Student Disability Supervisor 2 (4560U), Disabled Students Program 14082
Student Disability Supervisor 2 (4560U), Disabled Students Program 14082 About Berkeley
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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: January 20, 2021
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 2400 students, and hires over 400 service providers and student volunteers to provide educational support to this growing population. DSP also has responsibility for fiscally managing a Department of Education TRIO Student Support Services federal grant. The Supervisor 2/Lead Disability Specialist works in a challenging and complex environment where DSP's services to students are legally mandated by federal and state law and therefore must be provided even as the student need for these services increases each year.
This Supervisor 2 position will function as the Lead Specialist for the DSP disability specialists. This position involves planning, developing, and implementing programs, processes, and activities for students with disabilities in accordance with federal and state law, to assure their access to the academic and campus environment.
The Supervisor 2 functions as the campus expert in a disability specialty; deals independently with a wide range of accommodation issues related to the specialty assigned. Decisions can impact university compliance and liability under federal and state disability law and regulations. On own initiative raises to manager's attention particularly contentious issues and/or especially complex situations. Functions as lead disability specialist for a team of accommodations specialists.
- Functions as DSP resource expert in disability as it relates to a student's education. Provides subjectmatter expertise to DSP co-workers on the functional limitations related to specific disabilities. Coordinates and provides training to DSP staff on the needs of students with specific disabilities. Provides training to campus staff, faculty, and GSIs as assigned by the Director.
- Serves as AIM/ technology lead for the specialist unit. Elevates concerns about AIM and other technologies. Takes the lead on designing unit response to AIM questions and inquiries. Works with the DSP technology lead to configure the system for the specialist unit.
- Serves as liaison to campus committees and units including Basic Needs, DART, and others as assigned.
- Supervision of Specialists: Responsible for day to day supervision and training of assigned student disability specialists. Makes assignments and distributes workload to assigned student disability specialists; together with the other Supervisor 2/ Lead Specialist manages daytoday work flow within the unit of disability specialists; reports to the DSP Director regarding completion of work flow. Coordinates assignments and responsibility, establishing work deadlines for assigned specialists and coordinating completion of activities.
- Conducts staff hiring activities and provides recommendations to Director. Has timekeeping authority, including approving leave and time away from work. Provides input on work rules guiding the scheduling, workloads and daily practices of accommodations specialists. Provides feedback to all assigned staff on performance and functional goals during the performance evaluation process.
- Provides advice and assistance on work techniques, best practices, and subjectmatter expertise to student disability specialists. Evaluates/ introduces new or the latest techniques, methods, and practices for accommodation to accommodations staff. Advises lower level professional staff on more complex disability issues.
- Participates in Supervisor meetings and conducts collaborative DSP efforts including orientation, disability awareness month, and others.
- Raises to attention of managers difficult issues relating to resource levels, scheduling conflicts, and corrective action issues.
- Maintains a caseload of students. Conducts individual assessment to determine appropriate academic accommodations and auxiliary services. Works with students with complicated needs to determine eligibility, accommodations, and intervention techniques required for individual students. Discusses accommodation needs with professors. Problem solves with students and faculty when accommodations issues arise. Provides supplemental support services to ensure the academic success, retention, and graduation of students with disabilities. Responsible for managing a caseload of 100 students, while also guiding the work of others.
- Professional development; keeps abreast of changing and evolving trends regarding the provision of disability services to students with disabilities in higher education.
- Other duties as assigned.
- A minimum of five years of professional experience in working directly with students with disabilities in a university setting. Advanced knowledge and content experience in disability documentation, academic accommodations and adjustments, auxiliary services and student service delivery. Advanced knowledge of assessment, accommodation, and intervention techniques for students with disabilities. Advanced experience determining accommodations for students with multiple and complicated disabilities. Advanced experience working with graduate students in determining and implementing accommodations.
- Thorough knowledge of the legal framework involving accommodations for students with disabilities through state and federal laws and regulations and the determination of accommodations, within the current legal framework. Advanced knowledge of procedures for assessing and determining disability accommodation issues and the ability to teach others to assess and determine accommodations.
- Demonstrated ability to lead and supervise other staff. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills and the ability to work effectively across the organization at all levels. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a broad range of students, faculty, staff, senior administrators, and community leaders. Experience in mediating, managing, and resolving conflicts. Employs open and clear decision making processes
- Demonstrated proficiency and political acumen in working with a broad range of students, faculty, staff, senior administrators, and community leaders. Demonstrated proficiency and political acumen in working with a broad range of students, faculty, staff, senior administrators, and community leaders.
- Demonstrated skills in problem identification, sound judgment, transparent decision making, critical thinking, and creative problem solving.
- Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage competing time and resource demands.
- Advanced understanding of all of the components of auxiliary services including alternative formats and accessible technology.
- Ability to mentor and coordinate all needed training for other specialists. Ability to lead and shape the work of the disability specialists and develop new procedures in response to student need.
- Experience with and demonstrated ability to balance a caseload of 100+ along with responsibilities as supervisor.
- Minimum five years of experience working directly with students as an accommodations specialist in higher education, preferably at a large public institution.
- Advanced degree in Special Education, Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, or combination of an advanced degree and related professional experience and/or equivalent experience/training.
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. The annual salary range of the position is $78,000.00 - $90,000.00, commensurate with experience.
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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