ACADEMIC SUCCESS COORDINATOR
Type: Seasonal Full-Time
Min. Experience: Mid to Experienced
Department: Student Success Services
Division: Higher Education & Student Success
Academic Success Coordinators (ASCs) help students to stay on track academically throughout the semester and to practice habits that will serve them throughout their academic careers. Prior to the semester, ASCs lead student orientations designed to prepare students for the semester. During the semester, ASCs collaborate closely with faculty to track student academic progress and challenges and to ensure each student receives the support they need (including those who qualify for academic accommodations). ASCs meet regularly with students 1:1 to offer customized academic support (including Academic Support Plans), host study halls, facilitate skill-building sessions, and serve as the conduit to Verto’s college counseling team.
We are currently hiring ASCs across all Verto’s program locations:
- Costa Rica
- Seville, Spain
- Florence, Italy
- London, England
This is a seasonal position, with the potential opportunity to return for a second semester. If you are interested in working both the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters, please indicate that on your application.
Working Directly with Verto Students:
- Lead orientation workshops on college readiness and “hidden curriculum”; applying for academic accommodations; Canvas; FERPA waiver basics and parent partnerships; program academic expectations (including attendance, class engagement, assignment completion and Academic Support Plans); academic integrity; college of record email and library access; resources for students (including mental health counseling, college counseling, tutoring services, etc.); etc.
- Track and use student data (including attendance, assignment completion, grades, etc.) and instructor feedback to collaborate in support of students, to monitor student progress and challenges and to select students for Academic Success Plans (ASPs)
- Collaborate with students to create and execute student ASPs
- Develop structure and strategies for study hall periods (based on student needs, instructor feedback and program itineraries); oversee study halls
- Support student development of healthy habits and executive functioning skills (i.e. organization, planning, time management, study habits, healthy routines, etc.)
- Serve as a math and/or writing tutor to students who need extra support in these areas
- Participate in program activities and/or excursions multiple times a week in order to build rapport, trust and personal relationships and to provide mentorship
Working with Verto Faculty, Program Leaders, and Verto HQ:
- Collaborate closely with faculty to monitor students' academic progress and challenges. Proactively create student support interventions and help to implement Academic Success Plans
- Support faculty to understand and appropriately apply official student accommodations (as outlined in documents issued by college of record) and to deliver instruction that meets students’ needs
- Liaise with Student Life Coordinators and faculty to help students navigate the nexus of program academics and program activities
- On occasion, support faculty with classroom set-up and facilitation
- Upon request from university admissions offices, collaborate with Verto HQ, college counselors and faculty to provide student progress reports as well as (unofficial) Verto proofs of enrollment and grade reports
- Provide basic college counseling in collaboration with Verto college counselors
- Other duties as reasonably assigned
WORK AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
- ASCs will be expected to attend occasional overnight trips in which living accommodations and schedule may differ from typical conditions
- The work pace is continually fast-paced and work is required for more than 4 hours at time
- Travel is required up to 100% of the time
- The environment in which the job is performed outside may include exposure to extreme temperature, noise, heights, or other hazards
Non-Europe Semesters: These are travel-based experiential learning programs. Living arrangements vary by program and location. ASCs may be required to live in close quarters with other staff such as in a shared apartment. In more remote locations, accommodations may not have air conditioning or access to a clothes dryer. Where possible, Academic Success Coordinators will have their own rooms with access to a small kitchen. Specifics will be discussed throughout the interview process.
Europe Semesters: These are semester-long study abroad programs. Students take classes on a campus or at a study center. Academic Success Coordinators will have their own accommodations, within walking distance to student accommodations. The accommodations will be similar to student residences. Academic Success Coordinators on these programs will remain in the same location for the entirety of the semester, except for occasional weekend excursions. Specifics will be discussed throughout the interview process.
The ideal candidate for this position will have:
- A Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
- 2+ years of experience in teaching, tutoring and/or academic advising
- 2+ years of experience working with high school or college students (preferred)
- Experience working with culturally, ethnically, socioeconomically, and linguistically diverse students and demonstrated ability to foster relationships with underrepresented students
- Experience with experiential learning and/or education abroad programming
- The ability to embody/model kindness, openness, flexibility, curiosity, empathy, integrity, responsibility and professionalism for students
- A passion for learning, experiential education, diversity, inclusivity, travel, global citizenship and, most importantly, for helping students grow and succeed
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- Excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills
- Understanding of common learning differences and disabilities
- Understanding of academic accommodations, how students qualify for them and how they are applied in college settings
- Understanding of differentiated instruction strategies and how to use them to support students academically
- Ability to explain/recommend targeted learning interventions
- Ability to establish and maintain positive and effective relationships with Verto students, faculty, and staff
- Ability to coach students to build effective habits and executive functioning skills
- Ability to work collaboratively in a team and build strong working relationships with other faculty and Student Life Coordinators
- Understanding of the value of experiential education and travel for young people
- Appreciation for diversity in backgrounds, cultures, and experiences and a desire to work with a diverse student population
- Ability to be flexible and adaptive and to provide quality work under pressure and ever-changing conditions
- Ability to provide basic technology support to instructors and students (projectors, wifi, presentations, etc.)
- Must be 24 years of age or older by September 1, 2021
- Ability to attend Verto training in August 2021 (~9-25th)
- Ability to be on a Verto program August 26 to December 10, 2021
At Verto Education we value voices of all backgrounds and experiences. We know that creating a diverse environment takes dedication and intentional hiring practices. We are cognizant of the gap between our current state and our commitments. In order to bridge that gap, we have to humbly evaluate where we are today.
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Equal Opportunity Employer
Verto Education is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
Possible Changes Due to COVID-19: These position responsibilities are subject to change due to ensuring the safety of our staff, students and the communities we visit. Read more about our programming scenario plan here.