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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: S0005 / Learning Disab Specialist
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 12

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Evaluates students to determine designation of learning disabilities, and teaches one-on-one compensatory study skill strategies to learning-disabled students as appropriate. Provides consultation and advice to others as a highly-specialized practitioner.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Performs initial intake and assessment of students' learning behavior and determines appropriate referral for diagnostic testing of disabilities and/or attention deficit disorder.
  2. Instructs learning-disabled individuals and small groups on compensatory study skill strategies.
  3. Analyzes and documents progress of instruction sessions with learning-disabled students and maintains confidential student records.
  4. Evaluates diagnostic assessments of students and specifies appropriate communication strategies to convey "active" instructional material; accesses services of other campus support organizations.
  5. Serves as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  6. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to develop and deliver presentations.
  • Ability to observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress.
  • Knowledge of relevant diagnostic tests and procedures.
  • Knowledge of patient evaluation and triage procedures.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart confidential information.
  • Knowledge of the nature and treatment of learning disorders.
  • Skill in preparing and maintaining patient records.
  • Ability to communicate with and instruct students with learning disabilities.
  • Knowledge of compensatory study skill techniques.
  • Ability to investigate and analyze information and draw conclusions.
  • Knowledge of campus support organizations.
  • Ability to develop and apply communication strategies for the conveyance of instructional material to learning disabled students.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Subject to credentialing process; must maintain credentialed status.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017