executive functioning program
Initiated in Fall 2019, the Executive Functioning Program (EFP) is a new program offered through Disability Services. The EFP provides individualized services beyond standard accommodations for students diagnosed with disabilities related to executive functioning skills. Through the program students have access to weekly meetings with a Learning Coach. Learning Coaches are typically graduate students or professionals with experience in a related field.
Each week the Learning Coach will assist with strategies for developing skills in time management, organization, self-advocacy, and independence. When appropriate, the Learning Coach will also connect students to on-campus resources and assists in communication with faculty. Weekly sessions will progressively assist students to foster academic success.
EFP offers two levels of support:
- For students who are entering their first year as an Executive Functioning Program participant
- Weekly meetings with coaches (up to 4 hours weekly)
- Fee: $4,000/academic year
- For students who have completed one full year in Level 1 and are seeking continued support
- Weekly meetings with coaches (up to 2 hours weekly)
- Fee: $3,000/academic year
The application window for the 2022-2023 academic year is now closed.
Upcoming EFP Information Sessions
Friday, October 7 – In-person (9:00 AM – 10:00 AM)
Tuesday, October 11 – Virtual (10:00 AM – 11:00 AM)
Wednesday, October 26 – In-person (3:00 PM – 4:00 PM)
Tuesday, November 8 – Virtual (2:00 PM – 3:00 PM)
Wednesday, November 30 – In-person (3:00 PM – 4:00 PM)
Tuesday, December 6 – Virtual (4:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
Learning Strategist/Learning Coach, Disability Services
The Mason Autism Support Initiative (MASI), and Executive Functioning Program (EFP) are fee-based programs offered through Disability Services, providing additional supports and resources beyond disability-related accommodations. MASI provides individualized, comprehensive social and academic supports to degree-seeking Mason students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). EFP provides academic supports for students diagnosed with disabilities related to executive functioning skills.
The Learning Strategist (MASI) and the Learning Coach (EFP) meet and correspond with students regularly and consistently on a weekly basis to provide support with many aspects of university life, depending on their individual needs. Possible areas of support include:
- Implementation of strategies and development of skills in self-advocacy, time management, organization, planning/prioritizing, studying, goal-setting, problem-solving, self-monitoring, and decision-making.
- Assistance with and modeling of effective communication with faculty, classmates, and peers.
- Collaboratively identifying and addressing social needs and navigating challenging situations.
- Assistance with accessing and utilizing campus resources.
- Assistance with coordination and collaboration with university faculty and staff, departments, and community organizations as needed.
- Preparation for transition into the world of work.
The Learning Strategist spends 1 to 2 hours a week per student working together during individual face to face (or virtual) meetings. Additional responsibilities may include check-ins via email, text, and/or phone with students, faculty, staff and/or parents. Position will require approximately 10-29 hours each week. This range can vary based on student case load. Learning Strategists are assigned up to 7 students.
The Learning Coach spends up to 4 hours a week per student working together during individual face to face (or virtual) meetings. Additional responsibilities may include check-ins via email, text, and/or phone with students, faculty, staff and/or parents. Position will require approximately 10-29 hours each week. This range can vary based on student case load. Learning Coaches are assigned up to 4-5 students.
The successful candidate will have an understanding of disabilities, particularly ASD, as well as:
- Current enrollment in a graduate program in Special Education, Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, Educational Psychology, or a related field or have relevant education and experience.
- Experience and comfort working with individuals with disabilities, preferably with young adults.
- Ability to organize and coordinate with on- and off-campus resources.
- Qualities of being reliable, responsible, self-motivated, confident, sincere, flexible, patient, dedicated, observant, and considerate.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Creative and broad-level thinking skills.
- A demonstrated ability to collaborate and communicate regularly with other team members in order to monitor students’ progress and meet their individualized needs.
- Openness to new ideas.
Preferred qualifications include: experience working with individuals with ASD or other related disabilities; familiarity with the field of higher education (ideally some experience working at a college or university); a demonstrated understanding of common needs of individuals with ASD or other related disabilities, particularly young adults; experience working with college students; and knowledge of issues regarding transition from high school to postsecondary education for students with disabilities.
$21/hour for meetings with students and participation in staffing meetings, supervisions, and administrative work.
To apply for this position, please submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact info of three professional references to the information listed below.
Jennifer Early, Associate Director
SUB 1, Suite 2500, MSN 5C9
4400 University Drive, MSN 5C9
Student Union Building 1, Suite 2500
Fairfax, VA 22030
9:00 AM – 5.00 PM
Monday – Friday
Phone: 703 993 2474