5676 Academic Learning Specialist - Athletics



TITLE Academic Learning Specialist - Athletics




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Assistant Director, Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Academic Achievement Center


The Academic Learning Specialist - Athletics is responsible for administering and implementing programs and services designed to meet the needs of student-athletes diagnosed with specific learning disabilities and/or considered to be at risk academically. Develops and implements academic support services for student-athletes in assigned sports including advising and counseling student-athletes on academic and athletic eligibility. Works to enhance and nurture the relationship between the academic success program and the student-athletes, coaches, and faculty.


Education: Bachelor’s degree is required. Master’s degree preferred.  An equivalent combination of years of experience and education may be considered for substitution of educational requirements.

Experience: At least one year of experience in collegiate academic advising, educational leadership, or related field is preferred.

Skills: Strong verbal and written communication skills as well as excellent interpersonal skills are required. Computer literacy, particularly in word processing and database management is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.


1. Develops individualized learning profiles for educational development. Plans, monitors and tracks the academic progress of at-risk student athletes.

2. Works with individual groups of student athletes to teach and develop successful academic skills in the areas of reading, writing, time management, organization, testing, learning strategies and other general study skills.

3. Conducts one on one meetings with student athletes to provide support with learning and problem solving.

4. Reviews student athlete work products and helps them to analyze their performance, identify barriers, and develop strategies to help the student athlete be successful academically.

5. Reviews current academic performance of preferred student athletes and determines if specialized assistance is needed; conducts initial assessments and coordinates educational testing for learning disabilities of student athletes with the Director of Psychological Services.

6. Responsible for day-to-day oversight of the tutoring program and maintains appropriate availability and knowledge of subject areas needed for student athletes.

7. Serves as a liaison with the Disability Services Center.

8. Coordinates student athlete progress toward degree plans. Regularly meets with and updates coaches on the academic progress of team members.

9. Collaborates and builds rapport with university faculty and staff that facilitates and deepens the development and use of the student support services available on campus.

10. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

11. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts and colleagues, attending professional development seminars or conferences, and attending training or courses as required by the supervisor.

12. Supports the overall success of the Athletics department by performing other duties as assigned.


The Athletics- Academic Learning Specialist may occasionally supervise student employees.


MAY 2024