Graduate Student Disability Specialist (4557U) 24411

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Jan 25, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Title:
Graduate Student Disability Specialist (4557U) #24411

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

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 1/26/18

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 graduate students with disabilities in accordance with federal and state law, to assure their access to the academic and campus environment. The Graduate Student Disability Specialist works in an interdisciplinary team to provide coordination of academic services to students with disabilities.


Specializes in working with graduate students with disabilities in an academic environment. Determines eligibility, complex accommodations, and intervention techniques required for students with disabilities. Verifies student disability documentation provided by physicians or other appropriate professionals to determine eligibility for disability services. Conducts individual assessment to determine appropriate academic accommodations, auxiliary services to ensure academic success, retention, and graduation.

Thoroughly documents individual assessments. Ensures timeliness of applicant review, eligibility determination, review of requests for letters of accommodations and auxiliary services. Provides ongoing consultation and coordination of services.

Works as an interdisciplinary team member to ensure required accommodations are efficiently and effectively provided.

Functions as a campus resource expert for graduate students with disabilities as related to educational access needs.

Provides guidance and instruction to faculty and departments, regarding the effect of disability in academic environment, and recommends accommodations and adjustments to faculty,

Serves as DSP liaison to grad division, and departments in implementing creative solutions to graduate student's access needs.

Serves as an experienced resource to faculty, staff, departments and campus community on disability access for graduate students with disabilities, including outreach and in-service training.

Evaluates/introduces/implements new or latest techniques, methods, and practices for the most effective and efficient provision of services to graduate students with disabilities. Presents these practices to the wider professional community.

Responsible for ongoing professional development.

Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

•	Thorough 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 involved in working with students with disabilities.
•	Thorough knowledge of effective strategies to ensure the retention and graduation of students with disabilities.
•	Advanced experience in disability services with graduate students with disabilities (professional and doctoral) in a higher education environment.
•	Demonstrated ability to work with faculty and build collaborative working relationships with campus partners.
•	Demonstrated interpersonal skills and creative problem-solving skills.
•	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 in Special Education, Education, Rehabilitation Counseling or combination of an advanced degree and related experience.
•	Experience working with graduate students (doctoral and professional) with disabilities in higher education.

Salary & Benefits

The annual salary range for this position is $60,200 - $80,200.

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.

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:
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