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Educational Learning Specialist

Rocky Vista University
4130 Rocky Vista Way

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Location, Job Title, Benefits

Rocky Vista University in Billings, MT has an opening for a

Educational Learning Specialist (Full-Time)


To be considered for this position applicants should submit a resume/cover letter and salary requirements on our Career page at




$45,300 to $56,600+ per year, the posted salary range represents the minimum to the midpoint within RVU’s compensation plan.   RVU’s full compensation structure provides a minimum to a maximum range.  The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to skill, knowledge, experience, education, and credentials.




RVU offers a full benefits package that includes Health, Dental and Vision insurance, along with 2 weeks (minimum) accrued paid vacation days per year, 12 accrued sick days per year, personal days, 13 ½ paid holidays and 401(K) match up to 7% based on employee’s contribution. Join us in an environment where in-office work is the primary focus, complemented by hybrid work flexibility for eligible positions.


Commitment to Inclusive Excellence: We are Rocky Vista University (RVU), a diverse, equitable, and inclusive healthcare education university that recognizes, values, and respects the commonalities and differences reflected in our students, staff, faculty, and alumni. We strive to be compassionate healthcare educators and practitioners who embrace and champion diversity, equity, and inclusion.


RVU is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


Primary Purpose

The Educational Learning Specialist will support MCOM students in achieving academic success by promoting student self-awareness, incorporating effective and efficient evidence-based learning strategies, and assisting students in identifying and overcoming any barriers or challenges to academic success.

Essential Job Functions

Academic Support Duties-Individual Consultations

  • In individual meetings with students, efficiently build a positive rapport, conveying warmth and respect and putting students at their ease.
  • Assess, possibly through formal assessment instruments (e.g., the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory, LASSI) students’ learning and motivational challenges as well as social factors that impair well-being academic performance.
  • Teach students, individually and in groups, how to optimize academic skills to meet the rigors of medical education. Specifically, work collaboratively with students to develop self-awareness and individualized plans that incorporate evidence-based strategies on topics such as preparing for student-directed learning, engaged learning sessions, effective selection and use of study resources, retrieval practice, spaced repetition, time management, growth mindset, overcoming procrastination, and preparation for exams in organ system courses, shelf exams, and licensure exams.
  • For students of concern, students who have failed assignments or exams, and students consistently not meeting standards of academic progress, meet regularly to diagnose academic issues, share relevant resources, and develop and follow up on individualized learning and remediation plans.
  • Use database software to record meeting notes on students’ issues, progress, goals, planned strategies, and planned follow-up using FERPA guidelines, closely monitoring struggling students. Informally assess students who may have a learning difference and refer to the appropriate resource.
  • Ensure learning and time management strategies are tailored to the needs of neurodiverse students by leveraging best practices in working with such students and by listening to students needs and preferences.
  • Coordinate American With Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations (e.g., extra exam time) for students when appropriate.
  • Provide assistant and support resources and services for diverse learners, including students in need of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) reasonable accommodations.

Academic Support Duties - Group Events

  • Develop and facilitate workshops, trainings, and panel discussions on evidence-based strategies for learning, teaching, time management, and mindset, for faculty and students, as detailed above.
  • Deliver information about examination preparation resources and develop individualized study strategies and plans for licensure exams.
  • Ensure impact of group events align with Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs).


  • Coordinate the peer tutoring program, including recruiting, organizing, and training of tutors year-round.
  • Work with administrative staff in processing payroll
  • Collaborate with Information Technology and faculty members to ensure tutors have access to course-specific resources.
  • Ensure tutors have continued access to resources and regularly update the online scheduling platform.

Student Affairs/General Responsibilities

  • Perform ongoing assistance with Student Affairs events and activities.
  • Participate in regular collaboration meetings with Student Affairs team across campuses.
  • Have a clear understanding of all university and college academic policies; and work daily with other entities across campus. Help students navigate institutional policies and procedures. Annually review the policies to ensure MCOM is complying with federal laws regarding ADA and meeting students’ needs.
  • Help build a culture that respects, values, and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Help build a culture that respects, values, and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

  • Other duties as assigned by the Associate Dean of Student Affairs or the Director of Learning and Educational Services
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • A broad working knowledge of student development principles, learning theories, and the science of learning.
  • Understand and incorporate best practices in student affairs, as identified by professional organizations and published literature
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong evidence of ability to set organizational goals from strategic plans.
  • Ability to work collegially and collaboratively with diverse internal and external constituencies.
  • High-level organizational skills
  • Public speaking ability, both to large and small groups
  • Ability to problem-solve a variety of situations that may arise with students.
  • Produce professional correspondence, documents, data reports, and presentations.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Ability to adapt to use of software programs such as Microsoft Sharepoint, Excel, Teams, and learning management systems
  • Demonstrated commitment to valuing equity, diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's Degree from an accredited institution in a related field, such as: psychology, learning specialist, higher education leadership, student services/student affairs, communication, educational leadership & policy, business administration, public health, etc.
  • 2 years experience providing academic support in education or a college/university environment
Preferred Qualifications
  • Three (3)+ years’ experience providing academic support in education or a college/university environment
  • Demonstrated experience with at-risk student populations
  • Prior experience in advising students in a healthcare profession
  • Completed coursework related to psychology of learning or learning theory in higher education


Final applicant will be required to pass background check and drug screening.



Qualified applicants will be contacted. There may be an additional video interview for you to complete. Please watch your email including spam and promotions folder.


Rocky Vista University is in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate with regard to applicants or employees with disabilities, and will make reasonable accommodation when necessary. The following are essential abilities and physical requirements for all positions at the University.

  • Ability to orally communicate effectively with others;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing, using the English language;
  • Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues and supervisory staff at all levels;
  • May be exposed to short, intermittent, and /or prolonged periods of sitting and/or standing in performance of job duties;
  • May be required to accomplish job duties using various types of equipment/supplies to include, but not limited to, pens, pencils, calculators, computer keyboards, telephone, etc.;
  • May be required to transport oneself to other campus offices, conference rooms, and on occasion, to off-campus sites to attend meetings, conferences, workshops, seminars, etc.

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