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Student Support Services is a Federal TRiO program that provides academic support for low-income, first generation college students and students with disabilities at Metropolitan State University of Denver. This position is responsible for helping participants to derive maximum benefit from their personal and academic experience, with a specific focus on advising, student development and assisting students to develop mathematical skills.
The Mathematics Learning Specialist contributes to the mission of Student Support Services (SSS) and goals of MSU Denver by providing quality customer service in helping students with their personal and academic needs; developing and implementing strategies to improve participants’ mathematical skills and knowledge and to increase retention and success; establishing effective working relationships with all staff, offices and agencies with which the program interacts; and contributing to program development. As a member of a cohesive team, the Mathematics Learning Specialist will be expected to:
(30%) Provide proactive advising. Work directly with a caseload of participants who are first-generation-to-college students, low-income students and students with disabilities to address their personal and academic needs, e.g., academic advising, study skill development, advising students into appropriate mathematics courses, financial aid counseling, career and graduate school planning, advocacy and other related issues. Monitor participants’ academic progress at mid-term and semester-end utilizing a Banner student information system and Microsoft Access database. Contact and advise participants whose grades are below standard. Document services provided for each participant.
(30%) Offer professional tutoring and coordinate mathematics tutoring services. Provide in-depth tutoring for participants who score low on the University’s mathematics assessment test and participants needing assistance in any college level or developmental mathematics course. Assist in recruiting, hiring, training and supervising students as math tutors when necessary.
(10%) Promote financial literacy. Assist participants in completing financial literacy requirements and monitor completion of such requirements. Teach participants how to develop a budget, conduct a job search, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and apply for scholarships to meet their financial needs.
(10%) Plan and facilitate enrichment workshops. Use effective written and oral communication skills to develop and deliver workshops designed to increase retention and success, particularly to enhance participants’ abilities and skills in mathematics, e.g., how to read a math text book, overcoming math anxiety, test-taking strategies, and techniques to improve math skills.
(5%) Assist with intake, orientation and assessment of participants, ensuring all forms are completed appropriately using attention to detail, good organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities and work well under pressure. Assist with evaluation of activities and program effectiveness and assist with performance reports as requested by project director.
(5%) Contribute to the development of an electronic monthly newsletter using Microsoft Suite software to effectively communicate with participants.
(5%) Collaborate with other support services programs. Establish and maintain collaborative working relations with the mathematics department and keep SSS staff informed of any changes in the department’s policies and regulations that affect participants’ retention at MSU Denver. Work closely with services directly linked to student success, e.g., Financial Aid Office, Access Center for Disability Accommodations and Adaptive Technology, Tutoring Center and other Student Academic Success Center programs.
(5%) Additional duties: Attend & participate in formal & informal staff meetings, planning sessions, and professional development opportunities. Use effective communication skills to represent SSS at campus-wide meetings and events as requested by Project Director. Contribute to the development & implementation of overall program goals & priorities. Perform other duties as assigned by the SSS Project Director.
Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, science, computer science or engineering, education or closely related field with courses that reflect a strong math background, plus two years of experience in advising and/or counseling students and teaching and/or tutoring college level mathematics. One year experience using Microsoft Office Suite software: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and Publisher. One year experience developing and delivering workshops, instructional materials and/or training sessions. Effective oral and written communications skills, attention to detail, good organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities and work well under pressure. Knowledge of how to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Master’s degree in mathematics, science, computer science or engineering, education or closely related field with courses that reflect a strong math background. Familiar with campus resources and student information systems e.g. Banner. One year supervisory experience. Prior experience with analysis of assessment test results. Prior experience working in a Federally funded TRiO program and experience overcoming academic barriers as a low-income, first-generation, and/or disabled student.
IMPORTANT: In order to be considered as an applicant you must apply via the online application system, www.msudenverjobs.com
In order for your file to be considered complete you must submit copies of your transcripts. If you are unable to attach them at the time of application you will need to submit them to the screening committee via e-mail, fax or mail.
Alma Rocha Vasquez
Student Support Services
P.O. Box 173362, CB 40
Denver, CO 80217-3362
Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.
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