The department of Athletics at West Virginia University is seeking applications for an Assistant Learning Specialist. This position is responsible for developing 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 position, the ideal candidate will:
Assist student-athletes in social and emotional areas that impact learning by assessing his or her needs and making 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 Disability Services and help coordinate intake interviews, learning disability testing, and follow-through 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.
Perform other job-related duties as assigned by Associate 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 these 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 athletic 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.
Participate in recruiting and guest coaching events on weekends as needed
May have to work some evenings to cover study/hall tutoring
Faithfully and diligently execute related duties of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, as requested or assigned by Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Development.
Master's degree, preferably in education, special education, learning disabilities, educational therapy, counseling or similar filed; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
One (1) year of relevant experience in the following:
Teaching, tutoring or otherwise instructing students in a secondary or higher education environment
Knowledge and expertise in effective learning strategies, assessment tools, motivational techniques and study skill development.
Maintain high standard of ethics and integrity related to intercollegiate athletics.
Demonstrated knowledge of NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics.
Demonstrated knowledge of NCAA and conference guidelines, policies, rules, regulations and guidelines and ability to apply and enforce those rules.
Exhibit strong creative, organizational and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated ability to communicate in English complex information or instructions.
Demonstrated knowledge of correct English, grammar, spelling, punctuation and sentence structure.
Demonstrated ability to function professionally under high stress and confrontational circumstances.
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks for extended period of time.
Demonstrated ability to independently plan and organize work.
Proactive attitude towards work and assignments.
Demonstrated ability to maintain and develop personal contacts with groups, i.e. student-athletes, coaches, faculty, community leaders, parents, University community.
Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
Demonstrated knowledge of record keeping and adherence to schedule.
Ability to stay abreast of information impacting the affected area.
Demonstrated ability to organize and motivate groups and individuals.
Ability to maintain proper unit punctuality standards, work extended hours including nights and weekends (often with extensive walking and standing).
Demonstrated ability to drive and travel via motor vehicle in town.
Maintain a valid driver's license.
Demonstrated ability to manage personnel.
Ability to make administrative / procedural decisions and judgment.
Knowledge of higher education system and of counseling and advising techniques.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and with students individually and in groups.
Demonstrated knowledge of Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) guidelines and regulations.
At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.
From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley -- the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.
Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.
To learn more about West Virginia University, visit go.wvu.edu. View current career opportunities at careers.wvu.edu.
West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is 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 applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.
Job Posting: Jul 15, 2021
Posting Classification: Non-Classified
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Internal Number: 233964
About West Virginia University
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.