working in an intense team environment;

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Effective interpersonal skills in order to deal with students, faculty, administrators, as well as with foreign and domestic institutions.

  • Experience studying or living in another country.

  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Advanced computer skills (desktop publishing, surveys, database management, spreadsheets and online functions).


(Click here for employment application).

• Application containing employment information from your first job through your current position,

• Letter of application

• Detailed resume (that includes your e-mail address)

• Copy of your college/university transcripts

• Names and contact information of three references

• DD214 if applicable

Current NIU employees need to complete a "Civil Service Request to Test" form (click here) and submit along with the above noted documents.

All application materials must be received in Human Resource Services by 4:30 p.m. on 10/31/16.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If you have previously submitted a Civil Service application and wish to apply for this position, please phone 815-753-6000, otherwise, completed applications and supporting documents should be mailed or delivered to Human Resource Services at 1515 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115 or faxed to 815-753-2335. Please note that for security purposes, applications, Civil Service Request to Test forms and supporting documents that are e-mailed are not accepted at this time.

NOTE: The Civil Service examination for this classification is based on your application materials. You will receive a score that is calculated based on your experience and certifications. Your name will be placed on the active employment register by exam score. After the application deadline, the names of the top three scores will be referred to the department for interviewing.

Northern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution