The Academic Coach is a part of the Center for Student Wellbeing in the Dean of Students division at Vanderbilt. The work of Academic Coach is within three main domains-individual academic coaching for students to help them achieve their personal and academic goals, workshops and programming pertaining to academic success, CSW support for neurodiverse learners and students with disabilities. The Academic Coach also assists with and provides programming, coaching, and workshops in other realms of wellbeing, such as mindfulness, meditation, and healthy living. Reporting to the Assistant Director for Academic Wellbeing, the Academic Coach works in close and frequent partnership and collaboration with faculty, and the Dean of Students staff and administration.
The Center for Student Wellbeing at Vanderbilt University works to create a culture that supports the personal development and academic success of students using an integrative, holistic framework. Through inclusive and collaborative programming, support services, and campus initiatives, the Center cultivates engagement in lifelong wellbeing practices that enhance students' ability to thrive within the Vanderbilt community and beyond.
The Office of the Dean of Students serves a central role in student learning and development at Vanderbilt, advancing the University's mission of teaching, research, and service by fostering academic and social networks through which students develop as intentional learners and global citizens. The Office of the Dean of Students creates opportunities to involve students, faculty and staff in diverse learning communities and provides a critical support structure for enriching the overall student experience. We achieve these ends through strategic alignment, both internally and in concert with other university departments. We care deeply. We educate completely. We lead with excellence. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and mental health are top priorities for the institution and by extension the offices of the Dean of Students. Our staff are committed to continued growth in knowledge, awareness, skills, and experience engaging with these priorities in a higher education environment.
Duties and Responsibilities
Provide one-on-one coaching, using a motivational interviewing framework, to help students develop, implement, and maintain skills to contribute to their personal and academic success
Provide one-on-one and group coaching to students referred by academic deans or other campus partners, needing support due to learning disabilities, ADHD, or low academic performance
Connect students with a higher level of care, when necessary
Programming and Events
Provide workshops on topics such as time management, academic skills, ADHD, and imposter syndrome
Provide drop-in study hall hours for on-demand academic support
Table at informational fairs & events to promote the Center for Student Wellbeing
Assist with and implement programs and workshops on general wellbeing topics, such as meditation, mindfulness, and healthy living
Support for neurodiverse learners and students with disabilities
In addition to providing individual coaching and programming for students in these populations, the academic coach will support CSW accessibility by providing staff consultation and training.
Serve on divisional committees and working groups to enrich the experience and resources available to staff across the division
Act as a resource and liaison to members of the University community on matters pertaining to academic success
Coordinate with numerous campus partners, particularly the Writing Studio, Tutoring, Office of Student Accountability, Community Standards, and Academic Integrity, Office of Housing and Residential Education, the University Counseling Center, and the Office of Student Care Coordination
Keep abreast of trends in student wellness, especially pertaining to academic success
Engage in professional development, including presentations at pertinent conferences and workshops
Participate in University, division, and departmental committees and task forces, as assigned Participate in division wide events as needed (Move-In Day, Rites of Spring, Diverse 'Dores Day, MLK Day, etc.) to support colleagues and ensure these events run smoothly.
Learn and comply with financial policies and procedures related to travel, procurement, and expense reporting in order to be a good steward of university funds.
Assume other duties, as assigned by the Director
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is necessary.
A Master's degree or other advanced degree in a relevant field such as Higher Education Administration, Student Personnel Services, Health Education or Counseling from an accredited institution is strongly preferred.
Strong organizational skills and self-motivation are required
Strong communication (oral and written) and public relations skills are required
Ability to work effectively with students from diverse backgrounds attending highly selective institutions with a broad range of campus groups, departments, and organizations is required
Two years of experience providing academic skills support is strongly preferred
Experience with the following are strongly preferred:
Direct experience with neurodiverse learners and/or students with disabilities in an educational context
experience in motivational interviewing techniques
experience with academic skills outreach programming in a collegiate environment
certification or training in executive functioning support services
certification or training in ADHD or other learning differences
knowledge and experience in assessing and implementing best practices in academic skill-building
experience in designing and delivering workshops and programs about wellbeing and academic skills
experience providing consultation and training with staff, faculty, others about academic success
skills and ability to train or coach student leaders, volunteers and/or peer mentors
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
Internal Number: 10000999
About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.