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Position: Learning Support Tutor for Students with Disabilities  (Maternity Cover)

Job Code: NCI0562

Reporting to: Director of Student Services

Supervisor: Learning Development Officer

Purpose of Position:            

To provide academic supports to students with a disability or specific learning difficulty in the National College of Ireland. To foster an inclusive approach to academic development and develop policies and procedures aimed at enhancing equity of opportunity for students with disabilities.

Key Relationships:                                                                                                                                                                                             

  • Director of Student Services
  • Learning Development Officer 
  • Disability Officer 
  • Disability Support Services Group 
  • Student Support Team 
  • Registrar 
  • Library Staff 
  • Faculty 
  • Students 
  • Exams Team

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Provide individual tuition to students with disabilities in the area 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. 
  • Design and deliver academic skills tutorials that are embedded into the timetable of all first year programmes. 
  • 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. 
  • Work closely with the Disability Officer on the creation of needs assessments for incoming students with disabilities. 
  • 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 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: €34,780 - €47,199 per annum (Administration Assistant Scale).

Annual Leave: 21 days pro rata

This is a temporary contract to cover maternity leave.

The successful applicant will be subject to Garda Vetting and must not have any convictions under the Sex Offenders Act 2001.

National College of Ireland’s mission is to change lives through education.

Note: T
he 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.

Equal Opportunities Policy: National College of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the employment policies, procedures and practices which do not discriminate on grounds such as gender, marital status, family status, age, disability, race, religious belief, sexual orientation or membership of the traveller community 

Application Process: The closing date for applications is Friday, 15th November 2013 at close of business .  Please send applications to recruitment@ncirl.ie.

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