Learning Specialist

Apr 03, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Learning Specialist
HSU Sponsored Programs Foundation
Job Announcement
This is not a state position

Wage: $18.16-$31.64/hour (commensurate with education and experience), Full Time, Benefit Eligible.

Duration: Anticipated starting date of May 15, 2017. This is a grant-funded position with continued appointments for subsequent year's contingent upon renewed funding, which is anticipated.

Project Name: Student Support Services Federal Grant (F3003) Supervisor: Dan Saveliff

BACKGROUND: The 2016-17 academic year is the second year in an approved five-year grant program that continues through 2020. The SSS program has been continuously funded at HSU since the program's inception in 1972.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB: Under general supervision of the Director of the Learning Center and the Student Support Services Director, the Learning Specialist works with TRIO Student Support Services program students, (low-income, first generation, and educationally disadvantaged students) providing academic coaching, learning assistance, and basic skill development in writing, reading, math, and other academic skill development. The Learning Specialist coordinates assessment processes, develops individual educational assistance plans; coaches students on academic strategies, and monitors student progress and outcomes as they incorporate these learning strategies into their academic practices.

  • Evaluates student learning strategies, academic preparation, and academic behaviors
  • Interprets assessment results with individual students. In coordination with EOP/SSS advisors and the student, develops academic success plans to address areas for skill development and enhanced academic strategies and behaviors
  • Refers students to course-specific assistance in the Tutorial Lab
  • Assists in the facilitation of a variety of study skills workshops (time management, test taking, test anxiety, note-taking, or other subjects) as requested
  • Provides workshop and classroom based instruction through EOP/SSS Fall Bridge, in coordination with teaching faculty and/or the sponsoring academic department
  • Assists with writing and college level reading and comprehension of course-related material. Provides classroom based instruction and coaching in active learning and academic strategies development
  • Assists in training for Fall Bridge tutors, EOP/SSS peer advisors, mentors, and advisors, with focus on Learning Center Services, assessment tools, how to make appropriate referrals, implement academic autonomy skills and conduct problem-solving for common issues that arise when working with students.
  • Monitors and maintains documentation on individual student performance and persistence; maintains documentation of services provided; and other reporting requirements
  • Assists in presenting TRIO Student Support Services and Learning Center services during new student Orientation, EOP/SSS Summer Bridge, and other informational sessions which target SSS-eligible students at HSU
  • Leads presentations in English or Spanish during EOP Summer Bridge for Parent Orientation.
  • Assists with the ongoing training of Learning Center student assistants who provide support to SSS program students
  • Assists in program evaluation and in measuring student outcomes. Based on student and program assessment, recommends and implements new processes and strategies based on results
  • Designs, implements, measures, and reports on Student Learning Outcomes for EOP/SSS Fall Bridge; as well as progress outcomes for students receiving individualized support from the learning specialist.
  • Based on student and program assessment, recommends and implements new processes and strategies based on results
  • Must be available for occasional evening and weekend work
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE: Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in one of the behavioral sciences, education, or a job-related field. One year of experience in professional Student Services work at the entry trainee level or equivalent. Equivalent amounts of graduate level job-related education may be substituted for the required experience. Knowledge of basic computing (MS Word, Excel, presentation software).

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Two years of professional experience in one of the student services program areas or in a related field. Experience should give evidence of competence and indicate the potential for further growth. A master's degree in a job-related field may be substituted for one year of the professional experience.

One year of experience or more providing academic skill development, tutoring, mentoring, or teaching at the college or college preparatory level for low-income, first-generation college students. Effective oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated sensitivity to the needs of academically underprepared students is essential. Theoretical knowledge and demonstrated awareness of the non-cognitive influences on the academic behavior and performance of students is essential.

Training and experience sufficient to work in coordination with other student service providers to develop individual, small group, and classroom experiences which assist program students in acquiring academic skills needed for college success. Sufficient training and experience to plan and facilitate study skills workshops and instruction of “college success” curriculum.

Priority given to applicants who have overcome barriers similar to those facing program participants. Fluency in Spanish is highly desirable.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Submit a letter of application, resume or vita, the names and phone numbers of three professional references, along with the HSU SPF Employee Information Form for Applicants (https://www2.humboldt.edu/forms/node/1084) to: EOP/Student Support Services, House #56, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA 95521. If you have any questions regarding this position, please call the EOP/Student Support Services office at 707-826-4781.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: This position is open until filled. First review of applications will begin on Monday, April 14, 2017.

Applications from and nominations of qualified women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged. Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation hires only individuals authorized to work in the United States.

Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. More information about HSU SPF's Equal Employment Opportunity hiring can be found here: http://www2.humboldt.edu/hsuf/pdf%20forms/Employment%20Notices/HSU%20SPF%20Equal%20Opportunity%20Employment-Affirmative%20Action%20Policy.pdf

For assistance with the application process, please submit an Accommodation Request Form which can be found here (https://www2.humboldt.edu/forms/node/341) or call the SPF Interim Compliance Support Coordinator at (707) 826- 5159.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered this position within HSU SPF. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current HSU SPF employees who apply for this position.


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