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Academic Advisor Jr. High

Joliet Public School District
Joliet, IL, US

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POSITION: Academic Advisor


Certified Administrator
10 Months (10 Additional Work Days)
Non - Bargaining

FUNCTION: The primary function of the Academic Advisor is to assist in the development and implementation of curriculum and assessment and assist students in the improvement of behavior.

REPORTS TO: Junior High Principal


Junior High Assistant Principal
Classroom Teachers
Central Administration Staff
District Personnel as assigned
PTA and Other Community Groups

SUPERVISES INDIRECTLY: No one unless specifically assigned

1. State of Illinois Professional Educator License - General Administrative K- 12 Endorsement
2. Four years of teaching experience - preferably in junior high schools
3. Knowledge of junior high schools curriculum and curriculum development
4. Proved record of dynamic educational leadership, including interpersonal and communication skills with students, staff and parents; knowledge of junior high curriculum and instruction; successful teaching experience; ability to be a part of an effective management team; ability to work well in a professional community with high expectations for its students and schools.


To assist in the direction and supervision of the educational program and the supportive services within the school, within the policy structure of the District and the District Administration. Various and specific areas may be assigned by the Principal, such as:
1. Assist in the development and implementation of the curriculum planning
2. Assist in the selection of instructional materials and supplies from District approved list
3. Classroom supervision
4. Teacher evaluation
5. Pupil personnel services including attendance and discipline
6. Organize and supervise school assemblies
7. Supervise transportation
8. Supervise lunchroom activities
9. Supervise all after-hour functions in the school
10. Schedule parent conference
11. To recommend improvements and changes to the Principal in the educational program, instructional materials, and supplies

Communication Skills
1. Communicates and works effectively with staff and parents.
2. Provides accurate, well-written communications to staff and parents.

Instructional Leadership
1. Communicates and implements the district's mission and goals.
2. Sets a vision of excellence for the school.
3. Demonstrates high expectations for staff and students.
4. Recognizes the qualities of effective instruction.
5. Assists staff in evaluating instructional effectiveness and setting goals for improvement.
6. Assists in the selection of instructional materials and supplies from the District approved list.
7. Monitors student progress continually.
8. It is a visible presence in building to staff and students.
9. Is continually engaged in school improvement efforts.
10. Encourages creativity and innovation to improve student achievement.
11. Attends teacher team planning meetings.
12. Assists staff in evaluating instructional effectiveness and setting goals for improvement.
13. Performs all other responsibilities as assigned by the Principal.

Organizational Skills
1. Provides classroom supervision.
2. Supports and implements established building policies, procedures, and regulations.
3. Supervises lunchroom activities.
4. Supervises all after-hour functions in the school.
5. Organizes and supervises school assemblies.
6. Recommends improvements and changes to the Building Principal in the educational program, instructional materials, and supplies.

Student Learning Environment
1. Promotes a positive school climate.
2. Contributes to the development of a safe and orderly learning environment for students and staff.
3. Communicates effectively with students, parents, staff, and community.
4. Diligently protects the rights of every child to an equal opportunity for education.

Teacher Performance Improvement
1. Conferences regularly with staff members to review performance.
2. Effectively evaluates staff according to district plan.
3. Attends and contributes to district-level and other professional meetings.
4. Encourages professional growth to enhance teacher performance
5. Expresses interest and enthusiasm for teaching and learning.
6. Coaches and counsels staff in a helpful and supportive manner.
7. Participates in teacher in-service and training programs.
8. Provides instructional strategies and guidance.

Professional Growth
1. Is personally committed to lifelong learning.
2. Demonstrates honesty and integrity.
3. Demonstrates a sense of teamwork.
4. Serves as a positive role model for students and staff.
5. Maintains a professional demeanor.
6. Utilizes effective school research in decision making.

Parental Involvement
1. Participates in parent workshops, training and in-service.
2. Communicates school mission and expectations regularly and provides follow-up to reinforce the message.
3. Promotes and maintains quality community relations.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 / 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in this environment is quiet to loud depending upon the activity in a particular part of the day.

The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.


About the District:

Joliet Public Schools District 86 is the Pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade public school district located in Joliet, IL. Chartered in 1857, Joliet 86 is the 3rd largest elementary school district in Illinois with 21 buildings and approximately 9,500 students.

The Mission of District 86 is: 

Joliet Public Schools District 86 provides a high-quality, inclusive, and equitable education for students to grow, lead, and thrive by empowering staff, collaborating with families, and embracing our diverse community.

Additional Information:

The community of Joliet, IL is 26.4 square miles and located approximately 35 miles southwest of Chicago, IL, within an easy commute to all the recreational and cultural activities the city has to offer. Recently the community overwhelmingly approved a $99.5 million school referendum to improve the facilities over the next few years. 

Joliet Public Schools District 86 offers a generous benefits package, including 95% district paid BCBS PPO premium with a $300 individual and $900 family deductible. Additionally, dental insurance, vision insurance, and tuition reimbursement are available.

Visit to learn more about the district.

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420 N Raynor Ave

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