Assistant Director, Learning Effectiveness Program

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Student Affairs / Services

Student Affairs & Inclusive Excellence (SAIE) is the central student affairs division of the University of Denver. SAIE includes Housing and Residential Education, Student Engagement, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Health and Counseling, Inclusion & Equity Education, Disability Services Program, Cultural Center, Access & Transitions, Learning Effectives Program, Veterans Services, Student Outreach and Support, Student Rights & Responsibilities, Budget, Operations and Division Resources, New Student and Family Programs, Community and Driscoll Commons.

We are committed to providing students with the support and skills needed to become empowered citizens that positively impact the communities they are a part of, now, and in the future. We do so by challenging student to:

  • Reflect on their values and identities
  • Recognize their strengths and acknowledge areas for further growth.
  • Understand the importance of needing support and seeking it.
  • Cultivate their passions
  • Foster the public good

The Learning Effectiveness Program (LEP) at the University of Denver was founded in 1982 and is an internationally recognized program for neurodiverse learners. LEP is a fee for service program offering access to supports for neurodiverse learners with Specific Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), students on the Autism Spectrum, and/or students who have a history of learning differences.

The mission of the LEP is to support learning and neurodiversity by providing students opportunities and resources for personal growth, academic skill building, and connection.

Position Summary

The Assistant Director is a member of the Learning Effectiveness Program Leadership team which supports student development through the LEP 4 Cornerstones of Self-Awareness, Self-Advocacy, Accountability, and Self-Determination. Our staff works with students to develop a community of engagement, intellectual and personal growth, and supports student persistence to graduation. The Assistant Director demonstrates an ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and universal design for learning in hiring practices, training and development of employees, programming, campus collaborations and involvement in university/division-wide projects and initiatives.

The Assistant Director supervises staff, meets weekly with a caseload of students, develops and maintains trainings for staff, supports and participates in LEP activities including the First LEP Year Transition Experience (FLYTE), Social Skill Building, Eye to Eye, as well as events and trainings through the SAIE division. The Assistant Director attends and leads staff and supervision meetings and professional development opportunities.

For the benefit of our students, relationships with faculty and other campus partners it is an expectation that members of our team have a desire to remain within our department for a minimum of 2 years. This is a 12 month, exempt, benefitted position.

Essential Functions

Departmental Leadership and Supervision:

  • Provides leadership and day to day supervision of the LEP in partnership with the Director and Associate Director, including Strategic Planning, Visioning, and Assessment
  • Manage crisis intervention to de-escalate and problem-solve with student and/or parent/family situations.
  • Provides departmental leadership in absence of, the Director and Associate Director of the LEP.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate the Academic Counselors.
  • Oversee LEP-supported student organizations and the staff/faculty organization NRG (Neurodiverse Resource Group).

Education and Training:

  • Assist with facilitation of LEP staff meetings and professional development.
  • Conduct and coordinate regular trainings with the LEP Academic Counselors that may include executive functioning, techniques to support various disabilities, learning styles, study skills, stress and anxiety, and tools/techniques to use in student meetings.
  • Partner with LEP Administrative team to design and facilitate workshops and trainings for DU campus community.

Academic Counseling Development:

  • Create documents and processes for Academic Counselor observations, feedback, and support.
  • Assess, evaluate, and implement the types of supports needed in our Academic Counseling sessions based on student needs.
  • Design and facilitate onboarding and training to all new Academic Counselors.
  • Provide academic counseling to a small caseload of students with a history of learning difference.

Administrative Duties:

  • Ensure documents, notes and forms are completed and shared in a timely manner.
  • Respond to email and voicemail inquiries within 24 business hours.
  • Assist with updating departmental policies, procedures, and academic counselor handbook.

Special Projects and Other Duties as Assigned:

  • Serve on the area leadership team, serve on divisional and campus committees as related to job, and any other duties as assigned per consultation with the Director.
  • Participate in FLYTE and LEP orientation, Eye to Eye and the ADDventure Conference, Prospective Student Visits, Social Skill Building events.
  • Coordinate Prospective Student Visits, family and community outreach.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of learning disabilities, ADHD, autism spectrum, and other disabilities and how they impact learning.
  • Knowledge and expertise in effective learning strategies, assessment tools, and skill development.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to provide support to students experiencing crisis (emotional, mental, physical).
  • Ability to work collaboratively with students and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to lead workshops, trainings, and professional development.
  • Ability to effectively address conflict and manage resolution

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in counseling, psychology, education, or related field.
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, diversity, and equity.
  • Experience working directly with neurodiverse students and students with learning differences in an educational setting.
  • Experience Supervising staff.
  • Experience with staff training, academic support program development, and assessment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in counseling, psychology, education, or related field.
  • Experience working with student supports in a higher education environment.
  • Demonstrated understanding of neurological-psychological testing and reports.
  • Experience with student management systems.
  • Experience with parental and community outreach.
  • Demonstrated understanding and implementation of the principles of Universal Design for Learning.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on June 2, 2022. Applications will continue to be evaluated until the position is filled.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 9.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $55,000 - $60,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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