Academic Specialist, School of Information Technology

Updated: 1 day ago
Location: Cincinnati, OHIO

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.


About the Department

The School of Information Technology is a national leader in studying solutions and needs that connect people, information, and the technology of the time. The SoIT is home to Ohio's first Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Information Technology. In addition, it is home to Ohio's first ABET accredited Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity. The SoIT has been growing at 19% annually and currently serves more than 1,700 students with 29 full-time faculty members, 20 full-time staff, and 32 part-time faculty. The SoIT is home to several centers including an NSA/DHS Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense, the Information Technology Solutions Center, the Ohio Cyber Range Institute, Applied Machine Learning and Intelligence Center, and the Civic Technology Center.  


The SoIT is a diverse, interdisciplinary, team-oriented, mission-driven, dynamic and entrepreneurial environment. It empowers individuals to become passionate, solution-minded Information Technology professionals by fostering continuous innovation, research, leadership development, interdisciplinary problem solving, and real-world experience. More information about the SoIT can be found at .

Job Overview

The School of Information Technology seeks to hire an Academic Specialist to support student success, particularly for high school students’ transition to college and persistence through their degrees. The role of the Academic Specialist will be to coordinate and support the success of students in the Student Success Program. This includes supporting high school students in completing the Early IT program, guiding them through the transition to college, and empowering them to complete their college degree successfully.


The Academic Specialist is expected to maintain the highest level of professional competency and to contribute to the success of the School’s strategic plan ( ), while assisting with other duties in the School and attending SoIT and University events as needed. We are looking for mission driven, team oriented, highly ambitious individuals who want to serve, make a difference and who strive to perform at competitive levels of excellence. This is a grant-funded position; the continuation of this position will be based on the availability of funds and the continuation of the grant.

Essential Functions
  • Assess students' academic needs and proficiency, connect student to appropriate resources, and provide ongoing support as needed.
  • Liaison with faculty and staff at the appropriate offices at UC (i.e. Recruitment, Admissions, Advising, Co-op, CCP and Retention.) to aid in support of student success.
  • Coordinate with faculty, advisors and staff to provide and support innovative programs that help students succeed.
  • Coordinate tutoring for students of all skills levels needing remedial instruction assistance.
  • Assist in the recruitment, hiring, and training of Student Success coaches.
  • Assist in development of academic success workshops.
  • Track student progress, maintain various statistical records for the department, and analyze student data to develop intervention strategies and approaches.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve problems and recommend solutions related to mandated student success services.
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need.

Required Education

Bachelor’s Degree.

Required Experience

Three (3) years of relevant experience to include previous teaching or tutoring experience.

Additional Qualifications Considered
  • Understanding of the administrative functions, academic programs, and requirements of a university.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Understanding of student success and retention initiatives.
  • Proficient in Office Applications such as (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.).
  • Master’s degree in a related field.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment
  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.

Application Process

Review of the applications will start as soon as possible until the position is filled. Applicants should submit:

  • Cover Letter.
  • CV/Resume.
  • List of at least three (3) references.


Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


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