Unity College is a private, liberal arts, sustainability science-based institution with an environmental focus. The College offers Bachelor's and Associates degrees and currently enrolls over 650 full and part-time students. Known for hands-on learning in a full range of environmental programs, a collaborative faculty and staff, and a strong community, Unity College occupies a special niche in higher education and as such has been named 2016-2017 College of Distinction. The College offers internship sites in nearly 50 states and around the world in countries such as Zimbabwe, Belize, Ghana, Chile, Iceland and Israel and study abroad opportunities in 23 countries. Unity College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) and its mid-coast Maine location provides easy access to beaches, mountains, and Portland.
The Student Success Coach (SSC) works directly with students to support their development, resilience, and academic success, both in the classroom and out. As an integral part of college efforts to improve retention, persistence, and graduation rates, SSCs work across departments to bring instruction and co-curricular learning into alignment. Under the leadership of the Dean of Academic Support, SSCs are primarily advisors, helping students plan their academic program, take advantage of support resources and opportunities for co-curricular work with Academic Affairs, the Wellness Center, Residence Life, the Collaborative Learning Center (CLC), Information Services, the Office of Career Services, Business Office, Financial Aid and other student services to serve as a single point of contact for everything a student at Unity needs. They connect with students both in the classroom, as instructors in foundational courses, and through their work in other areas of campus life. The resilience Student Success Coach teaches in the Unity Experience and Unity Transfer Experience courses and serves as a part-time counselor in the CLC. Their focus and expertise is on building student resilience and helping students adjust to college and build strategies to achieve academic success and personal wellness. This is a residential position and includes room and board embedded in student residence halls.
Specific duties include (but are not all inclusive):
Advise 20-40 Unity College students.
Teaches 10 credits of Unity Experience, Unity Transfer Experience, and / or psychology per year as needed.
Provides one-on-one academic mentoring for a varying caseload of academically at-risk students as assigned.
Supplements college counseling support services with 8-12 hours of work per week with student clients.
Provides on-call counseling support to Residential Life staff a limited number of nights per week.
Maintains state licensure and continuing education credits as appropriate for counseling specialty.
At the discretion of the Chief Student Success Officer, this position will be a "live-in" position promoting community and responsibility in the residence halls.
The ideal candidate will have:
Master's degree preferred in higher education leadership or administration, counseling, psychology, or social work with appropriate licensure for college counseling.
1 - 3 years' experience working with college-age students in a teaching or counseling capacity in a higher education setting.
Basic crisis intervention skills or ability to learn (self-harm, sexual assault, substance abuse, etc.)
Preferred experience in professional advising, professional training, and workshop development.
Must have a valid driver's license and good driving record.
This position is primarily day shift with weekends and extended hours as needed. Includes on-call availability to assist Residential Life staff in managing students. Works with the CSSO to contribute to a system of after hour's coverage. May sometimes include participation in college events, student activities and events, ceremonies, and outdoor activities, including occasional evening and weekend work. Must be flexible in meeting the college's needs.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly active and required to run, stand for extended periods of time, lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. The duties of this position require the employee to regularly sit, talk or hear, and use the telephone for internal and external communications. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
Unity College seeks to attract employees who share a commitment to the environment and to human diversity, and who have an interest in helping students develop an understanding of the richness and complexity of individuals and society.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until filled. Qualified candidates should go to www.unity.edu/jobs to complete an application, submit a resume and three professional references. Electronic submissions only please.
Unity College is a small, private college in rural Maine that provides dedicated, engaged students with a hands-on, liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment and the sustainable use of natural resources. Our 225 acre campus, comprised of forest, fields, green space, and a stream, is situated on a hillside overlooking Unity Pond, with campus vistas stretching to the mountains of Maine. We are within a short drive to Maine's scenic rocky coast and numerous other points of interest.