Position Overview & Responsibilities

The Coordinator of the Activate Program reports to the Assistant Director of Accessibility Services and works in close collaboration with the staff of Accessibility Services, staff of the Academic Success Center, the faculty, and campus colleagues. The Coordinator is responsible for directing a comprehensive set of support services for students identified as neurodiverse (e.g. Autism, Asperger’s, Social Communication, Non-verbal Learning Disabilities), including working directly with students to create individual social and academic goals that can be tracked and managed; providing educational programming and awareness events for the college community; and supervising graduate fellows.

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

  • Serves as the main point of contact for the neurodiversity support services program and is responsible for the facilitation, implementation, and assessment of the program.
  • Provides direct support to students identified as neurodiverse to provide individualized strategies designed and implemented to teach students executive functioning skills.
  • Coordinates strategies and identifies solutions to challenges and barriers encountered by students participating in the neurodiversity program.
  • Provides personalized success coaching for students receiving services to help foster academic success, self-determination, and help students persist to graduation.
  • Develop, foster, and maintain relationships with community agencies and organizations to connect students with services.
  • Provide academic advising, course recommendations, and registration assistance based on the learning strengths, abilities and interests of each student.
  • Recruit, hire, and train graduate fellows to work with students receiving neurodiversity support services.
  • Ensure that confidentiality and privacy is maintained with respect to all communications and records considered confidential.
  • Assist with retention efforts that address the characteristics and needs of a diverse population.
  • Assist with the review of documentation for the purposes of determining appropriate, reasonable accommodations and conduct intake meetings with neurodiverse students.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree and professional experience in a field relevant to the delivery of support services to neurodiverse individuals.
  • 2 or more years working in a community based or higher education setting providing direct support to individuals identified as neurodiverse.
  • Experience as a behavior specialist with advanced skills in behavior management and instruction for individuals identified as neurodiverse preferred.
  • In depth knowledge of the cognitive, educational, vocational and social challenges encountered by neurodiverse individuals.
  • Experience in specialized programming for young adults with Autism and other significant communication or behavioral challenges, especially in an inclusive community environment.
  • Familiarity with interpreting diagnostic assessments for the purpose of determining appropriate accommodations.
  • Must possess a solid level of knowledge of campus department partners for consultation and referrals and of academic curriculum to give general academic advice and make referrals.
  • Must possess excellent human relations, problem-solving, accountability, and excellent written, oral, and technological communication skills.
  • Must be available for occasional nights and weekends activities.

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.

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 or Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching evaluations (past two years only)
  • This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

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: 9/7/21

Closing Date: 11/7/21

Position Code: 905