Equity in Student Success Coach - Cedar rapids / Iowa city Campus New

Kirkwood Community College


To advance the college’s mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.

Kirkwood offers a very competitive benefits package as well. https://www.kirkwood.edu/about-us/faculty-leadership/leadership-team/human-resources/benefits-forms


This position will be a key part of the implementation of a new strategic initiative focused on designing and implementing targeted programs, services and supports for black, indigenous and students of color (BIPOC). Equity in Student Success Coach will engage, support and mentor students with a primary emphasis on race equity. Not all students enter college with equal backing and support. Equity in Student Success Coach will seek to identify barriers to student access and achievement, particularly economic, organizational and equity challenges. The ideal individual will collaborate among a team of employees to foster greater equity in outcomes through mentoring, student advocacy and outreach and educational programming for students. Must be willing to work occasional evening and weekend hours.


  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence.
  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions. 
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment. 
  • Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success. 
  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence.


  • Design, implement, plan and support, educational enrichment and retention initiatives for BIPOC students.
  • Advocate for and teach students to navigate college policy, procedure, and problem-solving.
  • Advise student organizations focused on race and race equity and provide them developmental assistance.
  • Design and deliver educational activities and programs that support department, division, and college student learning outcomes.
  • Support, attend and participate in diversity initiatives on campus and in the community.
  • Develop and maintain effective positive relationships with various campus and community organizations.
  • Collaborate with employees engaged in equity and inclusion work from other divisions of the college. Perform other related work duties as assigned.


  • You are able and willing to provide outstanding customer service and serve as a positive representative of the department and the student services division with the goal of improving student equity.
  • You demonstrate knowledge of race equity concepts, cultural competence and racial identity development principles as they relate to your work.
  • You are committed to understanding diversity within and among equity-seeking populations and work to build engagement strategies that welcome a diverse group of perspectives and values.
  • You understand how to engage, support and mentor students with an emphasis on race equity.
  • You express yourself clearly and effectively thorough oral and written communications with attention to audience-awareness.
  • You are a self-motivated individual with excellent time-management and organizational skills.
  • You possess a working knowledge of personal computer and have the ability to learn database software related to working with student data, institutional data, and communication.
  • You aspire to work with people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as cultivate an environment that values differences.
The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.


Position involves working in an office setting. Occasional (10-33%) standing, pushing, pulling and grasping. Frequent (34-66%) reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work. Constant (67-100%) sitting, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. No particular major or degree program is preferred, however, a strong intellectual training in an area focused on race, inequity, bias, etc. is required.
  • Demonstrated success in supporting equity seeking populations: program development, client advocacy, training and awareness, etc.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, experience, and competence in engaging and supporting BIPOC students. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills also required.
  • A demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team is also required. Basic computer skills in word processing, data base management, mainframe usage and Internet usage also required.


  • Master’s degree preferred. Experience in a postsecondary educational setting, college student development, counseling, advising, or related experience.
  • Demonstrated competence working with BIPOC populations, organizations, and programs. Understanding of the community college mission, history and challenges in achieving equity.


Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572,  Email: equity@Kirkwood.edu or the director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730-1576, TDD (800) 877-8339 Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

Job Benefits:

Kirkwood offers a wide range of employee benefits.  Read more about them here

Job ID: 84191

Posted 4 days ago

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