The Academic Skills Coordinator is part of the TRiO SSS Program team providing support services to ensure the academic success, retention, and graduation of students in the federally funded TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) program.  The Academic Skills Coordinator will design and monitor a key component of the program and coordinates services and activities associated with academic success, including: tutoring, academic coaching, supplemental instruction, developmental writing, academic and study skills, along with general academic advising and professional coaching to support currently enrolled TRiO SSS students.

The position oversees the tutoring program: recruits, trains, assigns and evaluates professional and peer tutors along with academic coaching. Provides professional tutoring and directly supports the adjustment of students to the challenges of higher education. The candidate should have a genuine passion and understanding of the history and goals of the TRiO SSS program and be familiar with the characteristics of low-income and first-generation college students and students with disabilities.

The position is a full-time, 12-month position contingent upon receipt of continued federal funding of the TRiO SSS grant.


  • Develops and conducts a comprehensive academic needs analysis and design an individualized academic support plan with clear pathway to graduation; monitor progress toward accomplishment of semester goals as stated in students’ individual academic plan; and, develop action plans, provide training and coaching in success strategies
  • Oversees operation of the SSS Tutoring and Academic Coaching Program. Recruit, recommend for hire, and train qualified professional and peer tutors/coaches; assign participant to tutors/coaches, monitor tutor/coach/tutee contacts, approve time sheets, record contacts in the project database; and, evaluate the tutoring/coaching program
  • Uses subject matter expertise to provide professional tutoring and writing assistance to program participants and contribute to instruction in the Summer Bridge and First Year Experience Programs
  • Designs and provides comprehensive presentations in the area of academic skill development, academic writing, research and digital literacy to support student success
  • Communicates frequently with program participants through a variety of communication channels. Maintain program social media platforms and oversee social media student worker
  • Maintains respective forms and comprehensive student records, utilize university student database management system, program database, produce reports, collect, and interpret data to track participant progress and persistence
  • Serves as an advocate for program participants with LU faculty, staff, and administration and as a well-informed liaison and referral source for other campus programs and community resources that may be appropriate to program participants
  • Prepares and distributes quarterly TRiO SSS Newsletter and Annual TRiO Update for distribution during TRiO week
  • Travels as needed to drive and/or accompany students to campus visits and cultural enrichment activities that may require overnight travel. Professional development may also necessitate travel that may include overnight
  • Performs other job related duties to ensure the success of the program and its participants as assigned by the Director


  • Bachelor’s Degree Education, Counseling, Psychology, College Student Personnel, Higher Education or closely related field required, Master’s degree preferred.
  • One year experience with TRiO Programs preferred. Preference is given to individuals who have succeeded in overcoming circumstances like those of the target population.
  • A minimum of two years in one or a combination of the following: teaching experience, remedial teaching techniques, counseling, advising, coordination of tutoring programs for students with low-income, disability, or first-generation status. Experience working with diverse populations


  • Strong knowledge of teaching-learning processes and higher education academic practices is desirable
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills, organization, research, and writing skills
  • Ability to understand and interpret university and federal grant policies and regulations
  • Proficient technology skills pertaining to database management, form development, and standard Office and Mac software
  • Demonstrate ability to work collaboratively, think creatively, maintain professionalism and confidentiality
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.

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