Disability Support Specialist
Open Date: 03/08/2018
Date Initial Screening Begins:
Minimum Education/Experience: Bachelor's degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, Higher Education, Rehabilitation Studies or related field and 3 years' experience and knowledge in the field of disability service provision. The candidate should possess strong organizational and administrative skills, advanced computer skills, ability to thoroughly document conversations and actions regarding case management, excellent written and verbal communication skills, the ability to build positive and effective relationships across the campus and community, a strong commitment to diversity, ability to work independently with minimal supervision, a working knowledge of regulatory statutes.
Special Instructions to Applicant: In order to be considered for the position, all applicants are required to submit online a candidate profile, a letter of interest, a current resume, and a list of three references including contact information. Additionally, original official transcripts, a criminal background check, and three signed letters of reference will be required upon offer of employment. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions and conferred by the time of hire. East Carolina University seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. In order to promote the university's diversity goal, Student Affairs strongly encourages applicants from women, minorities, and historically underrepresented groups.
Job Duties: The Disability Support Specialist will be part of a team that provides comprehensive support services to students with disabilities. Focus of the position will be on educating and training newly registered students on the process for accessing their accommodations as well as the self-advocacy required in the higher education setting. Additionally, the Disability Support Specialist will develop programs and marketing materials to increase the visibility of the department on campus. Specific Responsibilities: Manage a caseload (50% of active students) to include the registration process, testing accommodation process, self-advocacy, coaching, outreach to faculty and general advising responsibilities Attends weekly staff meetings as a member of the team that determines a student's eligibility for services by reviewing documentation and request for accommodation Communicate eligibility status to the student via campus email Perform student "in-take" appointments to review the steps the student needs to take to access approved accommodations Train students on utilizing the electronic Alternative Test Request system via the web Train students on utilizing the electronic book request system via the web Create alternative formats of materials including enlarged print Assist in proctoring exams for students including acting as a reader and/or scribe Meet with students in need of time management, study strategies and academic support Maintain timely and accurate records of all student contacts Deliver presentations to groups and classes on disability related topics As needed provide support to the Testing Coordinator in the form of cross training on the administration of tests and exams Represent DSS on campus committees as appropriate Maintain confidentiality in compliance with FERPA Other duties as assigned. The Disability Support Specialist reports directly to the Senior Associate Director of Disability Support Services.