Academic Coach/Disability Coordinator – HigherEdJobs





DEPARTMENT: Svc/Students with Disabilities

SALARY: $57,201.00 – $62,400.00

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

Department Summary

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) is a student-centered unit within the Division of Student Life whose work is guided by best-practice standards and interventions utilizing a multidimensional model of student well-being.  SAAS oversees three key resources; Services for Students with Disabilities, the Adaptive Sports and Fitness program, Testing Accommodation Centers, and is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility by providing support services, advocacy and academic accommodations to students with disabilities.  SAAS  is strongly committed to outreach services to the academic community at large, and promoting awareness of disability issues and providing support for equal access for all students. SAAS is a partner to students, faculty and staff in the pursuit of developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Job Summary

The Academic Coach /Disability Coordinator provides direct and ongoing services to support students in identifying strengths and creating healthy habits, greater self-advocacy, and improved executive functioning  skills. This role provides cross-campus opportunities for student awareness of research-based methods to improve learning, metacognition, time management, and overall academic performance. This role also collaborates with faculty, staff, and other stakeholders in the University and surrounding community to ensure access, equity, and inclusion for all students.


Coaching/Advising (70%)

  • Provide individual and group academic coaching sessions to undergraduate and graduate students
  • Assist students in identifying, developing and implementing learning strategies and academic skills to meet goals
  • Assess student learning and study strategies and create a personalized plan for each student that strengthens self-efficacy
  • Refer students to appropriate academic supports and resources
  • Collaborate with other SSD staff, campus and community partners to provide access to resources and support students’ academic performance
  • Create content and facilitate workshop sessions in areas such as alternative learning strategies, time management, reading strategies, note taking, motivation, stress management, test taking, and campus navigation

         Program Support and Communication (10%)

  • Assist with the data collection and  program evaluation to improve Academic Support Program (ASP) services.
  • Support the training and development of ASP student staff
  • Communicate information on best practices in postsecondary learning strategies and specific disabilities through publications, presentations and workshops
  • Manage communication with students and cultivate professional relationships with campus and community partners

Counsel Parents, Faculty and Staff (10%)

  • Share information related to transition from K-12 to postsecondary education, disability law, and FERPA
  • Exercise professional judgment and specialized knowledge to support the advocacy for students with disabilities
  • Support the development of educational opportunities for faculty, staff and other campus partners
  • Provide potential students, parents and community members with appropriate information and resources related to postsecondary access, learning strategies, and campus navigation
  • Develop, coordinate, and facilitate programming and services that support advocacy

Advocacy (5%)

  • Assess the need for comprehensive advocacy services for students with disabilities at the University.
  • Deliver comprehensive advocacy services to students with disabilities.
  • Manage advocacy services for students with disabilities in order to ensure that students at the University have access to these services.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of advocacy services at the University.

Professional Development (5%)

  • Maintain membership and leadership positions in professional organizations related to disability services, postsecondary learning, and higher education, assistive technology, policy, and best practices in service delivery
  • Attend local and national conferences to ensure that SSD maintains its position as a premier service provider

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in counseling, psychology, special education, rehabilitation, higher education administration, social work or related field; or a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and a minimum 2 years equivalent work experience.
  • At least 2 years’ experience working in a postsecondary education environment or tutoring and/or teaching study skills.
  • Knowledge of disability law, i.e., IDEA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, ADA-AA.

Desired Qualifications*

  • 5 years experience working with students with disabilities in a postsecondary education environment as well as learning support or tutoring and/or teaching study skills.
  • Experience in academic support program development.
  • Have, or be eligible to earn, Academic Coaching certification through the International Coach Federation (ICF) or other professional coach-training program accredited by ICF.
  • Certification through the Professional Association of ADHD Coaches (PAAC) is recommended.

Additional Information

Position Criteria:

  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Ability to adapt and navigate change effectively
  • Contemporary knowledge of adaptive technology
  • Strong leadership quality
  • Work effectively as a team player
  • Experience working with diverse population

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 100% (exempt) appointment.

This role may have reporting obligations under Title IX and Clery.

Salary may vary depending on qualifications, experience, and education of the selected candidate.

Relocation will not be offered for this position. 


U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine, by the start of the fall term on August 30, 2021.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.

The University of Michigan is a non-discriminatory/affirmative action employer.

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