Academic Coach

Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Sep 09, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Academic Coaches serve the University’s first-year student population and ultimately are champions focused on the academic success of their students. They teach multiple sections of First Year Seminar and serve as students’ primary source of academic and developmental support to ensure each student has opportunity to make meaningful progress at the University. Overview: Quinnipiac University seeks applicants for an Academic Coach to serve the University’s first-year student population and be a champion focused on the academic success of students. In this role, you will teach multiple sections of First Year Seminar and serve as students’ primary source of academic and developmental support to ensure each student has opportunity to make meaningful progress at the University. Academic Coaches work regularly with their assigned students in overcoming learning obstacles and understanding University expectations. They partner closely with faculty and staff to ensure each and every student is aware of the support and engagement required for success. Academic Coaches reflect commitment to their students’ success in their daily work and maintain a deep personal interest and involvement in their students’ academic progress and development. About Quinnipiac: Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 7,000 full-time undergraduate and 3,000 graduate and part-time students in 100 degree programs through its Schools of Business, Communications, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s “Best Colleges” issue. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review’s “The Best 380 Colleges.” Quinnipiac has been named a “Great College to Work For” as determined by a comprehensive industry survey. For more information, please visit An education at Quinnipiac embodies the University’s commitment to preparing graduates for 21st century careers and citizenship, creating an inclusive, excellence-driven community, nurturing and positively impacting internal, local and global communities and fostering lifelong connections and success. The University believes in educating a diverse student body to become valued and contributing members of their communities through vital and purposeful educational programs. Students engage with real-world issues through practice and considering different perspectives. The University’s innovative curriculum further prepares undergraduate and graduate students to understand their roles and responsibilities as members of the Quinnipiac community as well as the larger national and global communities. Responsibilities:
  • Provide direct, comprehensive developmental guidance to assigned students during their first year.
  • Serve as an expert in the Quinnipiac University first year academic experience and be able to answer or to obtain answers to all the questions students may have.
  • Provide students with proactive guidance on acclimating to the University in an effort to facilitate their success at the University.
  • Assist students in developing learning strategies based on University-specific, evidence-based best practices.
  • Help students to frequently engage with resources in any area where they require deeper academic support.
  • Cognitively guide students to practice and develop accountability for their decisions and prepare for success beyond first year.
  • Assist with first-year student course registration and provide advising for the General Education curriculum.
  • Lead two sections of First Year Seminar in the fall semester
  • May lead up to two courses in the spring semester dependent upon need and approval by the appropriate department
  • Actively engage with students who are referred by faculty and staff via the early alert process.
  • Participate in faculty development as directed.
  • Document student interactions in support of first-year student retention reporting.
  • Other duties as determined by supervisor
Education Requirements:
  • Master's degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs, Science of Education, Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, or related field required
  • 2-3 years of experience
  • Evidence of understanding the issues faced by contemporary college students as they impact their choices and overall academic success
  • A strong interest and knowledge of first-year student retention and success
  • Extremely strong communication skills to be able to develop meaningful relationships with a large number of first year students
  • A demonstrated ability of approaching complex issues with a problem-solving attitude while exercising independent judgment and ethical decision making
  • Experience applying theory to practice in supporting a diverse college student population including but not limited to racial/ethnic diversity, mental health, first-generation students, and students differently abled
  • Ability to work with and adapt to software and technology applications that are used in the support of university practices
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations and a commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Special Instructions to Applicants: Quinnipiac University is considering only those applicants who have valid authorization to work in the United States. Quinnipiac University does not sponsor employment based visas for this position.


    Applications must be submitted electronically and include a resume, cover letter addressing how your experience supports the requirements of this position and Quinnipiac’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and contact information for three references on the application form.

    Quinnipiac University has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusion throughout the University community and welcomes candidates who enhance that diversity.

    Quinnipiac University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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