Director, Academic Achievement - Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

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About Hofstra:

Hofstra University is a nationally ranked and recognized private university in Hempstead, N.Y. that is the only school to ever host three consecutive presidential debates (2008, 2012 and 2016). At Hofstra, students get the best of both worlds. Our campus is a leafy oasis just a quick train ride away from New York City and all its cultural, recreational and professional opportunities. We offer small classes and personal attention, with the resources, technology and facilities of a large university. Students can choose from more than 160 undergraduate program options and 165 graduate program options in the liberal arts and sciences, education, health professions and human services, the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs, the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law, the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Hofstra University is a dynamic community of more than 11,000 students from around the world who are dedicated to civic engagement, academic excellence and becoming leaders in their communities and their careers.


In this newly created role reporting to the Associate Dean(s) for the Office of Academic Success (OAS) at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell (SOM), the Director of Academic Achievement will be charged with developing and implementing academic interventions to improve student academic performance.  The incumbent will work closely with our students, faculty, administration and the Office of Student Affairs to develop strategies that ultimately enhance student learning. 

Essential duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Develops, implements and oversees study skills programs and study plans that address time management and/or stress management concerns.
  • Develops and implements organizational and learning interventions in order to prepare students for course work, standardized examinations, and enhance their ability to learn in the clinical environment. 
  • Interprets professional review assessments and applies them in the form of learning/study strategy recommendations for students.  
  • Assists with a range of concerns related to learning including attention, anxiety and other items that may be identified. 
  • Partners with the Administrator of the OAS to manage appointment scheduling and conduct appropriate student follow up.
  • Solicits data collection to continuously evaluate the learning needs of the SOM student population.
  • Proactively provides feedback and potential solutions in response to data collection to be presented and reviewed by OAS leadership. 
  • Responds to student concerns specific to challenges they are encountering related to their academic success.  


  • Master’s Degree in educational or cognitive psychology with specialization in learning and remediation required.  Ed.D. or Ph.D. strongly preferred. 
  • Two years of experience working in a professional academic setting with previous experience working with adult learners at the post-graduate level; required. 
  • Experience in medical education preferred. 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (both oral and written) and the ability to identify and solve problems; essential.
  • Excellent knowledge of computer software programs (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required. 
  • Must have proficiency in public speaking and facilitating and conducting small and large group sessions with students. 
  • Must demonstrate cultural competence and the ability to work with students from diverse populations. 
  • Must be able to handle a busy caseload and spontaneous work demands while also overseeing long-term projects that require advanced planning. 
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to proactive student development, have a strong work ethic, be team-oriented and willing to collaborate.  
  • Familiarity with ethics related to FERPA, confidentiality, and other laws governing communication in an educational setting; preferred.

Application Instructions:         

For consideration, please send cover letter with salary requirements and resume to: School of Medicine Search Committee: [email protected]


Hofstra University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, administrative staff and student body, and encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community.




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Posted: 4/12/2018
Application Due: 6/11/2018
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