Program Specialist 1 (UCP 6)
Job Title: Program Specialist 1 (UCP 6)
Job ID: 2018334
Location: Hartford Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
The University of Connecticut invites applicants for a Regional Campus Coordinator for Services for Students with Disabilities (Program Specialist 1 – UCP 6) to serve the Stamford campus. Under the general supervision of the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at the Storrs campus, this position coordinates accommodations and services for students with permanent and/or temporary disabilities to ensure that all University programs, activities, and services are accessible. The Regional Campus Coordinator has responsibilities at the Stamford campus and is expected to attend bi-weekly meetings at the Storrs campus. The successful candidate is expected to work with a fair amount of independence, within the goals and objectives established by the CSD. The incumbent will be sensitive to and have an understanding of the diverse academic, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds of University students and staff while establishing and maintaining a positive working relationship with relative constituents. The Coordinator assists in ensuring that all University entities comply with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and other relevant state and federal legislation.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Manages an assigned caseload of students with permanent and/or temporary disabilities; oversees all activities in ensuring equal opportunity for access to academic, residential and co-curricular programs at the University for assigned students; collects necessary data and evaluates information and prepares analytical reports related to CSD services.
- Responsible for collecting and interpreting medical and educational documentation for assigned caseload in order to identify appropriate accommodations; determines appropriate and effective accommodations, which do not fundamentally alter the program of study.
- Ensures that approved academic and/or residential accommodations that are consistent with their documentation are coordinated in collaboration with students, faculty and staff. The coordination of accommodations may include: exam administration; provision of assistive technology and auxiliary aids; residential accommodations; registration assistance; recruitment/hiring note takers, readers, and/or scribes; alternate media; etc.
- Serves as a liaison and a resource for students with disabilities; provides information to students regarding their legal rights and responsibilities; collaborates and consults with faculty and staff regarding academic and residential accommodations, compliance with legal responsibilities as well as instructional, programmatic and curriculum modifications.
- Makes recommendations to faculty, staff and departments regarding the University's academic and programmatic obligations under the law and University guidelines for students with disabilities; collaborates with appropriate campus constituents regarding scholastic probation, dismissal, extension of academic deadlines, readmission, withdrawal from the University, etc.
- Coordinates outreach to incoming and prospective students and their family members when indicated regarding accommodations and services offered; communicates information regarding program activities and services to the campus community; conducts outreach activities for high school students and parents.
- Collaborates with the Storrs program staff in the outreach and coordination of enhanced services programs.
- Interviews, hires, trains and supervises graduate students to coordinate accommodations and/or provide strategy instruction for students with disabilities; assigns tasks and sets work priorities; evaluates performance.
- May interview, hire, train and supervise part time professional staff to coordinate accommodations; assigns tasks and sets work priorities; evaluates performance.
- Contributes and assists with the development of resource materials and department publications related to students with disabilities; writes copy and contributes to the content of the CSD website and social media sites.
- Conducts in-service training for campus faculty, staff and the administration to promote understanding and increase awareness of the needs and concerns of students with disabilities. Plans, develops and implements techniques of informing/educating faculty and staff; prepares information designed to communicate information regarding programs and services to students, staff, faculty, parents and the public.
- Represents the Center on various University, divisional and departmental committees in order to assure compliance with federal mandates; serves as a liaison for designated units to address issues of accessibility.
- Maintains current knowledge of pertinent laws and regulations regarding access and services for students with disabilities and their applicability to the University; in collaboration with the CSD and other University departments, serve as a resource to the University community in explaining such laws; respond to requests for interpretation of legal mandates on campus-specific issues.
- Performs related duties and special assignments as required.
- Bachelor's degree in special education, rehabilitation or other related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Two to four years' experience working with students with disabilities in higher education, which may include graduate and undergraduate student employment that provides the minimum skills and experience required for this position.
- Extensive knowledge, gained through education and experience, of the unique needs of individuals with disabilities, including knowledge of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its amendments, and other relevant state and federal legislation.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Computer literacy in using Microsoft products and databases.
- Master's degree in special education, rehabilitation, higher education administration or other related field.
- Experience in post-secondary disability service provision, including the coordination of academic and residential accommodations.
- Experience and familiarity with the use and applicability of assistive technology for students with disabilities in an academic setting.
- Excellent counseling skills.
Salary is commensurate with experience. This is anticipated to be a full time, 12-month position with a start date of May 1, 2018.
This appointment may require weekend or evening hours due to the nature of the work.
Interested parties should apply online through UConn Jobs, www.jobs.uconn.edu , Staff Positions. For consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three (3) professional references. Screening of applicants will begin immediately. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2018334)
This posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. March 30, 2018.
All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities. UConn's faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.