Learning Strategist (Mat Leave contract with potential for a longer term appointment)

Redeemer University | Ancaster, ON

Posted Date 10/08/2021
Description

For nearly 40 years, Redeemer University has stood out across Canada for its commitment to a Christian undergraduate liberal arts and sciences education that develops the whole person.  Rooted in a Reformed Biblical worldview, and including a diverse community representing over 50 Christian denominations, Redeemer seeks to answer the fundamental questions about where we fit into God’s story while it prepares students to engage in society’s biggest challenges.  A rigorous academic program with an interdisciplinary core is supported by a vibrant community characterized by caring discipleship.  The result is an enriching and transformational educational experience integrating faith, learning and service.  

 

Redeemer offers 34 majors and streams that lead to either a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education or Bachelor of Business Administration degree.  Redeemer currently serves nearly 900 students and its faculty are engaged in teaching, service to the community, and research, some of which is supported in part by the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and other funding agencies and donors.  

 

A privately funded and publicly chartered institution, Redeemer offers excellent Christ-centred undergraduate teaching, strong investments in research, rich student-faculty interaction, and unique opportunities for experiential and holistic learning.  As a member of Universities Canada, Redeemer produces graduates who are accepted into graduate programs across the continent and beyond.  In recent national surveys, Redeemer students have ranked the school as one of the top universities in Canada for overall student satisfaction, especially for providing a nurturing and challenging academic environment along with its warm on-campus community.  

 

Located on a beautiful 86-acre campus in Hamilton, Ontario, Redeemer operates under a charter from the Government of Ontario and is a member of Universities Canada (UC), the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), and the Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC).




The Position:

 

Reporting to the Learning Services Director, this role will work to advance students’ academic skills through learning strategies.  This includes developing success plans, study skills,  research skills, and assessment and analysis techniques.  The Learning Strategist will also facilitate and deliver workshops/seminars  in areas including academic skills, effective studying and learning, and time management.   The Learning Strategist  leads the Academic Success Program and the Writing Support Program, and manages the Tutoring program and oversees the Tutoring Centre at Redeemer with an emphasis on providing writing support.  Support is also provided for students struggling academically, providing academic strategies based on best practices in educational research.  Students with a broad range of disabilities are also supported by the Learning Strategist who works with students to develop skills based on their unique learning profiles. 



Responsibilities:

 

  • Facilitate and deliver workshops/seminars in video format or in-person in areas including academic skills, effective studying and learning, and time management. 
  • Advance students’ academic skills through learning strategies, success plans, study skills, research, information, support, assessment and analysis techniques.
  • Lead the Academic Success Program and the Writing Support Program. 
  • Meet with students on academic probation regularly. 
  • Support international students with the transition to university in Canada.
  • Administers individualized support for students struggling academically, providing academic strategies based on best practices in educational research.
  • Manages the Tutoring program and oversees the Tutoring Centre at Redeemer with an emphasis on providing writing support.
  • Facilitates and regularly updates the Citation Certified Online course.
  • Ensure that students with disabilities registered with Learning Services have access to the appropriate resources indicated by assessments which includes developing an accommodation plan.
  • Administer individualized support for students struggling academically, providing academic strategies based on best practices in educational research.
  • Support students with a broad range of disabilities, clinical diagnoses, mental health, cognitive and intellectual disabilities to develop skills based on their unique learning profiles. 




Preferred Skills and Attributes:

 

  • Experience with and knowledge of a variety of  learning barriers, preferences, and strategies
  • Knowledge of and experience with the developmental needs of university aged students and the interaction of learning issues on this developmental stage
  • A deep understanding of the contributing factors of Student Success
  • Knowledge and expertise in all aspects of the writing process
  • Experience maintaining  student progress records
  • Ability to write case notes according to established policies, procedures and guidelines   
  • Previous supervisory experience of staff and student workers (workshop presenters, tutors, note-takers, scribes, personal assistants, attendant care providers, student workers etc.)
  • Ability to relate to a range of students at different levels of development
  • Experience with and an understanding of the interaction of parents or guardians with students facing learning challenges    
  • Demonstrated ability to read psychological assessments and a working knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of these assessments
  • Demonstrated team building skills and ability to work collaboratively across departments
  • Creative problem skills and strong organizational skills in order to design innovative solutions and manage deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of various types of assistive technology

 

Other Requirements:

 

  • Understanding of Redeemer University (mission, values, and Reformed Christian identity)

 

Education/Training:

 

  • Graduate degree required; preferred areas include learning studies, psychology, higher education, student affairs, counselling or related fields (a combination of a Bachelors degree with relevant experience may be considered equivalent)
  • Minimum of 3 years of work experience in a related field 

 

Position Reports to: Learning Services Director

Submit Applications to: HR@redeemer.ca (please quote Position Title in Subject line)

Expiry Date: October 20, 2021



Applicants are requested to email their application materials (cover letter, resume, and statement of faith) in one combined pdf document.  The statement of faith should articulate your faith perspective and its relation to the mission of Redeemer University. A range of qualifications are evaluated including distinguishing characteristics that demonstrate congruence with our identity as a university in the Protestant and Reformed Christian tradition. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

 

Ministry Focus
Christian School
Employment Status
Contract

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