Assistant Director for Academic Support Services/Learning Specialist
University of Massachusetts Amherst - Amherst, MA

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Assistant Director for Academic Support Services/Learning Specialist, University of MassachusettsThe University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Athletics is accepting applications from qualified applicants for an Assistant Director for Academic Support Services/Learning Specialist. RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the direction of the Associate Athletic Director for Academic Support Services, is responsible for the supervision and overseeing of the development and implementation of programs and services designed to meet the needs of student-athletes diagnosed with specific learning disabilities and/or considered to be at risk academically. Develop and coordinate an organized effort to enhance and nurture the relationship between the student-athlete Academic Support Services program and the student-athletes, coaches and faculty. Responsible for adhering to the philosophies and regulations of the Department, Conference, University, and NCAA as they relate to assigned duties in the Academic Support Services area; in conjunction with the other Assistant Directors, assumes responsibility for directing the athletic Academic Support Services program and the full time professional staff in the absence of the Associate Athletic Director for Academic Support Services; responsible to answer and support the other full time athletic academic counseling staff with questions and concerns as related to their responsibilities; oversee the implementation and coordination of the Learning Disability and Tutoring program; coordinate payroll aspects of the Learning Disability and Tutoring program in conjunction with the Associate Athletic Director for Academic Support Services; coordinate and implement individualized academic support plans for identified student-athletes; coordinate the initial identification of student-athletes who may benefit further from diagnostic testing; coordinate and collaborate with other staff in Academic Support Services; work with student-athletes on learning and studying strategies designed to enhance academic performance and graduation from the University; serve as a resource to the tutorial and Academic Support Services staff on relevant learning strategy issues; develop, supervise, and implement tutor and educational mentoring training programs; act as a resource for staff and coaches in the areas of learning development, disability identification and referral, providing training in these areas as needed; responsible for the academic counseling of student-athletes as assigned. This includes but is not limited to coordinating and supervising study hall activities, tutoring activities, and approval of course related books; communicate with student-athletes, coaches, and other applicable administrative staff regarding assigned student-athletes† academic records in regard to matriculation, graduation and NCAA eligibility; monitor and identify the means for student-athletes to satisfy NCAA progress toward degree completion requirements, as well as specific program graduation requirements including evaluating and making recommendations on academic suspension and dismissal petitions; counsel and advise student-athletes in establishing realistic and attainable goals regarding course and major selection, study skills, time management and career choices; maintain confidential student files and records documenting all pertinent student-athlete academic and NCAA eligibility information within the Department, University, NCAA, and FERPA regulations; utilize the SPIRE registration and records system regularly to monitor and update internal academic records; meet with prospective student-athletes during the academic portion of the recruitment process to disseminate information regarding the athletic Academic Support Services program and general university academic requirements; provide referrals to the Office of Athletic Health Enhancement and appropriate campus resources for assistance as needed; responsible for keeping abreast of current trends and developments in the field through publications, seminars, and conferences; responsible for strict adherence to NCAA, conference, and University rules and regulations; performs other duties as assigned. Submit cover letter and resume, and names and telephone numbers of three references. Send application materials by May 8, 2013. Send materials to: Search #R45173, Employment Office, 167 Whitmore Administration Building, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-8170.The University of Massachusetts is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.
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