Learning Skills Specialist
Open Date: 04/05/2018
Date Initial Screening Begins:
Minimum Education/Experience: Master's or other advanced degree in education, higher education, Educational Psychology, Special Education, or a related field and has specialization in the process of learning and remediation. Experience in an academic setting providing intervention strategies to diverse learners. Experience in conducting educational workshops, seminars, and small group sessions. Demonstrated understanding of emotional intelligence Exceptional computer, organizational, data entry and project management skills, including demonstrated skills in Microsoft software: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Experience in working with tutoring and/or peer assisted learning program.
Special Instructions to Applicant: Along with your application, please submit: Sample of written communication skills, published article is preferred Sample of oral communication skills, workshop or seminar outline or slides Statement on prior experience in counseling or working with students on study skills Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, and a list of three references, including contact information, online.
Job Duties: Work collaboratively with faculty/administration to develop strategies to enhance all students' learning. Develop and/or maintain academic programs to support the academic needs of all students. Respond to students with academic difficulties to develop academic interventions designed to improve performance. Provide academic counseling related to the development of effective learning skills, study strategies, creation of personal study materials, note-taking instruction, and assessment of learning styles, time management, and test preparation. Additionally, plan and lead group sessions on the above skills. Monitor changes in students' academic performance to: identify students at risk for under performing determine student's need for support and identify appropriate resources as needed evaluate program effectiveness Conduct individual diagnostic interviews and consultative activities for medical students to identify strategies for academic success. Meet individually with students who fail an exam or course to assess the student's current learning strategies and level of academic functioning, and provide services/interventions as appropriate. Assist students to identify and develop learning strategies for potential learning disabilities or differences. Maintain files for each student who receives services or participates in programs from OSDAC. Essential Functions Provide Instruction to students, in group and individual settings, related to: test-taking skills and test preparation for course and licensing exams preparation for licensure examinations using best practices generation of study plans that increase academic success development of individual strategies for more effective learning, enhancement of test- taking skills and remediation strategies Identify, evaluate and counsel: academically at-risk students to help them overcome academic challenges students who experience barriers that hinder academic performance to help them overcome those barriers students who are identified by the Academic Achievement Program as having academic difficulty, needing remediation on an Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE), or needing remediation plans for USMLE Step 1, Step 2CK, Step 2CS or NBME Clerkship Subject Exams. Connect students to relevant campus resources and maintain a professional connection with campus resources. Provide appropriate consultation and instruction to students who are diagnosed with a learning disability and facilitate students' introduction to Department for Disability Support Services as needed. Coordinate and manage the existing peer tutoring and peer assisted learning programs for Brody students in all academic programs MD and PhD. Recruit excellent applicants for the role of peer tutor or facilitators for peer assisted learning small groups Review applications and recommending potential tutors to the Director Coordinate and participate in peer tutor trainings Communicate with tutors assisted to a tutee Monitor all tutor and tutee evaluations for potential problems Communicate all potential problems to the Director Develop and execute plans to troubleshoot and resolve potential problems Maintain data sets to evaluate effectiveness and benefits to all students involved Coordinate with other units in Academic Affairs as needed to provide support for students related to USMLE Step 1, Step 2CK, and Step 2 CS performance. Serve as a resource to Curriculum and Promotion/Review Committees and report on issues that impede student progress. Collaborates in research efforts regarding student performance and retention, and success of the academic support programs, as appropriate, submits research to academic/medical education journals. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Evidence of awareness of educational demands at the professional level and/or experience providing academic and/or counseling support to profession level students Knowledge and experience with factors interfering with standard academic performance, e.g. social, emotional, cultural, cognitive deficiencies, allowing for differential diagnosis of various learning difficulties Ability to identify students who need referral to a counselor, psychiatrist, or other health care professional. Knowledge and ability to recognize students with learning differences and/or possible learning difficulties, to be able to make appropriate referrals for evaluations when necessary. Knowledge and ability to provide counseling regarding learning and study strategies, time management, test taking strategies and compensatory strategies for at-risk students and students with learning differences, and awareness that learning strategies may have to change with different courses and curriculum responsibilities. Knowledge and sensitivity to critical and subtle issues which can potentially impact academic performance by students from diverse backgrounds. Ability to recognize and respond to student needs with appropriate individualized learning strategies for academic success. Ability to organize and teach study groups and workshops to help students understand differing learning styles and strategies to help them become more effective learners and test takers. Evidence of ability to establish, meet, and track short-term, mid-range, and long range goals and objectives with minimal direction Demonstrated ability to complete multiple tasks or projects simultaneously. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and work collaboratively with individuals at various academic levels to work effectively with students, tutors, professional staff, faculty, course and clerkship directors, and administration. Effective oral communication, public speaking, and written communication skills. Evidence of ability to effective supervise student tutors and small group facilitators. Willingness to attend meetings and workshops to insure awareness of current trends in support of educational excellence and report information to the office to insure their awareness of these trends.