Learning Disability Specialist

Los Altos Hills
Mar 30, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Community College

Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Learning Disability Specialist

Posting #: 16-136

Campus: De Anza College

Number of Working Months: 11 Months

Starting Salary: $62,772.00 - $103,094.00 annually*

Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Open Until Filled

Employment Duration: Full-Time


Initial Review Date: 5/10/17**

**Any complete applications received after the review date will only be forwarded to the hiring committee at their request.

*Actual placement is based on applicant's verified education and experience.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is currently accepting applications for the faculty position of Learning Disability Specialist, De Anza College.

De Anza Mission Statement:

De Anza College provides an academically rich, multicultural learning environment that challenges students of every background to develop their intellect, character and abilities; to realize their goals; and to be socially responsible leaders in their communities, the nation and the world.

De Anza College fulfills its mission by engaging students in creative work that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and attitudes contained within the college's Institutional Core Competencies:

  • Communication and expression
  • Information literacy
  • Physical/mental wellness and personal responsibility
  • Global, cultural, social and environmental awareness
  • Critical thinking


Under the direction of the Dean of Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS), the Learning Disability Specialist has the following responsibilities and performs the following duties in support of DSPS at the college:

  1. Pre-screen, administer, score and interpret mandate assessment battery for determining eligibility of students with prospective learning disabilities.
  2. Prepare, interpret and analyze information from assessments, and other information from medical, psychological and educational documentation to determine eligibility and to develop and implement accommodations and services.
  3. Identify educational limitations and designate appropriate accommodations designed to help students with learning disabilities to achieve academic success.
  4. Prepare, monitor, and update Student Education Contracts (SEC) to ensure students with learning disabilities are receiving appropriate accommodations and services and are successfully progressing towards their academic goals.
  5. Act as liaison between campus faculty and staff regarding equity issues affecting students with learning disabilities.
  6. Provide training and counseling to campus wide faculty and staff concerning laws and regulations regarding students with disabilities, confidentiality issues, and strategies for assisting and referring students with disabilities to appropriate campus services.
  7. Develop, monitor, and modify (as needed) Student Education Plans (SEP) for students pursuing certificate, Associate Degree, and/or transfer programs.
  8. Maintain liaison with educational and community based organizations through ongoing outreach efforts and events.
  9. Teach basic skills courses (math, writing, study skills) designed for students with learning disabilities and students who would benefit from acquiring learning strategies to facilitate and improve their academic performance.
  10. Collaborate with the staff and faculty of DSS and the DSPS Computer Access Lab.


Ability to:

  1. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  2. Ability to create an encouraging and supportive environment for students with disabilities.
  3. Ability to provide informative presentations for campus and community groups.

Knowledge of:

  1. Knowledge of the psychosocial implications of a learning disability with or without co-existing cognitive impairments such as ADHD, ABI or psychiatric disabilities.
  2. Knowledge of the legal issues related to disability accommodations in educational and vocational settings.



  1. Indoor, office environment.

Physical Abilities:

  1. Hearing and speaking to exchange information.
  2. Vision sufficient to read various materials.
  3. Dexterity of hands and fingers to perform the tasks required of the position.
  4. Regularly stand, walk, and sit for extended periods of time.
  5. Bending at waist, kneeling, or crouching.
  6. Reaching overhead, above the shoulders, and horizontally.
  7. Lifting and carrying objects up to 20 lbs.


  1. Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
  2. A master's degree in special education, education, psychology, educational psychology or rehabilitation counseling (including 15 semester units of upper division or graduate study in the area of learning disabilities)


  1. Experience with instruction and academic advisement for adults from diverse backgrounds with learning and educational impairments, and related disabilities.
  2. Recent experience working with adults with learning disabilities.
  3. Experience using assistive technology and computer-assisted instruction for students with disabilities.
  4. Experience developing curriculum for students with learning disabilities.
  5. Experience in the interpretation, administration, and application of testing results for educational interventions.
  6. Experience with group instruction in developmental language, mathematics, and learning strategies for students with disabilities.
  7. Knowledge of assessment measures (academic, vocational, psycho-social and cognitive) to include interpretation and utilization in the counseling process


  1. Learning Disabilities Eligibility and Services Model (LDESM) Training Certificate from the California Community College Chancellor's Office. If not already trained, finalist must agree to complete the training and receive their certificate within 6 months of the starting date.


  1. A District on-line application to be completed at http://hr.fhda.edu/careers/ *In the application, you will provide information, which demonstrates your understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff. Additionally, you will be asked to explain how your life experiences, studies or work have influenced your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  2. A cover letter detailing your background and experience, skills, and abilities as they relate to the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position.
  3. A current resume of all work experience, formal education and training.

NOTE: Official Transcripts verifying qualifications will be REQUIRED prior to an offer of employment. Applicants who have international transcripts must obtain transcripts that are evaluated by an independent educational-equivalency evaluation company and obtain an English translation (if necessary). These services are to be done at the applicant's expense. Both Foothill De Anza CCD employees and external candidates will be subject to this requirement.

If you wish to request equivalency for this position (if you believe you do not otherwise meet minimum qualifications via educational degree attainment as specified), you may submit the Request for Equivalency form. This form will need to be submitted with your application packet. You may either scan a hard copy of this form with your application packet or submit it as a Word document with your application packet. http://hr.fhda.edu/_downloads/Equivalency.pdf

If any required application materials are omitted, the committee will not review your application packet. Application materials not required (including reference letters) for this position will not be accepted. For full-consideration, all application packets must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date.

Please allow yourself ample time to complete your application and resolve any technical difficulties that may arise with your submission. We do not guarantee a response to application questions within 48 hours of the closing date. You may also visit our “Applicant Information” webpage to assist with technical difficulties at: http://hr.fhda.edu/careers/a-applicant-instructions.html

HIRING RANGE: $62,772 - $103,094 annually* plus benefits; actual placement is based on applicant's verified education and experience*.

For the complete Faculty Salary Schedule, go to: http://hr.fhda.edu/_downloads/All%20Faculty%20Schedules_16-17.pdf

Excellent benefits package which includes medical coverage for employee and eligible dependents, dental, vision care, employee assistance program, long term disability, retirement benefits and basic life insurance. Other voluntary benefits are also available such as legal assistance, pet insurance, and long-term care. Faculty are also eligible for paid professional development leaves and stipends for educational and professional development.

For information on our benefits package that includes medical for employees and dependents, visit our web site: http://hr.fhda.edu/benefits/index.html

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Full-time, Tenure-track, 11-months per year


Persons with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to complete the employment process must notify Employment Services no later than the closing date of the announcement.

The successful applicant will be required to provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District does not reimburse applicants for travel, lodging or any other costs incurred by applicant to attend interviews. All interviewing costs incurred will be the responsibility of the applicant.

For more information about our application process contact:

Employment Services

Foothill-De Anza Community College District

12345 El Monte Road

Los Altos Hills, California 94022

(650) 949-6217

Email: employment@fhda.edu


This position will become Open Until Filled after the initial Closing Date. Any complete applications received while the position is Open Until Filled will be reviewed by the hiring committee only upon committee request.

To apply, visit: http://hr.fhda.edu/careers/


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