Academic Coach, Educational Opportunity Center

  • Freelance
  • Anywhere
  • Freelance
  • Anywhere

Position Type: Technical/Professional

Position Classification: Exempt

Home Department: Educational Opportunity Center

Pay Grade: PT3

Closing Date: 08/31/2022


Santa Fe College (SF) has been recognized as one of the top-rated community college 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.  Santa Fe College is a comprehensive public college that offers a range of Bachelor’s degrees, Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degree options, as well as Certificate and Non-Degree programs.  A high quality of life, temperate climate, proximity to the University of Florida, diverse cultural events, and plentiful recreational opportunities make SF and Gainesville an ideal community to work and live.  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. 

Compensation: Salary is $40,836.58. Compensation package is comprised of many college paid benefits including health and life insurance, retirement, leave time, and tuition waivers for Santa Fe College and the University of Florida.


Santa Fe College is seeking an Academic Coach for its Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) program. EOC is one of the Federal TRIO programs funded through the U.S. Department of Education. SF’s EOC program is designed to identify, select, enroll, retain, serve, and assist low-income individuals, first-generation residents of Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, and Union counties in North Central Florida. This program provides support to individuals across three categories, including 1) individuals who wish to complete their General Education Diploma (GED) and enroll in a program of post-secondary study, 2) college-eligible individuals who wish to enter a program of post-secondary study, 3) individuals who previously stopped-out of a collegiate program who wish to re-enter a post-secondary program of study.  

The Academic Coach is responsible for providing required and permissible services to participants as outlined by grant and federal regulations.  This position will assist the EOC Program Coordinator in maintaining systems to ensure that eligible TRIO participants are seamlessly connected to college and community resources that lead to college enrollment and support collegiate persistence. The SF Educational Opportunity Center- EOC provides an array of services such as academic readiness testing, tutoring, personal counseling, financial support and literacy, career coaching services, as well as college readiness activities.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Recruits eligible participants from the target area and works with community-based partners to ensure programmatic information is available and widespread

  • Serves an assigned caseload of approximately 425 participants

  • Conducts needs assessments for incoming participants and establishes intake and service goals as appropriate

  • Refers participants to appropriate service providers and community partners

  • Assists students will GED/ adult education/ college enrollment as outlined by federal regulations and grant permissible and allowable service guidelines

  • Facilitates college readmission or transfer as appropriate

  • Maintains detailed participant records

  • Monitors participate progress, and provides timely updates to EOC staff and the EOC Advisory Board

  • Participates in college-related committees, providing service to the College as required.

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule.

  • Provides and promotes service excellence through courteous, informed, accessible and professional engagement

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Reports to: Coordinator, Educational Opportunity Center


Required: Bachelor’s in education, counseling, guidance psychology, social work, or similar discipline with at least two (2) years of work-related experience in advising or counseling underrepresented groups, preferably low-income, disabled, and/or first-generation students.  

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

Preferred:  Previous experience in TRIO programs or experience with a similar Educational Opportunity program is preferred, as is budget management experience. Preference will be given to qualified individuals who have overcome barriers like those experienced by TRIO program participants.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  

  • Communication – able to effectively communicate in a professional, diplomatic, empathetic, and tactful manner using preferred method and level as applicable to the job.

  • Relationship Management – able to personally provide high level of interactive service to others, building relationships and addressing identified needs.

  • Independent work – able to work independently with limited supervision and able to self-motivate.

  • Team Orientation & Interpersonal – highly motivated team player with ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with all levels within and external to the organization.

  • Systems & Software – proficient level of knowledge of Microsoft Office and/or relevant position software programs.

  • Ability to work successfully in a multi-cultural environment.

  • Ethics – able to demonstrate integrity, professionalism, civility, and a high degree of ethics in all job-related actions.

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 and having knowledge of working with underrepresented groups, preferably low-income, disabled, and/or first-generation 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 are required 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.

Required Documents

Letter of Intent, Resume/Curriculum Vitae, Unofficial Transcripts