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Learning Specialist, PMAP

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Learning Specialist, PMAP
Department COM Student Affairs (0782)
Location University of Arizona Health Sciences
Position Summary

The Office of Student Development in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona (UACOM) in Tucson seeks a Learning Specialist to assess and teach cognitive/affective skills to students in a pre-matriculation admissions program in the College of Medicine. The Pre-Medical Admissions Pathway (P-MAP) Program is a 12-month, full-time, intensive medical school preparation program designed for students who have experienced greater than average challenges in preparing to become competitive medical school applicants. The position will report directly to the UACOM Director of the Office of Student Development.

The successful candidate will join a professional community of Learning Specialists to enhance the affective/cognitive/social learning required by future physicians. The position will provide instruction that will occur in student appointments, in seminars and workshops. Responsibilities and duties include assessing, evaluating, and instituting strategies to improve student support services across the graduate and medical curriculum, to monitor the academic progress of approximately 50 medical students in collaboration with other Learning Specialists and the Director of the Office of Student Development. The incumbent will work to support the office and maintain relationships and advise students within the policies and practices of the college. The PMAP Learning Specialist will be a part of an inter-disciplinary team whose goal is to ensure the academic and professional success of students that matriculate into UACOM-Tucson.

The College of Medicine supports the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. The candidate is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department and college.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Co-direct, develop, and implement Learning Skills Curriculum for the master level science degree program.
  • Oversee the MCAT preparation program for a cohort of students matriculating into medical school.
  • Manage the academic intervention and advising for a case load of professional students, including tracking academic progress; initiating student contact; interpreting assessment instruments, including but not limited to The Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI), Error Analysis; and advising students on how to enhance learning and performance.
  • Identify learning needs related to attention management, different abilities and communicate effectively to support and guide students to appropriate resources.
  • Assist in the development and planning of Office of Student Development programs and resources to continue to enhance a proactive approach to academic success of our student populations, with an emphasis on students matriculating into the College of Medicine.
  • Collaborate across functional units with respect to program needs under the supervision of the director.
  • Perform data entry and management of student data to support identification and advising of at-risk students.
  • Assist in preparation of operational reports and analyses to identify progress, adverse trends, and recommendations for consecutive Learning Center approaches.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain electronic and online Learning Center services needed to enhance student success.
  • There may be additional duties assigned as it relates to this position.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize work, and adjust to changes in deadlines and schedules.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with students, faculty, and other administrative staff.
  • Technologically astute; excellent database and word processing skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently.
  • Ability to work flexible hours to support all activities of the office.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse population of students.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with gifted population and special education needs.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree in higher education, science education, educational psychology, social work, higher education, student affairs, special education, basic sciences or related field.
  • 3-5 years’ experience with learning skill development, diagnostic and prescriptive advising.
  • Experience working in a post-secondary education setting preferably with medical professionals or advanced graduate and professional students.
  • Prior experience working with a diverse student population.
  • Experience with theory and practice in learning and instruction.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to build and maintain open, transparent and effective lines of communication, within and outside the University, to better serve team members and customers; appropriately tailors written and verbal messages to target audiences.
  • Experience working in a team with the ability to build and maintain positive working relationships, within individual work groups and across departments, through open communication and collaboration; work with others to accomplish goals and objectives.
  • Ability to work in a highly matrix and fast pace and demanding environment.
  • Excellent customer service skills with the ability to provide high-quality customer service in all relationships with colleagues inside and outside of his/her department, students, guests, and leaders; view all interactions as a potential customer service opportunity.
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40+
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A22019
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Richard Chavez

Open Date 09/08/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 09/18/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with diverse perspectives and experiences, we encourage minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a Masters Degree in higher education, science education, educational psychology, social work, student affairs, special education, basic sciences or a related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have 3-5 years’ experience with learning skill development, diagnostic and prescriptive advising?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have experience working in a post-secondary education setting preferably with medical professionals or advanced graduate and professional students?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have prior experience working with a diverse student population?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have experience with theory and practice in learning and instruction?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents