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Student Paraprofessional Positions

Seeking Accessibility Assistants

Beloit College’s Learning Enrichment and Disability Services (LEADS) seeks Accessibility Assistants Fall 2017 & Spring 2018. 

Specifically, we are looking to hire students that were successful in the following courses: 
- Zoology (BIOL 111), 
- Biological Psychology (PSYC 230), 
- History (HIST 150), and 
- Psychotherapy and Psychological Testing (PSYC 375). 

An Accessibility Assistant will convert texts and course materials into accessible formats, including Braille and Word documents that text readers can read aloud. Training will be provided.

Seeking Tutors

Each semester we also employ 50 - 75 students as tutors. To become a tutor, first get a professor recommendation, then if you have a work award, apply using "Tutor Forms" on the student portal under the "Student Life" tab but not before the first day of classes each semester.


Learning Assistants

A team of paraprofessionals, Learning Assistants (L.A.s), provide essential aspects of support to students through Beloit College’s Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office (Office). These positions report to the Director as well as the Department Coordinator of the Office, and the other staff of the Dean of Students office.

General Duties of all L.A.s:

  • Develop new ideas, projects, and services to enhance the academic enrichment of students and improve disability awareness
  • Present to groups or provide information individually on academic enrichment topics such as time management, study skills, note-taking, and stress reduction
  • Provide excellent customer service both on the phone and in-person
  • Provide office support (copy, errands, poster distribution, pick up mail, etc.)
  • Check email and office mail box for daily inter-office communications
  • Become knowledgeable of one professional or graduate level exam (GRE, MCAT, LSAT, GMAT), developing handouts, meeting individually with students, and participating in presentations as needed
  • Assist other staff members with projects as needed
  • Ask staff members for projects when time is available
  • Attend bi-weekly office staff meetings and training sessions
  • Keep records and appropriate paperwork as assigned
  • Complete special projects as assigned (compiling data, poster design, etc.)

General Terms of Employment:

  • Six to eight hours per week, excluding midterm breaks and finals weeks.  
  • Flexible hours Monday through Friday, some occasional evenings.
  • Paid training (usually beginning of each semester, prior to classes beginning with room and board provided- additional training possible during academic year).

General Requirements:

  • Good academic standing and effective study habits.
  • Initiative to develop new ideas; creativity
  • Presentation Skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team
  • Dependable
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing
  • Flexible
  • Positive rapport with fellow students, faculty and staff
  • Computer skills and a willingness to learn new ones. (Prefer experience in EXCEL, ACCESS, and Publisher, as well as with assistive technology.)
  • Ability to keep private information confidential.

*Learning Assistant – Disability Assistance

Specific Duties:

    • Work with students, faculty, and staff to implement assistive technology and accommodations.
    • Learn various assistive technology for currently enrolled students (recording pens, how to get electronic materials to read aloud, etc.). 
    • Coordinate assistive technology efforts.
      • creating accessible documents
      • logging and maintenance of assistive technology
    • Research new technological products and/or apps to consider their applicability for students with disabilities.
    • Work with individual students to assist them in learning assistive technology and gaining access to materials as needed.
    • Train other staff on assistive technology and disability related information.

    Specific Requirements:

      • Enthusiasm to learn more about disability services on a college campus.
      • Interest in working with adaptive/assistive technology.
        • Creative problem-solving skills.
        • High level of skill in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat

        *Learning Assistant – Disability Awareness

        Specific Duties:

        • Create and implement activities for Disability Awareness on-campus.
        • Promote the benefits/availability of assistive technology and accommodations.
        • Collaborate with Office for Inclusive Living and Learning, Beloit Cross-Disability Coalition and other groups or areas.
        • Train other student staff on disability related information.
        • Assist the Director with other events or activities as needed, especially those related to this role.

        Specific Requirements:

        • Enthusiasm to learn more about disability services on a college campus.
        • Interest in providing programs in a collaborative fashion to increase disability awareness on campus.
        • Creative ideas for publicity and special projects or events.

        *Learning Assistant – Tutor Matching

        Specific Duties:

        • Assign students who have requested tutoring to appropriate tutors.
        • Recruit tutors utilizing a variety of approaches (e.g. emails, personal contact).
        • Process/request professor recommendations for tutors; Serve as a liaison to faculty.
        • Communicate with students, faculty and staff primarily using email.
        • In coordination with the Tutor Training and Observation L.A., provide tutor appreciation and recognition events.
        • Serve as a liaison to faculty, both generally and in assigned Division(s).

        Specific Terms of Employment:

        • Expected to work at least one hour each day of the week (Monday – Friday when offices are open).

        Specific Requirements:

        • Preferred: Tutoring experience (Tutor or Tutee) at the college level, though high school level will be considered.


        *Learning Assistant – Tutor Training and Observation    

        Specific Duties:

        • Training:
          • Lead training sessions for tutors,
          • Procure and organize assistive materials for tutors, and
          • Review, revise, and develop training for tutors (with the Director)
        • Observation:
          • Observe tutors during the tutoring process,
          • Compile and report observations, and
          • Provide constructive feedback to enhance the training program.
        • In coordination with the Tutor Matching L.A., provide tutor appreciation and recognition events and recruit students to serve as tutors.

        Specific Terms of Employment:

        • Flexible hours Monday through Friday with frequent evenings.

        Specific Requirements:

        • Previous experience as a tutor, preferably at the college level.


        *Learning Assistant – Dean of Students Liaison

        Specific Duties:

        • Alert slips: copy, distribute, and file as necessary.
        • Assist Dean of Students Staff on activities and programs to further institutional goals of inclusion and compliance (Title IX, ADA, etc.).
        • Assist staff in programming, publicity and logistics related to the Initiatives program, academic advising, and policy-related events.
        • Assist the staff of the Dean of Students office with projects as needed.

        Specific Terms of Employment:

        • Attendance at selected events especially during evenings and weekends.
        • Expected to work at least one hour each day of the week (Monday – Friday when offices are open).

        Specific Requirements:

        • Enthusiasm for the activities of the Dean of Students office, Advising and Initiatives programs as well as the activities of the Learning Enrichment and Disability Services office.
        • Previous campus office experience preferred.

        *Learning Assistant – Publicity

        Specific Duties:

        • Develop and implement an overall marketing campaign for the office.
        • Provide publicity for all activities and events within the office.
        • Create promotional media that draw attention to the services of the office.

        Specific Terms of Employment:

        • Must be able to quickly develop attention-getting ideas (in good taste) for publicity on a regular basis (almost weekly).
        • Must remain aware of upcoming events by maintaining communication with other staff.
        • Must be familiar with and publicize events through campus media (The Terrarium, The Round Table, WBCR, etc.)  and social media when possible.
        • Using creativity and cleverness, change bulletin boards 3 times during the semester using student and/or office-related themes.

        Specific Requirements:

        • Prefer knowledge of computer programs and equipment necessary to create and implement promotional media.
        • Prefer knowledge of relevant specialized computer programs (e.g. Publisher, Adobe PhotoShop or similar software).

        *Learning Assistant – Academic Enrichment Activities

        Specific Duties:

        • Provide all-campus activities on academic enrichment topics (time management, note-taking, test-taking strategies, stress management, public speaking, etc.) each semester.
        • Acquire opportunities for L.A.s to present to groups on campus (Greek groups, floors, teams, etc.).
        • Plan and implement a session on graduate and professional school test preparation (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT).
        • Work individually with students who want assistance with improving study skills and strategies.

        Specific Terms of Employment:

        • Must be able to manage multiple projects at once, plan ahead and communicate needs.
        • Must be able to plan and organize in a collaborative and cooperative manner.
        • Endeavors to assess and meet the needs of fellow students in the area of study skill and strategies.

        Specific Requirements:

        • Prefer knowledge of study skills and strategies in the areas of time management, reading strategies, note-taking and/or are willing to learn such strategies.
        • Prefer past experience in programming.

        Accessibility Assistance

        Learning Enrichment and Disability Services (LEADS), among other responsibilities, coordinates services for students with disabilities in order to provide those students equal access to the programs and services of the College.  At times, the office will seek to hire students who will aid in this endeavor.

        These roles include but are not limited to: readers, scribes, working with students with disabilities, and/or using technology and/or tools to create access. Depending on the particular need, the requirements of the role will vary. 

        In all cases, the ability to listen to and understand directions will be required. A willingness to work closely with students with disabilities is required.  Creative problem-solving skills a plus.


        Course Based Tutors

        Most tutors provide course-based individual and/or small group assistance 1-10 hours per week to students enrolled in Beloit College courses.  Tutors, with assigned tutees, arrange tutoring times (up to 2 hours per week per course for tutee) and locations. Tutors complete 1 - 2 hours of training prior to employment and may be required to participate in ongoing training (usually one hour per semester).  Tutors communicate in a timely manner with the Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office and tutees, follow the guidelines presented in training and complete administrative tasks (time sheets) as requested.  See the detailed job description for course based tutors for more information.

        Organizational Tutors

        Organizational Tutors provide general organizational tutoring for qualified students with disabilities. There is a separate application process for this role and the tutors are expected to participate in supervisory meetings with the director bi-weekly during the semester.  Training is required (often the semester before the tutor begins tutoring).  Like other tutors, OTs are to communicate in a timely manner with the office and tutees, follow the guidelines presented in training and complete administrative tasks (time sheets and log sheets) as requested. See the detailed job description for more information.