Specialist - Advisor, Asc Provost for Academic Services

East Lansing, MI
Mar 28, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Michigan State University has been working to advance the common good with uncommon will for more than 150 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU focuses its vast resources and collaborative power on creating solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, while providing life-changing opportunities to a vibrant and diverse community of students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

Posting Number: 5171

Internal Posting Date: 03-27-2017

Internal Closing Date: Open Until Filled

External Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Review of Applications begins on: 05-15-2017

Job Title: Specialist - Advisor

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Multiple Position Numbers: No

Major Administrative Unit/College: Asc Provost for Academic Services


Position Employee Group: Fixed Term Academic Staff-FAS

Appointment Basis: Annual Year, 12 months

Appointment Status: Fixed Term Academic Staff

Employment %: 100


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Varied Work Hours (if applicable):

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Faculty: Salary Range Support Staff: Pay Minimum Salary Commensurate with Experience

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Position Summary: Michigan State University enjoys a reputation for excellence in facilitating inclusion of persons with disabilities in a range of educational and work-related opportunities. Ability Access Specialists maintain and employ cutting edge knowledge in their specialty areas to provide outstanding advising, outreach and direct services related to the specialization at hand.

Illustration of duties:
Interact with students and employees to assess program eligibility, conduct needs assessments and determine reasonable accommodations, review, recommend and implement auxiliary aids/services and reasonable accommodations, facilitate full participation in academic, workplace and extracurricular life through advising, service coordination, and networking, monitor academic progress and assist with academic advising, assist persons with disabilities on the selection and usage of appropriate compensatory strategies and assistive technology where relevant, facilitate positive peer contacts and interactions among persons with disabilities, read, interpret and critically analyze medical and functional capacity documentation to determine when conditions represent ADA qualified disabilities, utilize disability documentation and data from needs assessments to implement effective accommodation strategies that enable students and employees to meet essential functions in academic and workplace settings, develop and implement innovative programs to address the needs of targeted student populations, annual reporting of office statistics, needs, progress and strengths/weaknesses related to programs and services, maintain a high level of knowledge/expertise regarding the issues, resources and concerns for persons with disabilities with focus on ASD, Brain Injury, and Learning Disabilities, research and write funding and program proposals that facilitate new or expanded programmatic efforts for persons with disabilities, provide consultation and advocacy with faculty and staff regarding individual accommodation needs, make referrals to appropriate campus and community resources, produce and present workshops and presentations on empowering students and employees to achieve despite disability challenges, other duties as assigned.

Faculty: Minimum Qualifications Support Staff: Minimum Requirements Master's degree in special education, rehabilitation counseling, Psychology or other fields related to integrating people with disabilities in education and the workplace; those anticipating receipt of a master's degree in one of the related fields by August 2017 may be considered when they demonstrate compelling experience related to this position; knowledge of educational and employment-related accommodations, skills and tools used by persons with disabilities with focus on ASD, Brain Injury, and Learning Disabilities; knowledge of state and federal laws pertaining to persons with disabilities; ability to use personal interviews and medical documentation (including psycho-educational reports, individual educational plans, and assessment reports) to validate the existence of a disability and to determine and implement appropriate accommodations and auxiliary aids/services; excellent written communication skills and ability to produce clear case notes; excellent oral communication skills including group presentations; strong collaborative/team skills balanced by an ability to operate independently with minimal prompting; extensive working knowledge of assistive technology and its role in facilitating full participation by persons with disabilities; working knowledge of information management via computer technologies including: databases, web-based data systems, e-mail, spreadsheets and word processing.

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Desired Qualifications: Masters degree in Special Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, Psychology or other related field; two years' experience working with persons with disabilities with focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Brain Injuries, or Learning Disabilities in an educational setting is preferred.

Summary of Health Risks and Physical Demands (if applicable):

Required Applicant Documents: Resume/CV
Cover Letter

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Number of Reference Letters Required: 2

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Department Website Address: rcpd.msu.edu

Name/Title/Email Address of Search Committee Chair: Michael Hudson/Director/mjh@msu.edu

If flex, dates of annual flex leave:

If flexible appointment, indicate end date of annual flex leave:

If flex, number of months worked per year:

Web Address for Posting: jobs.msu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=70240

Union Affiliation: Non Union

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.


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