This is a full-time professional position within C.A.T.S. Academics, a comprehensive academic support service unit for intercollegiate student-athletes. The Learning Specialist reports to the Assistant Director of C.A.T.S. Academics and is charged with developing and implementing individualized academic support plans for a defined group of student-athletes. The employee will be responsible for monitoring their academic progress on a continual basis as well as for programmatic efforts for the department. This position requires consistent and open communication with coaches and academic counseling staff and a thorough understanding of NCAA and PAC-12 Conference guidelines and regulations. May be required to work evenings and/or weekends.
Work with a caseload of approximately 15-25 student-athletes on assigned teams, working one-on-one or in small groups to implement personalized learning strategies and techniques as part of an overall plan for academic success. Contribute towards the systematic program of study skills and transferable skill development. Track the academic performance of student-athletes, which includes the collection of course syllabi, the use of calendars, weekly and daily objectives, and tracking their progress on course requirements. Serve as lead learning specialist for sport(s). Participate in standard reporting structures to communicate student-athlete progress to appropriate constituents. Utilize reporting platform to create weekly and daily reports for student objectives and progress. Plan and prepare for weekly academic meetings with coaching staffs of assigned teams. Attend weekly coaches' meetings for different sports on student caseload to update student progress. Respond to and initiate faculty communication regarding student-athletes with poor academic progress, and work cooperatively to design strategies for improved performance. Handle other high-level duties as assigned by the Assistant Director and/or Director. Responsible for regularly communicating the progress, outcomes, and direction of work to the Assistant Director. Make recommendations concerning improvement of programs and services. Support department and divisional student success efforts through participation in a variety of department activities and committee work. Maintain a thorough understanding of NCAA, Pac-12 Conference and University rules and regulations. Lead and/or actively engage in meetings and other interactions with staff, coaches, and campus colleagues. Guide part-time academic staff (as assigned) to assist designated student-athletes. Represent C.A.T.S. Academics through a variety of department events and outreach efforts. Meet with prospective student-athletes during their official visits to campus when needed.
Bachelor’s degree in education, counseling, higher education or related field(s).
At least one year of experience providing academic support for a diverse student population.
The University’s strength in undergraduate education and scientific research is paralleled by its excellence on the playing fields, courts and other venues of its 20-sport Intercollegiate Athletic Program. The Arizona Wildcats compete in the tradition-rich Pac-12 Conference, “The Conference of Champions.” For a more comprehensive view of what makes working in our department unique, please visit the website at: www.arizonawildcats.com. Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; tuition reduction for employee and qualified family; excellent retirement plans; access to campus cultural and recreational activities.