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Academic Coach Coordinator

Categories: South Central Region 7


Adidas Scholars


University of Kansas

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Position Description

The Academic Coach Coordinator, Adidas Leadership Scholars Program, leads efforts to provide students participating in the Leadership Scholars Program targeted academic success coaching. The Academic Coach Coordinator will hire, train and supervise student peer mentors to serve as peer success coaches as well as provide direct academic coaching to undergraduate students in the Adidas Leadership Scholars Program. This position reports to the Director of the Academic Achievement and Access Center (AAAC) with a dotted line to the Program Director of the Adidas Leadership Scholars Program. Essential duties include providing direct academic success coaching, hiring, training, evaluating and supervising student peer mentors/success coaches, supervising graduate assistant success coach, assessing effectiveness of success coaching program, developing and implementing workshops for Adidas Scholars and collaboration with key campus stakeholders.


45% Student Staff Supervision

  • Hire student peer mentors to serve as academic success coaches
  • Implement training program for student peer mentors/success coaches
  • Provide direct supervision of a .50 FTE Graduate Student Success Coach
  • Conduct on-going training with peer mentors/success coaches throughout the academic year
  • Coordinate weekly peer mentor/success coach team meetings as well as individual supervision meetings
  • Lead, supervise and evaluate student peer mentor/coaches
  • Participate in Leadership Scholars administrative team meetings
  • Participate in events designed for Leadership Scholars
  • Some evening and weekends will be required
40% Academic Coaching
  • Meet regularly with students for academic success coaching/consultation and resource referral.
  • Develop academic success plans with students that include development of personal and academic goals, study strategies, time management and organization, critical thinking, test preparation, note taking skills, self-monitoring skills, resource/service navigation.
  • Document and maintain all communication with students resulting from appointments, email, phone and walk-ins.
  • Develop rapport and productive relationships with students by creating engaging educational materials and welcoming environments for students to grow and gain new academic skills.
  • Collaborate with campus partners to support and refer students as necessary.
  • Design and implement workshops for students involved in the Adidas Scholars Program.
10% Program Evaluation
  • Assist the Program Director in evaluating the effectiveness of the coaching program
  • Develop reports on student retention and progression.

5% Other duties as assigned

Application Information

Institution Information

Program Overview: The KU Adidas Leadership Scholars program is designed for undergraduate students who identity as first generation or who are Pell eligible. The program is designed to provide intentional and proactive student services through academic advising, career coaching, and success coaching for a cohort of students from their first year through graduation. Prior to the fall of their freshmen year, program participants will attend a mandatory six-week Summer Success Academy. Scholars take math and leadership studies courses coupled with programming designed to help with their transition to the institution. The courses are designed to prepare participants for the academic work required of KU students and to jumpstart their academic career at the university.

Additional Information

$40,000 - $42,000

Contact Information

Andrew Shoemaker


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • 2 years of experience in academic support or coaching services in an educational setting.
  • Experience working with diverse students as demonstrated by cover letter and resume.
  • Excellent written communications skills as demonstrated by cover letter and resume.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with key campus stakeholders as evidenced by application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in education, counseling, psychology, special education, social work, liberal arts, or related field
  • Academic Coaching Certification in higher education administration, student personnel or related field (CRLA/ATP/NCLA).
  • Experience working with first-year college students.
  • Experience creating and giving presentations.
  • Excellent oral communication skills as demonstrated through past experience and/or interview.
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office products and some familiarly with web-based retention software such as Starfish or Grades First.