Learning Skills Specialist/Counselor

Riverside, Riverside County
Apr 25, 2014
Salary: $48,678 - $99,610
Title: Learning Skills Specialist/Counselor
Category: Management and Professional
Department: SOM - Student Affairs
Date Posted: 04/24/2014
8AM - 5PM
Position Information:
The UCR School of Medicine (UCR SOM) is seeking a Learning Skills Counselor to assist medical students with achieving their true potential. Under the general direction of the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, the Learning Skills Counselor (LSC) provides leadership, direct academic retention services, evaluation and assessment of students with potential learning disabilities in addition to program development for at-risk medical students enrolled in the UCR SOM who are not achieving standard academic progress.
Minimum Requirements:
1. Doctorate or Master's Degree in Education, Psychology, Learning Disabilities or related field; and six years of related experience in a college-level student support service preferably in a learning skills service; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
2. Background in counseling skills.
3. Knowledge and experience with factors interfering with standard academic performance, e.g. social, emotional, cultural, cognitive deficiencies, allowing for differential diagnosis of various learning difficulties.
4. Knowledge and ability to provide academic counseling and longitudinal follow up regarding learning and study strategies, time management, test taking strategies and compensatory strategies for at-risk students and students with learning disabilities.
5. Knowledge and sensitivity to critical and subtle issues which can potentially impact academic performance by students from culturally and socio-economically diverse backgrounds.
6. Ability to organize and coordinate USMLE review courses and subject area review courses.
7. Ability to organize and teach study groups and workshops to help students become more effective learners and test takers.
8. Professional experience in post-secondary settings with students who have educational and psychological disabilities, and a working knowledge of support services and accommodation methods.
9. Working knowledge of a variety of assessment instruments and psycho educational reports used to diagnose specific learning disabilities in adults, e.g. Wechsler Adult Intelligence Test, Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement and Cognitive Abilities, Wechsler Individual Achievement Test, etc.
10. Ability to administer and interpret test results of supplemental Testing, e.g. Nelson-Denny Reading Test, Modern Language Aptitude Test, etc.
11. Ability to determine appropriate support services and accommodations based upon documentation appropriate for Students with learning and psychological disabilities.
12. Working knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Assembly Bill 746 as they pertain to students with LD, ADHD, ABI and psychological disabilities.
13. Skill in interacting effectively with students, professional staff, faculty, administrative personnel and vendors.
14. Ability to establish and meet short term, mid-range and long range goals and objectives with minimal direction.
15. Excellent oral communication, public speaking and written communication skills.
16. Ability to provide presentations to students in pipeline programs.
17. Skill in projecting and monitoring a budget for program implementation.
18. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team and/or serve as a team leader.
19. Skill in working independently
20. Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekend days.
21. Ability to assist with general office projects when needed.
Preferred Qualifications:
1. History of working with graduate or medical school students.
2. Background in learning theory, and innovative use of technology in educational settings.
Additional Information:
In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history and culture. UCR gives every student the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

At UC Riverside we celebrate diversity and are proud of our #8 ranking among the nation for most diverse universities (US News and World Report 2012-13). Become part of a place that fosters success for all its constituents, students, faculty, and staff, and where work/life balance and campus culture are integral to our way of life.

UCR is ranked 46th among top public universities (US News and World Report 2012-13) and is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff.

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