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Interim Academic Coach, STEM Student Support Services

Job Description

Santa Fe College (SF) has been recognized as one of the top-rated community colleges in the United States. Santa Fe College is a student-centered institution with a commitment to open access, academic excellence, and cultural and ethnic diversity. SF enrolls over 16,000 students each semester, retains and completes over 60% of students every academic year, while over 10% transfer into the University system.


Santa Fe College is seeking an Interim Academic Coach for its Student Support Services STEM (STEM3S) program. Student Support Services STEM is one of the Federal TRIO programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. SFs STEM3S program is designed to identify, select, enroll, retain, serve, and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities. The program provides support services that will help participants progress academically to and throughout college.

The Interim Academic Coach is responsible for identifying and selecting program participants with the project coordinator. The successful candidate is responsible for facilitating academic advising, tutoring, financial literacy, transfer advising, instruction in study skills, and career development. This position is grant-funded by the Department of Education and is being filled on an Interim basis.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Collaborate with coordinator to identify, recruit, select eligible participants.
  • Regularly meet with program participants to support persistence, retention and completion.
  • Facilitate academic guidance, financial assistance and literacy, career development, transfer pathways, tutoring, and study skills development for program participants.
  • Track, monitor and maintain accurate records of student academic progress.
  • Assist in the recruitment, selection, and training of academic subject matter tutors, coordinate tutoring schedules/sessions with tutors/participants and supervise tutors.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with SF, UF, and community constituents for appropriate referrals with staff.
  • Work closely with SSS STEM staff to effectively and holistically serve STEM students.
  • Respond to at-risk reporting with appropriate student outreach, referral, and follow-up.
  • Facilitate supplemental instruction, arrange transfer and cultural visits, and develop resources for STEM students.
  • Partner with the coordinator to conduct research necessary for project evaluation, assisting in the evaluation process to include annual report, consultant visits and grant submission.
  • Provide outreach to students through class presentations, college events, and other initiatives. Some initiatives might include night and/or weekend commitments.
  • Engage in ongoing professional development to maintain currency in the field.
  • Provides and promotes service excellence through courteous, informed, accessible and professional engagement.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Reports to: Coordinator, STEM Student Support Services


Required: Masters degree in STEM, education, counseling, guidance psychology, social work, or similar discipline. Knowledge of STEM fields. Candidates must have at least (2) two years of work experience in higher education* as well as at least (2) two years of concurrent work experience in student success, STEM, TRIO, or similar programs that serve underrepresented groups, preferably low-income, disabled, and/or first-generation students. *years of experience is required by the grant. Experience in case management, educational interventions, and excellent communication skills are also required.

Additional Requirements: Must possessa valid Florida Driver License and be authorized to drive for the college (Driving Requirements).The ability to lift a minimum of 25 lbs. A criminal background check will be conducted.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Analytical Aptitude & Problem Solving - able to analyze information, problems, situations, practices and/or procedures, collect and interpret data, reason logically, establish facts, identify and define existing and potential issues, recognize the interrelationships among elements, draw valid conclusions, develop recommendations, as well as alternative courses of action, select appropriate course, follow up, and evaluate.
  • Leadership has demonstrated success as an entrepreneurial, high energy, driven, hands-on leader. Possess expertise in selecting, training, developing, coaching, mentoring, and retaining a highly motivated workforce.
  • Communication able to effectively communicate in a professional, diplomatic, empathetic, and tactful manner using preferred method and level as applicable to the job. Able to effectively communicate information and ideas, speaking and writing in terms understandable to others.
  • Relationship Management able to personally provide high level of interactive service to others, building relationships and addressing identified needs.
  • Systems & Software - proficient level of knowledge of Microsoft Office and/or relevant position software programs.
  • Team Orientation & Interpersonal highly motivated team player with ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with all levels within and external to the organization.
  • Ethics able to demonstrate integrity, professionalism, civility, and a high degree of ethics in all job-related actions.
  • Ability to work successfully in a multi-cultural environment.

Application Process: All applicants must submit a completed online SF Employment Application, a letter of intent demonstrating evidence of overcoming barriers experienced by low income and first-generation students, having knowledge of working with ethnic minority and low-income students, an up-to-date resume, as well as college transcripts to be considered for this position. Unofficial transcripts are only accepted for review purposes, official transcripts arerequired prior to any offer of employment being made.

If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.

Santa Fe College (SF) is committed to maintaining a work and educational environment that embraces diversity and where no member of the college community is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subject to discrimination in any college program or activity based on: their race, ethnicity, national origin, color, religion, age, disability, sex, pregnancy status, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, political opinions or affiliations, or veteran status. This commitment applies to employees, volunteers, students, and, to the extent possible, to third parties, applicants for admission, applicants for employment, and the general public. http://www.sfcollege.edu/eaeo/

Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies or concerns about discrimination or harassment, including concerns about sexual harassment or sexual violence under Title IX, should be directed to: equity.officer@sfcollege.edu

Santa Fe College reserves the right to extend deadlines and/or not to offer advertised positions.

Preference will be given to eligible veterans and spouses of veterans.

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