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Learning Specialist (Boston, MA) Job Description

Job Summary

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) has been developed to promote academic success among all students and to encourage faculty to develop the teaching skills and professional knowledge needed to ensure students achieve their educational goals. The College’s culture of inclusion positions it to improve nontraditional students’ degree completion and increase the number of diverse graduates who can be successful in a changing workforce. Within the CELT, the Academic Support Center offers robust, coordinated, and comprehensive services to ensure students have the skills that are critical to college success and to support student’s efforts to navigate new and often challenging choices, activities, and decisions.

The Learning Specialist, using a holistic approach to student success, will participate in the development and coordination of academic support programs for students with academic difficulties and English language learners to ensure general college readiness and success. Support modalities include one-to-one support, small-group tutoring, workshops, and studios.

In addition, the Learning Specialist will provide professional development opportunities to faculty in the areas of Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning and best practices to support English Language Learners.

The Learning Specialist reports to the CELT Director and work closely with professional and peer tutors, the disability coordinator, advisors, success coaches, student affairs staff, faculty, and other offices across the College to support student achievement of academic goals.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

  • Meet with students one-on-one and in small groups to support language needs and college-readiness
  • Ensure students with disabilities develop strategies to be successful in their coursework
  • Using database systems and confidential record keeping practices, monitor and track individual student performance
  • Research and curate student academic support resources, and maintain the Academic Support Resources webpage on the MyCC student portal
  • Coordinate writing assessments for newly accepted students.
  • Coach students on organizational and executive functioning skills
  • Help first generation students develop basic college-level study skills

Collaboration and Training

  • Design and facilitate tutor and mentor trainings, and develop support materials.
  • Design and facilitate faculty trainings and workshops around culturally responsive teaching, universal design, and ELL instruction
  • Create and coordinate academic support studios and workshops for students
  • Collaborate with CELT Director on the design of assessment metrics for measuring the effectiveness of support services.
  • Collaborate with advisors, coaches, disabilities coordinator, and international student coordinator to ensure that students are connected to academic support in key areas (writing, numeracy, study skills, critical thinking, communication, and reading comprehension)
  • Collaborate with disability coordinator to provide support to students with disabilities.

Academic and Assistive Technology

  • Coordinate the Read & Write Gold software program, including training students in its use as appropriate, and promote its use
  • Coordinate Grammarly across the College, including training and trouble-shooting, and promote its use  

Education & Experience Required

Master’s degree in education or other related field and at least three years of experience working with at-risk populations in a secondary education setting required. Experience working with a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional adult students, as well as English language learners, strongly preferred. Experience with performance tracking, and managing individual needs of a diverse group of students with ability to mentor, motivate, and encourage students also required. Successful candidate will also have knowledge of typical barriers and resources for at-risk student population. Evening and weekend work may be required at peak times during the semester.

Contact

To apply please forward cover letter and resume to jobs@cambridgecollege.edu.