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Learning Specialist

Requisition ID req22557
Working Title Learning Specialist
Position Grade 12
Position Summary

College of Nursing is seeking two Learning Specialists to serve as academic strategist to cultivate student development and empower students to address future challenges and educational goals by helping them to develop individualized and meaningful action plans to sustain educational growth and development. Reporting to the Director of Academic Success the Learning Specialists will engage students with continuous contact to influence academic success, resolve potential obstacles, and boost student morale to help them maintain a strong commitment to earning their degree. Learning Specialists ensure students have access to information, such as policies, procedures, requirements, and other services/resources, they need to make informed decisions and obtain the support they need to succeed.

The Learning Specialist supports the learning needs of students identified as at risk as well as high achieving students. These are student-facing positions that are campus based and may require occasional evening and weekend work. As a Learning Specialist, you will join a team that upholds high expectations and facilitates the intellectual growth of our students.

Responsibilities include: 

  • Provide strategic academic support to all programs
  • Encourage and promote educational opportunities, professional development, and experience leading to advancement in the nursing profession for students and degree attainment
  • Enhance the student experience through program design
  • Implement diagnostic measures to assess academic preparedness across the organization to plan, develop, and administer academic strategies
  • Communicates with faculty, academic advisors, and other personnel to monitor and report on student progress
  • Collaborate with the University Accessibility Resource Center, faculty, program directors, and academic advisors to ensure compliance with approved accommodation requests
  • Communicate with students in an effective manner, setting goals, advising students on effective problem solving, assessing student risk factors and responding accordingly
  • Collect, interpret, and analyze data for routine reporting to ensure long-term academic success

The University of New Mexico College of Nursing

The University Of New Mexico College of Nursing, located in Albuquerque, NM, ranks in the top 15% of nursing programs in the country.  With over 1,000 enrolled students, the college offers pre- and post-licensure baccalaureate, masters, postmasters, and doctoral programs.  Program offerings include the state’s premiere Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs; master and postmaster’s programs across seven concentrations for APRNs, nurse educators, and nurse administrators; and the New Mexico Nurse Education Consortium baccalaureate curriculum. 

Our faculty engage in innovative research and clinical scholarship to understand and address the health care needs among our most vulnerable populations.  As a College of Nursing at a research-intensive, federally designated Hispanic-serving institution situated on indigenous lands, we benefit both from the manifold opportunities and from the responsibilities, we carry.  Consistent with our mission, vision, and values, we strive to openly support and deeply respect our diverse students, staff, and faculty.  We expect our faculty to benefit from and contribute to an inclusive environment that facilitates equity in research, scholarship, service, education, and practice. 

The University of New Mexico is New Mexico’s flagship R1 research-intensive institution occupying nearly 800 acres near historic Route 66 in the heart of Albuquerque, a metropolitan area of more than 929,000 people.  The College of Nursing is part of a vibrant HS, which includes New Mexico’s only Level-1 Trauma Center.  The HSC provides and exceptional education for more than 1,500 students each year in 21 different health fields.  The HSC is known for innovative research with more than $165 Million in extramural research funding.  The HSC has an established Clinical & Translational Science Center that provides extensive opportunities and resources to support collaborative research in a variety of interest areas.  The University of New Mexico offers a competitive salary and outstanding benefits package. 

See the Position Description for additional information.

Conditions of Employment
  • If this position is assigned to the Athletics Department, either administratively or functionally, compliance with all NCAA rules and regulations is required.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.
Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or higher
  • Experience in student development at the undergraduate and graduate college level
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in presenting to and facilitating large working groups
Additional Requirements
Campus Health Sciences Center (HSC) - Albuquerque, NM
Department College of Nursing (AFD)
Employment Type Staff
Staff Type Regular - Full-Time
Term End Date
Status Exempt
Pay $3,386.93 - $4,754.53 Monthly
Benefits Eligible This is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for a more information.
ERB Statement Temporary and on-call employees working an appointment percentage of 26 (.26 FTE) or greater, per quarter, will be eligible to earn retirement service credits and thus are required to make New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) contributions. More information pertaining to your FTE and NMERB contributions can be reviewed on the NMERB Guidelines Clarified webpage.
Background Check Required Yes
For Best Consideration Date 11/21/2022
Application Instructions

Only applications submitted through the official UNMJobs site will be accepted. If you are viewing this job advertisement on a 3rd party site, please visit UNMJobs to submit an application.

To receive full consideration please include:

1. Application

2. Cover Letter - addressing preferred qualifications as well as commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

3. Resume

The University of New Mexico has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement for UNM students and employees. For detailed information, visit

Positions posted with a Staff Type of Regular or Term are eligible for the Veteran Preference Program. See the Veteran Preference Program webpage for additional details.

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

The University of New Mexico requires all regular staff positions successfully pass a pre-employment background check. This may include, but is not limited to, a criminal history background check, New Mexico Department of Health fingerprint screening, New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department fingerprint screening, verification of education credentials, and/or verification of prior employment. For more information about background checks, visit Refer to for a definition of Regular Staff.