Writing & Academic Support Specialist (contract/temporary)

Job Locations US-NY-Valhalla
Requisition ID
2021-7457
Position Type
Full-Time
Schedule Shift
1
Hours Per Week
35
Travel
None
Category
Academic/Program Support

Overview

The Writing & Academic Support Specialist will develop writing, reading, and ESL programs for students from all schools: workshops, individual assistance, a conversation partners program, and more. The Specialist will also manage all peer learning partner programs for all schools and supervise the expansion of the program in all schools. In addition, the Specialist will organize, lead and/or participate in (alongside the Academic Support staff) workshops throughout the year, summer orientation programs, grant writing as needed, and other current and future academic support programs. The Specialist will also provide academic and special counseling to students on study skills, test anxiety, and time management. Ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree and experience in academic support/learning theory, particularly in teaching students reading and writing skills appropriate for scientific and technical material, based on the principles outlined in “Make it Stick” by Peter Brown.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain a writing assistance program for all students at NYMC. This includes one-on-one assistance (in person or online) for any writing related concerns and keeping details records of such encounters. Writing assistance provided may include weekly class papers, larger thesis or dissertation projects, CVs/resumes, cover letters, personal statements, research articles, and more. To ensure the quality of the writing and accuracy in formatting (including references) produced by the students, the writing specialist will also communicate and coordinate with the NYMC Library and faculty. In addition, this program will include the creation of multiple writing-related workshops to be given each semester, assessment of the workshops given and continuous quality improvement of current workshops and development of new ones to meet needs. 
  • Develop and maintain an ESL assistance program for all students at NYMC. This includes workshops, one-on-one assistance (in person or online), and a conversation partners program to encourage regular spoken communication of non-native and native speakers.
  • Coordinate and manage existing peer learning partners program for SOM: promoting and collecting applications, reviewing applications, hiring potential peer learning partners, working with Financial Aid to complete paperwork for Work Study hires, creating and maintaining lists of all hires, maintain online site for requests and evaluations, working with Finance to coordinate funding and payment of PLP’s, coordinating annual training orientation, creating professional development seminars, communicating as required with peer learning partners, planning PLP-led workshops or special lectures for students, matching high risk students as needed with appropriate PLP’s, monitoring all evaluations for red flags, and resolving these red flags.
  • Coordinate and manage a pilot peer learning partner program for SHSP & GSBMS: promoting and collecting applications, reviewing applications, hiring potential peer learning partners, working with Financial Aid to complete paperwork for Work Study hires, creating and maintaining lists of all hires, maintain online site for requests and evaluations, coordinating annual training orientation, creating professional development seminars, communicating as required with peer learning partners, monitoring all evaluations for red flags, resolving these red flags, evaluating progress of new program, and expanding as needed in the future.
  • As part of cross-training and to ensure coverage of the office when one or more member is absent, provide temporary assistance as needed to the other specialist and/or Director with essential Academic Support Office tasks such as remediation tracking, supporting students with disabilities, and more.
  • Organize, lead and/or participate in (alongside the Academic Support staff) workshops throughout the year, summer orientation programs, grant writing as needed, Step 1 preparation programs, and all other current and future academic support programs.
  • Provide academic and special counseling to all NYMC students (SHSP, GSBMS, SOM, and TCDM). This involves one-on-one meetings to discuss academic concerns and study skills/strategies, as well as keeping detailed records of all meetings, and planning, coordinating, and managing study skills workshops to be given each semester. This includes monitoring SOM exam grades and inviting high risk students in via email for meetings with one of the specialists in the office or the Director, as well as compiling grade spreadsheets at the direction of a Student Affairs Dean and/or the Director in preparation for Promotions Committee Meetings.

Qualifications

(A) Education requirement:

Bachelors required. Masters preferred.


(B) Licenses or certifications:

N/A.


(C) Technical/computer skills:

Must be proficient with Excel, Outlook and other Microsoft Office programs. Experience with Banner a plus, but not required.


(D) Prior experience:

Experience teaching students how to read and write technical and scientific material is essential. Experience working with ESL students is also essential. The ideal candidate will have the ability to communicate and work as part of a team, relate well with students and colleagues, and demonstrate discretion and sound judgment when handling confidential issues.

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