Disability Specialist

Job description


  • Manages a caseload of students with disabilities. Conducts in-depth interviews with incoming and transfer students and evaluates psycho-educational, neuropsychological, psychological, medical and other related documentation to determine student eligibility for disability services and accommodations.
  • Develops, monitors, and adjusts individual accommodations as appropriate. Documents a summary of student meetings and contacts in the ADS electronic database.
  • Provides academic problem-solving, advocacy, supplemental academic advising, and referral services to students with various disabilities.  Assists students with the transition to college, helping them to understand their academic strengths and weaknesses, and to develop effective study, test-taking, time management, and organizational skills.  Works with students to better understand the impact of their disability in a college setting, and how to advocate for themselves. Conducts both individual and small group instruction.
  • Provides logistical support to the Associate Director in managing the ADS Testing Center. Collaborates with the Testing Coordinator to ensure that tests are administered according to each student's approved accommodations in accordance with established testing protocols and faculty instructions. Assists with managing testing appointments and proctoring arrangements during busy periods, such as mid-terms and final exams.
  • Collaborates with faculty and staff to facilitate the delivery of accommodations and services to students with disabilities.  As part of the ADS team, ensures the provision of auxiliary services for students, including alternate text formats, interpreters/transcriptionists, captioning, assistive technology, and adaptive equipment. 
  • Provides support to the ADS leadership team in ensuring that Towson University provides equal educational opportunities to students with disabilities. Assists in developing programmatic plans and initiatives regarding students with disabilities, and advises regarding policies, procedures, and practices impacting accommodations and services to students with disabilities.  Assists in evaluating the effectiveness of programs and services, and recommends changes for continuous improvement.
  • Assists in the coordination and implementation of various programs and activities, such as Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society, peer mentoring, disability awareness programming, and DSS new student and transfer student orientations. Represents DSS at University programs, such as Admissions and Orientation events. Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, Psychology, Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, or related field.
  • Two years of related professional experience.
  • Experience evaluating disability documentation and applying the information to determine appropriate accommodations and services.
  • Ability to effectively engage with college students with disabilities.
  • Must have strong oral, written, and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively with a team.
  • Working knowledge of disabilities, as well as Section 504, ADAAA, and FERPA laws.


  • Masters degree.
  • Knowledge of study, time management, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to present effectively to diverse groups of individuals.
  • Previous experience in education and directly related to working with individuals with disabilities in a high education setting.


A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate, and the results may affect employment.

Organization: Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity Division
Primary Location: Main Campus
Job Posting: Jun 2, 2021




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Posted: 6/3/2021
Application Due: 6/18/2021
Work Type: Full Time