Learning Specialist

The University of Pikeville is seeking a Learning Specialist for the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine Office of Student Affairs and Academic Excellence. Under the direct supervision of the Director of Educational Support, the Learning Specialist is responsible for ensuring support in the areas of academic skills and academic advising programs to all medical students. A successful candidate will have demonstrated achievement as an academic advisor or similar learning support role in higher education. The work will entail training, advising, and support in the areas of adult learning, remediation, academic enhancement, time management, knowledge organization, and testing skills.


  1. Collaborate with students to provide guidance and develop individual study plans to address learning skills, time and study management, knowledge organization, and testing skills/preparation.
  2. Meet regularly with academically at-risk students to develop strategies aimed at improving scholastic achievement and board examination performance.
  3. Facilitate programs that support academic success, student retention, and individualized support throughout the curriculum.
  4. Maintain a reliable schedule of office hours for scheduled and drop-in student advising and consultations. Occasional work on evenings and weekends to support department initiatives may be required.
  5. Develop and deliver group presentations and workshops for students on relevant academic support issues.
  6. Assist in management of the Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program (OMSP) for undergraduate students.
  7. Be knowledgeable of current trends and new technologies in health care education to collaborate with faculty and administration to promote academic success.
  8. Provide referrals to other internal and external services such as disability resources, mental health resources, career advising, and medical consultation as appropriate.
  9. Perform other duties as assigned.


Position requires daily contact with students, co-workers, supervisor, administrators, faculty, and staff to advise and promote student success and retention. These relationships are maintained through email, telephone, online meetings, and person-to-person contact.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned Master's degree or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with 2+ years of experience in education, counseling, student affairs, or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations.
  • Experience with computerized systems.
  • Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
  • Proven problem-solving skills and strong self-initiative.
  • Demonstrated collaboration skills and commitment to teamwork.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with medical, doctoral, or graduate-level education.
  • Understanding of standardized examinations that apply to osteopathic medical students.
  • Awareness of recruitment, retention, and persistence issues related to students from diverse cultural, educational, and geographic backgrounds.
  • Experience in conducting educational workshops.
  • Capacity to work in highly structured environments.
  • Understanding of applicable federal and state laws pertaining to students.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of reliability, accuracy, and productivity.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively address complex and sensitive issues pertaining to students.
  • Effective analytical and decision-making skills. Excellent communication (oral and written), organizational, and time management skills.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information.
  • Ability to interpret and communicate complex policies and procedures to others.
  • Attention to detail and adaptability to a changing environment is extremely important.
  • Possess a high level of professionalism, initiative, resourcefulness, and personal accountability.

The University of Pikeville offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. UPIKE offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, telemedicine, long term disability, tuition waivers, a 403(b) retirement plan, and HSA, FSA, & dependent care accounts. UPIKE also offers a generous holiday schedule and paid leave program.

Important Notes: Resume and other application materials will be reviewed to determine if you meet the required qualifications for the position. If it is determined that you meet the required qualifications, your application materials will be used to identify a top group of the most highly qualified candidates. Please, specifically address the qualifications, competencies and desired qualifications in your resume and application materials.

The University of Pikeville is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

The University of Pikeville is an equal opportunity employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. The University of Pikeville does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age or disabilities in its programs, activities, hiring, or the admission of students. 

For more information about the University of Pikeville, please visit http://www.upike.edu. Interested applicants should complete the online application by visiting http://jobs.upike.edu. In addition to the application, interested applicants are requested to attach to their application a letter of interest, current resume, and the contact information for three to five professional references.

Date Posted: 07/13/2023
Department: Student Affairs
Employment Type: Full-Time (40 hours)
Position Type: Staff
We are no longer taking applications for this position.