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Academic Coach
DATE:   6/19/2019
JOB TITLE:   Academic Coach
JOB STATUS:   Full time Seasonal -10 months
FLSA STATUS:   Non-Exempt
TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:   Coordinator of Academic Success Programs
DEPARTMENT:   Academic Success Center
SECTOR:   Academic


The Academic Coach for student- athletes is responsible for providing outreach and academic support to at risk student athletes, including conditionally admitted freshmen, students on academic status, as well as targeted outreach to the Men’s and Women’s Basketball program and other sports as assigned.  The Academic Coach will serve as a liaison with athletic coaches in support of the academic needs of student athletes.  


Provide targeted support to designated athletic teams; Occasional travel with athletic teams to provide academic support; Monitor attendance during study hall hours. Help students understand University and degree requirements. Assist student athletes in developing a responsible approach to academic planning and monitoring academic performance through regular one-on-one meetings. Assist and advise student athletes each semester during the pre-registration process by monitoring their class schedules for special athletic needs, such as travel and practice times. Document and maintain individualized case notes for each student-athlete and prepare reports for supervisor. Provide academic assistance and/or appropriate referrals to other offices and campus resources as needed. Meet prospective student- athletes visiting campus.  Maintain regular contact with coaches and provide support to coaches by facilitating effective contact between coaches and faculty.  Communicate with faculty and advisors regarding student-athlete academic performance. Assist with educational planning and career goals. Attend and participate in Academic Success Center and athletic department meetings. Maintain confidentiality of information (including but not limited to: student and employee personal information, student grades, etc.), both during and after their employment with the University.  Any question regarding the confidentiality of material, should be referred to the supervisor. Any violation shall subject the employee to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment; Perform other duties as assigned. 


60%  Provide direct service and outreach to identified student populations and maintain appropriate records of support provided.  

20 % Travel with Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams   

10%  Serve as a liaison between coaches and faculty and students  

5%    Attend Academic Success Center and Athletic department meetings.   

5%   Perform other duties as assigned


Strong interpersonal, organizational, written and oral communication skills. Knowledge of intervention techniques for at risk college students, specifically at-risk student athletes. Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations. Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, databases and spreadsheet management. Ability to receive telephone calls, respond to inquiries and communicate with others by telephone. Ability to work nontraditional business hours as needed. Proficiency at handling various office machines including but not limited to:  keyboard, computer, copier and fax machine.


The functions of the position usually performed standing, but may require some amount of time sitting. Some amount of stooping, kneeling, bending, crouching, lifting, walking, running, carrying and other movements may be required.  Tasks involving working on a computer keyboard, computer software applications, involve extensive wrist and hand movement.  All individuals are required to be able to perform these tasks without significant risk of injury to themselves or others.


Bachelor's degree required with 1 - 2 years of experience with academic advising, coaching, and/or mentoring at the university-level.  Master's Degree preferred. Candidate must possess understanding of academic support theory and best practices. Candidate must be detail-oriented, organized and able to manage administrative tasks including conducting both formal and informal assessments throughout the year.  Excellent judgment and respect for confidentiality. A valid New York State driver’s license is required that satisfies both University and insurance company underwriting rules and regulations for driving a motor vehicle. Must also be able to operate a motor vehicle in Canada.  

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NIAGARA UNIVERSITY is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with our Catholic mission, Niagara University is committed to providing equal employment and educational opportunities and will not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex (gender), national origin, religious preference, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristic, status as veteran or disability. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Ryan Thompson, Esq., Title IX Coordinator, Office for Equity & Inclusion, 716-286-8324, rthompson@niagara.edu, www.niagara.edu/oei, Office Location: O’Shea Hall, B27. For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

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