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Academic Tutor: Computer Science/Programming


Reports To: Education Coordinator
FLSA Status: Part-Time / Temporary / Non-Exempt

CLE-Austin is seeking a Computer Science Tutor to work with college students with learning differences (Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, etc.) at College Living Experience (CLE). CLE Tutors are skilled at adapting instructional approaches based on the strengths and deficits of the students we serve so that we can maintain our commitment to 'meet students where they are.' CLE Tutoring involves a heavy focus on Executive Functioning skills/support (e.g. organization, time management, planning and prioritization, tracking deadlines/due dates, assisting with professor communication, etc.) as well as on the content of the specific course material.  

Successful Computer Science/Programming Tutors will have a strong familiarity with object oriented languages and a high level of comfort with the programming languages listed below. (Proficiency with these languages is not a requirement as long as there is a comfort level with doing quick online searches to troubleshoot any specific issues as they arise.) Knowledge of the principles for the design and maintenance of database systems is preferred, but not required.   
·        C++
·        Python
·        XHTML
·        Javascript

This position is responsible for working directly with the assigned student(s) to provide individualized instruction in the applicable subject matter to assure successful completion of the coursework.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:
___1. Consistently provides comprehensive, effective instruction to assigned student(s) in the applicable subject matter, evaluating the student’s needs and tailoring the tutoring session to accommodate those needs.
___2. Obtains the syllabus for the course material to be covered during the initial meeting with the student.
___3. Works with supervisor to assess need for obtaining any required textbooks for the classes in which students are enrolled.
___4. Completes a careful review of the syllabus with the student to determine and establish a timeline for covering the necessary material throughout the semester.
___5. Reviews any class notes taken by the student and evaluates reading assignments pursuant to the syllabus by discussing this material with the student during the tutoring session.
___6. Completes a note in Best Notes for each student he/she meets with, answering the following questions.
a. Did the student attend the tutorial session as scheduled?
b. Was the student prepared; i.e. did the student have his/her textbook, class notes and other necessary information germane to the course?
c. Did the student approach this tutorial session with a positive attitude?
d. Was the student attentive during the tutoring session?
e. What was the focus of the session and was it achieved?
f. Follow up / next steps assigned to the student outside of the tutoring session.
___7. Controls the learning environment by removing/eliminating any auditory or visual distractions that interfere with the student’s ability to focus on the subject matter. (i.e., instructing other students to move to another area).
___8. Reports any observed inability of the student to keep up with reading assignments, by noting such in Best Notes so that extra tutoring time can be allotted and scheduled for the student.
___9. Teaches student(s) to utilize strategies to reduce large quantities of information into smaller fragments, allowing those students who are unable to comprehend or assimilate massive amounts of course material to digest the information on a less challenging level.
__10. Reports any observed undue nervousness, tension or apprehension experienced by the student. Reports this information directly to the Tutoring Supervisor both verbally (when practical) and in writing in Best Notes.
__11. Obtains permission from supervisor, prior to scheduling any additional tutoring time requested by the student or deemed as necessary by the tutor.
___12. Assists in assuring student welfare and safety by monitoring student behavior and habits and reporting any concerns immediately to supervisor.
Examples of Issues:
a. If, during the course of any tutoring session, a student makes any direct or indirect reference to harming or killing themselves, the tutor will immediately contact a supervisor. The tutor is to remain with the student until further instructions are received by a supervisor.
b. A student becomes emotionally unstable and aggressive. The tutor will contact a supervisor, immediately, and remain with the student until additional instructions are received from a supervisor.
c. The student is not attending tutoring sessions as scheduled or is habitually late.
d. The student appears sleepy or disinterested during the tutoring session.
e. The student is unprepared when arriving for a tutoring session: no textbook, class notes or reading requirements started or completed.
f. Consistent failing grades on tests taken during the course of the semester.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. They must be able to perform their duties in a positive work mode and serve as a positive role model and influence for clients and peers. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Bachelor’s Degree in applicable field or other related area with two years of relevant experience, preferably working with special needs students. Proficiency in Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

Valid state driver’s license with appropriate endorsement.

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, students, parents, and the general public.

Ability to perform basic math functions and calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, and percentages.

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Ability to think and act quickly and calmly
in an emergency situation and make independent decisions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk and hear; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move a minimum of 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distant, and peripheral vision, color and depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

The work environment for this position is generally a typical office setting. While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee may occasionally be exposed to students who may ask inappropriate personal questions, display socially unacceptable personal behaviors, use profanity and sexually explicit phrases, make insulting remarks or threats regarding appearance, age, sex, or race, and exhibit defiance, dishonesty, and assaultive or self destructive behaviors. The employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions, and may be subject to occasional travel as required by facility needs. The noise level in the work
environment is usually quiet to moderate.