Life Design Coaches create an affirming, diverse, and inclusive learning environment for undergraduate students to make meaningful, purpose-driven connections between their curricular and co-curricular experiences that will lead them to academic, career, and personal success before and after graduation. Life Design Coaches create opportunities and experiences for students to express themselves and all of the identities they hold, facilitate an awareness of self and critical self-reflection, and contribute to a student's sense of belonging at BGSU. Life Design Coaches also build strong relationships with students and empower them throughout their academic experience to develop comprehensive college and life plans that center on the five areas of focus for Life Design at BGSU: Academics, Career, Purpose, Well-being, and Connections.
Life Design Coaches support a caseload of students, whom they will engage in classroom and co-curricular contexts throughout their college experience. In this capacity, Life Design Coaches are primarily responsible for ensuring each student they work with has the tools to successfully transition to college and gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to lead a purpose-driven, well-designed life.
Life Design Coaches will collaborate closely with campus partners to ensure that students know how to select experiences that are aligned with their values and career goals.
Teaching: Introduce incoming students to the concept of Life Design by teaching multiple sections of BGSU 1910: Design Your BGSU (1 cr.) and ensure assigned students continue developing their understanding of the Life Design framework through coaching meetings, workshops, and activities in the first year and beyond. This course will be a place where students can develop connections and a sense of belonging to BGSU. Students are also exposed to perspectives which help cultivate greater self-knowledge and empathy toward others, thus promoting a desire to contribute to the public good. Life Design Coaches will utilize appropriate learning management software to support in-person and/or remote instructional methods focusing on inclusive pedagogy that reflects and supports a diverse student demographic.
Coaching: Provide on-going coaching to assigned students. Collaborate with students from diverse backgrounds to identify academic and co-curricular experiences aligned with their academic, personal, and career interests. Help students evaluate curricular options and develop a comprehensive success plan that aligns with the Life Design mindsets and five areas of focus. Provide referrals to campus partners as appropriate (e.g., advising, counseling, and financial aid). Facilitate connections with campus resources, alumni and other mentors in support of personal and career development.
Outreach Coordinator: Provide proactive and responsive outreach to assigned students based on various data sources (e.g., pre-matriculation data, predictive modeling, early alerts, and midterm grades). Exercise cultural competence and an awareness of the intersection of identities as they build rapport and trust with students. Connect students to appropriate campus resources that promote academic success, campus and community engagement, retention, and degree completion. Encourage and recognize successful students.
Monitor, track, and provide regular updates on the retention, progression, and campus and community engagement of all students within the caseload. Use appropriate technology, data, and strategies to support university persistence, retention and four-year graduation goals.
Participate in on-going training and development, including a community of practice among coaches and key campus partners, that encourages constant professional development and identifies opportunities to enhance BGSU’s Life Design framework. These opportunities may include assisting with various assessment activities related to all aspects of the department.
Develop and implement relevant programming, collaborating with colleagues across campus to create an inclusive environment that acknowledges the unique needs of students, including neurodiversity, marginalized and historically underserved students including students of color, first-generation, LGBTQ+, and international students.
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned, including participating in staff meetings, on-going training and development, recruitment activities, and various committees, workgroups and project coordination.
Knowledge, Skills or Abilities
Demonstration of life design mindsets: curiosity, reframing, taking action, collaboration, embracing the process, and sharing one’s story.
Experience in active learning, project-based and/or inclusive pedagogies
Knowledge of or ability to learn design thinking concepts, student development theories, and career development theories
Coaching oriented philosophy of student support
Critical thinking skills
Active listening skills
Compassionate and caring attitude toward working with students
Effective in working with diverse populations
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Strong organizational and time management skills
Ability to interact well with students, parents, faculty, administrators and other members of the campus and community
Understanding of the functions of an institution of higher education, including academic and student affairs
An understanding of student learning outcomes associated with the completion of general education curriculum and baccalaureate/liberal arts degree
Knowledge of or ability to learn University academic policies and procedures, as well as available degree programs and support services
Knowledge of computer applications including but not limited to: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook, People Soft/CSS, student success software, various learning management systems, and an ability to learn and adopt other technologies
Full-time administrative staff position. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Administrative pay grade 354. Full benefits package available.
Deadline to apply: The search committee will review applications until the position is filled, ; however, for best consideration, applications should be provided by ‘April 25, 2023’.
Why work at BGSU?
Full-time BGSU employees enjoy an array of exceptional benefits, including:
Quality, affordable health insurance: Various coverage options available for health, vision and dental starting the first day of the month following your date of employment.
Generous paid time off: Vacation, holidays, sick days and more.
Excellent work life balance resources: Our Employee Assistance Program offers confidential support to employees and their eligible family members, along with ancillary programs covering identity theft, elder care, legal services and more.
Tuition fee waivers: For eligible employees, spouses and dependent children.
Professional development opportunities: For skills training, supervisor and leadership programs, performance management, online courses and online tools for employee growth and development.
Parental leave: Up to five weeks of paid parental leave for full-time employees with at least 12 months of continuous service.
Retirement: BGSU offers several options for meeting your retirement goals with a current employer contribution of up to 14% depending on the retirement program selected. Read Moreabout the option that best fits your needs.
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The following Degree is required:
Master’s degree required. Degree must be conferred at the time of application.
The following Experience is required:
1 year of work experience in advising, counseling, teaching, facilitation, coaching or related field
2 years of Graduate Assistantship experience equals one year of professional experience
The following Experience is preferred:
Related experience in higher education
Teaching experience at the college level
Certification or experience in life design, success coaching, or academic coaching and/or career development
Bowling Green State University is a nationally ranked public university committed to redefining student success in a high-achieving, innovative environment. In 2021, Forbes ranked BGSU as the No. 3 midsize employer in the United States, highlighting the University’s commitment to its faculty and staff. Serving as the core of the University’s academic community, more than 800 full-time faculty members are engaged in teaching, research and creative activities, with over 2,000 full-time staff members to support the operations and education of over 20,000 students. Bowling Green State University provides experiences that enhance lives. Students are prepared for lifelong career growth, lives of engaged citizenship and leadership in a global society. U.S. News and World Report names BGSU as one of the top public universities nationwide with a strong commitment to first-year programs that lead to success. Within our transformative learning community, we build a welcoming, safe and diverse environment where the creative ideas and achievements of all can benefit others throughout Ohio, the nation and the world.