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Learning Specialist- Reading & Writing
Riverland Community College in Austin, Minnesota
Date Posted 07/22/2021
Admin-Tutors and Learning Resources
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Details

Classification Title
MnSCU Academic Professional 1
Working Title
Learning Specialist- Reading & Writing
Position Type
Riverland Community College
Academic Affairs
Tutor center
Austin, Minnesota
Full/Part Time
Full Time
Employment Condition
Work Shift
40 hours per week
Work Schedule/Hours/Days
Sunday 5pm- 9 pm
M,W 8 am-5:30 pm
T,TH 9 am-6:30 pm
Posting Details
Riverland Community College welcomes applications from individuals who are passionate about helping students succeed. This position is a full time, limited position through June 30,2023.

The Learning Specialist delivers academic support services including supplemental instruction, individual and small group tutoring, study groups, and other programming in the areas of English, Humanities, and other general study academic areas as needed. This position is responsible for the daily operations and programming of the Writing Center at Riverland, which includes marketing of tutoring services and coordinating schedules to accommodate students and whole classes of students with faculty in these departments to utilize themselves, peer tutors, and Tutor.com to meet student needs across the three campuses.
Salary Minimum
Salary Maximum
Salary Type
Bargaining Unit/Plan
214, MAPE
Job Description
Responsible for the day to day operations and programming of the Student Support Services & Writing Center (both on campus and online).
  • Schedule and plan tutoring sessions for English, Humanities, and other reading/writing-related content for selected Riverland courses.
  • Hire and manage student SI leads and general tutoring as needed.
  • Provide supplemental instruction for students enrolled in English, Humanities, social sciences, general students courses with reading, writing and study skill concepts.
  • Meet with faculty to stay current with course materials and requirements; attend Academic Dept meetings, and participate in curriculum projects as needed.
  • Collaborate with external and internal partners including AVID, Be Your Best and R-Step to ensure tutor support for those programs.
  • Audit classes as needed to understand curriculum and assessments.
  • Meet with Adult Basic Education faculty involved in the Bridges to Careers program to coordinate supplemental instruction/study labs.
  • Schedule rooms to use for trainings, such as peer tutor training as well as English sessions for the Bridges to Careers program.
  • Maintain schedules of tutoring availability and facilitate posting on website, bulletin boards and Brightspace.
  • Research best practices and methods for best practices to use within the SSS/Writing Center programming and training
  • Stay current with the best practices of emerging methods of supplemental instruction and tutoring through workshops and staff development opportunities.
  • Stay current with the curriculum of new and current reading, writing, and general studies course offerings.
  • Design materials for tutoring and presentations.
  • Secure materials, handouts, and software specific to supporting English courses and Study Skills content tutored in the SSS/Writing Center.
  • Coordinate with the Dean of Academic Affairs to determine budget needs of the SSS/Writing Center, including salaries for student tutors.
  • Oversee the budgets for peer tutors and supplies.

Coordinate and deliver direct supplemental instructional services within the Student Support Services/Writing Center.
  • Collaborate with instructors on learning needs for current and developing courses.
  • Connect interested students with study groups, supplemental instruction labs, and/or available tutors to initiate tutoring appointments.
  • Determine available academic support options, such as online study groups, individual Zoom drop-ins, structured on-campus supplemental instruction labs, and small group or individual tutoring.
  • Provide direct instructional support for English/Humanities/General Studies courses as needed.
  • Monitor paperwork for student tutors, including financial aid work study, or student workers.
Maintain accurate departmental records.
  • Track numbers of students served, academic progress, and schedules that help with future planning and staffing.
  • Monitor student tutor data base for accuracy of contact hours.
  • Maintain records of student tutors in a personnel file.
  • Update student records to reflect course-specific expertise, trainings, meetings, corrections or disciplinary actions.
  • Maintain records of mini-session study skill offerings.
  • Maintain records of tutoring contracts and tracking sheets.
  • Oversee the dissemination, collection and compilation of student evaluations .
  • Provide updated lists of student tutors to the Student Support English Faculty Coordinator and Dean on an on-going basis to reflect new hires, as well as students ending employment.

Perform general duties of the Student Support department and College-wide activities.
  • Record keeping of SI, tutoring and study skills presentations/sessions
  • Market the services of Tutoring Services by hosting informational table of resources to students during River Days, Registration/Orientation events, and other campus events and by developing events and workshops for students.
  • Attend and participate in SSS department meetings, as well as English, Bridges, TRIO or other academic departments as directed by the Dean.
  • Actively participate in department projects that relate to the work of the SSS/Math Center.
  • Assist with Accessibility Services such as proctoring tests, or other accommodations needed.
  • Explain SSS/Writing Center services to tour groups and other inquiries.
  • Assist supervisor in writing reapplication for CRLA certification at 5-year intervals.
  • Assist with college activities such as Graduation, River Days, Scholarship Events, Career Day.
  • Participate in college-wide committees or sub-committees.
  • Assist students in connecting with appropriate college resources and college personnel.
Required Qualifications
  • Associate’s degree with coursework in English/Humanities plus one year teaching/tutoring/supporting students
  • Ability to collaborate with faculty, staff, and students
  • Ability to work effectively with students from diverse and underserved backgrounds
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel and Outlook
  • Ability to independently coordinate multiple tasks and respond to a wide range of situations in an organized, effective manner
Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced degree in English or related field
  • Experience teaching/tutoring all levels of English
  • Experience coordinating a CRLA Certified Tutoring Center
  • Experience with data collection and continuous improvement analysis
Other Requirements
Valid Driver’s license
Riverland Community College, named one of the Best Places to Work in 2021, has an innovative and collaborative culture focused on its mission “to transform lives through excellence in service, education, and career training.”

Riverland is a member of the Minnesota State system with 30 community and technical colleges and seven state universities. Minnesota State is the largest provider of higher education in Minnesota.
With three campuses in Albert Lea, Austin and Owatonna, Riverland graduates support the economic region in Southern Minnesota which consists of a variety of small to large employers in key industries such as healthcare, food manufacturing, agri-businesses, transportation and distribution sectors. A campus is within an hour’s drive to the Twin Cities, Rochester, and Mankato and has many recreational and lifestyle assets to offer.

With nearly 90 program options, students most often seek out Riverland for careers in healthcare, business, public safety, computer technology, manufacturing, construction, agriculture and transportation.
In addition to the many technical and professional degrees offered, Riverland is a comprehensive college that awards certificates, diplomas, Associate of Science and Associate of Arts degrees and many Transfer Pathways that complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree that can seamlessly transfer to one of Minnesota State’s seven universities.
Riverland has seen a growth in enrollment over the past five years due to:
  • a dedication to providing a high-quality affordable education.
  • equity-minded leadership and academic teams who welcome all learners from ages 16 to 70 and recognizes their needs for life/college balance.
  • flexible enrollment and delivery options for on campus, online, and blended/hybrid.
  • numerous K-12, workforce, university, and industry partnerships and support.

Riverland Community College is dedicated to its employees, students and the region. Riverland Community College’s core values are cultivating student growth through service, collaboration, innovation and respect.
To learn more about Riverland or Minnesota State, visit www.riverland.edu or www.minnstate.edu.
Benefits Info
Please refer to the MAPE contract for information on benefits specific to this position.

The State of Minnesota offers a broad base of programs available to benefits eligible employees and their eligible family members. For information, please visit https://mn.gov/mmb/segip/benefits/
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