Detailed Job Description
The Learning Specialist is responsible for implementing academic support and services for students with unique learning challenges, including students with learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and other physical and/or psychological disabilities. The Learning Specialist provides direct service to students through individualized academic counseling with a focus on learning, time management, and organization strategies; content specific tutoring; college transitions; navigating the university system; and self-advocacy. The Learning Specialist also provides leadership for the screening of students with potential learning disabilities and serves as a referring agent to and works collaboratively with Student Disability Services. This is a full-time, 12 month position.
* Provide individual academic counseling/coaching for students with unique learning challenges.
* Provide diagnostic screenings designed to determine if a student's learning issues warrant a referral for a comprehensive psychoeducational evaluation.
* Serve as student advocate and assist in resolving student concerns.
* Document all contacts with students including letters, telephone calls, conferences, consultations, etc.
* Participate in professional and campus activities and research related to academic support and learning strategies.
* Consult and meet with families, university professionals, and mental health/medical professionals when necessary.
* Consult with and advise university staff and faculty on issues related to student academic support and students with unique learning challenges.
* Develop and implement assessments and evaluations to determine effectiveness of service.
* Serve as a liaison between the Rinella Learning Center and other university offices.
* Develop and implement materials on learning/study strategies and other topics relevant to student learning needs.
* Provide support to Student Disability Services with reading and interpreting diagnostic information relevant to learning disability and/or ADHD diagnosis at peak times of the academic year.
* Prepare reports pertaining to position responsibilities.
* Perform other duties as assigned.
Master's degree in educational psychology, psychology, social work, or related field; experience with psychoeducational assessment; and two years of direct experience working with high school and/or college student populations. Additional qualifications include:
* Strong communication skills to effectively communicate information to multiple audiences (i.e. students, faculty, parents, and other helping professionals).
* Predisposition toward stewardship and collaboration, within and across the Division of Student Affairs.
* An inclination toward and ability to define goals and assess outcomes.
* A service orientation and a commitment to working in a team.
* A willingness to not only adjust to but seek out and initiate change in the quest for continuous improvement.
* Facility with new and changing technologies.
* Coursework in the area of psychoeducational assessment.
* Experience with assistive technologies.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Employment will require a criminal background check according to University guidelines.