Cutting-Edge Program Coordinator/Student Advisor


Edgewood College is the first four-year college in Wisconsin to offer full inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The students, with support from their parents, professors, and peer mentors are fully immersed into undergraduate courses, practicums and internships, student housing, and student life.


The Cutting-Edge Program Coordinator/Student Advisor works with the Cutting-Edge students in coordinating academic and co-curricular activities that promote inclusion in college. The Student Advisor manages the Peer Mentor program, which includes recruiting undergraduate and graduate students to serve as positive role models for students with disabilities. The Student Advisor also collaborates with faculty in supporting students in general education courses through universal design in learning and accommodations. The Student Advisor needs to maintain a professional presence that invokes confidence in the program. Successful candidates will have demonstrated a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion on campus and serve as an ambassador of the program.


To ensure that each Cutting-Edge student has a successful college experience, the Cutting-Edge office has an open door policy where students can seek-out supports and assistance as needed. The Cutting-Edge Program Coordinator arranged for student supports while at the same time strives to empower the students to make responsible decisions, and determine their own goals for independence. Responsibilities include:

Academic Scheduling and Support

  • Acts as the first point of contact to address student needs and supports
  • Coordinates academic student advising and course registration
  • Develops Individual College Plans, student profiles, and student schedules
  • Meets and supports students one-on-one, at least weekly
  • Counsels students to conflict resolution

Hiring, Training, Scheduling Support Staff

  • Manages the Peer Mentor program
  • Hires, schedules, trains and supervises student workers (including Course Coaches, Weekend Coordinators, and Housing Mentors)

Family and Community Collaboration

  • Communicates and collaborates with families, students, staff, faculty and community partners
  • Collaborates with community services that prepare transition students with disabilities for college admissions
  • Coordinates monthly parent group meeting

Cutting Edge Operations

  • Oversees the operations of the Cutting-Edge office to ensure quality services
  • Coordinates the Cutting-Edge Master Schedule
  • Maintains Cutting-Edge website
  • Plans and executes events such as Peer Mentor Appreciation, Cutting-Edge Open House, and Concluding Ceremony
  •  Maintains ongoing communication with college administration
  •  Additional duties as assigned, including teaching Cutting-Edge courses



Necessary Education or Work Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in Special Education, Rehabilitation Psychology, or Vocational Rehabilitation, or related degree
  • Experience in administrative management of services for adult learners with disabilities;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills 

Years of Related Job Experience:

  • Minimum of three years

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Ability to transfer student and program data into master schedules
  • Ability to collaborate with individual student support teams

Required Technology Skills:

  • Ability to use online applications for student projects and events
  • Ability to incorporate assistive technology into the program
  • Ability to access and enter information in the KO software record keeping
  • Ability to maintain data on spreadsheets
  • Ability to communicate effectively via email, texting, and video conferencing

Other Qualifications:

Edgewood College, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Candidates must demonstrate multicultural competence — the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including women and racial and ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The selected candidate must actively support the mission of the College by working with faculty, staff and students to share in our core values — truth, compassion, justice, partnership, and community.

To apply:  Send a cover letter, resume, and references to:

Edgewood College
Human Resources – CPCA
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711
Equal Opportunity Employer