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Academic Coach 

Department: Student Success
Reports to: Lead Academic Coach
Status: Full-time, 10 months
Class: Exempt
Date Last Revised: June 2019

Illinois College is a residential, private liberal arts college located in the heart of Illinois, 70 miles northeast of Saint Louis, Missouri, and 30 miles west of Springfield, the Illinois State Capitol. True to its founding vision in 1829, Illinois College is a community committed to the highest standards of scholarship and integrity in the liberal arts. The College develops in its students qualities of mind and character needed for fulfilling lives of leadership and service, fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success.

Illinois College is an institution uniquely dedicated to helping students from diverse backgrounds receive a stellar liberal arts education. In 2018-2019 Illinois College received a 5-year, $2.1 million Title III Strengthening Institutions grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Building on institutional strengths, this investment will transform the student experience at Illinois College. First and foremost, Title III staff must be dedicated to transforming the lives of underrepresented and first-year students. Team members must be committed to a hands-on approach, intrusive advising, and collaborative work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. The academic counselor’s primary responsibility is to provide students with academic coaching, counseling, advocacy and connection to other support services on campus. The successful candidate will be an integral member of a team of professionals committed to student success. 

Essential Functions
The following list of duties is meant to be representative of the work performed in this position. The omission of a specific duty or responsibility will not preclude it from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical extension of position responsibilities:

  • Serve as an academic counselor and coach, with a particular emphasis on first-year and undeclared students; meet regularly with students to coach them toward meeting their academic goals.
  • Monitor student progress, using available research and databases, to help students stay on track to graduation. Intervene as necessary to help students get back on track and persist to graduation.  
  • Assist students in developing studying, note-taking, & time management skills necessary for college success.
  • Present college success strategy lessons in First Year Seminars, as well as other contexts.
  • Maintain student files and other necessary documentation. 
  • Collect and record data necessary for evaluation and assessment.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree required in college student personnel, student affairs, counseling, psychology, education, or other related field
  • 1-3 years of experience in post-secondary education in counseling, student affairs, or academic affairs strongly preferred
  • Intercultural competency; ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Able to develop and maintain collaborative relationships, engage in creative problem-solving, and extend enlightened hospitality when working with others

To apply submit a cover letter, resume and list of references to the Office of Human Resources by email to or by mail to:

Office of Human Resources
Illinois College
1101 West College Avenue
Jacksonville, IL 62650

Illinois College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from underrepresented minorities and women.