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University of Utah LEARNING SPECIALIST in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 04/01/2021

Requisition Number PRN25711B

Job Title Academic Advisor


Job Grade D

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area President

Department 00327 - Athletics Department

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 31,600-49,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Burbidge Athletics Academic Center, a department within Intercollegiate Athletics, is seeking a qualified Learning Specialist to work with the sport of Football. Under the general supervision and guidance of the Director of Football Academics, this position specializes in working with identified student-athletes, including student-athletes with identified learning disabilities. Candidates for the position will ensure that goals and objectives are met with strict adherence to University of Utah, Pac-12 Conference, and NCAA rules and regulations. The Learning Specialist position will be charged with enhancing the academic success and retention of student-athletes at the University of Utah.


The following are the major/essential functions and duties of the Learning Specialist position:

•Develop, coordinate and implement individualized academic support plans for identified student-athletes, including the assessment and evaluation of individual student-athletes to identify learning needs and additional academic support;

•Conduct one-on-one and/or group academic meetings with assigned caseload of student-athletes emphasizing teaching and learning strategies while addressing academic concerns as needed;

•Provide individualized instruction in areas requiring academic enhancement and development (i.e. reading comprehension, writing, study skills);

•Collaborate with the Director of Football Academics on course and major selection based on strengths, weaknesses, and identified goals;

•Collaborate with other Learning Specialists on a weekly basis in order to continually evaluate and grow Learning Support Services for all student-athletes;

•Oversee required study hall for assigned caseload of student-athletes;

•Assist the Tutorial Program Coordinator in coordinating tutorial support for assigned caseload of student-athletes;

•Work in conjunction with the Director of Psychology & Wellness as well as members of the Center for Disability & Access to identify student-athletes with learning needs while assisting in the process of obtaining accommodations where permitted;

•Work as an integral team member of a progressive Athletics Academic Services team to provide industry leading and coordinated support services for all student-athletes;

•Oversee the daily completion of academic reports for football student-athletes to be shared with the Director of Football Academics, the Football Academic Coordinator, and football coaches detailing daily academic progress;

•Maintain student-athlete files and records while collecting necessary data and documenting interactions with student-athletes;

•When required, to meet with prospects and parents during on-campus recruiting visits to discuss and review the philosophy of athletics academic support services;

•Utilize a variety of programming to assist in daily job duties (i.e. TeamWorks, GradesFirst, Box, Civitas, etc);

This job description is not designed to contain or to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications for successful applicants.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in a related area or equivalency required. Demonstrated ability to interact and relate to student-athletes while communicating both clearly and effectively. Previous experience in advising, counseling, or teaching is preferred. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to successfully perform the essential functions and assigned duties of the job as outlined in the position description.


: Preference may be given to applicants with a graduate degree in Counseling, Education, or a related field of study.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.