Academic Coach

Bend Program · Bend, Oregon
Department Bend Program
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation upper 30's to low 40's DOE

About our ideal applicant:

You are passionate about helping others reach their fullest potential.  You have a coaching background in either education or behavioral health which gives you a unique understanding of the underlying causes about why some college students struggle.  This perspective, paired with a positive outlook, detail-orientation, and a fun personality helps you to succeed as a College Excel Academic Coach.

Academically, you help students develop a deeper understanding of themselves as students and teach them academic skills they may be lacking.  In tandem, you develop plans for success and hold students accountable to these plans.

You also understand that college success does not fully happen in the classroom (or even on campus for that matter) and you help students to develop and lead balanced lives that include positive relationships, healthy eating habits, clean living spaces, regular exercise, and fun in their free time!

In short, you are ready to work with students where they are at and help them flourish from there.

If the above description sounds like you and you meet the requirements at the end of this document, we encourage you to apply!  


About College Excel:

Founded in 2003, College Excel is the nation’s leading residential college support program, located in beautiful Bend, Oregon. At College Excel, post-secondary adults (18+) with diverse learning needs requiring extra support are provided the structure they need to move forward, both academically and personally. Using a proprietary, blended coaching model rooted in Harvard research-based neurocoaching and behavioral coaching techniques, College Excel students receive daily support from a team of credentialed and experienced Academic Coaches while earning transferable college credits.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop one-on-one coaching relationship with students to support them in the implementation of their overall College Excel experience to reach their potential as an independent young adult and successful college student
  • Meet with assigned students a minimum of twice per week to discuss progress
  • Use behavioral coaching techniques that help the student successfully address the behaviors and attitudes that interfere with their ability to make the personal change that will benefit their college success
  • Keep a global perspective on all aspects of the student’s life as the student learns to maintain balance and integrity and as they attain personal and academic success
  • Support life skills training for students in various stages of their personal development and college careers including goal setting and the development of an action plan
  • Keep accurate and timely records of coaching sessions
  • Work individually with students to develop successful study skills for inside and outside of the college classroom
  • Create effective daily, weekly, short-term and long-term plans and schedules with students
  • Assist students with the development of organizational and self-management strategies for the demands of a college term
  • Work closely with the coaching team to ensure students’ academic and personal needs are being addressed effectively
  • Assist students and parents with the application and registration procedures for COCC/OSU-Cascades
  • Maintain positive professional relationships with COCC/OSU-Cascades staff and other community partners
  • Formulate an academic plan, in collaboration with the Academic Director, with outgoing students to include assistance with the college search, if necessary
  • Schedule and lead conference calls regularly with students and parents / financial sponsors
  • Assist and guide students to be self-advocates in the college environment by setting up accommodations and implementing strategies that address mental health issues and learning disabilities.

General Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to College Excel Core Curriculum instruction and implementation
  • Attend all required staff and student meetings
  • Assist students with achieving academic goals
  • Assist College Excel Team in managing and organizing facilities, including light cleaning and upkeep of the facility
  • Interview and tour prospective students and their families
  • Facilitate/supervise off-site and/or infrequent overnight educational courses or activities as necessary
  • Shuttle students to and from College Excel facilities and/or COCC as necessary
  • Meet with Manager once per week
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Experience working in an educational or social service / therapeutic related field, preferably with young adults
  • Effective/strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team setting as well as independently
  • Competent and efficient computer skills
  • Professional and dependable work ethics
  • Understanding of and experience working with individuals with different learning styles
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team setting as well as independently
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license


  • Master’s Degree
  • Demonstrated ability to work with young adults
  • Experience working in a college setting and/or wilderness setting
  • Experience working with individuals with learning disabilities and/or mental health diagnoses.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people to this classification.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.  This job description is subject to change at any time with or without notice from the Executive Director(s). College Excel is an at-will employer.

Salary and benefits for this position are competitive and commensurate with experience. Starting range is from uppers 30's to low 40's depending upon experience.

Currently, there are TWO OPEN POSITION. We do welcome applications at all times and the projected hire date is for Late August 2021.

This is a Full Time, in-person position, with interviews starting in mid-July.

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  • Location
    Bend, Oregon
  • Department
    Bend Program
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    upper 30's to low 40's DOE