Job Positions

Academic Coach

Categories: North Central Region 6


Chief Diversity Office


University of Iowa

Date Posted:

Aug 23 2018 10:00PM

Close Date:


Position Description

The University of Iowa’s Chief Diversity Office seeks an experienced professional to serve as an Academic Coach within the Center for Diversity & Enrichment. This position reports to the Assistant Director of the Diversity & Enrichment. The Academic Coach position will focus on ensuring academic and personal support of the University’s diverse student populations by providing one-on-one academic coaching, counseling, and identity based and academic programming to students served by the Center for Diversity & Enrichment (CDE). It also will provide programming for K-12 students in local school districts. This position will support students of all backgrounds who are served by CDE, with a focus on the Native American and Asian American/Pacific Islander student populations. This position will assist with outreach and retention programs supported or sponsored by CDE, as well as work with CDE staff and other university staff and faculty to develop, promote, present, and assess new academic services and programs or propose modifications to increase student retention, graduation, and success of students served by CDE. There is an expectation that the person in this position will maintain effective, civil, and respectful working relationships with the University of Iowa campus community and uphold a high standard of cultural competency and respect for difference that represents the Center for Diversity & Enrichment’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Occasional evenings and weekends are required. The University of Iowa values diversity among students, faculty, and staff and believes that a rich diversity of people and the many points of view they bring serve to enhance the quality of the educational experience at the University of Iowa. The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Appropriate background checks (e.g. criminal background and credential checks) will be conducted. The University of Iowa is a founding member of the Central Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) and is committed to recruiting and retaining the most talented and diverse faculty and staff and assisting dual-career couples. To see other jobs available in higher education and with key local employers in our area, please visit the HERC website at Visit for more information about working at the University of Iowa.


Enhance and Support Student Educational Experiences and Increase Retention. Foster a Sense of Community and Engagement for Students. • Provide a broad-range of programs and services focused on specific student populations that support the educational experience and retention of current or prospective students. • Monitor the academic, career and personal goals/needs of a student and provide individual guidance and assistance. • Discern students' needs and arrange for accommodations and services as appropriate. • May manage a case load. • Compile and prepare reports based on unit goals and make recommendations to the unit. Establish and Maintain Relationships with Partners to Provide Educational Support Services. Partners Include on-campus Units and External Agencies (Local, State, National and International) • Plan, organize and coordinate projects and events with partners to meet program goals. • Coordinate communication with partners. • Collaborate with partners to maximize resources and connections. Administrative (HR, Budget), Supervision and Training • May develop and manage a budget within specified guidelines. • May provide direction, assignments, feedback, coaching and counseling to assure outcomes are achieved.

Application Process

To view the complete job description, please see To apply for this position, visit our website at and search for Requisition #73339. All applications must be completed online via this website; however, if you need an accommodation in order to apply for this position, please contact Sharon Beck by phone at (319) 335-2430 or send an email to

Institution Information

The University enrolls more than 30,000 students, has 1,700 tenured and tenure track faculty, and more than 22,000 full time equivalent employees. This Big Ten Conference university is located in Iowa City, a vibrant college community that provides affordable housing, quality K-12 education, and an active cultural community, all located within the scenic rolling hills of Iowa. Frequently named to several “Best Small Cities” lists, this community is a warm and welcoming place for visitors and newcomers alike.

Additional Information


Contact Information



Required Qualifications


A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience (typically at least one year) in at least two of the following: - working directly with Native American and/or Asian American/Pacific Islander identified students in an educational setting; - developing and delivering programs for Native Americans and/or Asian American/Pacific Islander-identified students (regardless of age) in a higher education setting; - providing student services to diverse college student populations including first-generation students, members of racial and ethnic minority backgrounds, students who identify as LGBTQ, and students with disabilities; - providing academic advising or academic coaching to college students with diverse or underrepresented identities; - knowledge of topics and/or concerns in the higher education setting for college students with underrepresented identities with more developed knowledge of concerns and topics for those identifying as Native American, Asian American, or Pacific Islander. Clearly demonstrates a working proficiency in each of the following: - working effectively with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals (i.e. individuals from varied cultures, race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and veteran status); - communication techniques (verbal and written) and relationship building skills that enable one to establish and build healthy working relationships and partnerships with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and collaborative manner; - counseling students to help their emotional, physical, occupational, and social development; - communicating with students regarding their academic performance objectives and providing feedback to improve performance; - understanding of issues related to the decision making process; ability to analyze situations fully and accurately, and reach productive decisions; - developing, coordinating, and delivering educational/instructional programs; - maintaining confidential records and information.

Preferred Qualifications

A master’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience; Previous successful experience in working with, counseling, or advising, college/university students with disabilities, U.S. racial or ethnic minority, first generation, and/or low-income students in an educational setting; Experience working in a student support setting; Experience using technology for preparing presentations, recording student contact notes, managing a case list of students; Experience with assessment and evaluation methods; Knowledge of practices, policies, procedures, regulations, and programming pertaining to college/university admissions, scholarships, financial aid, student services, alumni affairs, university relations and media, campus facilities, university community, advising and academic/collegiate degree programs.