Learning Strategies Specialist (50% FTE, 18 Months Fixed Term)

Stanford University

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Part Time
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Four-Year Institution

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Learning Strategies Specialist (50% FTE, 18 Months Fixed Term)
School of Medicine, Stanford, California, United States

Schedule: Part-time
Job Code: 7502
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: H
Requisition ID: 93152

The Learning Strategies Specialist is a part-time (.50FTE, Student Services Officer 2) position with the Master of Science in PA Studies (MSPA) program in the School of Medicine. The overall purpose of the Learning Strategies Specialist (LSS) position is to provide learning strategies for MSPA students during both preclinical and clinical years at the School of Medicine. Preclinical students are referred by faculty or self-referral for concerns including, but not limited to, memory, attention issues, time management, organization, poor retention, or weak test performance in courses. Clinical students are referred by faculty or self-referral for assistance regarding poor test performance on standardized medical examinations, issues with following directions within the clinics, time management, organization, or poor written or oral responses in clinical settings. New programs are initiated by the LSS based upon research, collaborating with faculty, and/or working with the Office of Accessible Education. The LSS is responsible for Learning Strategy Workshops such as Test Taking Strategies, Stress Management, and Memory Tips to Reduce Study Time.

Responsibilities of the individual in this role include the ability to:
  • The Learning Strategies Specialist will support MSPA students who require or desire learning support to improve academic performance. They will work with faculty and staff to maintain a tutorial program for MSPA students.
  • Develop, implement, and oversee learning support programs for students, e.g., study group programs for pairs/small groups, learning strategy workshops, tutoring service, etc. Assess the needs, strengths, and weaknesses of students through a variety of means including one-on-one assessments, conversations, or interviews and observations.
  • Refer, as needed, all MSPA students who disclose or are suspected of having a disability, including learning, psychological/psychiatric, physical, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or chronic medical conditions to the University's Office of Accessible Education (OAE) and/or Schwab. The OAE is the campus office designated to work with Stanford students with disabilities, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including the professional schools.

* - Other duties may also be assigned

  • Master's degree or higher in psychology, education, or related field, and at least 2 years' experience as a Learning Specialist or similar.
  • Knowledge of and experience teaching learning strategies, preferably in higher education.
  • Knowledge of and experience with pedagogical educational materials, universal study strategies, protocols, computer software and alternative technologies.
  • Knowledge of cognitive and behavioral psychological approaches. Experience with assessment tools for evaluating students' learning needs.
  • Ability to supervise tutors and maintain student records.
  • Ability to write strategy handouts, literature for presentations, and other written items.
  • Good presentation skills.
  • 5+ years of experience as a Learning Specialist or similar.
  • Familiarity with medical education curriculum a plus.
  • Familiarity with Stanford, especially SoM, a plus.


Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.

  • Advanced communication skills to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences, client groups, and all levels of management.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills to review and analyze complex information.
  • Advanced computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Advanced customer service skills.
  • Relevant computer systems/technology experience.
  • Understanding of financial transactions.
  • Ability to ensure and apply compliance with legal, financial, and university policies and external regulations



  • Frequently sit, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally stand, walk, twist, use fine manipulation, grasp, use a telephone, write by hand, sort and file paperwork, lift, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

As an organization that receives federal funding, Stanford University has a COVID-19 vaccination requirement that will apply to all university employees, including those working remotely in the United States and applicable subcontractors. To learn more about COVID policies and guidelines for Stanford University Staff, please visit https://cardinalatwork.stanford.edu/working-stanford/covid-19/interim-policies/covid-19-surveillance-testing-policy

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: https://apptrkr.com/3098617

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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