Academic Support Coordinator (STEM) and Academic Coach
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Required Education: Bachelor’s
Higher Education Institution
Coe College seeks qualified candidates for the position of Academic Support Coordinator (STEM) and Academic Coach. This position will lead the supplemental instruction (SI) program, including teaching SI courses and training and supervising student SI leaders, and oversee other academic support as needed to students in first-year and sophomore biology, chemistry and psychology courses. Support for students enrolled in Cell & Molecular Biology, Organismal & Ecological Biology, General Botany, Genetics, and select Physics, Social & Criminal Justice, and Psychology courses will occur through small group and individual instruction through the use of student peer educators and this position. As Academic Coach, this position will work with students on probation, provisional admits and others requesting or referred for individualized academic support, and will also assist with other academic supports and programming in the Learning Commons and the TRIO/Academic Achievement Program (AAP).
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, typical office hours
Months of Service per Year: 10 months, flexible schedule December, June, and July
Essential Job Responsibilities:
Coordinate Supplemental Instruction (SI) for classes in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Social & Criminal Justice, and Psychology including the recruitment, training and supervision of SI student leaders. Specific courses or departments may change from term to term.
Serve as Academic Coach for students on probation or otherwise identified for one-on-one academic support. Design and implement individualized student development activities on a case-by-case basis to help students achieve academic improvement consistent with their goals, values, interests, and abilities.
Teach College Foundations and, as needed, other college skills courses.
Collaborate with Learning Commons staff, TRIO/Academic Achievement staff and STEM faculty to identify and address students’ academic and study skills needs through activities, events and one-on-one interventions.
Train and support peer leaders in Learning Commons and TRIO/Academic Achievement programs in a variety of instructional approaches appropriate for an academically diverse population.
Work collaboratively with TRIO staff members to help facilitate the AAP Summer Bridge Program and other educational and social programing offered through TRIO.
Perform other tasks or duties as assigned.
Preferred Job Responsibilities:
Develop study materials and instructional materials to support selected topics and/or assignments in Biology courses. Present Biology group help sessions and tutor students individually who request assistance. Serve as a resource person for peer tutors in Biology.
Bachelor’s Degree required.
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a STEM field or Biology preferred.
One or more years related teaching and/or training.
Experience teaching and/or tutoring college biology courses preferred.
Experience with student development, academic support, or college success initiatives preferred.
Successful completion of a background check in accordance with Coe College policy.
Knowledge, Skills and Competencies:
Broad knowledge of college STEM courses and content strongly preferred.
Ability to communicate effectively with and motivate college students.
Understanding of effective learning and study skills; familiarity with best tutoring and coaching practices for learning, resilience and motivation.
Dedication to the educational mission of a private, residential liberal arts college.
Ability to maintain positive relationships in a collaborative and diverse team atmosphere.
Commitment to excellent customer and/or student service.
Demonstrated ethical and responsible decision making.
Consistent attendance and accountability necessary to meet position objectives.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
Ability to navigate several buildings on campus including stairs.
Typical office setting – stationary for several hours at a time.
Occasionally push/lift/pull 20 lbs.
Coe is committed to fostering a multicultural environment and encourages applications from individuals who will help fulfill that goal. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and diverse perspectives and aim to create an academic community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity. Coe College is an equal opportunity employer.
Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment. With 1,400 students, Coe's attractive campus is located in the heart of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a vibrant metropolitan area of 267,000 residents in Iowa's Creative Corridor, providing a wide variety of cultural and recreational opportunities.