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Learning Specialist, Office of Academic Success

Hofstra University
Hempstead, New York

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Institutional & Business Affairs, Health & Medical Services
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Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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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 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. Hofstra University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, administrative staff and student body. We especially encourage women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, veterans and people with disabilities to apply.


Reporting to the Senior Associate Dean for Education, the Learning Specialist in the Office of Academic Success (OAS) is a hands-on instructional and management role, focused on developing and implementing academic interventions to improve student academic performance. OAS helps students succeed in medical school by providing academic counseling, education on learning strategies, and tools to face common challenges such as time management, organization, and test-taking issues.

Responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to:

• Provides direct academic support services, including individual and group consultations on academic skills, learning strategies, time management, and stress management. Provides outreach and follow-up with students as needed.

• Interprets professional review assessments and apply them in the form of learning/study strategy recommendations for students.

• Solicits data collection to continuously evaluate the learning needs of the medical student population and address such needs by developing workshops, study skills programs, study plans, large group sessions, webinars, resources, and website content that address time management, organization, retention, stress management, and other learning concerns common among medical students.

• Co-teaches in Pre-matriculation, Knowledge Consolidation, and Intensive Study Period courses by holding workshops and individual student meetings.

• Coordinates and hosts academic support team meetings for each course during the first two years of the program.

• Develops academic action plans and act at the main case manager for students who require academic remediation.

• Acts as the Disability Service Coordinator, managing applications for and implementing disability-related accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

• Works closely with the Offices of Student Affairs, Curriculum Support, course directors, and faculty members to triage students to various forms of support services.


• Master’s Degree in educational or cognitive psychology with specialization in learning and remediation required.

• Experience working in higher education or educational psychology field required.

• Experience in medical education or other health sciences 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:

Please submit a cover letter with salary requirements and resume to: [email protected] Please indicate "Learning Specialist, Office of Academic Success" in the subject line.


Working at Hofstra University

Hofstra University is a dynamic private university where students will benefit from large-university resources and thrive within a small college atmosphere.  At Hofstra, students can choose from 155 undergraduate and 170 graduate program options within the Frank G. Zarb School of Business; Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs; School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts; School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Hofstra University and Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies at Hofstra University; Hofstra University Continuing Education; Honors College; Lawrence Herbert School of Communication; Maurice A. Deane School of Law; School of Education; School of Engineering and Applied Science; and School of Health Professions and Human Services. Students also benefit from small classes (student-to-faculty ratio of 13-to-1 and an average undergraduate class size of just 21 students), flexible schedules, and close proximity to the cultural and networking aspects of New York City.

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