Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: S1060 / Learning 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.


Supports the learning needs of students identified as "at risk." Administers diagnostic measures to assess academic preparedness and plans, develops and administers learning plans for individual students. Communicates with faculty, academic advisors, and other personnel to monitor and report on student progress.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Administers and/or oversees the administration of diagnostic measures to assess academic preparedness and to evaluate potential learning deficits for incoming and current students.
  2. Plans, develops, and administers regular individual and group instruction meetings with students and prepares reports to document academic progress.
  3. Assists students to develop learning strategies that support individual success, which may include instruction on compensatory study skills, test taking strategies, time management, course tutoring, etc.
  4. Assists students with understanding individual course requirements, developing short- and long-term plans to meet requirements, and reviewing degree progress.
  5. Maintains regular communication with faculty, academic advisors, and other related personnel to monitor academic progress and compile academic progress reports.
  6. Participates in the overall administration of the tutoring program, to include assistance with budget preparation, provision of input into operating policies and procedures, and participation in performance evaluation of tutorial staff.
  7. Communicates with the UNM Accessibility Resource Center to ensure students gain access to appropriate and reasonable accommodations to support success within the classroom, where applicable.
  8. Maintains and updates confidential files and records pertaining to student academic and life-skills interactions, incidents, issues and progress.
  9. Serves as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor'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.
  • Knowledge of relevant diagnostic tests and procedures.
  • Strong listening, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Skilled in facilitating problem solving with individuals regarding personal, professional and/or academic priorities.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart confidential information.
  • 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 students.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Academic Performance Program for NCAA student athletes, where applicable.

Conditions of Employment

  • If this position is assigned to the Athletics Department, either administratively or functionally, compliance with all NCAA rules and regulations is required.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

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: 12/12/2019