Academic Coach (Time Limited)

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jul 08, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Working Title

Academic Coach (Time Limited)

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Location of Workplace

Main UNCW Campus


University College - 30120


Academic Affairs - 30000 Division

Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The Academic Coach empowers students to develop skills that will benefit their academic, professional, and/or personal success through positive behavior change. In addition to supporting students in University College with strengths-based coaching, the Academic Coach will coordinate coaching efforts in the University College and support evolving campus wide efforts around academic coaching, including connection with students in the colleges and schools. The Coach will support a caseload of approximately 50 University College advisees and be available for drop-in advising needs. The Academic Coach will report through University College and serve students in the Seahawk Success Center located in the residential community. The Center provides a collaborative approach to services and programs for first year, second year, and transfer students to increase retention and support students as they persist. The Academic Coach will contribute to student success through the following duties:

Provides academic coaching services for students who wish to improve identified academic goals, paying particular attention to students who live in the residential community

Develops, implements, and assesses student needs by developing a referral system to identify students who may benefit from academic coaching. Sources of referral may include but are not limited to, faculty, disability resource center, university learning center, dean of students case manager, housing, university college advisors, career center and etc
Plans, implements, and develops programs, group advising, group coaching and other identified interventions to assist students with the transition into UNCW

Assesses and identifies other areas for residentially based programmatic initiatives and collaborate with the Assistant Director of Transition Programs to implement other events as needed.

The Seahawk Success Center will operate Sunday night 6-10pm, and Monday-Thursday 1pm-10pm. In the first year of this role, the Academic Coach will maintain hours consistent with the Center’s operating hours. When the center is not open to students the Academic Coach will revert to similar hours as all University College employees which is Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

  • Master’s Degree and 1-2 year of work experience within in a related university or college setting
  • Must have excellent interpersonal, communication, presentation & organizational skills
  • Must have demonstrated ability to attend to details with a high degree of accuracy
  • Must have evidence of previous success in working with, students, faculty, and families
  • Must have proficiency with word processing, databases, spreadsheets, desktop publishing and web page maintenance software
  • Must have experience offering a high-level of customer service in a fast-paced environment.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Master’s Degree in higher education, college counseling, student affairs, or other closely related field
  • 2-3 years of experience in higher education, preferably with retention initiatives, academic advising, career counseling, or academic coaching
  • Previous experience in higher education working with first- and second-year students and students transitioning to a college or university setting
  • Must have experience with assessment of programs and services and an ability to work independently to meet strategic goals

Required Certifications or Licensures

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

Academic Affairs is the central division for implementing the mission of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Through effective academic policies, practices, and programs, it provides leadership for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and creative work as well as service to local, regional, and global communities. The division allocates resources to recruit and retain faculty scholars and to create a learning environment that encourages students. As part of the University’s commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, the University College was created to provide academic advising and support to UNCW students from the time of their admission until they declare their major, which is usually in their sophomore year. The primary focus of the University College is to ensure that students: make a successful transition to UNCW, are retained in good academic standing, and identify and declare an appropriate major. Through its advisors and academic support programs, the University College works with students in their formative semesters to assist them in developing their interests, skills, and talents to the fullest extent.

College/School Information

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to- BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington ( UNCW ), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Eligibility for Employment

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Number of Openings

Single Incumbent

Special Notes to Applicants

Please note all applications and any corresponding materials must be submitted by 11:59pm ET on the closing date in order to be considered. Late applications will not be accepted.

Months Per Year

12 Months

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of 3 Professional References
Optional Documents Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you hold a master's degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a minimum of 3 years working at a college or university?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * How did you learn of this opportunity with UNC Wilmington (2021)?
    • UNCW Website
    • UNCW Facebook Page
    • UNCW Linkedin Page
    • UNCW Twitter Account
    • UNCW Employee Referral
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Craigslist
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Glassdoor
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • Hispanic Outlook
    • Indeed
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • North Carolina Job Network
    • Women In Higher Education
    • Other