The Opportunity Program (OP) at Skidmore College, a private liberal arts institution, seeks a Coordinator to provide advising and academic coaching to a cohort of OP students. Through the advising and coaching process, The OP Coordinator will discern the academic needs of students on academic review and academic probation and assist each student in developing an academic and personal plan of action for their overall growth and support. We are particularly open to candidates from under-represented groups who have experience with diverse populations and are able to contribute to the diversity and excellence of Skidmore's academic community.
Responsibilities of the Coordinator are as follows: meet regularly with students for advising purposes; develop student success plans for students on academic probation and academic review; monitor students' academic performance/progress toward degree completion; implement student success and retention strategies; assist students in securing content-specific academic support with OP Learning Associates or other on-campus content-based tutoring services; match students with the appropriate resources to aid in their success; educate students regarding stress-reduction and anxiety management techniques to promote academic success, personal wellness, and school-work-life balance; serve as instructor of the Academic Transformation course designed to guide first year OP students through their first year; keep accurate records for reporting and assessment; other duties as assigned.
The Opportunity Program Coordinator is essential to the success and retention of students in the program and must be completely committed to providing a culturally safe space for OP students and a judgment-free zone for academic exploration and continual learning. They must also share our commitment to the academic and psycho-social development of the whole student with special emphasis on self-efficacy, resiliency, and development of positive academic self-image among OP students.
Master's degree required. Strong background in academic and or student affairs, or academic advising experience.
Experience working with English Language Learners and students from under-represented backgrounds. Demonstrated ability to interact with persons from educationally and economically disadvantaged and other diverse backgrounds, and knowledge of issues related to access and equity in higher education.
Skidmore is a highly selective liberal arts college with a reputation for its creative approaches to just about everything. With its relatively small size and student-faculty ratio, the College is a close-knit academic community. Skidmore is known for its faculty of teacher-scholars devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates; approximately 2,400 talented men and women from some 47 ...states and 46 countries.In the universe of selective, private liberal arts colleges, Skidmore's distinctiveness is expressed in the statement that "Creative Thought Matters". This idea reflects not only the historical strength of the College's programs in the fine and performing arts but also the understanding that creativity is required for achievement in any area of human endeavor.The city of Saratoga Springs is widely recognized as one of America's great communities. It is located in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, within a three-to-four-hour drive from New York City, Boston or Montreal. Travel & Leisure calls Saratoga Springs one of "America's Greatest Main Streets" as well as "one of the best college towns in the nation," Money Magazine says it's one of the nation's top 100 places to live, and Princeton Review describes it as a "perfect college town." It's a community rich in history and tradition. Famed mineral waters, a Revolutionary War battlefield, and the nation's oldest thoroughbred racetrack represent portions of that history. Also, it's a community of arts and culture. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is the summer home to the New York City Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra, and a performing venue for top rock and jazz musicians.The Skidmore College community awaits your arrival, so if you welcome challenges and are interested in making a difference, come join us!