Position Overview & Responsibilities

The Academic Success Center at Merrimack College is hiring two success coaches for its Success Coaching Program. Success Coaches will be primarily working with first-year students. This professional position will focus on 1:1 coaching of students with the goal of increasing the success in and outside of the classroom. While a main focus on the role will be on fostering academic success, Coaches will also offer foundational level support for career development, wellness, mental health first aid, and the social adjustment to college.

Success Coaches are responsible for acting as an academic coach for a caseload of students. The Coach will also teach a section of a 1-credit First Year Experience course in the fall semester, and a section of a one-credit support or leadership course in the spring semester and cultivate relationships with staff and faculty partners. They may supervise a graduate fellow and undergraduate peer leaders. Coaches will be a part of the larger Success Center team and as such will assist with the coordination of projects, workshops and participate in activities that forward the Academic Success Center’s mission of serving students so as to increase their success. By working directly with students and collaborating with all relevant members of the college community, Coaches will be a key component of a holistically-designed approach to student success.


  • Master’s degree

  • Experience in some form of academic, social or wellness coaching to students enrolled in college level courses, students with learning disabilities, mental health concerns, or are under prepared academically.

  • The successful candidate will be creative and interested in direct success coaching of college students and of continuing the ongoing development of ASC programs.

  • We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.

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

  • Cultural competence and ability to support students from historically underrepresented and underserved communities

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

This is a one year position with the possibility of an additional one year renewal.

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

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: 9/8/21

Closing Date: 11/8/21

Position Code: 125, 484