Academic Coach

Boulder, CO
May 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Academic Advising Center in the College of Arts & Sciences is accepting applications for an Academic Coach. This position promotes student success by providing outreach and support to target populations including at-risk students and students on academic warning, and assists in implementing various other programs to enhance student retention and graduation. Academic Coaches offer a structured, collaborative approach to support students' academic progress. Academic Coaches provide individualized guidance and ongoing feedback as they meet one-on-one with students. Academic Coaches also help students maximize study time by learning a wide assortment of active reading, test-taking, and task analysis strategies and serve as primary point of contact for establishing student success teams as needed, including partnering with faculty mentors and academic advisors.

Key Responsibilities

Individual & Group Work with Students

Conduct proactive outreach and intervention activities with students, selecting those strategies where there is a strong likelihood of making a difference in student persistence and academic success. Populations may include at-risk students, students on academic warning, and first-year students.

Initiate and maintain frequent contact with students to provide intensive follow-up on a regular basis, discussing the student's challenges and progress.

Assess students' academic needs and aid in the implementation of a success plan addressing the cause of the student's difficulty including: time management, work/life balance, attendance, study habits and other factors manifested in student academic performance issues, poor GPA and/or weak admission profile, and developing strategies to improve academic performance.

Teach "Academic Success" course for students on academic warning.

Assist students in clarifying their values and in understanding their abilities, interests, limitations, and goals and helps students relate these to decisions about academic majors and careers.

Monitor students' academic performance and intervene with students in academic difficulty to recommend new approaches to time management and study skills and to refer them to appropriate support services. Lead student workshops and programs during the academic year.

Administrative Coordination and College & Campus Collaboration

Oversee administrative tasks related to:

Developing a system for collecting early/midterm grades;

Organizing training for academic advisors and peer advisors;

Follow-up with faculty and academic advisors

Partner with academic advisors, faculty, Division of Student Affairs, college administration and department chairs, and other campus offices and programs to facilitate and support student success.

Collaborate with faculty, advisors, residence life and student support offices, etc. to develop the program.

Become knowledgeable about all support services and educational programs on campus and refers students to these as appropriate.

Engage in continuous training on campus policies, resources, and support structures. Work closely with coaching supervisor and other coaching/advising colleagues on mastering coaching skill and approach.


Maintain accurate and detailed contact notes, track student performance, and develop reports on the academic success and graduation of target populations.

Ensure the confidentiality of all academic records


Create and assess learning outcomes, and track student success.

What You Should Know:

The Academic Coaching program is a relatively new student success initiative of the Academic Advising Center and at this time, the Academic Coach position has been granted funding approval through academic year 2020.

What We Can Offer:
Starting salary for this position is $47,400/annually.

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

At least one year of professional experience in a higher education or high school setting working with students in providing one-on-one and group interactions to assist in their academic success and graduation.

Substitution: Two years of graduate work/assistantship experience may be substituted for one year of professional experience.

Preferred qualifications:
Master's degree in student affairs in higher education, counseling, psychology, education, social work or related field

At least two years of professional experience working with students in areas such as academic advising, academic coaching, counseling, or in high school pre-collegiate/college preparatory programs.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Please apply by May 19, 2017. Please note: The Academic Coaching program is a relatively new student success initiative of the Academic Advising Center and at this time, the Academic Coach position has been granted funding approval through academic year 2020.

If you have technical difficulties submitting application information, please contact the CU Careers help desk at 303-860-4200, extension 2 or All other job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact for this posting.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Application Materials Instructions:To apply, please submit the following materials to this posting at

1. A current resume.
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.

Please combine materials into one document and upload as titled: Name-(Job Number).
Please do not upload references at this time. References will be requested separately for potential finalists.

Job Category: Academic Services

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10254 - Academic Advising Center

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: May 10, 2017

Closing Date: May 19, 2017

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00640213


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