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Student Support Services Academic Support Coordinator

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) at Simpson College seeks applications and nominations for the position of Academic Support Coordinator.  This is a 42-week contract beginning the first full week of August, full-time, exempt position which reports to the Director of Student Support Services. 

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded grant program for first-generation, low-income, and students with disabilities. The purpose of the program is to promote academic success, personal development, and retention of college students who are traditionally under-represented in post-secondary education. Simpson is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences affiliated with the United Methodist Church. 


The Academic Support Coordinator manages a caseload of approximately 65 of SSS participants and provides each of them with academic advising, mentoring, personal development, goal setting, and other individual needs. In addition, the Academic Support Coordinator has direct contact with participants through planning and presenting workshops. Some events may require evening or weekend hours.

A primary responsibility of this position is to coordinate the campus-wide Supplemental Instruction (SI) program, including supervision and training of SI Leaders and teaching a zero-credit Collaborative Leadership course for SI leaders each semester. SI coordination and supervision requires some evening hours. An ideal candidate has a strong background in math and science.


Masters degree with emphasis in higher education, curriculum and instruction, or related field required.  Teaching experience in higher education and background in science or mathematics preferred. Minimum of 2 years of program experience in advising or academic support services in higher education preferred. TRIO and Supplemental Instruction program experience preferred. Preference will be given to candidates who have succeeded in overcoming barriers similar to those confronting the project’s target population.

Knowledge and Skills 

The successful candidate will demonstrate a supportive, encouraging approach to students; demonstrate a strong commitment to student success; have excellent interpersonal, written, oral, and intercultural communication skills; be able to make effective public presentations. The successful candidate must be able to work independently as well as cultivate a cooperative attitude toward colleagues and members of the college community. This position requires basic data entry skills, the ability to analyze data, and skills in programs such as Excel and Power Point. 

Application Procedure 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae or resume, and contact information for three professional references, including addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses to:  

Director of Human Resources
Simpson College
701 North C Street
Indianola, IA  50125

or by e-mail to employment@simpson.edu.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The full-time start date for this position will be: August 3, 2020; as well as a three day training session in Kansas City in June or July, 2020. 

Student Support Services has been serving Simpson College since 2005. All TRIO-Student Support Services programs are funded by a US Department of Education grant on a five-year cycle; the current grant cycle will end August 31, 2020. Simpson College has applied for renewal for the September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2025 grant cycle.

It is the policy and practice of Simpson College to provide equal educational and employment opportunities for all. We specifically encourage applications from candidates with background that are underrepresented in higher education.