Academic Coach, ACHIEVEability

Posted by ACHIEVEability on April 13, 2015


The foundation of ACHIEVEability is education. We believe that education is key to becoming self-sufficient. ACHIEVEability is here to assist our participants earn degrees to, in turn, gain a career and become self-sufficient. Our participants are required to work to maintain their expenses and to gain experience for their future careers. We are an award-winning organization with a comprehensive array of services to help families succeed and help neighborhoods thrive.

Overall Purpose and Objective of Position:
• The academic coach is responsible for providing academic support to ACHIEVEability participants as they prepare for college level courses and while they work towards their associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. ACHIEVEability participants are adult learners and non-traditional students either re-starting or starting college for the first time. The academic coach is responsible for developing educational programming in response to the participants’ academic needs.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Develop and follow through on participant educational goal plans
• Collaborate with other members of the self-sufficiency department to ensure integration of plans, services and evaluation
• Research and develop methods for motivating participants toward academic success.
• Collect and document data using the participant database and other tools and forms
• Assist participants with the college enrollment and completion of FAFSA process.
• Help new participants prepare for college level courses by teaching College Prep in either a group or one-on-one setting depending on scheduling demands.
• Develop and facilitate workshops on various topics to help ACHIEVEability participants achieve their education goals.
• Tutor participants, if needed, in one-on-one sessions that cover GED subjects and college courses.
• Work with the Development Department to recruit and manage volunteer tutors
• Train the volunteers in ACHIEVEability’s tutoring protocol (case notes, expectations) and provide the volunteers with resources on tutoring strategies and materials, as necessary.
• Network and establish relationships with local post-secondary institutions to ensure a smooth transition for our participants.
• Coordinate the publication of The Write to Be Heard: Voices of ACHIEVEability, the biannual compilation of participant writing and drawings.
• Participate in the research and completion of grant proposals and reporting.
• Other duties, as assigned
Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred
• High level of interest in education
• Interest in the use of technology as one of the tools to facilitate learning basic computer skills, including Word and Excel
• Connections in the education and social service communities, or desire and ability to make those connections
• Ability to relate to adults as well as children
• Commitment to the mission of ACHIEVEability
• Ability to cope with setbacks and slow progress

Interested applicants should forward resume to:

For the subject line of your e-mail, please indicate: Academic Coach – FirstName LastName

In your cover letter, please include your responses to the following questions:
(1) your interest in the academic coach position and the reason for your interest
(2) where you heard about this position
(3) what you think are the key ingredients for helping adults succeed in college (especially if they did not get the opportunity to develop adequate academic skills during their school age days)
(4) your salary requirement
(5) names and contact information of 3 professional references

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