Access and Ability Specialist

Job description

Job Title: Access and Ability Specialist
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 13925
Job Code: 3084 Student Services Professional III
Job Grade: Range A
Department: Services for Students w/ Disab  

CSU Salary Range: $4,691 - $6,683 per month

Anticipated Hiring Salary: $4,691 per month

Note: This is a full-time, 12-month, probationary, exempt position. Multiple positions may be filled from this recruitment.

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Under the general direction of the Director of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD), the individual in this position evaluates eligibility and determines appropriate academic accommodations for enrolled students with physical, perceptual, learning and psychological disabilities. Duties include the provision of comprehensive disability related academic and career development advisement. The incumbent works with students on developing alternative learning strategies, problem-solving skills and effective self-advocacy approaches. Responsibilities also involve assisting faculty, staff and administrators with information regarding appropriate implementation of mandated academic accommodations.

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Position Summary

Major duties of the job include:

    Provides initial intake of students who have applied for services and collects appropriate information, including verification of disability, for reviewAssesses and develops appropriate academic accommodation service plans for students with disabilities and notifies faculty of classroom accommodationsProblem solves with students with disabilities, faculty, staff and administration regarding how and what academic accommodations are to be providedProvides assistance to faculty, staff and administration in understanding the nature and implications of specific disabilities, and in applying federal and state laws, CSU system and campus policy for the provision of academic support services for students with physical, perceptual, learning and psychological disabilitiesCounsels students with disabilities about disability issues and refers to appropriate on/off campus resources Presents students with alternate learning strategy information specific to their particular disabilities.; researches, recommends and provides instruction for students in the use of adaptive equipment and software when appropriate Assists students in utilizing campus services and in participating in campus activities (e.g., career and learning resource services, campus life, etc.)Coordinates a classroom service accommodationActs as a liaison and information resource on campus and in the community for the benefit of current and prospective studentsMaintains accurate and confidential recordsPrepares reports on services provided to students, as requested

Secondary duties of the job include:

    Participates in campus and community informational events to disseminate information about SSD servicesMay function as a working lead
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Knowledge, Skills & AbilitiesKnowledge of:

    Federal and State laws and regulations related to disability issues and accommodations, and their application to students with disabilitiesCultural, psychosocial and employment implications of disabilityPolicies, procedures and practices of services to students with disabilities in a university setting or the ability to quickly acquire the knowledge Policies, practices and activities of student services programsComputer office systems and the ability to use a broad range of technology, systems, and software packages

Ability to:

    Work effectively with students with a broad range of disabilitiesCarry out complex assignments independently without detailed instructionsAdvise students individually or in groups on varied and complex mattersAnalyze individual or group situations thoroughly, perceive available alternatives and their implications and verbalize pertinent information to individuals involved Assist students with disabilities to develop their ability to identify, think through and evaluate problems and consider options or alternative solutionsInteract with individuals in situations where frustration, anger, or confusion are present in order to bring about calmer consideration of issuesAdjust approaches and techniques in the face of unpredictable responses and rapidly changing circumstancesMake decisions in individual cases to resolve problems where guidelines and procedures do not existImplement, explain and apply applicable laws, codes and regulations; exercise sound, independent judgment within general policy guidelines and operating parametersCreate, analyze and evaluate program information and provide data for review in developing and implementing strategies and activities to support student successCommunicate effectively, including the ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds; ability to collaborate across organizational lines
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships and promote a positive, service-oriented collegial work environment with a variety of individuals
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Education and ExperienceEducation

    Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a related field


    Equivalent or three years of progressively responsible professional student services work experienceA Master’s degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (formerly Rehabilitation Counseling), Clinical Psychology, Communicative Science and Disorders, Special Education, Clinical Social Work or related field may be substituted for one year of professional experience

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Preferred Skills
  • In addition to knowledge and experience with a broad range of disabilities, specific experience in counseling students who are deaf, blind, visually impaired, or who have psychological disabilities is an asset
  • Ability to work in a flexible, collaborative manner within a diverse and demanding work environment
  • Knowledge of specific uses of adaptive equipment and software
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Filing Deadline

Applications received by August 4, 2020 will be reviewed for minimum qualifications and given full consideration by the hiring manager and/or search committee. Qualified applicants received after that date will be forwarded at the request of the hiring manager and/or search committee.

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Application Procedures

All required fields on the online application, an attached resume, an attached cover letter that addresses your qualifications for the position, and the names and telephone numbers of three professional references are required. Full consideration will not be given to applicants who fail to complete all application requirements.

Pursuant to Executive Order 1088, reasonable accommodation is to be provided upon request from an employee or applicant with disabilities, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the campus. What constitutes a reasonable accommodation is to be determined by the campus on a case-by-case basis after it has received the individual's request for accommodation and engaged in an interactive process. Employees or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation should contact Human Resources directly at (559) 278-2032.

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How To Apply

To apply for this or any open position at Fresno State visit our online employment site at:

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Other Requirements

Pursuant to the requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, any offer of employment is contingent upon verification of individual's eligibility to be employed in the United States.

California State University, Fresno, in conjunction with the CSU policy, requires that the successful candidate complete a full background check (including a criminal records check) prior to assuming this position. Failure to satisfactorily complete or pass the background check may impact the job offer or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for posted positions identified as sensitive.

California State University, Fresno annual security report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Fresno State, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to or accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, alcohol/drug use, crime prevention, reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Campus Police Department or by accessing the following web site:

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following web site:

This position may be a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position may be required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Fresno State is a tobacco-free, smoke-free and vapor-free campus.

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Other Applicant Information

Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of their application materials via automatic email reply. In addition, qualified applicants will receive email notification at the conclusion of the recruitment process.

Temporary positions filled through recruitment may be extended or converted to permanent status without a second recruitment depending on the availability of funding and the circumstances that created the vacancy. A permanent or probationary on-campus applicant selected to fill a temporary vacancy at a higher classification or skill level that expires within the stated timeframe may return to his or her previous classification, not necessarily in the same position, subject to the conditions of the appropriate bargaining agreement.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Order 883 prohibits discrimination and Executive Order 927 prohibits harassment, on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity, per HR 2004-12), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Retaliation against individuals for complaining about these proscribed conduct, opposing such conduct, or participating in an investigation or proceeding involving such conduct is prohibited by both executive orders.

Further, California State University, Fresno's statement of commitment to equal employment opportunity principles is also found in the various collective bargaining agreements.

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General Information

California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University's mission is to offer high-quality educational opportunities to qualified students at the bachelor's and master's levels, and in certain applied disciplines, at the doctoral level. The current student enrollment is approximately 24,000, including a large percentage of students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and world. California State University, Fresno promotes student learning and community engagement through faculty scholarship and service learning opportunities in collaboration with community organizations, educational institutions, industry, business and government. The University was one of the first U.S. Colleges and Universities to be selected by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its Community Engagement Classification.

Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 600,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley on the western edge of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The campus is within driving distance of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, the Monterey Peninsula, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.

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Posted: 7/16/2020
Application Due: 10/9/2020
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