Position: Iona College, a comprehensive private college located in New Rochelle, New York, seeks a candidate for the position of Athletics Academic Advisor/Learning Specialist. Dedicated to the personal teaching in the tradition of the Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education, Iona College is a NCAA Division I institution with 21 sports which primarily compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). This position will specialize in working with the high-risk student-athlete population including student-athletes with learning disabilities and students who are academically under-prepared. The academic advisor/learning specialist will prioritize and complete ongoing tasks following established departmental and college policies, as well as MAAC and NCAA guidelines. This position will report to Assistant Athletics Director for Academics. Responsibilities: Provide intensive academic support to an assigned group of identified student-athletes from various sports (i.e. one-on-one and small group skill development within content areas); Develop, implement and coordinate individualized evidence-based academic support plans for identified student-athletes. Develop a systematic application of learning interventions and study strategies in the areas of time management, learning style, critical reading, note taking, test taking, etc. for individual student-athletes as needed. Assess and evaluate the academic needs and prescribe additional academic assistance as needed; Provide workshops for all student-athletes to aid in the improvement of study habits and skills; Communicate regularly with coaching staff and various administrators to share information on academic progress of assigned student-athletes; Meet with prospective student-athletes to discuss the college's philosophy as it regards student-athletes and the support programs offered at Iona College; Serve as liaison between the Office of Student Success, the Samuel Rudin Academic Resource Center and the College Assistance Program (CAP). Refer selected individuals for ADHD/learning disability testing as needed in consultation with the Assistant Athletics Director for Academics; Build relationships across campus to promote student-athlete welfare and community integration; Attend athletic events to maintain maximum knowledge of intercollegiate athletics relevant to various assignments when requested; Assist with orientation, summer program, recruiting and other programs as assigned by the Assistant Athletic Director for Academics. Individual will also coordinate the academic support for individual members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams and will monitor and supervise academic progress of assigned student-athletes through one to one meetings, coordination of support services and academic updates from professors.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor degree in special education, counseling, education, student development, or related field preferred. Experience working with students providing supplemental academic mentoring, preferably in a college/university setting; Communicates effectively one-to-one, in small groups and in public speaking contexts; writes precise, well-organized emails, letters and proposals while using appropriate vocabulary and grammar; Conduct self with uncompromising integrity. Demonstrate ability to exercise sound judgment and handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion and according to FERPA guidelines. Knowledge of regulations and laws associated with ADA and accommodations for the learning disabled; Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel; knowledge of PeopleSoft software is preferred; Knowledge of rules and regulations of the NCAA is required, while knowledge of Iona College and MAAC preferred; Minimum two years of experience in working with high risk/learning disabled students in an education environment.
Preferred Qualifications: Master's degree in counseling, education, student development, athletic administration, special education or related field preferred; Experience in academic advising, teaching, counseling or have completed 2-4 years as a full-time employee in an athletics academic support program. Computer knowledgeable; excellent speaking/writing ability and familiar with intercollegiate athletics.
Iona College was established in 1940 as a Catholic college in the tradition of the Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. Iona is located on nearly 45 acres in New Rochelle (Westchester County), New York. Two miles from Long Island Sound and 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan.