The George Mason University, Disability Services Office invites applications for the position of the Disability Services Learning Strategist/Learning Coach, reporting to the Associate Director of Disability Services. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About the Disability Services Office Programs:
The Mason Autism Support Initiative (MASI), and Executive Functioning Program (EFP) are fee-based programs offered through Disability Services, providing additional supports and resources beyond disability-related accommodations. MASI provides individualized, comprehensive social and academic supports to degree-seeking Mason students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). EFP provides academic supports for students diagnosed with disabilities related to executive functioning skills.
About the Position:
The Learning Strategist (MASI) and the Learning Coach (EFP) meet and correspond with students regularly and consistently on a weekly basis to provide support with many aspects of university life, depending on their individual needs.
The Learning Strategist spends 1 to 2 hours a week per student working together during individual face to face (or virtual) meetings. Additional responsibilities may include check-ins via email, text, and/or phone with students, faculty, staff and/or parents. Position will require approximately 10-15 hours each week. This range can vary based on student case load. Learning Strategists are assigned up to 7 students.
The Learning Coach spends up to 4 hours a week per student working together during individual face to face (or virtual) meetings. Additional responsibilities may include check-ins via email, text, and/or phone with students, faculty, staff and/or parents. Position will require approximately 10-15 hours each week. This range can vary based on student case load. Learning Coaches are assigned up to 4-5 students.
Implementation of strategies and development of skills in self-advocacy, time management, organization, planning/prioritizing, studying, goal-setting, problem-solving, self-monitoring, and decision-making;
Assistance with and modeling of effective communication with faculty, classmates, and peers;
Collaboratively identifying and addressing social needs and navigating challenging situations;
Assistance with accessing and utilizing campus resources;
Assistance with coordination and collaboration with university faculty and staff, departments, and community organizations as needed;
Preparation for transition into the world of work.
Must have an understanding of disabilities, particularly ASD;
Current enrollment in a graduate program in Special Education, Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, Educational Psychology, or a related field or have relevant education and experience;
Experience and comfort working with individuals with disabilities, preferably with young adults;
Ability to organize and coordinate with on- and off-campus resources;
Qualities of being reliable, responsible, self-motivated, confident, sincere, flexible, patient, dedicated, observant, and considerate;
Strong written and verbal communication skills;
Creative and broad-level thinking skills;
Demonstrated ability to collaborate and communicate regularly with other team members in order to monitor students' progress and meet their individualized needs;
Openness to new ideas.
Experience working with individuals with ASD or other related disabilities;
Familiarity with the field of higher education (ideally some experience working at a college or university);
Demonstrated understanding of common needs of individuals with ASD or other related disabilities, particularly young adults;
Experience working with college students;
Knowledge of issues regarding transition from high school to postsecondary education for students with disabilities.
Salary: $20.00 per hour; Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
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