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Posting Number 00292
Position Number 00195
Job Description

Under the direction of the Dean of Student Affairs, the Learning Specialist must aim to provide students with resources and opportunities to improve their ability to learn and to achieve academic success. LS must develop, disseminate, implement, and regularly review mission goals. LS must collaborate with faculty members, staff, and administrators in addressing the learning needs, academic performance, and retention of students.

Essential Duties

• Develops and implements appropriate learning support services (including tutoring, learning enrichment programs, career skills workshops) in collaboration with Deans, program directors and faculty.
• Promotes either directly or by referral the cognitive and affective skills that influence learning such as stress management, test anxiety reduction, assertiveness, time management, concentration, citation and motivation along with necessary study skills such as APA/MLA citation, and career skills.
• Refers students to appropriate campus and community resources for assistance with personal problems, learning disabilities, financial difficulties, and other areas of need that may be outside the purview or beyond the expertise of the LS.
• Helps students develop positive attitudes towards learning and confidence in their ability to learn
• Fosters student’s personal responsibility and accountability for their own learning
• Provides a variety of instructional approaches appropriate to the skill levels and learning styles of students
• Assists students in applying newly learned skills and strategies to their academic work
• Supports the academic standards and requirements of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.
• Monitors and tracks at-risk students and develop early alert notifications. Communicate risk with students and faculty, and develop intervention plans. Proactively reach out to, monitor and assist students who are on academic probation and warning, leave of absence conditional admission, deferred admission, and returning students.
• Collaborates with Registrar, Financial Aid, Enrollment, and faculty to identify and assist at-risk students, linking them to appropriate advising, counseling, academic support and other resources on and off campus.
• Maintains and accurately documents required student records for monitoring and referral purposes.
• Reviews student skills, abilities, and previous academic performance as part of program planning and re-registration advising for new and continuing students.
• Manages an assigned caseload, maintains regular contact with students, monitors, academic performance and maintains current file documentation.
• Collects retention-related student data for annual evaluation.
• Participates in regular department and component meetings.
• Participates in and supports student life activities, including orientation activities for new and returning students.


• Completes other duties as assigned by the Dean of Student Affairs.

Required Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of related experience; or a Master’s degree. Experience must be at a comparable level and directly related to the duties of this position.
• Demonstrated record of successful student support program and engagement initiatives.
• Experience supervising professional or graduate student staff.
• Experience with university, unit, or program strategic planning.
• Knowledge of academic literature and resources in the areas of academic counseling, advising, and learning styles and academic support assessment.
• Research, policy, and procedure implementation experience in student services.
• Ability to establish and maintain meaningful and effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff and other members of the university community.
• Experience working with diverse student populations in a university setting.
• Excellent written, communication, and organizational skills.

Minimum Requirements


• Knowledge of university environment, higher education landscape, and student success best-practices
• Experience working with students in an academic environment specifically higher education
• Experience counseling students towards academic, and professional goals
• Ability to work with a variety of diverse stakeholders including: students, administrators, faculty, parents and support staff
• Experience working with undergraduate and graduate students in support of their academic skills/achievement and personal development


• Ability to provide and analyze statistical data for periodic and end of year reporting
• Excellent communication, interpersonal, and customer service skills
• Demonstrated database management skills
• Ability to maintain excellent customer service.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team.
• Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally.
• Ability to establish priorities, meet deadlines and attain growth-oriented goals
• Must possess a car and a valid driver’s license.


• Experience using computers, and experience working with Adobe products such as Acrobat, Photoshop, and Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher.

Preferred Qualifications

Not applicable.

Physical Demands

• The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Occasional stooping. Frequent standing. Constant walking, sitting, climbing, reaching high/low levels, finger movement, feeling, speaking clearly, hearing conversationally, and seeing far and near.


• The ability to perform highly detailed work with sustained attention and care while providing/obtaining information on numerous inquiries is paramount to success in this position.

Mental Demands

• The mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Frequent variety of unrelated tasks. Constant calculating, interrupted work, a variety of interrelated tasks, and use of sustained concentration, reasoning, judgment, resourcefulness, analytical ability, and ingenuity.

Work Environment

• The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Occasionally required to work in confined space.

Special Requirements

• Ability to work effectively with a diverse community.

FLSA Exempt
Category Full Time
Grade PS-1
Number of Vacancies 1

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EEO Statement

Charles R. Drew University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Applicant Documents

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  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Reference List and Contact
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