SSS Academic Coach Application

Student Support Services (SSS) Peer Coaching Application and Job Description

The Student Support Services (TRIO) program is hiring peer coaches for the 2018-19 school year. Peer coaches, who are continuing SSS students, will be paired with several SSS freshmen. The position is paid. There will be trainings at the end of the spring semester and throughout next school year. We encourage you to look over the duties and expectations and decide if this is an opportunity for you to pursue. If you are interested in being a coach, please complete the application below and submit your resume on Purple Briefcase.

Job Description: Peer Academic Coach


  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50
  • Ability to commit to serving as a peer coach for the entire academic year
  • Initiative to work with a variety of students
  • Proactive approach in scheduling meetings with students and building relationships that encourage student success
  • Good communication and problem-solving skills
  • Broad knowledge of campus resources
  • Adequate time to devote to serving as a peer coach
  • Attention to detail, flexibility, and dependability


  1. Provide academic coaching to new SSS freshmen through individual meetings during both semesters (approximately 2-3 hours/week)
  2. Assist students in identifying and implementing successful study strategies
  3. Articulate with the student a personalized plan for academic success
  4. Encourage students in their personal adjustment to campus life
  5. Foster involvement in campus activities
  6. Build a relationship with each student you are coaching
  7. Maintain up-to-date and complete records of contacts with students
  8. Guide students to appropriate campus resources as needed
  9. Attend all training sessions provided by ARC staff


  1. Time commitment is greater at the start of the semester (4-5 hours/week) and then lessens
  2. Meetings with coached students conducted later in the semester can be face to face or virtual
  3. Accurate and timely records are maintained
  4. Attend training for approximately 1 hour/week


To apply to be an Academic Coach, complete the information below. For your application to be complete, you also need to submit your resume on Purple Briefcase.