Strategic Learning Specialist, SALT Center

Position Details

Position Information

Title Strategic Learning Specialist, SALT Center
Department SALT Ctr Learning Disabilities (8403)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

Coordinate and implement support services for a specific caseload of students with learning and attention challenges according to the policies of the Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques (SALT) Center of the University of Arizona. Requires knowledge and understanding of psychoeducational evaluations and other documentation in order to determine individual strengths and weaknesses, make recommendations for compensation techniques and to create educational plans leading to successful degree completion.

The successful candidate will be skilled at creating rapport and building productive relationships with students while also being responsible for program development that supports our values of quality service provision to students. Provide technical or procedural assistance to staff and faculty. Collaborate with other professionals on conference presentations, workshops, research and other projects. Provide professional training to academic and student personnel.

The mission of the SALT Center is to empower UA students by providing a positive environment where they can master the skills needed to become successful lifelong learners. The SALT Center is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that is diverse, inclusive, and free of discrimination.

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

Develop, monitor, evaluate and adjust personalized learning plans based on the individual needs and abilities of each student. Recommend service delivery plans for each student and coordinate development opportunities.

Develop rapport and productive relationships with students by creating engaging, responsive, and welcoming environments for students to grow and gain new skills.

Maintain and document all contact with students resulting from standing appointments, phone, walk-ins, and email.

Review documentation of learning history and challenges in confidential psychoeducational files to determine appropriate, individualized learning plan.

Identify, instruct and monitor the use of essential academic strategies for each student.

Understand, incorporate, and direct students to appropriate University policies to assist students in reaching their educational goals.

In an identified area of specialty, design, implement and participate in the development and evaluation of projects consistent with articulated department goals.

Provide on-going consultation to faculty and staff and networks professionally to the benefit of the students in the department. Provide technical and problem solving assistance through the interpretation of program goals and policies. Make referrals as appropriate.

Evaluate effectiveness of students’ educational programs, devise evaluation methodology, and compile data and reports on results. Recommend and/or take action to alter results as desired.

In consultation with University and community resources, design programs that enhance learning effectiveness and success of students with learning and attention challenges.

Prepare reports, both individual and by cohort, periodically. Reports reflect activities, progress and status for the benefit of future administrative planning.

Participate in research goals of department through program development, implementation, evaluation, and modification. Participate in writing research proposals, final reports, and professional papers resulting from research.

Develop learning seminars, recreational, cultural or other activities for the holistic benefit of program students.

Represent department at professional functions and organizations, orientation activities, on campus committees and at state- and nation-wide meetings and conferences. Create and give professional training and research presentations.

Responsible for regularly communicating the progress, outcomes, and direction of work to the Coordinator, Student Programs and Services. Make recommendations concerning improvement of programs and services.

Support department through participation in a variety of department activities and committee work.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Knowledge of issues pertaining to learning and attention challenges

Knowledge of academic study skills and learning strategies

Ability to interpret evaluations of learning history and related information

Strong communication, interpersonal, and customer service skills

Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and presentation skills

Demonstrated organizational skills, attention to detail, and high degree of openness to new approaches and new ideas

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Education, Special Education or related field

Two years of direct experience working with students in an educational setting.

Preferred Qualifications

Three years experience in Student Affairs

Master’s degree in Education, Special Education or related field and two years of direct experience working with individuals who have learning and attention challenges

Knowledge of 504/ADA requirements

Ability to design and implement educational programs and services

Knowledge of FERPA and ethical principles in working with students

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 $37,000 Annually
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to job duties)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A22427
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 05/14/2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Lupe Thompson

Open Date 02/22/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 03/05/2018
Special Instructions to Applicant

Please note: You will be required to provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references within your application. Should you be selected as a finalist for this position, your references may receive an automatic email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation.

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 a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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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 Bachelor's degree in Education, Special Education or a related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Explain your understanding of learning and attention challenges.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Describe your experience working with students.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Describe your knowledge of instructional strategies.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Describe your experiences developing educational programs and services.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Describe your philosophy of working with students at the university level.

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * Describe your experience in developing rapport and productive relationships with students.

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents