Learning Specialist

Newton, MA
Jul 07, 2017
Faculty Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Success happens here. Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts, just minutes from Boston which provides career focused programs built upon a strong foundation in the social sciences, humanities and the arts, all developed and implemented to prepare our approximately 1,400 students for success in their chosen fields of endeavor.

To provide academic support to students enrolled in the Student Achievement Program. Assist with developing the program, as well as provide resources and support to administrators, faculty and staff who work with students involved in the program. The Learning Specialist meets weekly with individual students for academic coaching sessions and remains the primary support person throughout the student's involvement with the program. Learning Specialists also serve in the role of academic advisor ("success coach") for first-year participants in the SAP program.

Essential Functions:
1. Maintains an assigned caseload of students; meetings with students in caseload once, twice, or three times a week, while keeping a detailed note log of each student.
2. Serves as academic advisor ("success coach") to first year students assigned to caseload and assists in tracking and reporting on retention rates of students.
3. Participates in trainings, meetings, and professional development opportunities specific to the role of the first-year advisor ("success coach").
4. Identifies areas of need for academic success and referrals to campus resources.
5. Works with other departments on campus to ensure students have both academic and social connections to the Mount Ida community.
6. Assists students (individual or in groups/programs) in developing proper self-awareness and self-efficacy, academic and social strategies, and refers students to appropriate campus resources.
7. Researches new and emerging assistive technologies regarding strategies for success.
8. Collaborates with Information Technology, Academic Technology Center, and Library staff to increase access to learning tools, study strategies, and assistive technologies around campus.
9. Attends and implements ideas from regional conferences relative to academic support services and overall student success.
10. Develops and coordinates weekly and monthly study groups and various academic success strategy seminars.
11. Assists the Director with specific projects during intercession breaks. Examples of such assistance include: new student orientation, and projects/work assigned during the winter/spring breaks and after graduation

Additional Responsibilities as Required and Assigned:
1. In collaboration with SAP Director, hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates student leaders selected to work with the program.
2. Conducts regular assessments of programs and events.
3. Plans and executes social and academic programming for the SAP students to help build relationships.
4. Oversees promotion of SAP events and programs through social media outlets.
5. Supports director in collaboration with Admissions to conduct outreach and marketing to prospective students.
6. Other responsibilities as assigned.Mount Ida College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from individuals who would increase the richness of the College's diversity.
Required Qualifications
1. Appropriate master's degreeeducation, higher education administration, special education, counseling, social work, otheris required
2. Two-to-three years' experience working with students with disabilities and learning and social challenges required
3. Familiarity with priorities and practices associated with the academic advising process as employed with first-year students.
4. Demonstrated passion for student success
5. Excitement and flexibility to work with a dynamic and evolving program with a diverse student population with a team-centered approach
6. An ability to communicate effectively with students, faculty, and parents; must be able to handle sensitive situations with confidentiality
7. Working knowledge of assistive technology in an educational setting




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