TRiO Academic Coach/Advocate

$37,000 yearly
  • Northwest Indian College
  • 2522 Kwina Road, Bellingham, WA, USA
  • Nov 27, 2019
Full time Education

Job Description


TRiO Academic Coach/Advocate (FT, 12 months)


Opening Date:           November 27, 2019

Review Date:             December13, 2019

Closing Date:             Open until filled

Start Date:                 ASAP

Location:                    Lummi Main Campus

Salary:                        $37,000 Max. DOE


Northwest Indian College hiring practices include adherence to the Indian Preference Act (Title 25, U.S. Code, Section 473).  NWIC supports and provides equal opportunity employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information.

The salary placement upon hire will be based on the selected candidate's education and relevant work experience as outlined in the job announcement and the established salary schedule for the classification of position to be filled.



The Academic Coach/Advocate position provides holistic advising and guidance services to NWIC students and will also provide workshops to students in a variety of topics such as study skills, academic planning, internships, research and non-cognitive skills, etc. at the Lummi Main Campus and Extended Campus Sites. The Academic Coach/Advocate will work with clients to provide academic tutoring, advice and assistance in postsecondary course selection, education/counseling to improve financial and economic literacy, information and assistance in applying for Federal Student Aid and scholarships, and/or assistance in applying for admission to Graduate School.



  • Manage case load ofapproximately 60 clients identifying as TRIO eligible full-time (low-income, first generation, and/or disabilities)
  • Collaborate with TRiO director and Center for Student Success staff to develop, facilitate, and evaluate academic, career, disability, and personal support workshops for participants.
  • Provide students with timely and accurate educational information on degrees, certificates, courses,college policies and procedures, campus and community resources; conduct holistic advising; identify options for students to satisfy degree requirements, evaluate and make recommendations on changes to student programs of study, and assist students to
  • Provide consistent academic, personal, transfer, and career counseling to participants to increase retention and graduation rates.
  • Guide students in development of effective problem solving skills, self-advocacy (empowerment),goal setting, and personal
  • Coordinate the college's intervention strategies; develop, implement, and coordinate intervention and success strategies related to the college's Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.
  • Conduct student success and new student workshops and presentation in collaborations with key student services and instructional departments.
  • Adhere to the code of ethics, as well as all other policies as set forth in the NWIC Personnel Policy Handbook.
  • Develop clear first-year admissions and new student communication, in collaboration with key student services staff, in order to foster smooth transitions into Bachelor’s degree
  • Create and manage content and outreach for site and online students on the web-based student information portal (JICS).
  • Write content for student success and advising handbook and assist with revisions and
  • Attend all advisor training meetings and present information as
  • Serve as an effective communications link and reliable source of information for
  • Maintain currency with statewide initiatives and mandates, as well as advising pedagogies and technology; and maintain related data and write related
  • Communicate with instructors, Academic Advisors, Department Chairs, and other internal programs and external agencies to provide participants with needed support and
  • Travel to Northwest Indian College extended sites and campuses to assist with educational development and assist site managers and advisors in
  • Perform other duties as



There are no supervisory responsibilities assigned to this position.


QUALIFICATIONS to perform the position successfully:

  • Organizational development education/experience
  • Strong familiarity with graduate study preparation
  • Ability to network/negotiate tribal enterprise and development
  • Ability to outreach and maintain alumni network
  • Interdisciplinary background
  • Strong quantitative skillset
  • Grant-writing experience
  • Strong understanding of "Place Based" education
  • Knowledge of ethical research in native communities
  • Ability to work and integrate into native communities
  • Background in Human Services/Social Work/Native Studies
  • Database management experience
  • Data collection experience


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree or in progress of obtaining a Master’s Degree and with experience in counseling, student affairs, or related area
  • Three years of previous work experience in higher education or academic counseling or advising
  • Previous work experience and skills in mentoring, or counseling


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with first-generation, limited income, ethnically diverse individuals or college students and groups and/or persons with disabilities
  • Experience as a former TRiO/Student Support Services program participant
  • Experience working with Native Americans in a tribal college or in the community
  • Previous academic/organizational program development experience
  • Previous counseling/coaching experience




Other Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal skills to guide students in their academic decision-making
  • Ability to work in a team environment to achieve strategic and departmental goals
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work well with all people
  • Excellent organization and planning skills in dealing with career and transfer student populations
  • Database system skills
  • Proficiency in computer applications such as Word and Excel
  • Ability to work independently and accurately under pressure, and make decisions in accordance with established policies, procedures, and grant regulations
  • Attention to detail and commitment to accuracy in extensive record keeping
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to interact with a diverse campus community



Interested individuals should submit the following application materials directly to the NWIC Human Resources Office only.


  1. Cover letter addressing how you meet the position qualifications
  2. NWIC Application
  3. NWIC Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) form
  4. Current and complete professional resume
  5. Copies of college transcripts (can submit unofficial copies at time of application)
  6. Three letters of recommendation from persons, who are not members of your immediate family, who have firsthand knowledge of your qualifications for the position
  7. If applicable to the position, provide copies of certificates/licenses/credentials


The job announcement and application forms are available online at or may be requested from and submitted directly to:


Human Resources

Northwest Indian College

2522 Kwina Road

Bellingham, WA 98226-9278

Telephone/Fax:  360.392.4230