Posting Number: 20171300S
Position Type: Staff
Recruitment Type: Internal/External Applicants
Work Schedule: FT/12 Month
Department: 122-Learning Support Services
The Learning Specialist serves as a critical partner in the effort to create and maintain a positive University environment that encourages the success of all students. This includes assessment of difficulties influencing academic performance, individual academic coaching, and group study skills workshops. He/she contributes to the provision of resources in order to facilitate the University's compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding the provision of services to persons with disabilities. He/she interacts closely with other offices with regard to students' academic functioning and retention. These include academic deans, academic advisors, faculty advisors, international students, CASA, ODS, and faculty. Skills addressed include time management, effective study methods, organization, procrastination, test-taking techniques, note-taking, performance anxiety, reading comprehension, transitioning to higher education, and motivation. He/she assists the Director in interpreting medical and psycho-educational documentation, determining and providing reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids and services for qualified students with disabilities, refers students with personal, emotional, or psychological problems to Counseling Center, and collaborates with Counseling Center colleagues in coordinating student care.
Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide general orientation and individual assessment of study strategies, time management and organizational skills as well as disability related counseling.
- Provide workshops and outreach to students and faculty on various study skills topics. Outreach may include webpage information and on line programming.
- Provide faculty consultation with regard to accommodation and accessibility issues in the classroom. Assist staff in making co-curricular adaptations for program accessibility. Participate in programs, events, workshops, orientations, and training for members of the campus community to promote awareness of, sensitivity to, and understanding of issues related to educational access for persons with disabilities and students with various learning needs. Communicate with campus community concerning issues and trends relevant to the development, success, and retention of students. Provide advocacy and coordination to the University’s reasonable accommodation process.
- Assist with the coordination and provision of reasonable academic accommodations, including supervision of testing, notetaking accommodations, and accessible technology.
- Develop and maintain effective working relationships with University departments, faculty and staff to provide information and guidance regarding programs, services, and retention.
- Perform other duties and assists with special projects as assigned.
- Master’s Degree is required in Reading, Education, Special Education, Educational Psychology, or related discipline.
- Knowledge of current methods of enhancing skills required for excellent academic performance, including assessment of academic difficulties. A sound working knowledge of the laws affecting persons with disabilities (Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act); experience determining reasonable academic accommodations.
- Experience working with individuals with disabilities; experience interpreting results of psycho-educational testing, psychological and clinical documentation of postsecondary students.
- Strong interpersonal, organizational and managerial skills required. Skills in maintaining tact and equanimity is required when dealing with sensitive and confidential student information; exceptional oral and written communication; exceptional interpersonal skills to work with groups and individuals with diverse backgrounds and disabilities.
- Strong computer skills (Banner, word, excel, access); willing to learn other software and technology.
Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours
Special Message to Applicants
Posting Date: 04/04/2017
Closing Date (12am ET):
Open Until Filled:
Salary Posting Information: Commensurate with experience
Salary Band: I
Job Classification: Exempt
To apply, visit: https://jobs.villanova.edu/postings/10968
Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values. Villanova University is committed to providing leadership in the attainment of equal employment for all individuals. It is the policy and practice of Villanova University to recruit and select applicants on the basis of their qualifications and abilities. This effort is in compliance with all federal and state laws, including Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1975, Executive Order 11246, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.