Learning Disabilities Specialist

Lesley University Cambridge , MA 02138

Posted 2 weeks ago

About Lesley University:

Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lesley University is highly regarded for its graduate and undergraduate programs in education, the arts, and applied social sciences. Lesley fosters a highly creative environment in which innovative ideas thrive, theory is integrated with practice, and its 7,000 students and 92,000 alumni are empowered to improve and enrich communities.

We offer a competitive benefits package that includes health, dental, life, and long-term-disability insurance. In addition, we offer generous amounts of vacation and holiday time, as well as a tuition remission policy that enables employees to expand their knowledge and skills.

Information on the Department:

At Lesley University, you will find an academic community that believes in equal educational opportunity for all qualified students with disabilities. We are committed to compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other relevant state and federal legislation. Disability Services is a catalyst for ensuring student equity and excellence in education, maximizing each student's educational potential while helping him or her develop and maintain independence. Our philosophy is one that encourages self-awareness, self-determination, self-advocacy and independence while providing a safe, caring, respectful environment that cultivates growth and positive learning. The office works with faculty, staff and students on and off-campus to ensure that appropriate academic adjustments are made that allow all students an equal opportunity inside the classroom and around campus.

Job Description:

The Learning Disabilities Specialist works directly with the Director of the LD/ADD Academic Support Program to provide as many as 1,000 hours of one-to-one academic support services annually for undergraduate and graduate students with Learning Disabilities (LD), Attention Disorders (ADD) and Asperger Syndrome (AS). With supervisor, the LD Specialist reviews referred students' educational history, identified learning style, and specific needs for academic support. The Specialist meets with students weekly to monitor academic requirements and progress, to assist with specific course responsibilities, work productivity and time management. In addition, the Specialist provides experiences that increases students' metacognitive awareness and implements academic strategies to support students in becoming more independent and self-regulated learners. When necessary, the Specialist provides direct skill instruction in the areas of writing, grammar, and reading comprehension. The Specialist also assists in the coordination of peer tutorial support for students with LD/ADD/AS.


  • Master's degree or higher in Special Education or Cognition with an emphasis on moderate learning disabilities; or a master's degree in Education with specialized training in learning disabilities and extensive experience working with students with LD/ADD/AS in a post-secondary academic setting.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Excellent command of academic writing, and instructional experience in supporting post-secondary written language, reading, and content.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills in order to accommodate the needs of students with sensitivity and thoughtfulness.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in collaboration with staff and other members of the university community.

  • Has the demonstrated ability and endurance to work in a fast-paced work environment with a heavy student caseload.

  • Must be authorized to work in the United States; if you hold a visa, your visa status must allow you to work at Lesley University.

Additional Information:

Salary Grade 24: $50,135 - $59,662

Background checks are required for all positions.

Lesley University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to increasing the diversity of the university community and the curriculum. Candidates who believe they can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:

A cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references must be included for full consideration.

Applications will be reviewed upon the establishment of an appropriate pool of candidates.

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Learning Disabilities Specialist

Lesley University