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Learning Specialist

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 300601 - The Dept of Ath Acad Supp Serv
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

Assists all student-athletes with studying and testing techniques as well as developing academic game plans and routines for those who need assistance. The learning specialist also provides assistance to the Assistant Athletic Director for Academics, Assistant Director for Athletic Academics, and the Athletic Academic Counselors in order to facilitate the academic development and progress of student-athletes toward degree completion as well as other duties assigned by the Assistant Athletic Director for Academics.

Salary Grade:  15

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

For more information regarding Athletic Academic Support Services, please visit

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Administers ADHD Self-Screener, Background Questionnaire, Writing Prompt and SATA to all first year student-athletes
2. Coordinates and implements individualized academic support plans for identified student-athletes including assessment and evaluation of individual students to determine academic needs and additional support.
3. Provides instruction to assigned student-athletes related to study skill development, time management, critical reading, note taking, test taking strategies and overall academic success, such as the Bridge Program
4. Co-Coordinates the Bridge Program
5. Assists with the maintenance of student-athlete academic programs for student-athletes who have documented learning disabilities
6. Communicates verbally and in writing with the academic staff about the progress of assigned student-athletes
7. Responsible for hiring, training, and supervising of assigned Learning Services Support Staff
8. Manual for assigned group of Learning Services Support Staff
9. Assists with on-campus recruiting as needed during the week or weekend.
10. Assists with student-athlete orientation.
11. Assists with departmental record keeping activities such as student-athletes records and support staff records
12. Provides assistance with departmental liaison activities such as the MSU Office of Student Support Services. Serves as a resource to staff and coaches in the areas of learning development, disability identification and referral, providing training in the areas as needed
13. Assist in coordinating and conducting Learning Services Support Staff orientation and aid in organizing additional training events.
14. Conduct one-on-one meetings with assigned at-risk student-athletes
15. Assist the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Support Services/Executive Director of Athletic Academics with other duties as needed

Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree with a focus in Education, Counseling, or related field. Two years' experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Preferred Qualifications:

Working knowledge of NCAA and SEC rules.
Previous experience working in an Athletic Academic Office and/or working with at-risk student athletes.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Familiar with Microsoft Office and other pertinent software programs
• Knowledge in effective learning strategies, motivational techniques, and study skill development
• Demonstrate ability to exercise sound judgment and handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion and according to FERPA guidelines
• Skill in working independently and following through on duties with minimal direction
• Ability to work effectively with others in situations that may be time sensitive or otherwise highly pressured, including students, coaches, academic personnel, faculty and staff
• Ability to interact diplomatically with individuals of various social, cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds
• Outstanding listening, analytical, and problem-solving skills
• Outstanding communication skills; both oral and written

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

• Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
• No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
• No or very limited physical effort required.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

All applicants must apply online at and attach a cover letter, current resume or curriculum vitae, and the complete contact information for at least three professional references.

Condition of Employment:

As required by Executive Order 14042, If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before beginning employment with the University.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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