Learning Specialist

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DePaul University

DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.


Job Title Learning Specialist
Job ID 3615
Location Lincoln Park Campus
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Regular/Temporary Regular

Multicultural Statement

At DePaul University, we are looking for candidates who want to join us in our mission to provide access to education for all. Successful candidates welcome ideas and perspectives from colleagues and students representing a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds, religious beliefs, and experiences. We seek collaborative, open-minded and hard working professionals to work in a real world urban learning environment. Are you exceptional, yet modest and open to challenges? We seek achievers and leaders that want to bring their passion and skills to our well-respected community of approachable colleagues. Build your career with us.

General Summary

Reporting to the Associate Director, the Learning Specialist for the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) will work with a range of students with disabilities; physical, visually and sensory impairments, traumatic brain injuries, learning disabilities, AD/HD, mental health disorders, medical conditions, chronic illness and the autism spectrum. The Learning Specialist will be primarily responsible for processing and enrolling new students, providing one-on-one academic support for a designated student roster, and designing and implementing workshops for students, faculty and staff to promote a holistic, inclusive learning environment. The Learning Specialist will collaborate with therapists, parents, University staff and faculty to provide direct supports and resources for student success.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Individual academic support:
    • Meet weekly, one-on-one with a roster of designated students to provide remediation of basic skills and promote academic success.
    • Provide crisis intervention and respond to immediate student and faculty needs.
    • Advocate for students, as appropriate, in collaboration with parents, therapists, faculty and staff.
  • Intake and enrollment:
    • Manage aspects of the enrollment process for new students.
    • Evaluate documentation.
    • Assign student accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    • Collaborate with students to meet their specific needs.
  • Workshops:
    • Design and implement professional development workshops for faculty and staff to increase their knowledge of students with disabilities and promote effective instructional strategies.
    • Design and implement workshops and group sessions for students in support of their academic needs.
  • Special projects:
    • Coordinate aspects of the department's annual report and annual assessment project.
    • Coordinate other special projects as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Education & Experience

  • Master's degree in special education, disability education or rehabilitation, disability counseling, learning disabilities, or other related field.
  • 4 to 6 years of professional experience providing instructional and advocacy support for students or adults with disabilities.
  • Knowledge of relevant laws and guidelines for accommodations (ADA, FERPA, IDEA).
  • Knowledge of and experience applying diagnostic testing instruments (WAIS IV, Woodcock Johnson II/III, WIAT, RTI).


Managerial Responsibilities

  • The Learning Specialist assists the Associate Director with the supervision of one full-time administrative assistant and two graduate interns.


Other Skills & Abilities Reqd

  • Knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite of products, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn assistive technology for reading, writing and note-taking, (Kurzweil, Dragon Naturally Speaking).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Excellent customer service.
  • Ability to multi-task and maintain composure under pressure.
  • Ability to collaborate both within the department and across the university.
  • Flexibility and diplomacy in handling unforeseen situations.


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Additional Information

  • Occasional weekend and evening responsibilities, particularly during midterm and final exam weeks.
  • Position works in the Loop or Lincoln Park office depending on departmental needs.

Salary & Benefits Package:
DePaul offers a comprehensive package including competitive pay and benefits to attract and retain the best talent in order to further the University's mission. For more information, please visit the following pages:
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Posted: 6/15/2019
Application Due: 8/14/2019
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