Disability Specialist

San Francisco
Aug 03, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Disability Specialist

University of San Francisco

Job Summary:

Reporting directly to the Assistant Dean and Director of SDS, the Disability Specialist in Student Disability Services, (SDS) is responsible for coordinating accommodations and services for USF students with disabilities. The position serves as the disability specialist for USF students with disabilities, interprets disability documentation to determine appropriate academic adjustments for students, manages student caseload, provides academic and study-skills assistance to students with disabilities, supervises student assistants, and offers advising and verification documentation for students seeking accommodations for all licensing and graduate school admissions tests, (e.g. LSAT, GMAT, GRE, MCAT, MSAT, CA Nursing Boards, etc.).

Job Responsibilities:

-Consistent with University policy and state and federal guidelines, including Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act regulations, arranges for the provision of appropriate and reasonable accommodations through the SDS intake and eligibility process to facilitate equal access to University programs, services, and activities
-Evaluates psycho-educational assessments, medical and other disability documentation to determine eligibility status
-Administers and interprets screening and psychoeducational tools using varied, appropriate assessment instruments
-Is directly responsible for a caseload of approximately 250 students with disabilities including: arranging accommodations and providing academic support, guidance, and advising, study skills training, disability awareness and education, coaching, self-advocacy, and disability management strategies
-Assists with SDS exam proctoring services including: but not limited to: hiring and supervising proctors, reserving rooms, maintaining exam files and security, and training students how to use the online database to schedule exams in the SDS office
-Responsible for program records and publications; including developing and maintaining such items as forms, brochures, information pieces, and other publications
-Helps maintain the SDS website
-Helps maintains SDS database (e.g., student directory, student files) for day to day running of SDS and for long term statistical data
-Coordinates program evaluations and statistical record keeping, specifically: devises and evaluates methods and procedures for collecting data (such as surveys, focus groups, opinion polls, or questionnaires), or arranges to obtain existing data; collect and analyze data on student demographics, needs, and accommodations to measure effectiveness of SDS programs and services
-Assists the SDS directors with research in collaboration with faculty and other staff members to improve student retention, academic success and graduation rates
-Assists with educating the university community on postsecondary disability service issues, equal access, and disability awareness topics through faculty trainings, workshops, and arranging for guest speakers
-Collaborates with other SDS colleagues in development and implementation of student outreach programs such as Disability Awareness Week, Workforce Recruitment Program, etc.
-Assists the SDS Directors, and with office operations as needed; including hiring and supervising student assistants, SDS tutors and note takers and professional real time captioners
-Represents SDS office at school and college events on campus and at regional campuses; represents the university at workshops presented to students, parents and others, as well as off campus recruitment events
-Serves as a resource to other staff, students, and alumni in interpreting policies and procedures relating to SDS services and programs
-Attends professional conferences and trainings
-Assists the SDS Directors with all day-to-day office functions
-Performs other duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements:

1. Master’s Degree in counseling, education, social work, rehabilitation administration, or other related field required
2. Three to five years of experience working with college students with disabilities strongly preferred
3. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and efficiently with diverse colleagues and students and the wider community required
4. Experience reviewing and evaluating psycho-educational assessments, medical, and other disability documentation to determine eligibility and appropriate reasonable accommodations required
5. Extensive knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Sect. 504 of the Rehab Act, and the Fair Housing Act is required
6. Ability to effectively coordinate department and programs delivering a wide variety of services and programs to diverse populations strongly preferred
7. Strong interpersonal skills; including ability to develop and maintain effective, collaborative professional relationships with staff and faculty colleagues required
8. Excellent listening and organizational skills; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with diverse populations required
9. Strong customer service orientation; ability to interact with a variety of constituencies both on- and off-campus required

Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

-A commitment to Affirmative Actions goals
-Understanding of and commitment to USF’s Vision, Mission and Values in creating a learning atmosphere that nurtures among students the faith that does justice

For information on how to apply, please visit the following link: www.usfjobs.com

EEO Policy
The University of San Francisco is an equal opportunity institution of higher education. As a matter of policy, the University does not discriminate in employment, educational services and academic programs on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except minors), sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related and genetic-related) and disability, and the other bases prohibited by law. The University reasonably accommodates qualified individuals with disabilities under the law.