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Learning Strategist

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Author pmnationtalk
Date November 3, 2019
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Salary $34.17 - $40.22 - Per Hour
Location Waterloo, ON
Category Education/Administrative
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Learning Strategist

Posting ID : 11343
Apply By : 11/5/2019
Position Title : Learning Strategist
Department : Accessible Learning
Job Type : Full-time, Recurring
Campus : Waterloo
Reports To : Director, Accesible Learning
Position Summary :

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus, university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research, experiential learning, sustainability and scholarship, which combine to address critical challenges in society, business, the economy and the environment – globally and in the communities we serve. At Laurier’s heart is its strong student focus, which results in exceptional levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community that lives on through the university’s highly engaged alumni.

Laurier takes pride in building meaningful relationships with colleagues and students. The Laurier community supports one another, encourages collaboration and teamwork and respects work/life balance, all while recognizing the importance of a challenging, rewarding and inspiring career. Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener and Toronto.

Diversity is one of Laurier’s core values. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.

We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as a Learning Strategist.
Reporting to the Director of Accessible Learning, the Learning Strategist is responsible for the delivery of programs, services and individual strategies that support and enhance the educational experience of students with accommodation requirements.

The Learning Strategist will offer a range of services to support students registered with Accessible Learning including individualized sessions with students and in small groups, teaching educational strategies and offering training in areas such as organization, memory, comprehension, critical thinking, exam preparation and coping skills with the goal of helping the student develop to their full learning potential. The incumbent will participate with the Accommodation Consultant(s) in case conferencing around individual student needs in an effort to target appropriate strategies.

The incumbent will work with ALC staff to create and facilitate educational workshops for students on specific development topics designed to underscore strategies for success within an academic environment.

The regular hours of work for this position are Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Accountabilities : This position is responsible for the following:

    • Working individually and in small groups with identified students to develop meta-cognitive skills in study, organization, exam preparation, memory, note taking, time management skills and other areas as required;
    • Reviewing supporting documentation to assist with LS plan development;
    • Identifying coping strategies to support the personal growth and development of students;
    • Collaborating with consultants and assistive technologist as required to develop learning strategies to address specific disability related barriers defined on the student’s accommodation plan;
    • Maintaining monthly and annual statistics;
    • Report writing that identifies support trends and gaps analysis;
    • Maintaining case records documenting student progress and development;
    • Creates and facilitates workshops in conjunction with ALC staff, on identified development topics for students registered with Accessible Learning;
    • Participates in staff meetings, strategic planning and development opportunities;
Qualifications :
    • Post secondary degree in Education, Social Work, Psychology or related field;
    • Learning Strategy Certification from Cambrian College or related certification;
    • Demonstrated experience in facilitating study skills and learning strategy support in a post secondary environment, 1:1 or small group format;
    • Minimum of three (3) to four (4) years experience in offering learning strategy support (individual and small group) to students with disabilities;
    • Demonstrated proficiency with delivery of educational strategies and methodology to create and implement programs and workshops to students with disabilities;
    • Demonstrated excellence in communication, customer service and problem solving skills;
    • Demonstrated understanding of disability issues, impact on the academic environment and day to day functioning;
    • Demonstrated awareness of the needs and issues of students within a post secondary environment; including knowledge of relevant policy and legislation (e.g., Human Rights Code, AODA and Accessible Education for Students with Disabilities);
    • Demonstrated ability to maintain organization and seamless work-flow in an environment with continuous interruptions;
    • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and writing skills;
    • Experience with use of technology and applicable software including a working knowledge of specialized software designed for students with accommodation needs;
    • Effective team skills with an ability to work independently.
Grade : WLUSA-08
Salary : $34.17 – $40.22
Salary Notes : This is a full-time, recurring position with an anticipated start date of November 18, 2019. This position is subject to an annual 14 week layoff from mid May to mid August. This position is eligible for educational equivalencies: https://lauriercloud.sharepoint.com/sites/human-resources/employee-relations/employee-groups/Pages/wlusa.aspx
Please Note :

This position is represented by the WLU Staff Association bargaining unit.

Please submit a cover letter and resume.

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at jbecker@wlu.ca. Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity and Accessibility at equity@wlu.ca. We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or hr@wlu.ca.

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