Anchor Student Assistant

Job description

Job Title: Anchor Student Assistant
Location: UWG Recruiting Location
Regular/Temporary: Temporary
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Job ID: 225365
Job Summary

The role of the student Anchor is very much like that of a human services worker in that he or she will be called upon to serve a different function with each student with a disability according to the student’s need. The Anchor Student Assistant works under the supervision and guidance of an Accessibility Services Coordinator. The Anchor’s role includes trouble-shooting barriers to access, supporting capacity for student problem solving, instruction in the use of technology, assistance with mobility training, researching and applying methods for academic coaching, negotiating around physical obstacles, and mentoring students with disabilities. However, the main function of the Anchor is to reduce the size and imposing nature of obstacles that impede the successful acquisition of an education and enjoyment of campus life by the student with a disability; providing scaffolded assistance and competency building activities.
This position provides pre-professional work experience for students majoring in an area where future service to people with disabilities is an anticipated career, particularly in Education, Speech Language Pathology, Counseling, Software Development, Social Sciences, and/or Rehabilitation Engineering.


FWS Student Assistant I positions include standard, routine duties which require minimal prior training or experience. Most often, FWS Student Assistant I positions work with other students and are frequently supervised. This position does require the candidate to have Federal Work Study.

Percentage Of Total Time25%Responsibility / Duty

It is a primary duty of the Anchor to have weekly contact with each student with a disability assigned to him or her. Often, students with disabilities are not clear about what their specific needs are or what resources are available to them. Therefore, it is the Anchor’s task to collaborate with the student and identify what the needs are, then develop and implement effective ways to respond to each need, using sensitivity, intelligence, ingenuity, practicality, and initiative.

Percentage Of Total Time25%Responsibility / Duty

Assist in maintaining the physical environment of the Assistive Technology lab. To ensure that the lab is functioning at its best at all times, and staff the lab for open assistance/instruction hours with students.

Percentage Of Total Time25%Responsibility / Duty

Assist each semester with orientation sessions for new students with disabilities, with preparing and distributing the Student Accommodations Reports for students with a disability, early registration, and with other support services and special projects as deemed appropriate by the supervising coordinators. Meet each week with the supervising coordinator to discuss needs and progress of the students on their caseload, and submit a written time log briefly outlining the activities for the previous week.

Percentage Of Total Time23%Responsibility / Duty

Promote independence and self-advocacy on the part of each student with a disability by informal and formal teaching of life skills, technology applications, problem solving abilities, and learning skills. Be available to assist students with a disability through the initial stages of each semester, as needed.

Percentage Of Total Time2%Responsibility / Duty

Compliance training and professional development

Required Qualifications

Must be eligible for Federal Work Study. Minimum 2.8 GPA, majors in Education, Speech Language Pathology, Psychology, Sociology, Computer Science.

Must be a current University of West Georgia student enrolled for six credit hours and maintaining at least a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average unless otherwise noted/indicated by the hiring department.

Preferred Qualifications

Mentoring, computer skills, problem solving, project planning, presentations, research, clerical, assistive technology, familiarity with campus services, prior experience working with disability populations is a plus.

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Special Applicant Instructions

This position is a Federal Work Study funded position. You must be eligible for Federal Work Study to be considered.

Please complete application and then email resume, cover letter, and proof of federal work study eligibility to [email protected]




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Posted: 4/1/2021
Application Due: 7/11/2021
Work Type: Full Time