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Academic Director: Preparing Students for College Success Program—Denver

Position: Academic Director: Preparing Students for College Success Program—Denver
Department: Short-Term Programs
Program Dates: July 12 – August 1, 2020 (additional dates for planning beginning in February)

Location: Denver, Colorado

The Preparing Students for College Success Program is held in Denver, CO in partnership with Johnson and Wales University (JWU). This three week program focuses on executive function skills development and provides rising high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to grow academically and socially combined with an introduction to college living and learning. Students will engage with LC academic faculty and JWU residential staff committed to their individual growth and promoting mutual respect and sense of community. Students will attend a development course, writing course, elective choice, and activities. The goal is for students to begin to discover strategies and tools for success, improve interpersonal communication, develop oral and written expression, understand their personal learning style, and how-to become strong self-advocates.

Additionally, this program offers a one day workshop for parents, based on the four domains of learning, to help parents understand the areas in which their students need to build strengths in order to succeed academically. Parents will come away from the workshop better able to communicate with their students about their academic struggles and successes because they will understand which questions to ask to foster success for their students.

The Academic Director provides management, coordination, and leadership for academic activities associated with the Preparing Students for College Success Program. The Academic Director is responsible for ensuring high quality program and classroom instruction by assisting in hiring faculty, supporting them to develop curriculum and pedagogical practices consistent with the goals of the program. The Academic Director will be responsible for leading the parent workshop and in some cases may be required to teach in the program. The Academic Director will further support with managing logistics, placement, and monitoring student success and difficulty. The Academic Director participates in implementing academic priorities of Short-Term programs and works closely with the Senior Director for Short-Term Programs in communicating program elements.



  • Develops and participates in effective, timely communication strategies for all stakeholders in the short-term program.
  • Mentors faculty in accordance with guidelines for Short-Term Programs.
  • Responds to performance issues and participates in personnel matters as appropriate.
  • Ensures curricular consistency and integrity.
  • Assists with planning and administration of orientation.
  • Facilitates routine faculty/staff meetings to facilitate development and communication about the program and student progress, including planning meetings in the spring.
  • Initiates and facilitates in the end of program assessments.
  • Conducts performance review of the program instructors.
  • Ensures faculty and students have the necessary equipment and resources for the program.
  • Participates in the hiring of faculty and staff, including substitutes as needed
  • Consults with student affairs team on student conduct matters.

Placement and Scheduling:

  • Reads application files of accepted students and places in appropriate classes.
  • Works with the on site team in Denver to coordinate scheduling of classes, times, and rooms.
  • Creates and confirms student schedules.
  • Problem solves registration questions during registration (from parents, students, advisors).
  • Assists with planning and administration of faculty training and student orientation.

Academic Intervention:

  • Monitors student progress.
  • Conducts academic interventions to support student success.
  • Advises faculty in matters of student conflict or management.


  • Communicates with families about curriculum and student progress, before, during and after the program.
  • Supports the efforts of the Senior director for Short-Term Programs in conversion and recruitment efforts.
  • Reviews student admission files as necessary.

Required Qualifications and Skills: The successful candidate will possess a master’s degree, knowledge and ability to support pre-college students, and demonstrated effectiveness teaching students with LD, Autism, and/or ADHD as well as students with language and executive function difficulties. Demonstrated effectiveness as an instructor, management experience, ability to work collaboratively and ability to support a positive working environment are highly desired.

Physical Demand: The work is sedentary. Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying light items such as papers, books, small parts. Some repetitive motions performed in typing and word processing. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.

Working Conditions: General office and campus conditions. The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts, which require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting and classroom and libraries. The work area is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated.

Application: Qualified candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume to

Referrals are welcome!

Located in southern Vermont, Landmark College is a premier institution for students who learn differently. As the nation’s first accredited college for students with learning disabilities (including dyslexia), ADHD, and ASD, Landmark is a mainstream college with a unique, resource-rich academic model.

The Landmark College Office of Human Resources strives to ensure that Landmark College is an employer of choice, attracting and retaining uniquely talented individuals able to advance the College’s position as the college of choice for students who learn differently. We are committed to a philosophy that recognizes each person as an individual, worthy of respect, trust, dignity and fair treatment, and we apply these tenets to serve, support and value all members of our community.

Landmark College recognizes the importance of providing a work environment that is conducive to carrying out the College's mission and contributes to the personal and professional growth of Landmark College faculty and staff. For Human Resources, this means the administration of employment policies, benefit plans, and compensation programs that are regularly evaluated, and remain competitive and fair.

How to Apply

Interested individuals should provide a cover letter, resume or CV, and the names of three references. Electronic submissions are preferred. Please email your application to Applications may also be mailed to Director of Human Resources, Landmark College, 19 River Road South, Putney, Vermont 05346. No phone calls, please.

Diversifying the student body, faculty, and administration is congruent with Landmark College’s mission. We value diverse populations and cultures, including, but not limited to, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, neurodiversity, race, and religion. Landmark College is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability employer.

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