Learning Specialist, Thornton Student Life Center
Pay Grade 41 (Salary commensurate with experience & qualifications)
The University of Tennessee has an outstanding opportunity for an experienced Learning Specialist with the Thornton Student Life Center.
- Develop, coordinate and implement individualized evidence-based academic support plans for identified student-athletes
- Coordinate the assessment and evaluation of individual students to determine learning needs and additional support.
- Conduct one-on-one academic meetings with a caseload of students teaching learning strategies and address academic needs.
- Act as resource and provide training as needed for staff and coaches in the areas of learning development, learning strategies and disability identification.
- Serve as liaison to the Office of Disability Services for students and help coordinate registration, learning disability testing, and follow-through with accommodations and services.
- Work with academic counselors to review student athletes’ class scheduling, degree plans, tutorial services, University of Tennessee, SEC and NCAA academic standing and progress toward degree.
- Provide consistent and frequent communication, verbally and written, with academic staff and coaches regarding the progress of assigned student-athletes.
- Work with the Tutorial Coordinator to recruit, hire, train and evaluate tutors and mentors
- Assist with the scheduling of tutoring for student-athletes using Grades First.
- Assist with orientation, summer programs, recruiting and other programs as assigned by the Assistant Director of Student Services and/or the Senior Associate Athletic Director.
- Some evening and weekend hours required.
Minimum requirements include:
- Three years experience in working with high risk/learning disabled student in an education environment
- A Master’s Degree in Special Education, Education, Educational Psychology, Sport Management, Psychology or a related field.
- Outstanding communication skills both oral and written, including skill in writing memos/reports.
- Knowledge and expertise in effective learning strategies, assessment tools, motivational techniques and study skill development.
- Demonstrate ability to exercise sound judgment and handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion and according to FERPA guidelines.
- Ability to work independently and following through on duties with minimal direction.
- Counsel and advise students with professional, academic, and/or personal questions and concerns.
- Interact diplomatically with individuals of various social, cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds.
- Ability to establish and interact collaboratively and effectively with other staff, student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and the University of Tennessee community.
- Knowledge of regulations and laws associated with ADA and accommodations for the learning disabled.
- Outstanding listening, analytical, and problem-solving skills in work with academics staff and student-athletes.
- Work collaboratively in situations that may be time sensitive or otherwise highly pressured, with a variety of individuals including students, coaches, academic personnel, faculty and staff.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
- Experience working with student-athletes in a NCAA Division 1 environment.
- Special Education certification or teaching credentials in a related field.
- A working knowledge of University of Tennessee Intercollegiate Athletics, the University of Tennessee, Southeastern Conference, and NCAA policies, rules, and regulations
- Experience working with Grades First, web-based student performance monitoring system
For full consideration, please complete the online application by clicking here:
In addition, include resume, cover letter and complete contact information for three professional references.
The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services.
All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.