Academic Success Coach – Activate Program

  • Freelance
  • Anywhere
  • Freelance
  • Anywhere

Position Overview

The Activate Academic Success Coach reports to the Coordinator of the Activate Program and
works in close collaboration with the staff of Accessibility Services, staff of the Academic Success Center, the faculty, and campus
colleagues to support the neuro-divergent student population at Merrimack College.The Success Coach will work directly with students
identified as neuro-divergent (e.g. Autism, Asperger’s, Social Communication, Non-verbal Learning Disabilities) through weekly and bi-weekly
individual coaching sessions. Coaching will center on developing crucial academic and executive functioning skills, as well as career
readiness. Additionally, this individual will collaborate with the Activate team to plan and facilitate workshops centered on career
readiness and academic skills. As a part of the larger Accessibility Services Office, this person will also collaborate with the team on a
number of other projects, initiatives, and tasks within the office. The position requires a commitment to and experience with diversity,
equity, and inclusion, cultural competency, and ability to relate to and to communicate effectively with students, staff, and faculty,
representing diverse identities, communities and experiences.


  • Provide direct
    support to students identified as neuro-divergent and employ individualized strategies designed and implemented to teach students executive
    functioning and social skills, to have a successful college experience.

  • Provide holistic success coaching for a caseload
    of primarily first-year and second-year students to help foster academic success and self-determination, and help students persist to

  • Advise students during course pre-registration based on the learning strengths, abilities and interests of
    each student.

  • Develop and facilitate academic-skills-based and professional development workshops tailored to the needs of
    our neuro-divergent student population.

  • Review documentation and conduct intake meetings to determine appropriate and
    reasonable accommodations for each student.

  • Assist with retention efforts that address the characteristics and needs of a
    diverse population.

  • Ensure that confidentiality and privacy is maintained with respect to all communications and records
    considered confidential.

  • Assist with day-to-day operations and additional projects within the Accessibility Services
    Office as needed.


  • Professional experience supporting neuro-divergent
    individuals, preferably in an educational setting.

  • Master’s degree in Higher Education, School Counseling, or other
    related areas.

  • Familiarity with interpreting diagnostic assessments for the purpose of determining appropriate

  • Must possess a solid level of, or have the initiative to develop, knowledge of campus department partners
    for consultation and referrals and of academic curriculum to give general academic advice and make referrals.

  • Thrives in
    an entrepreneurial atmosphere, has a high degree of personal responsibility, is committed to continuous improvement, and has an unwavering
    focus on the students we serve.

  • Must possess excellent human relations, problem-solving, written, oral, and technological
    communication skills.

  • Must be available for occasional nights and weekends activities including Activate social and
    academic programming and admissions events as needed throughout the year.

Statement on Our Mission

Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse
community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian
tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.

Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect and can
contribute to Merrimack’s Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly
encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience
related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Augustinian mission,
our Catholic faith and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Application Materials Should Include:

  • CV or Resume

  • Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position, citing experience relevant to the
    qualifications and including experience with, and commitment to, our Catholic Augustinian mission, our values, and our desire to be a more
    diverse, equitable and inclusive institution of higher learning.

This position is subject to the successful completion of
a criminal background check.

Required Vaccinations & Remote Work:

Unless otherwise stated above, this is
an on-campus position. This opportunity is not a remote or hybrid position as employees are essential in order to provide a fully on-campus,
residential college experience for our students and the community. Merrimack College currently has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Students,
faculty, and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

About Merrimack College

The only Catholic,
Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more
than 5,000 undergraduates and graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries, and comprises schools of liberal arts, science and
engineering, health sciences, education and social policy, and business. The college’s 260- acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of
Boston in North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges & Universities/Medium Programs institution in the
Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country
and has steadily climbed up U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 46th out of 170 schools ranked in the
Regional Universities North category in 2020. Merrimack is also listed as one of the top 10 most innovative schools and placed 35th for best
undergraduate teaching programs among schools in the U.S. News category.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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