Learning Strategist

  • Company:
    University of Waterloo
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / monthly
  • Job type:
  • Posted:
    2 months ago
  • Category:
    Education & Teaching

Term: 12 monthsThe Learning Strategist is accountable to the Manager, Student Accommodations for the provision and coordination of learning support services including, but not limited to learning strategy sessions, study skills, and evidence-based intervention to support exceptional learners. In consultation with the student, the incumbent will provide support to students to mitigate the symptoms of their learning challenges in the academic environment.The incumbent will demonstrate working knowledge of disability and the impact of functional limitations on access to the learning environment at the post-secondary level.Learning Strategy and skills developmentStudent appointments to assess areas of need in relation to academic successWorking individually with students with a broad range of disabilities to provide learning strategies, study skills and education success planning.Application of results of psycho-educational/cognitive/mental health assessments to support learning needs and outcomes; to increase students’ self-awareness of personal learning profile; and to increase academic successUsing current working knowledge of Ministry requirements, provincial legislation, and standards of practice to design appropriate individualized academic learning plans for studentsWorking with campus partners to facilitate and/or lead small group sessions/workshops (as appropriate) on specific topics in an effort to support and enhance students’ personal and academic successConducting research of current evidence-based literature focused on learners in the post-secondary educational environment to ensure services reflect best practicesFollowing all legislative and university policy around and relevant to appropriately using and maintaining confidential health and education records.Serving as a resource to University on matters related to learning strategies for students with learning differencesAssisting with special events and other services offered through the officeIndividual Student Advising and Accommodation planning (on a limited basis)Working with students registered with AccessAbility Services to determine and implement appropriate academic and other accommodations to support and promote their success as neededConsult and collaborate as appropriate with faculty, Access Ability Services staff, academic units and student services to develop and implement the accommodations recommended by students’ documentation (i.e. psycho-educational assessments)Collaboration with PartnersDeveloping and leveraging positive and professional relationships within the AccessAbility Services unit and with appropriate on and off campus stakeholdersProactive, professional and effective communications strategies with students registered with the office as well as the general student body, parents, instructors and other key stakeholders as appropriateCollaborating with Adaptive Technologist regarding students’ learning needsInforming AccessAbility Services Accommodations Consultants regarding learning supports and strategies shared with student so Consultants can support the student on an ongoing basisHandling Sensitive MaterialsEnsure access to secure documents are controlled appropriatelyEnsure data accuracy and document integrityAppropriately use and maintain confidential health and education records in accordance with University policy and relevant Privacy legislationEffectively use systems and technology to accurately and efficiently manage student medical informationDirect the return of clinical records to the intended party in a secure manner (appropriate storage and movement of confidential documents) when neededUniversity degree in Education, Adult Education or related discipline. Special Education designation is an strongly encouraged. Master of Education is an assetRegistration with the Ontario College of Teachers (or equivalent) is requiredStudent-facing experience in a secondary or post-secondary school setting, with a background in planning and provision of educational supports to students with special needsProven experience as a learning strategistExperience and/or training in dealing with students in crisis and making referrals as appropriate supportExperience creating accommodation plans for studentsStrong understanding of the challenges adult learners with disabilitiesProven ability to work independently and as a team member in an inter-disciplinary environmentExcellent communication (oral and written) and experience conducting workshops to small groupsSuperior organizational, problem-solving and interpersonal skills requiredKnowledge of computers and assistive software applications as well as assistive devicesA strong student-focused orientationProven ability to provide solution-focused interventionsNegotiation and mediation skills is an assetAbility to demonstrate flexibility, particularly in the decision-making processAbility to remain objective in decision-making when presented with emotionally charged situations and when limited information is availableSome weekend and after hours work may be required during peak timesMaintaining a clear Police Vulnerable Sector Check is a requirement of this position