Under the direction of the Executive Director for Disability Services, the Learning Specialist provides comprehensive academic guidance for students with disabilities, including learning disabilities and ADHD. This position is responsible for providing individual and group instruction emphasizing self-advocacy and the development of strategies in academic skills across multiple domain. The Learning Specialist works with students with all type of disabilities to identify their needs, strengths, and weakness, and ways to improve their academic performance and enhance their academic skillset. Facilitates a variety of workshops for students with disabilities on a variety of academic topics. The Learning Specialist will develop appropriate strategic plans to enhance skills and facilitate learning for assigned caseload; advises students as to their learning needs and appropriate learning strategies and ensures appropriate accommodations and learning resources to foster academic success.
Works with students with learning disabilities to assess their needs, strengths, and weaknesses, and identify ways to improve their functioning and performance.
Conducts individual meetings with students to discuss diagnostic testing, learning styles, and academic needs.
Work in partnership with students to foster acceptance, understanding, and management of their disability by maximizing the balance of strengths to weaknesses.
Maintains accurate documentation on student progress and helps guide students to be self-advocates and self-aware.
Works with students to create strategies that promote a greater chance of academic success, remediates poor habits relating to time management, motivation, academic deficiencies and issues with goal setting and helps students develop learning preferences for more effective studying.
Guide students to develop effective learning strategies that promote academic improvement.
Manage and provides a full range of services to address student academic, personal, career and social concerns regarding their disability.
Facilitates self-advocacy workshops and conducts independent living assessments.
Determines individualized accommodations based on applicable assessment.
Recommends reasonable accommodations and academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, therapeutic interventions, further testing, and/or referrals to appropriate University resources for interventions, treatments, and guidance.
Evaluates effectiveness of accommodations and recommended strategies.
Provides counsel and possible referral to non-identified students who inquire about a perceived need.
Serves as liaison between the Disability Services and Columbia Schools, including academic advisors and deans.
Meets with academic staff when necessary, and as appropriate, to facilitate in understanding a student's particular profile of disability.
Develops and presents workshops relevant to academic skills and other topics related to learning disabilities.
Serves as content expert to Columbia University students who inquire about a perceived learning disability or related condition such as ADHD.
Provides referral to on and off campus professionals and other appropriate resources as required.
Participates in professional development activities; keep current with developments in the disability support services field and maintains membership in professional organizations and attend conferences and meetings as appropriate.
Participates in and assume other responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Director of Disability Services.
Bachelor's degree required.
Minimum four years related experience required; preferably in learning assistance or transition planning of students to post-secondary study experience providing disability service to college students.
Must have extensive knowledge in learning concepts, educational theory, and psycho educational assessments/learning disability evaluations.
Must possess strong customer service, critical thinking, and collaborative skills along with ability to effectively communicate and establish rapport with a diverse group of students, faculty, and constituents across University.
Must be able to conduct presentation to large and small groups and prioritize and manage workload and deadlines.
Requires strong computer skills.
Must be able to work occasional weekend, late evenings and night hours during times of peak operational volume.
Master's degree in Education, Psychology, Social Work, Rehabilitation Counseling or closely related field strongly preferred.
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
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