"Academic Coach" Student Development Specialist IV
The University of Texas at Arlington
Location: Arlington, Texas
Internal Number: 19899
The Academic Coach will serve as the first and primary point of contact for all coaching, persistence, and retention initiatives. The Academic Coach will maintain an academic coaching caseload, cultivate meaningful student relationships, and share findings and trends related to retaining and tracking cohort students. The Academic Coach will collaborate with leadership to identify, create, and monitor retention strategies for struggling FTIC student populations identified by academic standing.
Responsible for assisting students' efforts to achieve their educational goals, while supporting both their academic and overall development.
Conduct both one on one and group academic coaching sessions utilizing multiple modalities such as in-person, virtual, phone, and email.
Help students make informed academic decisions by teaching them how to track their academic progress, locate and interpret appropriate policies, and utilize the available tools and resources.
Monitor the academic progress of a student caseload. This includes proactive outreach to provide students with just-in-time assistance.
Manages an academic coaching caseload for first year and targeted student populations to emphasize academic and career goal setting, learning strategies, time management and organization, self-regulation, and self-efficacy.
Monitors the progress of first year and other students in caseload with check-ins, scheduled meetings, or proactive outreach and communication, responding to students' questions, concerns, and needs.
Work with leadership to reach out to high-risk students; create persistence planning with students who are not in good academic standing.
Participate in the daily oversight and implementation of academic coaching best practices and communication of program requirements.
Speaks to various constituencies representing the Division of Student Success regarding the Academic Coaching process and other services the Academic Success Center provides.
Assists with retention programming, for FTIC and targeted populations, tracking coaching data and program evaluation.
Evaluates retention efforts and provide feedback to improve case management approach and intentional interventions with FTIC and transfer student cohorts.
Stay current on relevant academic programs and support services to provide appropriate referrals to students.
Participate in meetings, professional conferences, and individual professional development.
All other duties as assigned
Bachelor's degree. Six (6) years of experience working with college students or adolescents in an academic counseling capacity or equivalent experience.
Basic experience working with students in an advisory, administrative, or educational capacity. Basic knowledge of program models and best practices for offering services to various populations of students, including students with academic difficulty, and students at risk of leaving the institution. Working knowledge of college student services, college student development theory, and retention theory.
Working knowledge of student information systems as related to student records and advising. Working knowledge of federal regulations such as the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Excellent analytical skills in interpreting quantitative and qualitative data. Strong skills in the use of Microsoft Office or related software in producing reports, presentations, and a variety of other related documents. Excellent written communication and oral presentation skills. Ability to develop specific programming goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish desired outcomes. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal stakeholders. Ability to work independently and as a team member.
Master's degree in higher education, college student development, or a related field with experience equivalent to a master's degree. Seven (7) years of experience in an advisory, administrative, or educational capacity with college students. Progressive academic advising experience. Leadership and/or supervisory experience at an institution of higher education. Experience implementing, monitoring, and assessing student development programs/projects.
UTA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. The UTA is a tobacco free campus.
With annual research expenditures in excess of $100M, the University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution committed to life-enhancing discovery, innovative instruction, and caring community engagement. A leading institution in the heart of the thriving North Texas region, UTA nurtures minds within an environment that values excellence, ingenuity, and diversity. With a total global enrollment of over 59,000 in AY 2018-19, UTA is one of the largest institutions in the University of Texas System. Guided by its Strategic Plan Bold Solutions | Global Impact, UTA fosters interdisciplinary research and teaching to enable the sustainable megacity of the future within four broad themes: health and the human condition, sustainable urban communities, global environmental impact, and data-driven discovery. UTA was cited by U.S. News & World Report as having the second lowest average student debt among U.S. universities in 2018. U.S. News & World Report also ranks UTA fourth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2018 Best for Vets list.