Position Overview & Responsibilities

The Graduate Academic Advisor will provide direct coaching and academic skill-building services, and coordinate day-to-day case management for holistic support to Merrimack graduate students. Reporting to the Director of Graduate Academic Success, the advisor’s responsibilities will include:

• Direct, individualized, and group coaching to graduate students seeking skill-building and strategies to advance their academic success

• Coordinating case management for individual students in need of academic or non-academic support from campus partners.

• Applying best practices for case and data management in platforms such as Slate and Advocate.

• Partnering with related academic support centers (the writing center and math center) to connect students with existing resources.

• Working with the Director of Graduate Academic Success to develop, promote, and deliver regular workshops for graduate students to improve their academic skills and outcomes.

• Working with Director of Graduate Academic Success to develop, promote, and deliver regular workshops to support faculty and staff in advancing graduate academic success in the classroom and beyond.

• Serving as part of the three-person professional leadership team of the Graduate Center.

• Other duties as assigned, including administrative support for the Center, including (but not limited to) 1) tracking and producing data reports on student use of the center’s resources, 2) assisting with event coordination and newsletter construction, and 3) communicating with campus partners about opportunities and events.


• Master’s degree in Higher Education, Counseling, or related field in Academic Coaching or Advising at the graduate level.

• Successful candidates will have a strong interest in post-traditional learners and learners from diverse backgrounds, including international students, and students with disabilities.

• Candidates will possess knowledge of best practices regarding study skills, time management, research, and writing, and have experience coordinating and connecting students to a variety of support services.

• Cultural competence and experience serving students from historically underrepresented and underserved communities.

• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as relevant to academic success.

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.

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
  • 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: 11/17/21

Position Code: 931