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Senior Academic Learning Specialist

University of Colorado - Denver and the Health Sciences Center
Denver, CO

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University of Colorado | CU Denver 
Learning Resource Center
Senior Academic Learning Specialist 
Position #00743690 – Requisition #22238

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

The University of Colorado Denver seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

Learning Resource Center has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Senior Academic Learning Specialist position.

As Colorado’s public urban research university, the University of Colorado Denver educates a diverse student body through quality academics, ambitious research, creative work, and civic engagement in the city we call home. CU Denver graduates gain the powerful combination of immersive classroom and real-world experience that are in demand today. The city benefits from well-educated, top talent and a new generation of knowledge that fuels the future of Denver and our region. We are CU in the City. 

CU Denver offers more than 100 degree programs, from the bachelor’s to the doctoral level, in the heart of downtown.  Here, more than 15,000 students pursue academic programs that range from global energy management to music industry studies to criminal justice. As part of the state’s largest public university system, CU Denver is a major contributor to the Colorado economy, with nearly 2,500 employees and annual economic impact of $800 million.  

Jobs in this career family provide direct professional support for the teaching and/or educational service mission of the university. Functions include academic advising/counseling, student personnel administration, recruitment and admissions, registration, financial aid, faculty affairs, library services, curriculum administration, and others involving direct support of the educational mission of an academic unit.

Senior Professionals are responsible for exercising discretion, analytical skill, personal accountability and responsibility in a wide range of areas including academic, administrative, managerial and student services functions. Work involves creating, integrating, applying and sharing knowledge directly related to a professional field.  Work is performed fully independently. 

Nature of Work:
The Senior Academic Learning Specialist will provide independent leadership and expertise in the areas of learning development and academic coaching. This position develops, updates, promotes, and conducts study skills workshops and academic coaching focused on time management, learning strategies and methods, critical thinking, test taking, test anxiety, academic reading, note taking, memory techniques, and other skills topics at the UC Denver Campus in a variety of classroom, student organization, program offices, and online formats.

Additionally, this role will build positive relationships and conduct workshops and outreach events with relevant university programs such as the Center for Identity & Inclusion, First-Year Experiences, the Counseling Center, TRiO/SSS and McNair, Disability Resources and Services, Veteran Student Services, the Office of International Affairs, Student Life Office, and student organizations to expand services to as many students as possible. 

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Participate in campus-wide committees as appropriate and serve as an ambassador for LRC at campus and community events including Orientation, Admissions, and Learning Hub activities. 
  • Provides individual coaching, resource information, and follow up services. 
  • Create and implements campus-wide outreach and retention initiatives for students referred on early alert, on academic probation, or in the fresh start program. 
  • Supervise, train, select and evaluate peer educators working in coaching, outreach and workshops areas. 
  • Coordinate with the Student Success Initiatives Office the implementation of Early Action alert processes including outreach efforts and tracking data through Navigate EAB system. 
  • Research, develop, select, and maintain academic study skills resources for LRC office and website. 
  • Evaluates and generates periodic reports on LRC study skills services participation, effectiveness, and other statistics related to student retention and success. 
  • Assists in developing new initiatives to support the LRC mission of student success and retention. 
  • Stay current with science of learning research, the scholarship of teaching and learning, universal design principles, learning technology, and other relevant areas. 
This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

Salary and Benefits:
The hiring range for this position has been established at $45,000 to $48,000.   

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above hiring range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.
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Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in education, communication, social science, higher education, counseling, social work, psychology, liberal arts, human services, student affairs, or a directly related field from an accredited institution. Substitution: A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree on a year for year basis, but not for the specific experience.
  • Two (2) years of professional level experience working in higher education in academic support, student learning, and/or student services. 
*Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be willing and able to work occasional evening and weekend hours.
Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in education, communication, social science, higher education, counseling, social work, psychology, liberal arts, human services, student affairs, or a related field from an accredited institution. 
  • Three (3) years of experience in coaching, teaching or mentoring, preferable in a secondary and/or higher education setting. 
  • One year of experience developing academic, education or community outreach programs.
  • Experience in presenting academic success/study skills workshops or similar formats. 
Competencies/Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally and interpersonally. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Outstanding customer service skills to students, faculty and staff.
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of learning theory, student development theory, communication skill acquisition, and motivational interviewing is helpful to this position. 
Diversity and Equity:
The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected] 

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees. 

Job Category: Academic Services
Primary Location: Denver
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Oct 8, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing
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