If you have not yet been accepted to PennWest and are interested in applying for this position, please contact Adam Glass at AAGLASS@PENNWEST.EDU or 814-732-1255.
The Transition Coach is a vital link in tracking students’ progress and development during each semester. The coach maintains contact with students which enhances their connection to the University. The coach is also able to assess academic progress by reviewing weekly reports from Peer Advisors and identifies a student’s need of intervention. The Transition Coach also assists with record keeping which serves to increase operational effectiveness and provides a source of data for program evaluation.
Description of Job Duties:
Duties include but not limited to:
1. The Transition Coach will work with students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in developing necessary skills to ensure transitions into and out of the University.
2. The Transition Coach will be assigned a caseload of 5-8 students enrolled in BASIS services. Coaches meet with students weekly to address 5 key areas (Academic, Socialization, Communication, Daily Living, and Employment). The coach will meet with each student on their caseload to track and assess their progress. A written record of each meeting will be prepared by the coach and any concerns regarding student progress or mentor performance will be reported to the Coordinator for Accessibility Services.
3. The Transition Coach will assist individual students in setting goals for improvement of specific study skills such as note taking, exam preparation, and time management and will assist the students in developing a plan to implement these goals.
4. The Transition Coach will assist in the training and management of Peer Advisors each semester. The coach will be expected to demonstrate learning strategies to the trainees. The Transition Coach will also review progress notes submitted by Peer Advisors on a weekly basis, related to student interactions. The coach will also develop and host monthly training sessions for Peer Advisors.
5. The Transition Coach will develop social events in which students enrolled in BASIS can attend. Examples include, but not limited to: weekly group lunches, movie event, game nights, off and on-campus events, workshops, etc.
6. The Transition Coach will work and partner with various faculty and administration to address student concerns and development. The Coach may also develop programming to support the University in serving students with ASD.
7. The Transition Coach may assist with prospective student interviews.
8. The Transition Coach will assist in database management associated with the Peer Advisor program.
9. The Transition Coach may attend professional development events to further increase their working and professional knowledge.
Ability to handle varied responsibilities
People person – service oriented attitude
Efficient and organized
Good interpersonal skills
Good oral and written communication skills