The Learning Specialist provides academic support, develops services, counsels, and advises graduate healthcare students related to their learning style, including study skills, exam strategies, and the development of lifelong learning skills. The Learning Specialist primarily assists students experiencing academic challenges in their perspective healthcare program. This position reports directly to the Assistant Dean of Students.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Provide students with individual and group academic support, including the development of learning, study, and exam strategy materials to provide support that meets the needs of students and enhances academic skill development.
Administer the university Peer Tutoring Program, including recruitment and training of peer tutors, making tutor assignments, working with course directors to assess and respond to tutoring needs, submitting tutor timesheet to payroll bi-monthly, and quarterly tutor reports to the college Dean’s Office and the university Business Office.
Develop and facilitate workshops on topics related to academic success, including national board exams.
Participate in new student orientation presentations on strategies for success with counseling center staff.
Develop and lead learning strategy groups for students each academic quarter.
Provide consultation, training, and outreach regarding learning difficulties to students, faculty, deans, and administrators.
Coordinate with other university offices and personnel such as Dean’s Offices, course directors, and counseling services.
Maintain accurate and confidential records of interactions with students.
Establish and maintain effective work relationships with faculty, staff and students.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Assistant Dean of Students.
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience
A Master’s Degree is required, ideally in a relevant field such as secondary higher education, psychology, counseling, or related field.
A minimum of two (2) years’ experience of direct service providing academic support and development and implementation of learning programs to graduate students, preferably in healthcare education in a selective college or university setting.
Preferred certification as Certified Master Learning Specialist.
Strong program development, materials development, and oral and written skills.
Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
Knowledge of academic success skills such as, but not limited to: learning styles, test taking skills, and time management.
Self-motivated and able to work independently.
Computer proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook).
High skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations. Ability to write and communicate verbally and effectively present information to students and faculty.
High skills: Ability to ascertain student academic weaknesses and effectively communicate academic learning strategies to help resolve those student academic weaknesses.
Basic skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide all units of measure using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is regularly required to sit, talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and /or move up to 10 pounds.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Midwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate against an employee or applicant based upon race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or veterans status, in accord with 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a).
Midwestern University's historical and sustaining philosophy dedicates the institution and its resources to the highest standards of academic excellence to meet the educational needs of the healthcare community.