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Learning Specialist

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Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Administrative/Office Support, Business Administration/Management, Education, Student Life/Services

Department: Services for Student Athletes
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $19.23 - $24.04 per hour
Compensation Band: OH-OA03-Fiscal Year 2017-2018
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
Immediately; open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
To ensure full consideration, applicants must include the following:

* A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and requirements outlined in the job announcement. Please discuss each element completely and succinctly.

* Current resume, which includes dates of employment and clearly highlights experience that meets the required qualifications, as well as a notation of association or society membership.

* Two letters of recommendation, including a letter from current or most recent supervisor or employer. These should be submitted in one PDF in the supplemental questions area.

Department Summary
Services for Student-Athletes provides comprehensive academic support to more than 500 student-athletes attending the University of Oregon. The department is open 7 days a week providing services such as class scheduling and advising, advanced learning assistance for under prepared and disabled learners, tutor appointments, Math and Science lab, quiet study tables and computer labs with Internet, printing and scanning services.

Position Summary
Services for Student Athletes is in need of a learning specialist due to the overall demands to meet the necessary needs of our student-athletes.

The Learning Specialist will assist with the responsibility for the hiring of approximately 60-70 tutors. These tutors will come from a wide range of subject areas and provide support for the approximate 500 student-athletes at the University of Oregon. At the direction of the Tutor Coordinator, the Learning Specialist will also take a primary role in the review, training and assessment of the Jaqua tutors. In addition, the Learning Specialist will provide some intensive academic support to an assigned group of identified student-athletes and maintain a small case-load of student from defined sports. The Learning Specialist will communicate regularly on the progress of the students to academic support staff, including tutors, advisors, and other learning specialists. The Learning Specialist will also communicate regularly with the Compliance group within the University Athletic Department as well as any team academic support staff within the Athletic Department.

The Learning Specialist will be asked to perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director or Associate Director(s) of Services for Student Athletes. The Learning Specialist must be willing to work a flexible year-round schedule, including evenings and weekends.
The Learning Specialist may also provide necessary support to student-athletes, such as coordinating academic resources, tutoring, exam preparation, critical reading and writing, time management, organization skills, etc. Identifies individual student needs and promotes continued refinement of study skills, such as critical reading, test taking and note taking. Monitors student needs around Accessible Education and AEIS (Academic English for International Students). Supports students working with Accessible Education to coordinate and maintain appropriate academic accommodations for student-athletes with documented disabilities.
• Provide study skill assistance to identified student athletes
• Work with student-athletes on strategies designed to enhance academic performance and eventual graduation from the university Assist with the development of programs aimed at improving retention and graduation rates of student-athletes
• Assist student-athletes with time management and organizational skills relevant to academic performance to help them succeed
• Monitor and track student-athlete progress in all classes
• Assist with review and hiring of tutors
• Assist with training and assessment of tutors
• Serve as a resource to the tutoring and advising staff on relevant learning strategy issues; Assist with the development of programs aimed at improving retention and graduation rates; Work on other projects and programs as needs dictate; Participate in ongoing evaluation of the academic support programs for student-athletes; Attend all SSA related meetings, events, workshops, orientations and trainings; Serve on university committees.

Minimum Requirements
• Master's degree
• Experience working with academically underprepared students.
• Sensitivity to, respect for, and understanding of educational and social developmental needs of student-athletes
• Demonstrated ability to help students with motivation and engagement around academics
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse educational, cultural, and economic backgrounds
• Strong oral communication skills

Professional Competencies

Preferred Qualifications
• Strong written language, spelling, and grammar
• Experience working with student-athletes
• Teaching experience
• Experience providing academic support to at-risk students or students experiencing academic challenges
• Familiarity with academic assessments, current educational research, and study skills strategies
• Working knowledge of NCAA academic regulations

Candidates with experience serving the needs of diverse populations are strongly desired.

FLSA Exempt: No


All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA.  The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at http://police.uoregon.edu/annual-report.

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