Bilingual Academic Success Coach

Posted by
Cuesta College
San Luis Obispo, CA
Published 11 days ago

Bilingual Academic Success Coach

Cuesta College

Salary: $48,648.00 - $53,628.00 Annually
Job Type: Full Time
Job Number: FY2122-00031
Location: Cuesta College - San Luis Obispo Campus, CA
Department: Student Success Center
Closing: 8/19/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

Job Description Summary
This position is 100% FTE and 11 months.

Academic Success Coaches play a vital role in supporting student success. Through regular one on one sessions, coaches model critical thinking, problem- solving, and study skills for adapting to the demands of academic courses. They track student progress and guide students to explore and develop a customized tool kit of academic strategies, resources, and self-advocacy skills. This degree of personalized, holistic support transforms current performance outcomes and builds strong independent learners with a foundation for future success.

Cuesta College currently has a team of Academic Success Coaches dedicated to implementing innovative, equity-minded best practices supporting student success. This position is funded through the United States Department of Education, with the goal to create an academic and corresponding support system for students intending to become K-12 teachers. The team of Coaches work collaboratively and although have specific program focus, support the needs of all students. Academic Success Coaches also are vital members of our Guided Pathways framework, working in Areas of Study and Student Success Teams to ensure students are fully supported through completion of their academic goals.

Cuesta College was awarded a developing Hispanic Serving Institution grant for $2.5 million in 2018 to assist pathways for students to become K-12 teachers, with the hope to increase the number of Latinx students who identify teaching as a future career. Students interested in teaching preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, special education, and career technical education will receive enhanced support towards achieving their goals. The Coach will work collaboratively across campus with departments such as the Latina Leadership Network, Monarch/Dream Center, CaFE Center, Student Success Center, ESL, and Outreach and Enrollment Services to promote the objectives of the grant, support the College in targeted services for Latinx students, and play a key role in the implementation of Guided Pathways .

This position reports to the Director of Student Equity and Success and will be working in both the San Luis Obispo and North County campuses.

Located in the heart of scenic San Luis Obispo County, Cuesta College has provided comprehensive associate degree offerings, certificates, and community programs to the region since 1964. Committed to being an inclusive institution that inspires a diverse student population to achieve their educational goals, we are proud to be designated as an Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education. Cuesta College is committed to racial and socioeconomic diversity that reflects our student population; we strive to hire candidates that share the value of commitment to diversity and inclusion. As part of the Cuesta College team, you can expect to be part of a collaborative community of faculty, classified staff, administrators, students, and community partners advancing educational excellence with intentional support services leading to student success and completion.

Additional information about the college can be found at
The college planning documents can be found at
Our Student Equity Action Plan can be found at
We offer comprehensive benefit options. Information about benefits can be found at

Under general supervision of a Dean or Director, and in in collaboration with faculty and student services personnel, provide individualized academic support to students enrolled in basic skills Math, English, and ESL courses, with attention to students from economically disadvantaged and ethnically under-represented backgrounds, and disproportionately impacted students as identified in the Student Support and Success Program Plan (3SP) and Student Equity Plan. Academic Success Coaches will proactively identify the populations most anticipated to benefit from academic support, and link them to services. This position will provide personalized academic support to high-needs students.

The Academic Success Coach performs a variety of tasks to guide and promote student academic success, including in-class assistance, embedded tutoring, workshops, directed learning activities, and other expanded learning opportunities. Academic Success Coaches collaborate with Enrollment Success Specialists to locate the target populations, direct at-risk students to all student support services, monitor student use of such services, and maintain records of target student progress data. The focus on the student population groups listed above distinguishes this position from other academic support positions.

Incumbents in this position will support institutional effectiveness and student learning outcomes by effectively linking students to appropriate academic support services.

Essential Functions & Qualifications
  • Link students to academic support services, with emphasis on tutoring and Success Center Support;
  • Introduce alternative or expanded information presented in class to enhance student understanding. Some examples include assist in developing directed learning activities and/or workshops to address academic deficits as directed by instructor;
  • Provide academic support to disproportionately impacted students as identified in the Student Equity Plan as the primary focus for academic support;
  • Collaborate with faculty to meet the instructional needs related to in-class and embedded tutoring and in-class assistance;
  • Collaborate with Enrollment Specialists to direct students to student services support such as financial aid, counseling, and student health services;
  • Track and maintain contact with students throughout the semester, ensuring continued student use of support services, and review student progress;
  • Assist the college in meeting student retention and success goals;
  • Maintain an effective working relationship with students;
  • Answer student questions during classroom and lab/tutorial time;
  • Assist students in tracking assignments, due dates, missing assignments and the use of a planner;
  • Assist students with instructional technology, including software, internet, and word processing;
  • Respond constructively to a wide range of student concerns, not all of which are necessarily academic;
  • Engage in appropriate professional development; and
  • Perform other related duties as required.
  • Associate's Degree from accredited university.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (oral and written).
  • Bachelor's Degree from accredited university.
  • 1-2 years relative classroom experience in content area appropriate to the assignment.
  • Additional years of independent experience, including leading small groups, skill development and/or other relative experience such as tutoring or academic advising.
Knowledge of:
  • Current technologies, personal computer, and associated office software such as word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and/or database software;
  • Correct usage of English, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary; and
  • District policies and procedures.
Ability to:
  • Implement techniques for providing academic advising to a diverse student population;
  • Work as a team member;
  • Exhibit superior interpersonal and problem solving skills;
  • Adhere to strict confidentiality and other ethical standards;
  • Be clearly student-focused in both philosophy and purpose;
  • Work with a minimal supervision;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the performance of duties; and
  • Demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of staff and students and of staff and students with physical and learning disabilities.
Physical ability to:
  • Read and comprehend printed matter and text and data on computer monitors;
  • Communicate intelligibly and effectively via speech, telephone, written correspondence, and/or email;
  • Sit or stand for extended periods of time;
  • Lift and/or carry 25 pounds; and
  • Exert manual dexterity sufficient for keyboard and other office equipment operation.
License and Certificates (current within the last year):
  • Valid driver's license and eligible to obtain California driver's license upon hire.

Additional Information
This position is 100% FTE and 11 months.

Candidates will be required to submit all of the required documents listed below when applying for this position. When uploading documents, PDF uploads are preferred.
  • Cover letter;
  • Resume;
  • Reference list (see further instructions below); and
  • Unofficial transcripts.
Reference List Instructions: Your reference list must include three professional references, their contact information, and their relationship to you.
Completed online applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by the closing date for this position. LATE, INCOMPLETE, FAXED, MAILED OR EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Below is the full salary schedule range for this position, steps A through E. Per our bargaining agreement, we can only place new employees at Steps A through C, which is the anticipated hiring range also listed below. For a full salary schedule, please see our website:
  • Salary Schedule Range: $4,054 - $4,927 per month.
  • Anticipated Hiring Range: $4,054 - $4,469 per month.

Cuesta College will not sponsor any visa applications.

San Luis Obispo County Community College District ('Cuesta College') is an equal opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), age, disability (physical and mental), genetic information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal and state law in admission and access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities at any of its campuses. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Cuesta College also prohibits harassment on any of these bases, including sexual harassment, as well as sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

In compliance with California law, all prospective staff and students are entitled to read the Annual Security Report, published each October by the Cuesta College Department of Public Safety. This report contains information about our emergency and crime reporting procedures, as well as crime statistics for the past 3 years. You may request a copy of this report at one of our two Public Safety Offices: on SLO campus at Building 6600A or on North County Campus at building N1021, during campus business hours. You may also access the complete text of this report at the following website address:

Interview Process Information
Selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview and skills test on Thursday, September 2, 2021.

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

The San Luis Obispo County Community College District promotes inclusiveness, prohibits discrimination, and encourages all qualified persons to apply. As an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, Cuesta College actively seeks candidates with diverse backgrounds to assist students, staff, and faculty. For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) assistance with the application and/or interview process, please contact the Human Resources Office: (805) 546-3129.


Bilingual Academic Success Coach

Cuesta College

Salary: $48,648.00 - $53,628.00 Annually
Job Type: Full Time
Job Number: FY2122-00031
Location: Cuesta College - San Luis Obispo Campus, CA
Department: Student Success Center
Closing: 8/19/2021 11:59 PM…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    2-Year Degree Required


San Luis Obispo, CA, United States

How to Apply

Join Idealist

Sign up today to save your favorite jobs and get email alerts when new ones are posted.