Senior Academic Coach, International Sponsored Students

Job description

The University Exploration & Advising Center welcomes applications for a Senior Academic Coach, International Sponsored Students. This is a newly created professional position responsible for providing academic coaching to international sponsored students on scholarships from international government agencies and companies who pay a fee for additional support services. This position works specifically with international sponsored students in the UEAC and across campus, and will work to implement various coaching and international-student-related programs to enhance student success and retention. This includes an important capacity of working closely with the ISSS Office and maintaining a high level of competence in specific requirements and resources for sponsored international students.

Academic Coaching entails promoting student success by providing outreach and support to target populations including at-risk students and students in or approaching academic difficulty. Academic Coaches offer a structured, collaborative approach to support students' academic progress, including providing individualized guidance and ongoing feedback as they work through a one-on-one program with students designed to help them develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to achieve academic success. Academic Coaches work to increase students' self-awareness and enhance specific learning strategies while employing various student development theories and considering students' varying levels of readiness for change. Coaches individualize their approach to working with each student and facilitate activities and conversations around the following: time management and procrastination; study techniques; academic integrity expectations; connections on campus and utilizing campus resources; test preparation and test taking; wellness; goal setting; reading and note taking; and motivation. Coaches also serve as the primary point of contact for establishing student success teams as needed, in particular partnering with faculty mentors and academic advisors.

This position functions independently under the direction of the Assistant Director of the UEAC Academic Coaching Program and does not supervise professional staff. Supervision of student employees is possible.

Who we are:

The University Exploration & Advising Center (UEAC) is a first-year advising unit at CU Boulder designed to work with students in exploring and transitioning to a variety of academic paths. The UEAC partners with all the colleges on campus and works with students in discovering any number of interests and possible outcomes while at CU Boulder. The unit primarily serves students specifically assigned to UEAC advisors, but also offers support to various other transitioning student groups on campus. The UEAC is part of the Office of Undergraduate Education, whose charge is to examine the entire undergraduate student experience, assess outcomes, identify gaps, and launch and support student-facing campus initiatives. For more information please see:

What your key responsibilities will be:

Individual and Group Work with International Sponsored Students

  • Work with international sponsored students to complete a prescribed Academic Coaching program, including a set number of meetings between the coach and student, a set number of meetings or activities outside the coaching partnership, and completion of various support materials by the student in difficulty.
  • Conduct proactive outreach and intervention activities with students, selecting strategies where there is a strong likelihood of positively impacting student persistence and academic success.
  • Initiate and maintain frequent contact with students to provide intensive follow-up on a regular basis, discussing the student's challenges and progress.
  • Asses students' academic needs and aids 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.
  • Assist students in clarifying their values and in understanding their abilities, interests, limitations, and goals and helps students relate these to decisions about academic pathways and goals.
  • Monitor students' academic performance and intervenes 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 Work, Strategic Planning, and Student Success Initiatives
  • Engage in planning and collaboration with the UEAC team, including regular team meetings, trainings and evaluation.
  • Maintain accurate and detailed student records, tracks student performance, and when applicable develops reports on the academic success of target populations.

Professional Development and International Expertise
  • Work toward a consistent level of professional development, including but not limited to relevant conferences, mentoring opportunities, coursework, workshops, and research. Builds close liaison relationships with international sponsored student support sources, ISSS in particular.
  • Liaisons frequently with international sponsored student services team in ISSS.
  • Maintain a high level of competence in skills and knowledge related to supporting international students.
  • Remain closely connected to international student support offices on campus, including staying up-to date on processes and policies of these offices.

What we can offer:

The anticipated starting salary for this position is $55,000.

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.

Be adaptable. Be excited. Be supportive. Be Boulder.


What we require:
  • Bachelor's Degree AND a minimum of five (5) years of professional advising or academic coaching experience in a higher education setting; OR a completed Master's Degree and three (3) years of professional, related experience.
    • Two years of graduate assistantship work in related field can be substituted for up to one year of the required professional experience.
  • Experience working with international students.
  • Experience managing parent concerns.
  • Experience with student success initiatives.
  • Experience applying student development theory.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal excellence with colleagues.
  • Experience working with students in academic difficulty.

What we'd like you to have:
  • Completed Master's degree in higher education administration or related field.
  • Experience working with international students in a higher education setting.
  • Five (5) or more years of experience working with students in a higher education advising or coaching setting.
  • Classroom teaching experience.
  • Experience working with third party sponsoring organizations.
  • Experience working with students on the CU Boulder campus and familiarity with CU Boulder majors, minors, and certificate programs and undergraduate policies and processes.

Preferred qualifications may be used to further reduce the pool of applicants to those who are most highly qualified.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Please apply by May 17, 2018.

If you have technical difficulties submitting application information, please contact the CU Careers help desk at [email protected]. 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: Last-First-13404.
Please do not upload references at this time.

Job Category: Academic Services

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10036 - VCAA: Assoc VC Undergrad Educ

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: May 10, 2018

Closing Date: May 17, 2018, 10:59:00 PM

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00745633





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Posted: 5/11/2018
Application Due: 5/19/2018
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