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Academic Coach

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

University Staff



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Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder welcomes applications for an Academic Coach. As a member of the Academic Advising Center in the College of Arts & Sciences, Academic Coaches promote student success by providing outreach, support, and programming to target populations including students on academic warning 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 and help students maximize study time by coaching them on a variety of academic success strategies such as goal setting, test preparation skills, motivation, and study techniques. Academic Coaches serve as a key point of contact for establishing student success teams as needed, including partnering with faculty and academic advisors.

Who We Are

The College of Arts and Sciences Academic Coaches work in a disciplinary team setting to support students in academic difficulty by focusing on each student’s developmental needs regarding the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to achieve academic and personal success. Academic Coaches facilitate change by helping students develop research-based academic skills, and they support and challenge students, helping them to clarify their goals, values, and motivation.

Utilizing the Arts and Science’s Academic Coaching Program’s Theory of Action Framework, you will coach students in academic difficulty through the change process and help students build academic skills while proactively connecting them to necessary support resources. Coaches may work with students in group settings via workshops, presentations, campus events, and other activities.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Individual and 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 students on academic warning and first- year and continuing students.
  • Initiate and maintain frequent contact with students to provide follow-up on a regular basis discussing the students’ challenges and progress.
  • Assess students’ academic needs and aid in the implementation of a success plan addressing the cause of the students’ challenges 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 develop strategies in collaboration with the students to improve academic performance.
  • Assist students in clarifying their values and in understanding their abilities, interests, limitations, and goals.
  • Help students relate their values 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.
  • Facilitate academic skills workshops and group coaching for student success.
Administrative Coordination and College & Campus Collaboration
  • Oversee administrative tasks related to: Collecting early/midterm grades; Organizing training for academic advisors, peer advisors, and peer coaches; Communicating with faculty and academic advisors; and Collaborating with academic coaches across campus.
  • 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.
  • Remain knowledgeable about all support services and educational programs on campus and refer 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 We Can Offer

The anticipated starting salary for this position is $48,000.


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.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • 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. 
    • Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • 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 apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by May 28, 2019 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer