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Learning Specialist

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Learning Specialist
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0170294
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The Learning Specialist will work with colleagues in Student Athlete Academic Support Services (SAASS) to meet the academic support needs of student athletes. Specifically, the Learning Specialist will work in conjunction with the coordinator of the SAASS Learning Assistance Program to design and implement academic coaching and support services for student athletes with disabilities and other learning differences. In this capacity, the Learning Specialist will:
• Provide intensive academic support, learning assistance, and academic coaching to student athletes;
• Assist with the implementation of strategic tutoring for the Learning Assistance Program;
• Provide training on the use of supplemental technology for the Learning Assistance Program.
• Provide consistent and frequent feedback to Academic Coordinators on the academic achievement and progress of student athletes who utilize LAP services.
• Additional responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Student Athlete Academic Support Services.

Required Qualifications:

• Master’s degree in Special Education, Education or related field or a combination of experience working with K-12 students with disabilities or college students with specific emphasis on academic support with Reading will also be considered in place of a Master’s degree;
• Experience working with students experiencing academic challenges including for any reason, but not limited to , a diagnosed learning disability, Attention Deficit Disorder, a lack of preparation, skills or motivation;
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse educational, cultural, and economic backgrounds;
• Strong communication and computer skills;
• Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment and handle confidential information with discretion and according to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) guidelines;
• Ability to work some evenings and weekends to fulfill professional responsibilities.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Education Specialist degree in Special education, Education, or a related field;
• Considerable experience working with at-risk students in a collegiate environment;
• K-12 teaching experience;
• State certification in; reading, Special education, or K-12 education;
• Experience working with student athletes in a NCAA Division I environment.

Employment Conditions:
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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How to Apply for this Job:

Qualified applicants must electronically submit online application, cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae and a list of 3 professional references to Apply to posting AP0170294. Applicant screening will continue until the position is filled. Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Location: Blacksburg
Department: Student Athlete Academic Support Services
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: 8 AM-5 PM, M-F + some evening and weekends
Job Posting Date: 11/15/2017
Review Begin Date: 12/04/2017
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
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