Scalabrini: Academic Coach

Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Sunday, 24 February, 2019
Opportunity type: 

Perceiving migration as an opportunity, the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town is committed to alleviating poverty and promoting development in the Western Cape while fostering integration between migrants, refugees and South Africans. In providing our assistance we advocate respect for human rights and use a holistic approach that considers all basic needs.
The Scalabrini Centre seeks to appoint an Academic Coach to be based in Cape Town.

Remuneration: Paid up to R90 per hour capped at 80 hours of work per month

The purpose of the Academic Coach is to play a critical role in the learning journey of College for America (CfA) students and will be central in the Bachelor Academic Support Programme (BASP). Serve as a direct mirror to support the student in achieving autonomy as a self-regulated learner. Meet regularly in a one on one setting with students to discuss both what is happening academically and outside of school. Utilising a variety of coaching tools, the coach leverages questions and conversation to help the student to come to new conclusions and to identify root causes of various challenges. Work in collaboration with the student to identify best practices, habits, and solutions to overcome academic and personal challenges.


  • Create and implement a robust system of coaching for 75 students throughout their College for America learning journey
  • Schedule one on one meetings with all assigned students every two weeks
  • Create and maintain accurate coaching notes to track student progress
  • Strategic planning around academics, internships, Bachelor’s degree selection and career mapping
  • Work with students to create appropriate deadlines
  • Identify and intervene with students that are academically struggling
  • Offer a variety of contact points for students to access coaching services
  • Collaborate with students to identify SMART goals for their learning
  • Support students through a scaffolder approach to become self-regulated learners
  • Plan and facilitate one on one sessions for each student every two weeks
  • Maintain accurate and transparent coaching attendance records for students
  • Liaise between students and other BASP stakeholders
  • Work with Academic Coordinators to put in place proper interventions
  • Work with/feedback to the Internship Coordinator to discuss around internships
  • Feedback to BASP Managers through weekly reports
  • Work together to create group interventions and strategies
  • Liaise with Scalabrini Operations team to book out appropriate venues ahead of time
  • Mobilise additional support for students when necessary
  • Create opportunities for students to obtain additional academic support such as creating peer study groups or tutoring opportunities
  • Maintain high and rigorous learning and professional standards for students
  • Maintain accountability of students for attendance, preparedness and engagement throughout coaching
  • Follow-up with students when sessions are missed or challenges arise
  • Provide regular and necessary feedback to students on their development becoming self-regulated learners
  • Create reports when necessary regarding student progress on individual and group levels.
  • Participate in staff meetings
  • Create presentations and innovations to support the further development of the coaching programme
  • Seek and participate in professional development, both formal and informal
  • Create and update BASP coaching SOPs


  • Communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Organised and academically minded
  • Responsive and adaptive
  • Listening skills
  • BA or higher degree
  • Proficient in Microsoft and Google suites
  • Proficient knowledge within context students live and work
  • Strong desire for social justice through education
  • Must have a car or a reliable mode of transport   
  • On Friday’s attend staff meetings       

To apply, submit your cover letter and CV to
Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal

Lunch is unpaid and must be taken one-hour lunch per full day (seven hours) session

Suggested schedule for each coach: 

  • Monday and Wednesday 9 to 4pm (with 1 hour of unpaid lunch) and Tuesday 9 to 1pm, Friday 9 to 1pm = (20 hr p/w)
  • Tuesday 2 to 6pm, Thursday 9 to 4pm (with 1 hour of unpaid lunch), Friday 9 to 1pm and Saturday 9 to 4pm (with 1 hour of unpaid lunch) = (20 hrs p/w)

Further correspondence will only be entered into with applicants under consideration for the role

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