You are viewing a preview of this job. Log in or register to view more details about this job.

Academic Village - Graduate Academic Coach (GAC), 2023-2024

Engineering Residential Learning Community

Graduate Academic Coach (GAC) Position Description



The goal of the Engineering Residential Learning Community (ERLC) is to assist students with the development of their professional Engineering identity by helping them establish relationships in community with other engineers, by supporting their academic and social development, as well as helping them to practice good citizenship within the ERLC and greater campus community. 


What is a Graduate Academic Coach (GAC)? 

The purpose of the Graduate Academic Coach (GAC) position is to assist ERLC and Residence Life staff and facilitate student success.  An ideal candidate has a strong work ethic, a passion for helping students be successful, experience working with diverse student populations, as well as experience with or an interest in STEM.   

GACs will help first-year students to successfully navigate their first year of college in an effort to enhance their academic and social integration into Colorado State University.   


Job Duties  

Residential Faculty in Residence (FIR) Support Coordinator: Serve as a support person for the ERLC’s FIR in their programmatic and communal development. This role will include having 1:1 conversations with the FIR, helping to develop, plan, market and attend monthly programming events, and flexibility in supporting the needs of the FIR. In addition, this role will include aiding the FIR in connecting students to undergraduate research opportunities and attending monthly meetings with the rest of the GAC’s and ASC/ERLC Coordinator. 


Primary Responsibilities include: 

  • Creating and facilitating workshops/programs on key topics related to student success 
  • Attend ERLC/Residence Life staff meetings as a means of collaboration and supporting students from a holistic perspective 
  • Assisting in the training of ERLC Peer Mentors and Tutors 
  • Empowering the ERLC undergraduate staff members to enhance their skills in supporting residents  
  • Assisting the WSCOE Academic Success Coordinator with student and program assessment and follow up 
  • Communicating student concerns and issues to supervisors  
  • Assisting with the promotion of ERLC programming and academic coaching support services 
  • Participate in the ERLC Fall Training and aid in leading the ERLC Spring Training  
  • Participate academic coaching training sessions 
  • Completion of other duties as assigned 


 Required Qualifications  

  • Successful admission and acceptance into a graduate program at Colorado State University 
  • Interest and knowledge in student development and issues related to student retention 
  • Ability to utilize concepts of student development in program planning, academic coaching, advising, and administrative duties or ability to learn concepts quickly 
  • Detail-oriented 
  • Excellent computer, written and oral communication skills 
  • Proven organizational skills and strong interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to build rapport and connect with students, faculty, and staff 


 Preferred Qualifications  

  • Graduate student in the Walter Scott, Jr., College of Engineering 
  • Prior mentoring or academic coaching experience 
  • Prior experience in a supervisory role  
  • Knowledge of campus resources available to assist students 
  • STEM background or experience working with STEM students/programs 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and balance academics and work responsibilities 

 Terms of Employment  

  • Average of 4-6 hours worked per week  
  • Must be a graduate student in good academic standing at Colorado State University (enrolled in at least 9 hours each long semester) 
  • All candidates must be accepted into their program and have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher 



  • 1-bedroom apartment within the ERLC (AV – Engineering) for subsidized cost ($600/month for Spring 2023).  



  • Access to professional development workshops and opportunities facilitated by WSCOE 


Hiring Process  

  • Submit a resume and letter of interest via the application on Handshake 
  • Interviews will be scheduled with qualified candidates based on required and preferred qualifications for the position 
  • References may be requested at a later date 


Hiring Office Contact Information  

Betty Sims 

Academic Success Coordinator 

Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering 

Phone: 970.491.1446 



-Colorado State University may conduct background checks on final candidates  

-Employee benefit information can be found on HR’s Website at