Learning Disabilities Specialist - Disability Resources and Educational Services (A1700535)

Champaign, IL
Sep 02, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Announcement

Learning Disabilities Specialist

Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES)

College of Applied Health Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Learning Disabilities Specialist is primarily responsible for determining the eligibility of services and reasonable accommodations for University of Illinois students with learning disabilities and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as needed; remains current with federal and state mandates as they relate to college students with disabilities and consults and serves as a resource with faculty and campus administrators on accommodations and access issues impacting students with disabilities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Contribute to the development of services, programs, policies, and procedures related to the provision of academic modifications and adjustments, and auxiliary aids and services for students with learning disabilities and ADHD, and assume primary responsibility for the implementation of the aforementioned services, programs, policies and procedures.
  2. Meet with prospective students and their families prior to application to the University of Illinois to discuss their history of accommodations and to describe the procedure for obtaining disability-related support services at Illinois.
  3. Review all documentation for learning disabilities and ADHD in consultation with Licensed Clinical Psychologists on staff at DRES to ensure compliance with DRES disability documentation criteria.
  4. Meet with students individually at the beginning of their tenure at Illinois to discuss their strengths and relative deficits in the documented intra-cognitive profile.
  5. Compose Letter of Accommodations for students based on their reports of present academic difficulties, their histories of accommodations, and their diagnostic documentation.
  6. Serve as a liaison between students and faculty as needed to coordinate the implementation of effective academic support services.
  7. Address programmatic and attitudinal access issues with other campus units and administration relating to the needs of students with disabilities.
  8. Assist students with learning disabilities and ADHD regarding the impact of their respective disabilities on their academic performance, time management, and organization to facilitate their development of effective self-advocacy and individualized disability management skills/methods for these deficits through compensatory strategies and support services.
  9. Be a resource to train and implement assistive technology that would be helpful to students with learning disabilities and ADHD.
  10. Help coordinate and attend outreach/transition fairs representing DRES. Work with high school counselors to promote positive transition from high school to post-secondary.
  11. Maintain current knowledge of scientific literature regarding the diagnosis and educational accommodation of students with learning disabilities, and present prepared information about learning disabilities to University of Illinois classes, staff, and others as requested.
  12. Assist in maintaining current information on the DRES website and updating other social media platforms.
  13. Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience Required

The position requires a master's degree in special education or education with an emphasis in learning disabilities, professional experience in education of students with learning disabilities/ADHD at the secondary or post-secondary level. Knowledge of current laws applying to post-secondary service for students with disabilities and experience with persons with disabilities is essential.

Salary and Appointment Information

This is a full-time, regular (not visiting) academic professional non-tenured position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Procedures and Deadline Information

To ensure full consideration, create a candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your letter of application and resume by September 15, 2017. A completed application will include cover letter, resume and names and contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Mindy Rick at mindy@illinois.edu or 217/333-4600.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.

College Name or Administrative Unit: Applied Health Sciences
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Learning Disabilities Specialist - Disability Resources and Educational Services (A1700535)
Open Date: 09/01/2017
Organization Name: Student Svc


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