Utica College, a small comprehensive college in Upstate New York, is seeking applications for a Success Coach in the Office of Student Success. The Success Coach is responsible for initiating proactive interventions with all undergraduate, residential and commuter students through on-going, structured student contact, programming focused on academic and transition issues, and regular communication with and referrals to offices and academic divisions across campus. This position will assist in increasing graduation rates and retention while decreasing the time to degree for Utica College students. Each Success Coach will oversee a caseload of approximately 400 students and will meet with each student at least once each semester specifically to create a class schedule. It is expected that students will also meet with their Success Coach several other times pertaining to other issues (transition, academic, etc.). All students will be assigned a Success Coach and a Faculty Advisor upon entrance to the College. A 4-year academic plan will be completed for each student in consultation with the Success Coach and Faculty Advisor. The plan will be updated during each meeting and will be agreed upon by the student, Success Coach and Faculty Advisor. The plan will be shared and stored in a central system for viewing. Success Coaches will be assigned based on academic school within the College and will be integrated into the school/major areas of responsibility by attending school-sponsored events and through various interactions and partnerships with faculty. This position will work with the School of Business and Justice Studies with students majoring in Criminal Justice & Construction Management.
In deciding whether to apply for a position at Utica College, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the UC mission and culture to help determine their potential success at http://www.utica.edu/instadvance/marketingcomm/about/. Our Mission and Values Statement includes a commitment to fostering diversity in background, perspective, and experience within an environment that is dedicated to the freedom of expression and the open sharing of ideas. At UC, diversity means that we are a community that represents a range of human experience and makes conscious choices to appreciate, respect, and learn from each other. Utica College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society.
Primary responsibilities include:
Outreach to students Completes ongoing assessments of all students in areas of academic/transition needs; Generates referrals to appropriate areas of College as needed; Becomes familiar with academic requirements and resources of Utica College; Becomes familiar with all non-academic resources, opportunities, and programs offered by Utica College; Helps to provide academic coaching to students which includes assistance with study skills, time management, organization, test taking strategies, etc; Develops/utilizes tracking and reporting system for students and trends in success-related issues; Works with professionals in Division of Student Affairs, meets with students on academic probation to identify strategies for success and to assess progress of plan; May work to coordinate internships for students if the major requires an internship; Utilizes and creates notes in EAB Navigate (Retention Software) for student meetings and communications.
Information/Communication/Tracking Attends weekly strategy meetings with the Center for Student Success; Attends Division of Student Affairs & Student Affairs and Enrollment Management all-staff meetings as required; Attends school or department meetings as necessary to keep up-to-date on academic programs; alumni relations; faculty research; and to ensure faculty and student interaction; Effectively creates an individual student to faculty connection for each advisee; Ensures that the faculty advisor is appraised of all feedback regarding academic progress; Works with students who are considering transferring to another school and understands why students are leaving the institution, where they are going and why; Works to keep information up to date on students; Serves as first point of contact for students for all student success related matters; Ensures that students who have the credits to graduate have completed all forms pertaining to graduation; Coordinates with Financial Aid Counselors to ensure billing, TAP requirements (including ETA) are all being followed and moving the student toward successful on-time completion.
Programming Produces, evaluates and tracks bi-weekly programming series focused on academic and transition issues throughout fall semester; Works to create synergies with the Center for Career Development as the student navigates through the 4-year program; Takes an active role in the development of the department’s strategic and operational plans as required by department leadership; Works closely with department supervisor to develop and implement operational goals that support departmental success; Participates and serves as an Academic Recovery Mentor in the Academic Recovery Program.
Bachelor’s degree is required. Master’s preferred; Prior experience working with college students in a residential setting and college programming experience is preferred; Significant exposure to and understanding of the curriculum of the programs in the assigned school and associated professional designations, credentials and accrediting bodies; Knowledge of career paths and maps of related occupations and demonstrated ability to locate and interact with local organizations to facilitate establishing a closer relationship with UC in appropriate areas; Experience dealing with undergraduate students in a peer-to-peer counseling and coaching settings and a professional interest in working with students in a student services and support capacity; Experience and knowledge of student research opportunities and processes is preferred.
To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and a diversity statement. All positions at Utica College support the College’s mission and values in part by being active members of an inclusive environment. Please describe in your diversity statement how you would see yourself incorporating this into this role.
In line with the College’s Affirmative Action Policy, there is no requirement or expectation that a candidate disclose their identity or membership in any protected class or group, either in the diversity statement or in other application documents submitted to the search committee. For additional information on what to provide in your diversity statement please reference the diversity statement guide at the following link: https://www.utica.edu/hr/media/Diversity_Statement_Guide.pdf
Active consideration of candidates will begin on October 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. References will be checked for candidates invited to campus.
Utica College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations.
About Utica College
Founded in 1946, Utica College is a private comprehensive institution distinguished for its integration of liberal and professional study. Our dedicated faculty and staff have built a tradition of excellence in teaching and learning with particular emphasis on providing individual attention to students. The College enrolls approximately 3,700 students – approximately 2,700 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students. A city of approximately 60,000, Utica is located at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in the Mohawk Valley region of upstate New York. The area offers easy access to a broad variety of cultural attractions, including the historic Stanley Performing Arts Center and renowned Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, as well as four-season recreation.