Disability Specialist and Career Counselor
Job Description Summary
This position provides disability support services to a student population at one or more campuses – but based at the Floyd campus.
Georgia Highlands is a growing and progressive institution with opportunities for the individual selected to grow with us. With a focus on employee wellness and development, the culture is warm and embracing, while the work is fast paced and challenging. Regular fulltime staff, administrators, and faculty enjoy the abundant array of University System health, retirement, and other benefits which includes tuition assistance after six months of employment. Additionally, GHC is a qualifying employer under the Department of Education Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF). This program provides student loan repayment and forgiveness for qualifying loans for eligible full-time employees. See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more information.
This is an excellent opportunity to impact the lives of literally thousands of students and their families.
Master’s degree required in Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, Student Affairs Administration, Special Education, or related field.
Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for one to two years.
Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia for the type vehicle or equipment operated.
Provides support and accommodations to students with disabilities
Reviews medical and psychological documentation submitted by students
Maintains student records
Maintains computerized database software
Provides on- and off-campus disability awareness, student support, and mental health presentation
Consults with faculty and staff regarding accommodations, disability compliance, and student support
Provides academic, career and disability related counseling to students
Provides student advising, registration assistance, and coordination with other campus offices on behalf of student.
Oversees accommodated test proctoring services, individual test administration, and student workers
Serves as a member of CARE team
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of federal laws pertaining to individuals with disabilities
Knowledge of University System of Georgia Board of Regents policies and institutional policies and procedures
Knowledge of career and rehabilitative counseling
Knowledge of disability and mental health resources
Knowledge of psycho-educational testing
Knowledge of computers and job-related software programs
Skill in the analysis of problems and the development and implementation of solutions
Ability to communicate effectively with individuals and to gain trust
Skill in oral and written communication