Job Positions

Academic Advisor (learning disabilities specialist)

Categories: Mid Atlantic Region 2


Academic Advising


Goucher College

Date Posted:

May 20 2019 10:00PM

Close Date:

June 17

Position Description

Do you exhibit a passion for supporting students with learning differences in the developmental processes of academic planning and self-discovery? Are you adept at applying an equity lens to serve diverse learners and students with diverse identities? If so, Goucher College welcomes your application as we search for an academic advisor who will specialize in working with students with learning disabilities.


The academic advisor/learning disabilities specialist will provide academic and transitional advising to approximately 80-100 members of each first-year class (through individual and group contact), with a focus on those with learning disabilities. They will continue to work with this cohort until each student declares a major (as late as second semester sophomore year). This academic advisor will work as part of a team of three advisors who are trained to become experts on Goucher’s academic curriculum and related policies and procedures. As the learning disabilities specialist, this advisor will interpret supporting documentation, put appropriate academic accommodations in place in consultation with the student, and work collaboratively with our academic support unit in the implementation of these accommodations. Utilizing Goucher’s new online student success system, academic advisors will keep electronic records on their cohort of students, will collaborate with several partners to collect and analyze relevant early alert data, and will hold more frequent meetings with students determined to be academically at-risk. Workshops on topics related to academic planning, online resources, and academic success will be created and delivered by the advisors, and each advisor will contribute to a comprehensive advising assessment plan. The academic advisors will serve as a resource to faculty who teach new students and will connect students with possible faculty mentors as well as other resources on campus. The academic advisors will work collaboratively with a number of units on campus which promote student success through first-year programming, the provision of socio-emotional supports, the identification of co-curricular and experiential learning opportunities, and support for major and career exploration.

Application Process

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Institution Information

Among the 40 Colleges That Change Lives, and ranked first in the nation for study abroad programs, Goucher College is a selective, liberal arts college located 20 minutes north of Baltimore, MD. Goucher enrolls approximately 1,500 undergraduates, 84% of whom live on campus. At Goucher, we’re redefining the meaning of a liberal arts education in order to help our students prepare for the jobs of the future.

Additional Information

Goucher College is committed to increasing the diversity of our community and seeks applicants dedicated to applying principles of equity and inclusion in all areas of the campus community.

Contact Information

Emily Perl 410-337-6122


Required Qualifications

Qualified candidates will possess a master's degree in an appropriate, related field (education, counseling, student development and higher education, etc.) and experience working with students in a higher education setting. The successful candidate must demonstrate extensive knowledge of learning disabilities, ADHD, and related issues, including experience reading and interpreting psycho-educational evaluations and other documentation of disabilities.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates with at least three years of disability support or academic advising experience. Additionally, the ideal candidate will demonstrate active approaches to fostering an inclusive academic community that embraces diverse student identities, and uses an equity-based approach to their work. Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, a student record system, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required. The successful candidate will also have the capacity to assess short term and long term needs of students, work with students in crisis, and refer students to appropriate resources. The ability to analyze and synthesize situations and data, to implement appropriate solutions, and to create reports, as well as flexibility and proficiency in multitasking and prioritizing in a fast-paced and evolving environment are desired.