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Job ID: 181787

Nursing Academic Coach (BSN)
Simmons University

Date Posted Mar. 18, 2022
Title Nursing Academic Coach (BSN)
University Simmons University
Boston, MA, United States
Department College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Nursing - General

Nursing Academic Coach (BSN)

Main Campus - Boston, MAMain Campus - Boston, MAMain Campus - Boston, MA


Located in Boston's historic Fenway area, Simmons has a strong tradition of empowering women and challenging traditional gender roles. Simmons University was one of the first higher education institutions to prepare women to become leaders and has evolved to become a university offering a women's undergraduate program and graduate programs open to all.

You're joining our community at an especially exciting time as one of our strategic goals is to become the most inclusive campus in New England. You'll find that people who work here are truly committed to our mission of preparing students to become champions of social justice and leaders in their professions and their communities. This commitment and pride make for a dynamic workplace.

Job Summary:

Simmons University is looking for an Nursing Academic Coach ("Coach") to join the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences ("CNBHS") to support undergraduate nursing advising within the School of Nursing. Reporting to the Director of Undergraduate Nursing, the Coach plays a critical role in ensuring student success in the program. The Coach is responsible for building supportive and personalized relationships with students, managing expectations of program requirements, and providing opportunities to help students stay connected to the Simmons community.

The Coach oversees student enrollment and registration, maintains accurate student data, and counsels students on course registration, leaves of absence, academic ineligibility, plans of study, policy question, as well as other needs.

The Coach will assume academic advising responsibilities for traditional 10 semester BSN nursing students after they complete 31 credits. This advising is in collaboration with the assigned nursing faculty advisor. The Coach will also assume academic advising for pre-licensure Direct Entry students from the start of the program until they complete the pre-licensure curriculum. The Coach will assume academic advising responsibilities for ABSN. They will also work collaboratively with the academic advising center for RN to BSN Complete Degree program.

You can find more information about the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences here.

Core Responsibilities:
  • Advise students on University policies, handbooks, procedures, program requirements, practicum requirements, and all other academic matters.
  • Advise and meet with undergraduate nursing students individually and in groups regarding the development and implementation of their academic plan.
  • Monitor nursing advisees' academic plans.
  • Review and approve each nursing advisee's plan of study each semester and assist with registration.
  • Ensure nursing advisees are following their plan of study.
  • Complete the graduation audit for the BSN degree for each advisee.
  • Document accurately nursing student advisement meetings and documents in Starfish, a platform used for advising.
  • Respond in a timely manner to nursing student inquiries.
  • Communicate regularly with nursing advisees regarding important deadlines.
  • Meet with nursing advisees upon request for support for study skills, stress reduction, time-management skills, and other related supporting skills.
  • Identify nursing students who may require additional support services.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with student support offices and facilitate referrals for nursing students as appropriate.
  • Report any concerns to the Faculty, Program Director, SON Chair or Associate Dean in the School of Nursing.
  • Adjust the plan of study for nursing advisees related to academic standings decisions and LOAs.
  • Hold registration sessions with nursing students each semester and collaborate with faculty advisors as needed.
  • Hold weekly/monthly themed sessions for nursing students for study skills and organizational skills.
  • Prepare documents and presentations necessary for nursing student support and registration sessions.
  • Collaborate closely with the Registrar's Office, Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student Support Services.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor's degree in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited college or university required;
  • Unencumbered/Unrestricted Registered Nurse license in MA;
  • Minimum two years of nursing experience;
  • Experience advising and/or teaching preferred;
  • Proven ability in developing strong relationships through a variety of means and experience in professional coaching/advising others required;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • The ideal candidate will possess strong time management, customer service, problem solving and interpersonal skills, will be adaptable to new and rapidly changing situations, will be creative and innovative and demonstrate the ability to work independently and with a team;.
  • Ability to successfully resolve student issues from request through resolution;
  • Comfort with online webinar technology using audio, video and shared desktop applications (i.e. Adobe Connect, Zoom, Webex, GoToMeeting, Skype);
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and presentation software, with a particular emphasis on spreadsheets and data entry/analysis;
  • The ability to effectively work with multiple databases and student platforms; and
  • Must have a strong commitment to education.

This Boston-based benefits-eligible position is on a 40-hour work week schedule which will require flexible hours, including occasional nights and weekends.

Required Application Materials:
  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter

Salary Grade

Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the Application Materials box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).

Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.

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Located in Bostons historic Fenway area, Simmons College is a small, private, non-sectarian College which has educated students for enriching careers and purposeful lives since 1899. Working at Simmons means joining a collaborative, diverse and mission-driven community of educators and professionals.

We prepare students to be leaders for themselves, their communities and the world. Our faculty and staff members lead by example - sharing a commitment to excellence and putting the students first.

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