The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at West Virginia University is seeking applications for an Assistant Learning Specialist. The primary responsibility of the Assistant Learning Specialist is to d evelop a supportive, individualized approach for assisting the student academically. This includes but is not limited to: working with the student on remediation of fundamental skills needed for academic success; providing academic support services with study skills, note taking, time management skills, test-taking strategies and literacy skill development; providing assistance/additional instruction for academic course work - includes help with organizing, planning editing and revising assignments, preparation for exams, developing strategies to help the student complete assigned coursework independently .
In order to be successful in this role, the ideal candidate will:
Collaborate with the Learning Specialist to access students' learning needs and make appropriate referrals when necessary.
Assist student-athletes in accessing available resources to improve his or her academic situation - i.e. learning disability assessment, disability accommodations, instructional assistance. Interpret and make recommendations for student-athlete based on testing results.
Serve as a liaison to the Office of Accessibility Services and help coordinate intake interviews, learning disability testing, and follow-trough with accommodations and services.
Collaborate with other professionals and staff involved in the academic and personal development for student-athletes, i.e. educational counselors, coaches, faculty, tutors.
Develop and maintain an academic resource library for all student-athletes, focusing specifically on study skills and test-taking strategies.
Collaborate with other learning specialist and assist learning specialists on academic tiering system, Summer Bridge and academic testing.
Perform other job-related duties as assigned by Assistant Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Development.
Maintain knowledge of and comply with all rules, regulations, policies and guidelines of West Virginia University, the Big 12 Conference and the NCAA; must adhere to NCAA Bylaw 11.1 Conduct of Athletic Personnel. Failure to adhere to the University's policies will result in appropriate disciplinary action including possible suspension and termination.
Participate in the shared responsibility in maintaining the academic integrity essential for the University to accomplish its mission; adhere to the University's policies and guidelines regarding academic integrity and dishonesty.
Exhibit a level of expertise in his/her professional fields; must also treat the academic requirements necessary for progress toward a degree as a matter of the highest priority for the student-athletes in their charge and must actively encourage student-athletes to succeed academically and graduate.
Represent the University on the highest professional level with dignity, integrity, and strength of character and will exhibit ethical behavior; must respect the rights and dignity of individuals with sensitivity to problems that may arise from racial, ethnical and sexual orientation differences.
Demonstrate a cooperative attitude towards all sports within the Intercollegiate Athletics program.
Possess the ability to adapt to any situation, make decisions and work independently; position must have the ability to build and maintain relationships with student-athletes, coaches, staff members and contractors; required to use creative abilities to develop new techniques and approaches in dealing with many issues controlled by this position; responsibilities of the position are ever-changing and require constant research and education; requires the ability to adapt to any situation and make decisions.
Manage sensitive and confidential information related to student-athletes, coaches and staff utilizing discretion and correct decisions. Failure to use proper discretion at required level could result in major and significant embarrassment to the University and/or have a significant impact on image, revenues and eligibility of student-athletes.
Manage professional and personal time to handle time sensitive-issues, tight deadlines, extended hours beyond the normal workday, weekend work, and on-call availability.
Faithfully and diligently execute related duties of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, as requested or assigned by Assistant Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Development.
Master's degree, preferably in education, special education, learning disabilities, educational therapy, counseling or similar field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
1 year relevant experience
Teaching, tutoring or otherwise instructing students in a secondary or higher education environment.
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West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans.
Job Posting: Oct 3, 2019
Posting Classification: Non-Classified
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Internal Number: 188222
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West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land-grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship and offers high-quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU statewide includes campuses in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg and Morgantown – which has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America. WVU is an R1 Doctoral Research University (Highest Research Activity), one of only 115 nationwide. WVU offers 212 degrees throughout the 14 colleges and schools. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy and forensics. WVU researchers have helped confirm the existence of gravitational waves and uncovered diesel vehicle emissions discrepancies. Statewide, there are over 31,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide. WVU is reinventing West Virginia’s future by strengthening education, healthcare and broad-based prosperity.