Note: This position includes full benefits. This is a full-time, exempt position. Athletic Corporation employees are at-will.
Under the general supervision of the Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Services & Compliance, the Learning Specialist/Academic Advisor is responsible for understanding and interpreting relevant University, NCAA, and Mountain West policies to provide academic, graduation, eligibility, career, and personal advising for student-athletes. This position will develop and implement integrated plans comprised of programs and services designed to provide structured assistance to academically at-risk student-athletes. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing and overseeing proactive, sustained, individualized support to enhance student success and develop independent and self-motivated learners in an effort to support the mission and goals of Student-Athlete Services. The individual in this position will provide regular academic and athletic eligibility progress reports to coaching staff and provide academic and eligibility information to prospective student-athletes and parents.
Coordinate and implement "Individual Success Plans", per assigned student-athletes
Develop and implement data driven programs and services designed to meet the unique needs of at-risk student-athletes to increase retention and graduation. This includes development of individual learning plans and incorporating the efforts of Mentors and Tutors following industry best practices as well as the development of innovative strategies.
Serves as a liaison between SAS and the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities as well as the external screening and diagnostic service providing additional assessment of at-risk student-athletes. This includes advocating for students when needed in regards to the process beginning with an intake and initial assessments through diagnosis and utilization of accommodations.
Meet weekly with students to develop effective academic plans (with schedule review, time management, organizational strategies, self-assessment, goal setting, and overall tracking of academic progress as a focus)
Working one-on-one with at-risk student-athletes employing specific individualized learning strategies to enhance academic skill development.
Review graded course work and develop strategies for improvement, as needed
Meet weekly with coaches to review academic progress and issues regarding their academic success
Develop strong working relationships with student-athletes that emphasize the value of education; and the development of self-reliance, self-confidence, empowerment, and intrinsic motivation
Assist student-athletes with learning disabilities to focus on developing personal learning strategies through guided, repetitive practice in study skills, reading, writing, time management and goal setting
Advise and counsel identified student-athletes regarding academic performance, including course/major selection, developing graduation plan, time management, goal setting, career planning, learning and study strategies, test taking, note taking, and other skills necessary for academic success
Review academic schedules for assigned student-athletes each semester to ensure student-athletes are enrolled in degree applicable credits
Provide summer school academic planning for targeted student-athletes
Develop, implement and evaluate team academic success plan each semester for assigned team(s)
Manage all working relationships with student-athletes and staff in a confidential manner
Communicate accurately and thoroughly with athletic academic advisors, coaches, and University support staff
Provide accurate daily, weekly, and semester academic progress reports, as requested.
Assist in the development and implementation of appropriate study strategies for student athletes
Monitor academic progress of student-athletes
Monitor student-athletes' academic progress to ensure they meet all NCAA, MWC and Fresno State academic rules of eligibility
Conduct recruiting meetings with prospective student-athletes per coaching staff requests
Other duties as assigned by the Associate Athletic Director of Student-Athlete Services & Compliance
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of: o Basic computer software applications such as Microsoft Word for Windows and Excel
Ability to: o Interpret, apply, and communicate program rules and regulations o Assist student-athletes in course selection for regular and summer sessions o Function successfully in a fast-paced environment o Work a flexible schedule, including some evening and weekend hours o Utilize computer applications to regularly monitor student-athlete academic progress toward graduation and their NCAA/MWC academic eligibility o Make appropriate independent judgments when applying existing rules, procedures and guidelines in a variety of circumstances o Relate effectively with adult student learners, coaches, staff and faculty from diverse ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds o Present clear and concise information both orally and in writing o Maintain a courteous and professional attitude in stressful situations
Ability and willingness to support the diversity and equity commitments of the department
Commitment to academic integrity and compliance with University, conference and NCAA regulations
A history of regular attendance and positive performance evaluations
Education and Experience:
Bachelor's Degree in Education, Counseling, Special Education or related educational field.
At least two years of experience in providing individual tutoring support, study skills assistance, time management strategies, or other learning support instruction to students. Experience working with students experiencing academic challenges for any reason, including but not limited to, a lack of academic preparation, skills, motivation, or diagnosed with an education-impacting disability.
Master's Degree in Education, Counseling, Special Education or related educational field
Experience working with academically under-prepared students, specifically football and/or basketball student-athletes within an intercollegiate athletic department.
NCAA rules and regulations associated with academics
Working knowledge of database computer applications (PeopleSoft) and computer assisted instruction software, such as BlackBoard