Disability Specialist 3 (4556U) 23883

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Sep 27, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Title:
Disability Specialist 3 (4556U) #23883

Job ID:

Main Campus-Berkeley

Full/Part Time:


Disabled Students Program
About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptance—academic and artistic, political and cultural—make it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at http://jobs.berkeley.edu/why-berkeley.html.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 10/5/17

Departmental Overview

The Disabled Students Program (DSP) provides a wide array of legally mandated services to students with disabilities and consists of approximately 38 FTE, serves over 2000 students, and hires over 400 service providers and student volunteers to provide educational support to this growing population. Our mission: The Disabled Students' Program promotes an inclusive environment for students with disabilities. We equip students with appropriate accommodations and services to achieve their individual academic goals. We are dedicated to supporting students and collaborating with the campus community to remove barriers to educational access and embrace the University's values of equity and inclusion. We believe that an accessible environment universally benefits everyone.

Involves planning, developing, and implementing programs, processes, and activities for students with disabilities in accordance with federal and state law, to assure their access to the academic and campus environment. The Disability Specialist works in an interdisciplinary team to provide coordination of academic services to students with disabilities.


Specializes in working with students with disabilities in an academic environment.

Determines eligibility, and intervention techniques required for individual students with disabilities with varying degrees of functional limitations. Consults with Supervisor regarding complex accommodation needs. Verifies documentation of students with these disabilities provided by physicians or other appropriate professionals to determine eligibility for disability services, and assesses functional limitations. Conducts individual assessment to determine appropriate academic accommodations, auxiliary services, and supplemental support services to ensure academic success, retention, and graduation. Thoroughly documents bases for individual assessments. Ensures timeliness of applicant review, eligibility determination, and review of requests for letters of accommodations and auxiliary services.

Offers guidance and instruction to students regarding the impact of a specified disability in academic environment and provides compensatory strategies and techniques to ensure students' access to the academic environment. Works as an interdisciplinary team member to ensure required accommodations are efficiently and effectively provided.

Responsible for ongoing professional development and participation in professional organizations. Evaluates/introduces new or the latest techniques, methods, and practices for provision of services to students with disabilities and presents them to the wider professional community.
Serves as a resource to faculty, staff, departments and campus community on disability issues. Communicates student accommodation needs to faculty, including discussing the basic course requirements. Coordinate and negotiate with faculty to ensure students receive accommodations in a timely and effective manner. Provide in-service training.

Refers students to other supportive services such as career center and CPS and coordinates referrals.

Outreach and consultation to other campus entities regarding disability and disability access.

Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

•	Knowledge of the legal framework involving accommodations for students with disabilities through state and federal laws and regulations.
•	Thorough knowledge of procedures for assessing and determining disability accommodation issues, including the Disability Compliance Office procedures.
•	Thorough knowledge of assessment, accommodation, and intervention techniques for students with disabilities.
•	Excellent interpersonal skills required to work effectively with students with disabilities.
•	Excellent oral and written communications skills needed to work with faculty and other campus entities regarding a student's accommodations and other academic needs.
•	Advanced computer knowledge, proficiency, and skills. Must be able to function in both a Mac and PC environment and be comfortable working with various software programs and database systems.
•	Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.

•	Advanced degree required in Special Education, Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, or combination of an advanced degree and related experience.
•	Experience working with college students with disabilities (required).

Preferred Qualifications

Preference given for applicants with training and experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum

Salary & Benefits

The salary range for this position is $56,000 - $71,000.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:


How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see: http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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