Interested in Being an Academic Coach?

Please carefully read the following information prior to applying for an academic coaching position. When we are interviewing potential academic coaches, we are looking for students who mirror the values of the Learning Commons and who are willing to support our mission to engage students in pursuing academic excellence.

At the Learning Commons. Academic Coaches:

1) focus on a student's strengths. Rather than starting with a mindset of deficiency, an academic coach values the uniqueness of each individual student and work with students to form plans that lead to success. In open, honest conversations, coaches find ways to help students discover and practice habits that lead to the outcomes that a student is looking for.

2) help reframe internal dialog. We all have an internal voice that is often very critical. Coaches provide that much needed voice that A) reflects on strengths, and B) practices growth mindset language that allows for the reality that we are all at different places in our lives but that we all have the ability to improve.

3) and provide accountability. While it is important to maintain a good rapport, coaches must additionally act as leaders and give direction without judgement.

If you feel that you could exemplify the above characteristics, in addition to meeting the minimum job requirements (below), then please email to inquire about possible openings.

  • Academic Coaching Job Description

    Job Summary


    A coach fosters independent learning and student’s understanding of effective study habits, stimulates active learning, and facilitates student insights into the learning process by providing peer-to-peer collaborative learning. Coaches maintain an effective learning environment by providing support to students in meeting course outcomes and helping students develop effective study skills.

    Job Duties

    (Essential Functions):

    Assist students in developing effective study skills and behaviors that lead to academic success

    Attend training sessions and/or weekly meetings

    Perform other duties that promote the goals of the unit as requested by supervisor

    Support office assistants in daily operations and the smooth functioning of the unit as a whole

    Maintain a clean work environment

    Perform other duties as requested by supervisor

    Respond to communication in a timely manner

    Check CWU email daily

    Minimum Qualifications

    (Skills Needed):

    Minimum of 90 credits with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25, or a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 for your last 45 credits and a faculty recommendation

    Previous grade of at least B+ in the course to be tutored or a higher-level course that covers the same material in more depth, or a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 in a content area and a faculty recommendation

    Excellent interpersonal, communication, and study skills

    Ability to work well with a diverse student population

    Ability to function effectively as a member of a team that values transparency, honesty, service, collaboration, and communication

    Ability to work independently

    Must be eligible for student employment in the quarter in which you are working

    Educational Benefits

    Learn how to assess students’ needs

    Learn to work with others in collaboration

    Opportunity to attend conferences

    Gain teaching experience in their academic field

    Master a subject more effectively by teaching it to others

    Enhance interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills

    Earn certification through the College Reading and Learning Association

    Pay & Work Schedule

    Pay: $14.49 hourly.

    Schedule/Hours: 6-20 hours; Fall, Winter, Spring

    Working Conditions: Work is performed in an indoor office setting with frequent in-person interactions. It is essential to be able to remain at a desk/computer work station for prolonged periods of time, perform extensive data entry and other computer-related tasks and create/maintain filing systems for departmental records.

    Benefits: All Student and Temporary/Hourly positions are eligible to accrue paid sick leave. This leave will accrue at one (1) hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours of work.

    How To Apply

    To apply for this position, you must submit your resume and request an interview.

    For questions, please contact:

    * Please contact Human Resources at or 509-963-1202 if you have any concerns.