Position Overview: 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 academic coaching.


The Academic Success Coach manages an active caseload of Compass freshmen 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 Academic Success Coach will be a key component of a holistically-designed approach to student success and development.

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

The Academic 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 Academic 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 coach will collaborate with campus services and personnel relevant to the academic and holistic success of Compass students. The Academic Success Coach will make and accept referrals as necessary, including the Writing Center, Tutoring and Math Center, Campus Life staff, Financial Aid, Registrar, 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 counseling 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.

To Apply: Please apply online with resume and cover letter.

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

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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