The Learning Specialist responds to student and institutional retention and success needs, and develops and implements intervention and success strategies for student-athletes in collaboration with Jacksonville University partners. This position serves an integral role within the JU Athletics Department. The individual is responsible for supervising and overseeing the development and implementation of programs and services designed to meet the needs of student-athletes diagnosed with specific learning disabilities and/or considered at-risk academically. Furthermore, the Learning Specialist will be responsible for advising a caseload of student-athletes, and monitoring their academic progress through regular individual meetings.
Develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive learning initiatives program for at-risk student-athletes.
Coordinate and implement individualized academic support plans for identified student-athletes, including assessments to determine further academic needs.
Facilitate the enhancement of student-athlete skills needed to be successful at the University level.
Provide support for the day-to-day operations of the Student-Athlete Services Department.
Advise and monitor the academic progress (continuing eligibility) of a caseload of student-athletes in accordance with NCAA, conference, and University policies.
Generate academic reports and summaries.
Serve as a liaison with faculty by maintaining contact with coaching and administrative staff.
Support student-athlete development and community outreach initiatives.
Perform other duties as assigned, including serving on campus committees and participating in special projects.
Ability to adhere to the rules, laws and guidelines of the NCAA, affiliated conferences (ASUN, MAAC, SoCON, PFL), Jacksonville University, FERPA, etc.
Master’s degree in Education, Counseling, or related field.
Experience in counseling and advising NCAA DI student-athletes.
Available to work flexible hours.
Ability to work in a collaborative creative environment producing work that not only aligns with the overall mission of the department, but also advances the overall goal.
Must have a keen sense of confidentiality and ability to exercise sound judgement.
Possess excellent written and oral communication skills.
Must have strong interpersonal skills, operate meticulously, and set appropriate professional boundaries with student-athletes.
Familiarity with JU Athletics Department, intercollegiate teams, and operations is a plus.
About Jacksonville University
Jacksonville University is a premier, small, private university with an enrollment of 3,500 students on a 260 acre riverfront campus in jacksonville, Florida. The university reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs.