Director of Institute of Learning Differences

Thomas More Success Center

To Apply
Send resume/CV, cover letter, and reference list to:
person Laura Custer, Director of Human Resources
phone 859-344-3314
place Thomas More University, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Crestview Hills, KY 41017


Basic Purpose

This position is for the director of Institute of Learning Differences (ILD) at Thomas More University.  The director is responsible for operational aspects and student recruiting for the ILD. Housed in the Thomas More Success Center, the mission of the ILD is to promote success for university students with learning disabilities or other individual differences in learning by offering learner-centered support in the areas of academics, social and life skills growth, and executive function development. The director will possess experience in the areas of working with students with learning disabilities and their families, recruiting, training and supervising staff, developing evidence-based practice, and coordinating with faculty and staff.


Core Competencies

  • Excellent interpersonal, planning, problem-solving, organizational and communication skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of learning disabilities and evidence-based practice for supporting university students with learning disabilities and ADHD
  • Ability to work effectively in a complex environment
  • Capacity to develop recruiting networks with families, high school counselors, and area experts in learning disabilities
  • Self-Starter, entrepreneurial, resourceful, and action oriented
  • Life-long learner
  • Ability to interact well with student, parents, staff, faculty, and outside constituencies


Principal Duties & Responsibilities

  • Ensure use of evidence-based practices to advance the mission of the ILD. Representative tasks include:
    • Advise students, parents, faculty, and staff on disability related accommodations and concerns
    • Ensure student development through direct efforts and ILD staff and programs
    • Recruit, train, and supervise institute support staff
    • Interact with all university offices and committees with responsibilities in the areas of student excellence, advising, student retention, persistence, placement, and graduation.
    • Advocate for policy changes consistent with best practices for achieving student with learning differences success
    • Evaluate medical and psychological documentation and recommend appropriate accommodations and support for students with learning disabilities
    • Interpret state and federal legislation relating to persons with disabilities; assess the impact of legislation on the University’s policies, procedures, programs, and services
    • Evaluate and integrate adaptive equipment as appropriate into the services of the ILD
    • Teach or supervise the study skills course for first year ILD student
  • Ensure robust efforts to recruit students, develop recruiting network, implement marketing plan. Representative tasks include:
    • Work closely with admissions in their understanding of different levels of support for students with learning disabilities
    • Represent the campus to outside constituencies including potential students and their families, high school counselors, and local and regional experts in learning disabilities
    • Serve as a resource for the undergraduate academic admissions committee
  • Manage operational aspects of the institute. Representative tasks include:
    • Manage institute budget
    • Ensure maintenance and updates of the institute website
    • Assess the institute’s work and ensure timely reporting
    • Have regular communication with students, parents, staff, faculty, and administration
  • Ensure long-term planning and success of the ILD. Representative tasks include:
    • Facilitate aspects of strategic plan related to student with learning differences success
    • Support institutional advancement in their institute funding efforts, including grant writing
    • Build and work with advisory team with key constituents to help develop and implement goals for the institute

Education, Specialized and/or Technical Knowledge Requirements

  • Master’s degree required; doctoral or terminal degree preferred
  • Ability to assess documentation from students related to learning disabilities and determine appropriate accommodations
  • Budgeting, planning, and computer skills
  • Experience utilizing assessment in decision-making
  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience working with students with learning disabilities, preferably in higher education.


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