Learning Specialist, PMAP

Tucson, AZ
Feb 13, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Number:



COM Student Affairs

Department Website Link:



UAHS - Tucson


University of Arizona Health Sciences, Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The Office of Student Development in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona (UACOM) in Tucson seeks a Learning Specialist to assess and teach cognitive/affective skills to students in the PreMedical Admissions Pathway (PMAP) along with UACOM-Tucson medical students. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills with the ability to build and maintain open, transparent and effective lines of communication, within and outside the University, to better serve team members and customers; appropriately tailors written and verbal messages to target audiences; ability to build and maintain positive working relationships, within individual work groups and across departments; work with others to accomplish goals and objectives in a highly matrix and demanding environment; provide excellent customer service skills in all relationships with colleagues inside and outside his/her department, students, guests, and leaders; views all interactions as a potential customer service opportunity; and experience in addressing the specific needs of students from diverse backgrounds (URiM, rural, underserved, first generation).

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Thoughtfully integrate evidence-based approaches to supporting students from diverse backgrounds to academic and professional success, including assisting students to complete the PMAP program, prepare and successfully pass the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) Step 1 and Step 2. Facile ability with online educational tools specific to medical content mastery for medical licensing exams.
  • Monitor the academic progress of approximately 10 PMAP students along with a cohort of medical students, which may include PMAP graduates in the MD program, in collaboration with other Learning Specialists and the Lead Learning Specialist. Perform data entry and management of student data to support identification and advising of at-risk students. Assist in preparation of operational reports and analyses to identify progress, adverse trends, and recommendations for consecutive Learning Center approaches.
  • Identify learning needs related to attention management and different abilities, and communicate effectively to support and guide students to appropriate resources.
  • Manage academic intervention and advising for a case load of professional students, including tracking academic progress; initiating student contact; interpreting assessment instruments, including but not limited to The Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI), Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality inventory, Error Analysis; and advising students on how to enhance learning and performance.
  • Interact with the PMAP leadership team, medical student mentors, faculty, PMAP Senior Program Coordinator, and PMAP Director as part of a system of support.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

*Master's degree in higher education, science education, basic sciences or related field.*Experience working within a medical school or highly matrix environment.*Technologically astute; excellent database and word processing skills.*Able to work flexible hours to support all activities of the office.*Demonstrated ability to work with diverse population of students from diverse backgrounds (URiM, rural, underserved, first generation).*Demonstrated ability to work with gifted population and special education needs.



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Job Category:

Student Services

Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:

$42,007 - $58,343

Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level:


Job Family:

Student Support

Job Function:

Student Services

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:


Target Hire Date:

Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Jerie [email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume, Cover Letter, and Two Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Candidates should provide three Letters of Recommendation, and a Schedule of Availability.

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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