Athletics Learning Specialist

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-06-02
Req: R0025077

The University of Virginia (UVA) is a highly competitive Division I program committed to the academic and athletic experience of student-athletes. The Department of Athletics is seeking a Learning Specialist to support students through the Academic Affairs Office. Athletics Learning Specialists work directly with a caseload of student-athletes to enhance academic strategy development and support student success. They also serve as an integral part of the Learning Services team, tasked with implementing quality tutoring and academic mentoring support services for all of UVA’s student-athletes. Learning Specialists demonstrate expertise in evidence-based learning and study strategies and their application to diverse learner profiles. In collaboration with Academic Coordinators, they provide comprehensive academic support and encourage the growth of students as learners by teaching skills to effectively engage with academic material and resources at the University. Their work is mainly independent, with some oversight and with a strong emphasis on communication, integrity, and collaboration.

The primary responsibilities of the Learning Specialist include:

  • Supporting a diverse caseload of student-athletes with daily academic strategy instruction, skill development, and course-driven task completion.

  • This position will work an 8-hr shift between the hours of 12pm-10pm during the regular academic sessions of Fall and Spring, providing support and evaluation of evening academic programming that occurs from Sunday through Thursday.

  • Collaborating with internal and external constituents (e.g., Academic Affairs staff, Learning Services team, Student Disability Access Center, etc.) to develop and implement educational supports and programming for student-athletes.

  • Monitoring student-athlete academic progress and varying support strategies, as needed.

  • Assisting with the hiring, training, and supervision of staff for the Cavalier Academic Support Team (CAST).

  • Contributing to the collective work of the Learning Services team, including program development and performance analysis.

  • Upholding NCAA, ACC, and University rules and regulations.

  • Compiling and maintaining appropriate reports and records.

  • Performing miscellaneous related duties when necessary.

Anticipated Hiring Range: $42,000 - $45,000, dependent upon qualifications.

Required Qualifications:

  • Education: A Bachelor's degree in a relevant field.

  • Experience: Some relevant experience working in academic advising, teaching, counseling, student affairs, or a related field is required.

  • Availability: Afternoon and evening work schedule required Sunday - Thursday.

  • Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Knowledge of a wide range of learning strategies and study skill development techniques. Demonstrated ability to teach college learning and study skills to at-risk student-athletes. Knowledge of current evidence-based practices for at-risk populations. Ability to instruct others who are working directly with students and to hold others accountable. Demonstrated commitment to developing skills and competencies around serving diverse communities. Attention to detail in reporting and communication. Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. Proven ability to collaborate with students and staff in understanding and applying specific strategies to improve/enhance learning of both individual student-athletes and larger identified cohorts. Demonstrated enthusiasm for creative problem solving. Ability to develop programming, maintain quality, and analyze effectiveness over time. Ability to work both independently and as a part of a team. Awareness and sensitivity to the academic, athletic, and social pressures faced by student-athletes at the college level. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to gather data, compile information, maintain records, and prepare reports. Ability to analyze, solve problems, and use independent judgment to manage and impart confidential information. Responsiveness to ever-changing needs of both students and programs. Knowledge of collegiate academic structures/processes. Demonstrated organizational and time management skills. Working knowledge of NCAA academic eligibility and recruiting rules and regulations. A strong commitment to the highest level of academic integrity.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree.

  • Prior experience in education or counseling.

  • Prior experience working with adult learners in a college environment.

Review of applicants will begin June 2nd and the position will remain open until filled. Please do not forward any applicant materials directly to staff of the Department of Athletics, as only applications received through this system will be considered.

The successful candidate will pass a background check. PROCESS FOR INTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs,” and search for ‘Athletics Learning Specialist.’ Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address). PROCESS FOR EXTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please visit UVA job board, search for Requisition R0025077, complete the application and attach a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address). Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration (please note that all documents can be uploaded into the "Resume" box). For information regarding the position or the application process, please contact Michele Jarman at

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Job No:
Posted: 6/4/2021
Application Due: 9/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time