1169 Learning Specialist and CHAMPS/Life Skills Coordinator


TITLE Learning Specialist and CHAMPS/Life Skills Coordinator




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director, Academic and Student Services-Athletics

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Director of Athletics and Associate provost for Student Development and Public Affairs


The Learning Specialist and CHAMPS/Life Skills Coordinator helps to prepare student-athletes for the challenges of life during and after college. Challenging Athletes’ Minds for Personal Success (CHAMPS) assists student-athletes to enhance the qualities and skills necessary for a high level of achievement in athletics and academics. The Life Skills program helps student-athletes make the transition from college to the professional work world and in making contributions to the community.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Bachelor’s degree in Guidance and Counseling, Sports Administration or a related field is preferred.

Experience: At least two years of academic advising experience with student athletes is preferred.

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


1. Coordinates the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), presides over meeting, and oversees events held by SAAC.

2. Develops and implements community outreach programs such as reading programs, food drives, etc.

3. Plans, markets, and monitors community service hours and events for student-athletes.

4. Coordinates seminars and speakers for student-athletes with an emphasis on personal, service, and career development, academic development, and athletics development.

5. Manages a database of present and past student-athletes for the purpose of career development and job placement.

6. Works with employers and companies on programming events for student-athletes.

7. Works with the Career Center on programming and networking opportunities and assists and coordinates in teaching resume writing, interviewing, internships, etc.

8. Assists coaches in summer job placements and monitors compliance with the jobs program.

9. Assists and oversees major event planning for student-athletes (BASS awards, Maroon and White banquet).

10. Oversees diversity initiatives for student-athletes.

11. Provides guidance, support, advice, and leadership to high risk student-athletes with academic learning and progression through graduation.

12. Evaluates and implements Student-Athletes Making Progress toward Degree (STAMP) program for incoming student-athletes designated ‘at-risk’ due to poor academic preparation of learning disabilities.

13. Assists academic counselors with creating individualized plans for student-athletes who are struggling to balance academic demands with other priorities.

14. Monitors student-athletes’ academic progress and keep appropriate weekly reports of academic progression.

15. Assists student-athletes with organizational skills such as test preparation, assignments, presentations, etc.

16. Assists student-athletes with effective communication and problem solving skills.

17. Acts as a liaison between Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Academic Achievement Center and campus resources, such as Bear CLAW, Disability Resource Center, Counseling Center, Testing Center, Learning Diagnostic Clinic, TRIO, Academic Advisement Center, etc.

18. Coordinates the tutoring program for all student athletes.

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

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


The Learning Specialist and CHAMPS/Life Skills Coordinator is supervised by the Director of Academic and Student Services-Athletics.


JUNE 2016


Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 1 - 500 Points: Knowledge of principles, processes, methods, and procedures associated with a limited range of healthcare, technical, scientific, administrative support, communications, or social science program objectives or common problems. Knowledge permits the employee to complete routine medical and healthcare procedures, common administrative support tasks, operate basic equipment and instruments, carry out a variety of interrelated tasks and recurring assignments, assist individuals, answer common questions, and/or elicit information from a variety of sources. Professional knowledge, skill, and technical mastery at this level are typically acquired through a combination of formal education and/or training and experience beyond a high school diploma.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 1 - 50 Points: Typically, little, if any, supervision of others is required. The job may require irregular but occasional responsibility to direct the work of student workers and/or temporary or part-time workers. The nature of supervision is largely confined to assigning tasks to others and does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities. The amount of time spent on directing the work of others is normally a small portion of total work time.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 2 - 250 Points: The employee carries out a group of procedures using the general methods and desired results indicated by the supervisor. Typically, standard operating procedures, handbooks, and/or reference manuals exist for most procedures, but the employee must select from the most appropriate of several guidelines and make minor adjustments to methods. Unforeseen situations are normally referred to others for resolution. Assignments are related in function and objective, but processes, procedures, or software varies from one assignment to another. Based on the assignment, the employee uses diverse, but conventional, methods, techniques, or approaches. Employees in jobs at this level may perform work that is moderately complex, but normally performed within a fairly narrow and specific functional area.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 2 - 400 Points: Work involves services including collecting, processing, and disseminating information and providing advice to others. Work activities may be complex and likely affect the accuracy, reliability, or acceptability of further processes or services to the extent that others rely on the advice given in order to make decisions. Work activities typically affect the efficiency of the department but have relatively minor effects on operations within the cost center. Individuals in jobs at this level are often responsible for actively documenting, monitoring, and controlling expenditures. Incumbents may recommend minor expenditures, but have no substantive authority over budgets.