Position Overview & Responsibilities

Compass is an academic support program where first year students participate in small cohort courses designed to facilitate their high school to college transition and direct them for long-term success through graduation and beyond. Compass students spend their first year immersed in an intensive curriculum of both core and developmental courses while receiving weekly, one-on- one, academic coaching from a dedicated Learning Specialist.

The position requires a commitment to and experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion, preferably in a higher education setting, cultural competency, and ability to relate to and to communicate effectively with students, staff, and faculty, representing diverse identities, communities and experiences.

The Academic Success Coach manages an active caseload of Compass first-year and upper-class students for one-on-one meetings, providing a whole-student approach to academic, emotional, and wellness support. By working directly with students and collaborating with all relevant members of the college community, the Success Coach will be a key component of a holistically-designed approach to student success and development.

The Success Coach is also responsible for teaching a one credit First Year Experience course. This course is designed to compliment the cornerstone Critical Thinking course. The Success Coach will also be responsible for the co-development and implementation of additional Compass curriculum in conjunction with the larger team of faculty and staff.

The Success Coach will also assist with weekly guided study time for all Compass students, assisting one-on-one and in groups with coursework, organization, task-completion, test preparation and other academic support as needed. The Success Coach will collect, log and analyze student tracking data and progress, as well as help with the administrative tasks central to the program’s success.

The Success Coach will establish and maintain a collaborative and cooperative relationship with faculty, the Compass Program Director, and the larger Academic Success Center staff. The Success Coach will collaborate with campus services and personnel relevant to the academic and holistic success of Compass students. The Success Coach will make and accept referrals as necessary, helping to facilitate the students use of the Writing Center, Tutoring and Math Center, Student Life staff, Financial Aid, Career Services, Advising offices and Mental Health services.

Qualifications:

A minimum of a Master’s degree in Psychology, Education, Counseling or a related field. Three or more years of experience providing academic support to students enrolled in college level courses, including students with learning differences and under-prepared students. Knowledge and experience working with mental health concerns common in at-risk students. Experience developing and providing workshops for a diverse group of learners geared towards study skills, time management, academic engagement and reflection.

Application Materials Should Include:

  • Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position, citing experience relevant to the qualifications and including experience with, and commitment to, our Catholic Augustinian mission, our values, and our desire to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution of higher learning.

  • Resume

This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Statement on Our Mission

Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.

Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to Merrimack’s Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Augustinian mission, our Catholic faith and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Required Vaccinations & Remote Work:

Unless otherwise stated above, this is an on-campus position. This is not a remote or hybrid position as employees are essential in order to provide a fully on-campus, residential college experience for our students and the community. Merrimack College currently has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

About Merrimack College

The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 5,000 undergraduates and graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries, and comprises schools of liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences, education and social policy, and business. The college’s 260- acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges & Universities/Medium Programs institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 46th out of 170 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2020. Merrimack is also listed as one of the top 10 most innovative schools and placed 35th for best undergraduate teaching programs among schools in the U.S. News category.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Posted: 7/28/22

Position Code: 310/484