Disability Specialist 3/4 (4556U / 4557U) Disabled Students' Program 12061

Location
San Francisco
Posted
Oct 22, 2020
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Four-Year Institution


Disability Specialist 3/4 (4556U / 4557U) Disabled Students' Program 12061 About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: November 4, 2020

Departmental Overview

The Disabled Students' Program (DSP) provides services to meet the unique educational needs of regularly enrolled students with permanent or temporary disabilities. Our staff includes disability specialists, service providers, and accessibility experts who serve our students with disabilities throughout their educational career.

DSP is under the umbrella of the Division of Equity and Inclusion, as disability is a part of the diversity fabric. While the primary focus and mission of DSP is to serve documented disabled students, DSP staff also work closely with faculty, administrators, and staff to build a more accessible learning environment. DSP outreach also works to benefit students who may not have self-identified a need for accommodations and who may not even be aware of their disability rights.

Responsibilities

Disability Specialist 3
  • Caseload Management
    • Specializes in working with students with disabilities in an academic environment.
    • Determines eligibility, and accommodations required for individual students with disabilities with varying degrees of functional limitations. Consults closely 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.
    • Conducts individual assessment to determine appropriate academic accommodations, auxiliary services, and supplemental support services to ensure academic success, retention, and graduation. Requires regular oversight and consultation with lead specialist for accommodations decisions.
    • Ensures timeliness of applicant review, eligibility determination, and review of requests for letters of accommodations and auxiliary services.
    • Works as an interdisciplinary team member to ensure required accommodations are efficiently and effectively provided.
  • Faculty Coordination and Communication:
    • Communicates student accommodation needs to faculty. Coordinate and negotiate with faculty to ensure students receive accommodations in a timely and effective manner including discussing the basic course requirements and any concerns regarding the reasonableness of accommodations in a specific setting.
  • Outreach and consultation:
    • Conducts outreach and consultation to other campus entities regarding disability and disability access. Serves as a resource to faculty, staff, departments and campus community on disability issues. Develop working relationships with multiple campus departments, may be called upon to visit departments to share overview of DSP resources.
  • Referrals:
    • Refers students to other supportive services such as Career Center and CPS and coordinates referrals.
  • Ongoing professional development.
    • Responsible for ongoing professional development and participation in professional organizations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Disability Specialist 4
  • Caseload management:
    • Specializes in working with students with disabilities with complex accommodations needs in an academic environment.
    • Determines eligibility and complex accommodations required for individual students with specialized accommodation needs including, for example, students with hearing impairments, students on the autism spectrum, and student victim/survivors.
    • 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, and supplemental support services to ensure academic success, retention, and graduation.
    • Thoroughly documents base for individual assessments. Ensures timeliness of applicant review, eligibility determination, and review of requests for letters of accommodations and auxiliary services.
    • Takes a leadership role in developing programs and/or serving specific student populations. Develop intersectional services for specific student disability populations (for example, veterans, undocumented students, Native American students).
    • Functions with a high degree of independence, still checking in with supervisor regarding challenging cases, to share proposed solutions, rather than seek initial solutions.
    • Works as a member of an interdisciplinary team to ensure required accommodations are efficiently and effectively provided.
  • Faculty Coordination and Communication:
    • Communicates student accommodation needs to faculty. Coordinate and negotiate with faculty to ensure students receive accommodations in a timely and effective manner including discussing the basic course requirements and any concerns regarding the reasonableness of accommodations in a specific setting.
  • Outreach and training:
    • Outreach and consultation to other campus entities regarding disability and disability access. Serves as DSP liaison to key campus partners. Serves as a resource to faculty, staff, departments and campus community on disability issues.
    • Serve as campus expert on serving students with specific disability identities (for example, autism, deafness, psychological disabilities, etc.)
    • Evaluates/introduces/implements new or latest techniques, methods, and practices for the most effective and efficient provision of services to students with disabilities. Presents these practices to the wider professional community.
  • Referrals:
    • Refers students to other supportive services such as Career Center and CPS and coordinates referrals.
  • Ongoing professional development.
    • Responsible for ongoing professional development and participation in professional organizations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Disability Specialist 3
  • 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 knowledge or the ability to quickly develop an understanding of the Disability Compliance Office procedures.
  • Knowledge of assessment, accommodation, and intervention techniques for students with disabilities.
  • Organizational and planning skills that can be generalized to caseload management.
  • Some experience utilizing documentation to make evidence-based accommodations decisions.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Experience working with college students with disabilities preferred.
  • Education/Training: Advanced degree required in Special Education, Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, or combination of an advanced degree and related experience.

Disability Specialist 4
  • 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 knowledge or the ability to quickly develop and understanding of the Disability Compliance Office procedures.
  • Thorough knowledge of assessment, accommodation, and intervention techniques for students with disabilities.
  • Documented experience successfully managing a large caseload with a high level of independence.
  • Demonstrated experience interpreting documentation and determining evidence-based accommodation decisions.
  • At least three years of experience working with college students with disabilities in a disability services setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct outreach and training regarding disability and disability access.
  • Experience in developing support programming for students with disabilities or transferable skills and experiences
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience in the academic expectations and culture of an R1 University
  • 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.
  • Advanced ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Experience working with college students with disabilities
  • Education and Training: Advanced degree required in Special Education, Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, or combination of an advanced degree and related experience.

Salary & Benefits

The annual salary range of the position is $68,000.00 -$75,000.00 at Specialist 3 level and $76,000.00-$83,000.00 at Specialist 4 level, commensurate with experience.

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

https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

How to Apply

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

Other Information

This is a full time Career position. Department will hire for this position at the Specialist 3 or Specialist 4 level depending on experience.

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:

https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:
http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct



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