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Located in the heart of Philadelphia, Drexel University is a world‐class, comprehensive, R1 research institution and a global leader in experiential education. For more than 100 years, our renowned Cooperative Education (co-op) program has enabled students to gain professional work experience before they graduate, setting them apart from their peers.

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Drexel offers its highly engaged faculty and professional staff a comprehensive and world‐class benefits package that includes generous vacation and paid time off as applicable (including civic engagement days), up to an 11% 403(b) Retirement Plan match with immediate vesting, and remote and flexible work options for many roles. Our exceptional medical plans include domestic partner and fertility assistance and our award‐winning A Healthier U wellness program. In addition, faculty and professional staff at Drexel enjoy free tuition for themselves and their dependents for Drexel degree programs, certification, and non‐certification programs. And as part of the tuition offering to employees, Drexel participates in a tuition exchange program for dependents with other higher education institutions. These are just a sample of our extensive benefit offerings. Please see this Benefits Brochure for more information.

Learning Specialist

Apply now Job no: 503068
Work type: Full-Time
Location: University City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: College of Medicine

Job Summary

This position is responsible for assisting the Director of Academic Support by providing direct support and creating learning support services and resources for all DUCOM students. Support is provided in the areas of adult learning, remediation, academic enhancement, time management, knowledge organization, and test-taking skills to help students become independent learners.

Essential Functions

  • Provide individual supportive counseling to medical students. Develop expertise in working with at risk medical students.
  • Create, deliver, and assess a robust program of small group discussions and workshops on a variety of study topics that address students’ needs, including but not limited to: the transition to medical school, time management, note-taking, study cycle, and motivation.
  • Develop, implement, and provide oversight of hard copy and electronic resources such as study templates and resource lists to be available to students on campus and on Blackboard.
  • Meet with students individually and in small groups to consult on learning strategies and study schedules.
  • Assess students having academic difficulty and develop plans for intervention.
  • Manage and monitor the tracking process of year 1st -3rd students who experience academic difficulty.
  • Develop and implement enrichment and remedial programs to meet the needs of a diverse student population.
  • Manage Step 1 and Step 2 workshops and the advising processes.
  • Work with faculty to develop programs designed to assist students with academic difficulty.
  • Assist with coordinating the pre-matriculation, high school programs and other special programs.
  • Manage, advance and further develop the Academic Advising webpages to provide students with relevant, accurate, current and robust career advising information and resources.
  • Maintain and update resources and content on an ongoing basis.
  • Monitor and review relevant external websites, listservs, and communications to identify relevant updates, changes and/or new information, programs, resources, opportunities, etc.
  • Define strategies to enhance presentation of resources and/or access to resources within the website.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in higher education, education, or psychology or Equivalent
  • Two years’ experience working with adult students or in higher education.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience facilitating small and large group workshops.
  • Excellent judgment and ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  • Familiarity with high-stakes objective testing and/or the medical school environment.
  • The candidate should have excellent interpersonal skills such that they can work collaboratively with students, tutors, course directors, other departmental faculty, and staff.
  • Ability to identify students who need a referral to a psychiatrist or other health care professional.
  • The candidate should be detail-oriented and possess excellent time management skills.

Physical Demands

  • Typically sitting at a desk/table
  • Typically standing, walking
  • Lifting demands ≤ 25lbs


University City, Philadelphia, PA.

Additional Information 

This position is classified as exempt, grade K.  Compensation for this grade ranges from $54,630.00 to $ 81,940.00 per year. Please note that the offered rate for this position typically aligns with the minimum to midrange of this grade, but it can vary based on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience, department budget, and an internal equity review.   

We encourage you to explore Drexel's Professional Staff salary structure and Compensation Guidelines & Policies for more details on our compensation framework.  

You can also find valuable information about our benefits in the Benefits Brochure.  

Special Instructions to the Applicant 

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application. 

A review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified. 

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