Learning Specialist

Position Reports to: Dean of Center for Student Success  

Specific Responsibilities: The learning specialist shall be responsible for performing the following functions and activities:

    1. Educational/Developmental Mentor:
      1. First-line mentor within an experiential learning cycle;
      2. Provide academic support by monitoring the initiation and completion of academic assignments, and referring students to peer tutors and open learning time, as well as other supports available at Beacon;
      3. Reinforce skills development in areas of weakness such as time management; organization, planning;
      4. Individualized support and monitoring essential to their level (freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior) at Beacon College;
      5. Assist students in developing compensatory and remedial skills as well as positive habits to improve academic performance in the areas of attendance, class participation, homework completion, use of resources, and communication.
    2. Academic and Life Advisor:
      1. Effective internal communication (faculty, staff and students);
      2. Ability to help students select a course of study appropriate to their interests, ability and career goals, including assistance with the selection of remedial courses;
      3. Ability to assist students in developing a balanced academic plan; 
      4. Ability to help students resolve and manage conflicts, personal concerns, and life challenges; and
      5. Reasonable availability to students.
    3. Coach and Role Model Supporting Academic Performance and Progress:
      1. Mastery of coaching in a variety of subject areas;
      2. Knowledge of current developments in the field of learning disabilities;
      3. Completion of interventions to improve academic progress throughout the semester and after mid-term grade analysis.
    4. Student Advocate:
      1. Develop students’ self-awareness regarding their learning disability;
      2. Work effectively with students’ learning styles;
      3. Referral to resources needed to promote success.
    5. Transitioning to Independence:
      1. Employ scaffolding and fading techniques;
      2. Engage student in planning for his or her future;
      3. Increase student’s self-awareness and social and emotional intelligence;
      4. Educate students about life skills and refer as appropriate;
      5. Build on students’ strengths;
      6. Acknowledge and develop personal choice and social responsibility;
      7. Increase competence and confidence in students.
    6. Record keeping:
      1. Document methods used when working with students;
      2. Record number of student visits and report figures to director at the beginning of each month;
      3. Regularly review CANVAS records posted by faculty members in regards to students’ attendance and grades and take appropriate action based on findings;
      4. Update Maxient with session information after each session; 
      5. Update case review document weekly;
      6. Keep advising notes;
      7. Prepare scheduled (one to three per semester) as well as need-based communications to parents.
    7. Customer Service:
      1. Personal attention is given to each student;
      2. Students are tracked and monitored continually and interventions are used to get them to attend class and complete academic assignments including the use of parent contact;
      3. Close collaboration with faculty to motivate students to complete assignments and attend class.
        • Comply with all College policies and procedures;
        • Participate in all required College-wide and divisional meetings, training, and events as made known by institutional policy, the Board of Trustees, the president, the provost or the dean;
        • Seek and engage in professional training (with the provost’s approval, if required by College policy) to develop/enhance knowledge and skills that will benefit individual and communal performance in all institutional areas under the purview of the dean of the Center for Student Success; and
        • Assume other duties as assigned by the dean.

Minimum Requirements: The minimum qualifications for the position of Learning Specialist are as follows:

  • The minimum of a master’s degree in an educational or counseling discipline related to the work of the center (additional advanced graduate study is a plus);
  • Knowledge of and direct experience with an undergraduate population representative of students enrolled at Beacon College;
  • Familiarity with the mission of and undergraduate support model employed by Beacon College;
  • Proven capacity to work effectively with colleagues in creating an environment of success and inclusion for the multidimensional diversity found among Beacon College’s undergraduate population; and
  • Willingness to remain with responsibilities that may extend beyond the traditional workday or workweek.
Job Category: Staff

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