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As an integral member of the Student Support Services (SSS) staff, the incumbent is primarily responsible for developing and implementing strategies to improve participants’ writing and reading ability and to enhance their success of graduating at Metropolitan State College of Denver. The incumbent will also assist in the recruitment, selection, and orientation of potential Student Support Services participants and will advise and counsel new and continuing participants based on their individual needs. This position will report directly to the director of Student Support Services. 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 College of Denver. This position is funded by the U. S. department of Education and is contingent upon the approval and continued receipt of sufficient funds.
The Academic 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; establishing effective working relationships with all staff, offices and agencies with which the program interacts; contributing to program development and keeping the project director and staff apprised of all on-going and new processes and of potential problems/changes.
As a member of a cohesive team, the Academic Learning Specialist will be expected to:
(40%) 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, financial aid and scholarship application process, career and graduate school planning, advocacy and other related issues. Monitor participants’ academic progress and conduct targeted outreach to participants whose grades are below standard. Document services provided for each participant.
(15%) Assist in hiring and supervising students as peer mentors/tutors. Assign each mentor a student caseload and conduct caseload review meetings with each peer mentor/tutor. Arrange leadership and training opportunities for peer mentors/tutors. Review and approve documentation of services submitted by staff on a daily basis.(15%) Offer professional tutoring. Provide tutoring for participants, particularly those who score low on the University’s writing or reading assessment test(s) and participants needing assistance in college level or developmental course(s). Develop instructional materials appropriate for the tutorial process.
(15%) Plan and facilitate enrichment activities and workshops designed to increase retention and success, e.g., study skills, listening skills, reading skills, note-taking techniques, stress management, financial literacy and life skills.
(10%) Assist with intake, orientation and assessment. Interview potential participants, determine students’ eligibility using Banner student information system and make recommendation on students’ acceptance to the program. Ensure 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 the project director.
(5%) Additional duties: Attend & participate in staff meetings, planning sessions, and professional development opportunities. Contribute to the development & implementation of overall program goals & priorities. Use effective communication skills to represent SSS at campus-wide meetings and events as requested by the project director. Perform other duties as assigned by the project director.
Bachelor’s degree, plus one year experience in advising, tutoring, teaching, training or counseling. At least one year experience tutoring students or planning and facilitating group learning activities. Experience using or implementing goal-oriented action plans for improvement. At least three years’ experience using Microsoft Word software.
Experience using student information systems. Knowledge of undergraduate programs, policies and campus resources. Demonstrate error-free written and oral communication skills. Experience overcoming academic barriers as a low-income, first-generation, and/or disabled student and prior experience working with individuals overcoming socio-economic barriers to success.
IMPORTANT: In order for your file to be considered complete you must apply via the online application system, www.msudenverjobs.com\
Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.
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