East Carolina University — Supporting Transition and Education through Planning and Partnerships (STEPP) Program Specialist

Vacancy #:  000965
Recruitment Range:  Commensurate with Qualifications
Closing Date:  Open Until Filled

Organizational Unit Overview
The STEPP Program’s mission is to provide students with learning disabilities who aspire to achieve a college education and who demonstrate the potential for postsecondary success with access and comprehensive support throughout the university experience. By partnering with these students, their families, and a variety of educational communities, the STEPP Program fosters a network of opportunities and resources to empower and support students from admission to graduation from East Carolina University. By providing access to college for a bright group of students, designing an integrated and collaborative system of support on a public university campus, researching short-term and long-term outcomes, and partnering with a continuum of educational settings based on what we learn, STEPP will achieve the ultimate goal of the program – to open the door to a college education for students with learning disabilities here and at other universities.

The STEPP Program offers comprehensive academic, social, and life-skills support to a select number of students with identified Specific Learning Disabilities who have shown the potential to succeed at ECU. Funded primarily with private gifts, this program provides a unique opportunity to a population that traditionally may not have access to college.

Job Duties
The STEPP Program Specialist will deliver STEPP coursework, supplemental seminars, and conduct subject-specific study halls for student participants. These study hall sessions will reinforce connections between strategies and skills taught in STEPP coursework and content and assignments from courses in each student’s regular academic schedule. The STEPP Program Specialist will monitor and support program tutors, including providing training and feedback regarding tutoring sessions and activities. The STEPP Program Specialist will work closely with the STEPP Program Director, Associate Directors, and others to monitor and revise curriculum as needed. The person in this position will maintain an office presence and provide as-needed support to students. Thus, this position will require establishing and following a consistent daily schedule. The STEPP Program Specialist will be accessible to students participating in STEPP during the fall and spring semesters and will participate in student advising efforts as appropriate. This position will involve collaboration with offices and programs across campus in order to support STEPP Program students. Specific responsibilities for the position include:

Focus: Coursework

  • Work closely with STEPP Program Director and Associate Directors to develop materials for seminar courses positioned throughout each student’s course of study at East Carolina University.
  • Work with the STEPP Program Transition Specialist to determine content for the academic strand of Boot Camp (summer orientation experience prior to the first year at ECU) and ensure consistency with information taught there and in the first-year STEPP programming.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with individuals on the East Carolina University campus involved with academic advising, foundations coursework, and programs housing majors selected by STEPP participants.
  • Regularly hold classes as scheduled with attention to developmental progression of content, student support, and individual student accountability.
  • Collaborate with Associate Directors each spring to develop a plan of support for students who have chosen to take classes in the summer.
  • Develop and submit field notes, student performance summaries, and additional data as required by the research goals of the STEPP Program.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Focus: Study Hall

  • Collaborate with Associate Directors, mentors, and tutors to schedule subject specific study halls for all participants in the STEPP Program.
  • Work with Associate Directors and mentors to facilitate and monitor goal-setting, planning, and follow-through of first and second year STEPP Program participants.
  • Monitor and document study hall attendance and student work while in study hall.
  • Help students make connections between what they have learned in the STEPP Program (e.g. learning strategies, study skills, time management skills, communication/collaboration competencies, etc.) coursework and how it applies to other university classes.
  • Train, monitor, and support student tutors working with STEPP Program participants.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Focus: Collaboration

  • Develop and maintain relationships with appropriate individuals and offices across the East Carolina University campus in areas that pertain to student instruction and academic strategies.
  • Coordinate data collection process pertaining to the Instructional Specialist’s role.
  • Collaborate with STEPP Program staff to develop, monitor, and refine materials, experiences, and resources in the program.
  • Develop and share resources for inclusion by Transition Specialist in newsletters for students and families.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Education/Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Strong communication skills (written, oral, and listening)-Strong planning, organization, and interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to set and maintain a steady daily teaching schedule
  • Successful related prior experience

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

  • Valid special education or related teaching license
  • Successful experience teaching students with learning disabilities
  • Master’s Degree in learning disabilities or related area

Special Instructions to Applicant
East Carolina University requires applicants to submit a candidate profile online in order to be considered for the position. Candidates must also submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references, including contact information, online.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Additional Instructions to Applicant
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

Applications will be considered until position is filled. Please submit an online ECU application for vacancy # 000965 to ECU Human Resources at http://jobs.ecu.edu.

East Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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