Director of the Learning Center

Job description

Director of the Learning Center

Posting Number: R0001061
Location: Salem Campus

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Position Summary:

The Director develops, plans, and implements programs that support undergraduate students' learning, academic engagement, and degree completion. These include recruiting, training, and supervising peer tutors; assisting with summer registration; and meeting extensively with individual students as an academic adviser. The Director regularly assesses programs and proposes revisions to meet current needs. This position requires comprehensive understanding of students and of the University's academic programs, departments, and policies.


  • Creates and executes programming related to student learning in a rigorous college environment. Subjects include time management, reading strategies, test-taking, participation in class discussions, presentations, and other skills required for academic success.

  • Using institutional data, identifies students with risk factors and coordinates early outreach and interventions.

  • Participates in summer registration of incoming first-year students. Provides advising to continuing students as needed.

  • Collaborates with faculty members, CLA Dean's Office, all Student Success Hub staff and services, Athletics, Career Development, Counseling Services, Housing, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Willamette Academy to coordinate and provide support for students. Participates in Admissions events as requested.

  • Consults regularly with individual students to address concerns. Refers students as needed.

  • Collaborates with other college personnel in retention efforts; gathers data and reports as requested on retention issues.

  • Recruits, trains, and supervises the work-study student employees who serve as Learning Center tutors and in other capacities.

  • Manages and assesses the college peer tutoring program.

  • Manages the Learning Center budget; accounts for and reports on budgetary issues upon request.

  • Creates and maintains printed and electronic resources related to college learning theory and best practices.

  • Engages in and supports campus dialogue regarding student profiles and effective teaching.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Master's Degree in a higher education learning-related field.

  • Any combination of education, training, or experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the essential functions. At least three years' higher ed experience in student support administration.

  • Proficiency in using office software.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of student development, learning, and retention.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse student population, including first-generation students.

  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of people in a manner that will positively portray the University and its programs, personnel, and philosophies.


  • Demonstrated ability to train and supervise student staff.

  • Familiarity with Datatel's Colleague suite desirable.


Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Typical work is performed indoors in a normal office environment. Occasionally, the Director of the Learning Center will travel across campus to attend meetings or meet with individuals.

You will need to upload the following two documents as part of your application materials in the "My Experience" section:

  • Cover letter addressing the required/desired qualifications and presenting any other applicant characteristics which deserve emphasis
  • Current Resume

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, WU is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.





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Posted: 4/10/2018
Application Due: 6/11/2018
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