Specialist - Advisor

Sep 22, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Academic Advising
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Title/Rank

Specialist- Advisor

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.
This position:
*Provides advising, direct services, consultation and referrals to persons with disabilities to facilitate full participation in university programs and services
*Provides outreach, consulting and presentations to university faculty and staff to facilitate an environment of accessibility and inclusion for persons with disabilities
*Develops and administers programs and services intent on increasing engagement in the mission and programs of Michigan State University while increasing potential for career and life success  

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Minimum Qualifications

*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 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  

Desired Qualifications

*Two years' experience working with persons with disabilities with focus on Learning Disabilities in an educational setting is preferred

Desired Degree:

Special Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, Psychology or other related field.  

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Required Applicant documents

Resume/CV; Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin on May 15, 2017; and continues until the position is filled.  

Number of References Required