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Learning & Teaching Disability Support Tutor


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Reporting to:

Director of Learning and Teaching

Purpose of Position:

To provide academic and pastoral support to students, prioritising students with a disability or specific learning difficulty in the National College of Ireland. You are also required to actively promote inclusion and universal design principles, including faculty and teaching staff development. Furthermore, you are expected to foster an inclusive approach to academic development and develop policies and procedures aimed at enhancing overall wellbeing within the college.

Key Relationships:

  • Director of Learning and Teaching
  • Disability Officer
  • Learning and Teaching Team
  • Registrar
  • Library Staff
  • Faculty
  • Students
  • Exams Team

    Key Responsibilities:
  • Work closely with the Disability Officer on the creation of needs assessments for incoming students with disabilities.
  • Your responsibilities are to the students of NCI, comprising those registered with the Learning and Disability Support Service as well as the wider student population. Initially your main emphasis will be for students registered with the Learning and Disability Support Service, however, this balance may change from time to time as directed by your Line Manager.
  • Provide individual tuition to students with disabilities in the areas of study skills and related matters.
  • Design and deliver workshops on key academic support issues i.e. study & research skills, note-taking, learning technologies, academic writing, analytic skills, exam & revision techniques, etc.
  • Work with the Learning and Teaching team on the planning and running of First Year Orientation.
  • Provide online and telephone support to students who are unable at attend an appointment in the IFSC campus.
  • Research and develop good practice policies relating to effective academic performance, e.g. supporting students with specific learning difficulties.
  • Record information on the demand for the service, common issues addressed through the service, number of sessions provided etc. for analysis purposes.
  • Maintain accurate files to track the progress of each student to statistically analyse the performance of the service.
  • Work closely with faculty to mould the service to the specific needs of individual classes, to address pertinent issues within the Schools, and to develop policies to underpin the College’s commitment to providing an innovative and inclusive learning environment.
  • Maintain a proactive relationship with relevant professional bodies and communities of practice such as the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (LDHEN) and Academic Learning Support Officers Network (ALSON).
  • Taking part in staff development activities as appropriate.
  • Any other duties as assigned.

    Key Attributes:
  • A degree or relevant professional qualification is essential.
  • Experience of teaching at second level or third level is essential.
  • Experience of working with students to develop effective learning strategies is essential.
  • Experience working with people who experience Mental Health difficulties a distinct advantage.
  • Experience of working with students with disabilities or specific learning difficulties is a distinct advantage.
  • Ability to think and plan strategically.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to motivate and inspire students is essential.
  • Excellent organisational and leadership skills.
  • Excellent MS Office skills – particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Flexible approach to work

    Salary: €35,979 - €49,052 (Admin Assistant Salary Scale)
    Annual Leave: 21 days per annum pro rata
    Contract: Specific Purpose Contract to cover Maternity Leave (minimum duration of six months)
    Hours: Full time, 35 hours per week
    Application Process: To apply, please e-mail your cover letter and CV, quoting reference number: NCI0647 to: recruitment@ncirl.ie by 5pm, Friday 10th July 2015.

    Note: The functions and responsibilities assigned to the Learning Support Tutor for Students with Disabilities are based on the current stated role and objectives of the College. These functions and responsibilities may alter in line with any change in the role and objectives of the NCI.
    National College of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.
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