Assistant Learning Support Specialist

Date:  December 5, 2014

Title:  Assistant Learning Support Specialist 

Description: The Center for Student Success at Hartwick College invites applications for a full-time, 10-month position as Assistant Learning Support Specialist.  Reporting to the Director of AccessAbilty Services, the Assistant Learning Support Specialist will assist with the implementation of reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students with documented learning disabilities under the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and assist with coordination of the Start Out Academics Right (SOAR) program by providing academic support, advising, coaching and mentoring for all students enrolled in the program during the summer and throughout the academic year.

This position also provides services and activities in support of the academic success of all students.  Minimum qualifications include a baccalaureate degree (master's degree in counseling, higher education, education, social work or a related field preferred) from an accredited college or university, and at least 3 years experience working in academic counseling of learning challenged and academically at-risk students. Working hours will be 3:00 - 9:00 p.m., Sundays, and 1:00-9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.


  • Bachelor's Degree required, Master's Degree preferred.  
  • Experience with academic counseling of learning disabled and academically at-risk college students required. 
  • Working knowledge of current assistive technology for students with learning disabilities.
  • Knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and how they impact the academic setting for students with disabilities.  
  • Experience providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities to ensure program accessibility.  
  • Knowledge of best practices associated with teaching academic learning strategies and techniques.  
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent organizational skills and knowledge and understanding of privacy and confidentiality regulations regarding maintenance of student records.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Access).

Job Responsibilities:

  • Evaluates documentation to determine disability status and accommodation eligibility.
  • Assesses disabled students' interaction with learning environment; develops integrated plan to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equitable opportunities.
  • Coordinates and hires note takers, alternative text requests and testing for students with eligibility.
  • Provides training /presentations throughout the College to increase awareness and understanding of universal design concepts and other disability-related topics.
  • Works collaboratively with the campus community to identify opportunities, and to develop and implement appropriate measures to further improve the accessibility of the learning environments through the application of universal design principles (i.e. assistive technology, curriculum design, etc).
  • Teaches ‘Wick 101 and Success Strategies 101. Assists in the development of the curriculum and training of instructors and peer leaders.
  • Participates in the Center's signature new student programs (i.e. New Student Orientation, Welcome Weekend, True Blue Weekend, etc.).
  • Reports to the Director of AccessAbility Services.

An independent, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1,500 full-time undergraduates, Hartwick embraces the teacher-scholar model, with teaching excellence as the first priority. Located in the scenic Susquehanna River valley in Oneonta, NY, near the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, the College features a Liberal Arts in Practice general education curriculum and aspires to "be the best at melding liberal arts education with experiential learning."

Hartwick College is committed to provide a safe and secure educational environment.  As such, employment at Hartwick College is contingent upon a successful background check on every new employee.  Candidates to whom an offer of employment is made will be required to sign a Release of Information Form authorizing the College to conduct a thorough background check.

Hartwick offers health benefits to domestic partners of employees, and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and gender identity/expression. Hartwick is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references in one document (pdf or MS Word preferred) to Kimberley Lindsley, Human Resources Coordinator, at Applications may also be mailed to The Office of Human Resources, Hartwick College, P.O. Box 4020, Oneonta, NY 13820 or faxed to 607-431-4329.