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ESS Learning Specialist (4550U) - CoE/Student Services

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POST DATE 12/12/2019
END DATE 1/24/2020

University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA

Berkeley, CA
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Bachelors Degree


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ESS Learning Specialist (4550U) - CoE/Student Services

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About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world s most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley s culture of openness, freedom and acceptance academic and artistic, political and cultural make it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 9/24/19

Departmental Overview

The College of Engineering (COE) at UC Berkeley Is recognized for its educational and research excellence, consistently ranking among the top three Engineering colleges in the United States. With more than 250 faculty members, 1,900 graduate students, and 3,800 undergraduates, Engineering is the second largest college on the Berkeley campus. Operating expenditures for the College as a whole are close to $200 million annually.

Engineering Student Services (ESS) provides advising and counseling to currently enrolled undergraduates to ensure they have the knowledge and tools to thrive at UC Berkeley and beyond. In addition, ESS staff interacts with hundreds of prospective students, parents, faculty, and other administrative units. ESS ensures consistent application of college and university policies, participates in outreach activities, and provides Initiatives for academic, personal, professional, and leadership development of engineering undergraduate students.

In response to student needs, ESS continues to grow its portfolio of student services. The ESS Learning Specialist will apply knowledge of learning and student development theories to coach and guide COE undergraduates, individually and in group settings, to enhance their academic success and overcome academic difficulties. In partnership with ESS Advisors and Programs staff, the incumbent will implement innovative, proactive initiatives to facilitate students paths to academic success.

The Learning Specialist position serves to support the academic development of College of Engineering undergraduate students. This position works closely with the ESS Academic Advisers, ESS Program Coordinators, and the COE Student Disability Program Administrator & Faculty Administrative Officer to assess the academic and holistic needs of students who are referred to the Learning Specialist. In addition, the Learning Specialist designs and implements specialized programs and services that allow students to develop as independent, self-reliant learners. Other services may include developing individual study plans, recognizing and addressing academic and non-academic barriers to academic success. Learning Specialist will work closely with special populations such as students on academic probation, developing individualized plans as well as group workshops and activities to place them on a path off probation.


This is a full-time, one-year contract position

60% Delivers Academic Programs to students that enhance academic success through group, one-on-one, and course-based formats of service with a particular focus on special populations such as students on academic probation.

15% Applies and implements innovative academic support service models to support and enhance student learning, academic success, and intellectual development.

10% Assesses appropriate needs of students, and refers students to specific student programs. Collaborates with faculty, advising units, academic departments, and other student service units to assess students' needs.

5% Communicates with ESS Advisers and Program staff to keep them informed and involved with the academic and degree progress of students. Serves as liaison to specific programs, student services departments, or advising units.

5% Stay current with best practices and innovative approaches through participation in related campus committees, professional organizations and literature review.

5% Other duties as directed by supervisor.

Required Qualifications

* Experience with specific learning and development theories, learning styles, affective issues, academic issues, and socio-cultural/linguistic issues in academic support to students.

* Knowledge of how learning skills issues apply to a research institution.

* Knowledge of general and STEM academic curricula.

* Knowledge in designing and implementing learning and pedagogical models.

* Knowledge of strategies in critical thinking, reading, writing, note-taking, studying and preparing, test-taking, time management, and goal setting.

* Exceptional interpersonal skills.

* Skills in good judgment and decision-making.

* Problem-solving and organizational skills.

* Knowledge of current research and theoretical models that influence the application and delivery of academic services (e.g., discipline-specific, student-population specific).

* Multicultural competencies, knowledge, and experience working and interacting effectively with diverse groups of staff, faculty, and student populations.

* Knowledge of program development, data gathering, assessment, and evaluation skills.

* Experience planning and implementing events.

Preferred Qualifications

* Bachelor s degree in STEM and/or education-related field.

* Master s degree in education-related field preferred.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

*The salary range designated for this position: $55,400 - $80,400; however, starting salary will be commensurate with experience.

*This is a one-year contract position. Contract positions may be extended based on operational demand. Contract positions are eligible to participate in the health and welfare programs offered by UC Berkeley.

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see: