Disability Specialist - Administrator III


POSITION DESCRIPTION

RANK:                                               Administrator III

DEPARTMENT:                              Disability Resource Center

SUPERVISOR'S TITLE:                Director of Disability Resource Center

JOB POSTED:                                   September 24, 2013

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Disability Specialist reports to the Director and assists in the general administration of a comprehensive service delivery system for students with disabilities.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

Assists the Director and staff in providing coordination and case management for students of the DRC.

Assists in the implementation of reasonable accommodations, including creating programs which instill self advocacy in all clients.

Assists in the assessment of students to determine eligibility for status as an accommodated student, identify resources and technology that students will need both in and outside the classroom, and establish an implementable accommodation plan for each student client.

Works with faculty and staff to ensure recommended accommodations are properly executed.

Provides support services for students with disabilities and assists in the development of programs as appropriate, maintains confidential records, and monitors progress of all students receiving services.

Collects data and program statistics, monitoring use of services by students and reporting on student and faculty satisfaction with disability services and on success of programs

Support student organizations which increase awareness of and pride in disability status, by mounting educational, social and promotional programs

Assists in development and implementation of training for current and prospective students and campus constituencies regarding all aspects of the program.

Makes referrals to appropriate campus services and coordinate benefits with community/state agencies which provide supportive accommodation services;

Serves as cases manager for individual students, follows up and assists students in assuming the role of self-advocates.

Maintains working knowledge of Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other Federal and State laws.

May assist in office functions such as budget management and student worker supervision.

Performs other duties and responsibilities related to those enumerated above which do not alter the basic level of responsibilities of the position.

QUALIFICATIONS:

A Master's degree in education or related field is required (school/educational psychology, learning disabilities, counseling or special education) and two years experience working with students with disabilities in an educational setting. Also required is demonstrated expertise in interpreting diagnostic assessments and in understanding the implications of behaviors elicited by learning, attentional and psychological disabilities. Additional requirements include: strong communication skills for effective oral and written communication with students, faculty and parents; excellent organizational, interpersonal and problem solving skills, demonstrated ability to use computers/software, and a proven ability to work independently as well as with a team. These qualifications may be waived for individuals with appropriate alternate experience.

For full consideration, please submit a letter of application, resume, and contact information for three references to Susan Larson larsons6@southernct.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and  the position will remain open until filled.