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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: February 27, 2020
The Athletic Study Center provides holistic student development, academic support, and academic advising services to the student athlete population at UC Berkeley. The Learning Specialist position serves to support academic and personal development of student athletes. This position works closely with the Learning Specialist Coordinator, Academic Advisors, and other Learning Specialists to assess the academic and holistic needs of student athletes and to coordinate specialized programs and services that allow students to develop as independent, self-reliant learners. Other services may include developing individual study plans, recognizing and addressing academic and non-academic barriers to academic success, and counseling on other aspects that may affect student retention and academic success. These functions must be performed in a high-stress environment where consequences are both immediate and long-range and are highly visible both within and outside the institution. While the Learning Specialist does not report to Intercollegiate Athletics, they still work in close consultation and collaboration with coaches and other IA support staff, and require the incumbent to have the ability to adhere to and comply with NCAA, PAC-12, and University rules and regulations.
This recruitment is for two open Learning Specialist Positions. One of these positions will be focused on STEM subject areas and will require a candidate with a STEM background.
Serves as a learning specialist for a caseload of student athletes from various teams. Oversees and provides necessary academic support such as skill building, exam preparation, writing skills, etc. Some travel may be necessary to fulfill these duties.
Develops and monitors individual learning plans for student athletes assigned to their caseload. Monitoring includes: communication with graduate and undergraduate tutors, reviewing reports generated from the student athlete database, assessing students' progress at the end of each term, and making recommendations for future academic support.
Communicates with Academic Advisors to keep them informed and involved with the academic and degree progress of student-athletes on their assigned teams. In collaboration with advisor, reviews alternative academic options, dealing with scheduling conflicts, and similar issues. Assists advisors in preparing academic progress reports for coaches and Intercollegiate Athletics staff.
Other duties as assigned
Knowledge of advising and counseling techniques.
Knowledge of learning theory and its practical application in competitive settings.
Knowledge of teaching and learning techniques and strategies.
Ability to design and execute individualized learning plans for students who need to develop academic skills (reading, research, writing and revision, note-taking, test-taking and preparation, study habits, time management).
Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem solving.
Abilities in problem identification, reasoning, ability to develop original idea to solve problems.
Strong written and verbal communication skills, including active listening.
Ability to multi-task.
Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations, particularly those related to academic support and integrity.
Must maintain current knowledge of applicable rules and standards of the Pacific-12 Conference, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), as well as other associations and agencies to which the Berkeley campus of the University of California adheres, and, at all times avoid any and all violations of these rules and standards.
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This is a two year contract position with an opportunity for extension.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.