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Advocate, Student Accessibility Services

Employer
Austin Community College
Location
Austin, TX
Closing date
Jun 25, 2021

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Position Information
Location:
Highland Campus
Hours:
Generally, Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM.May include some evening and weekend hours.
Salary:
Professional 1/120 ($40,494.00 - $57,849.00)
FLSA Status:
Exempt
Reports To:
Director, Student Accessibility Services
Criminal Background Check:
Pre-employment criminal background checks are required for all Staff and Faculty positions. Pre-employment urinalyses drug screens are also required for all top candidates considered for positions in ACC's College Police department.
College Profile


Austin Community College (ACC) is a public two-year institution that serves a diverse population of approximately 41,000 credit students each fall and spring semester. We embrace our identity as a community college as reflected in our mission statement. We promote student success and community development by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training, including appropriately applied baccalaureate degrees, in our service area. As a community college committed to our mission, we seek to recruit and retain a workforce that:
  • Reflects the diversity of our community.
  • Values intellectual curiosity and innovative teaching.
  • Is attracted by the college mission to promote equitable access to educational opportunities.
  • Cares about student success and collaborates on strategies to facilitate success for underrepresented populations.
  • Welcomes difference and models respectful interaction with others.
  • Engages with the community both within and outside of ACC.
  • Our Mission


    The Austin Community College District promotes student success and community development by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training in its service area. For more information, see http://www.austincc.edu/about-acc/mission-statement.Commitment to Equity and Inclusion


    ACC is committed to the ongoing systemic changes needed to ensure the increased recruitment, inclusion, retention, and completion of historically underserved and underrepresented populations. Through continual strategic community engagement and professional development of administrators, faculty, staff, and students, the college demonstrates its dedication to fostering a culture and climate for equitable outcomes. As an open-access and low-cost institution, ACC is proud to serve a diverse student body. Dedicated faculty members are excellent professors who help students achieve their educational goals and are sensitive to the diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds of our students. The College values and is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout the College community.General Statement of Job


    To provide campus leadership, vision, and integrity for Student Accessibility Services. To advise, assist, and support students with disabilities.Description of Duties and TasksEssential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


  • Provides campus leadership, vision, and integrity for Student Accessibility Services (SAS).
  • Directs day-to-day business of campus SAS operations, providing services to students with disabilities.
  • Provides educational and academic support to students with disabilities.
  • Determines if the student(s) meets the definition of disability per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), is eligible for services, and provides appropriate and reasonable accommodations.
  • Provides campus accessibility leadership and consultation for faculty and staff regarding college policies as they pertain to the ADA.
  • Provides campus leadership with assistance in resolving student accessibility issues and initiating programs and practices that contribute to the success of students with disabilities.
  • Approves appropriate and reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities.
  • Remains current in ADA updates and regulations, new laws, guidance from the Association of Higher Education and Disability, the Diagnostic Statistical Manual, Office for Civil Rights guidance, new academic advising information including ACC degree plans, transfer guides to local institutions, and state mandated educational requirements.
  • Monitors the effectiveness of student accommodations in the educational process.
  • Monitors the academic progress of students with disabilities and intervenes when appropriate or when improvement is needed.
  • Coordinates schedules and may oversee staff.
  • Collaborates with external stakeholders including school districts, high school transition programs, disability-related state agencies, and state employment agencies in order to create effective and efficient processes for student recruitment, retention, and placement.
  • Maintains collaborative and consultative relationships with internal stakeholders at Austin Community College including faculty and staff, Adult Education, and Continuing Education faculty and staff.
  • Supports the development, review and revision of written policies, guidelines, and procedures for determining reasonable accommodations
  • KnowledgeMust possess required knowledge and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.


    College admissions requirements, programs, and courses. Standardized testing procedures and assessment techniques. Multicultural education programs and systems. Program strategies to support student success of Special Populations. Vocational rehabilitation and disability services practices and strategies. Counseling and advising techniques. Laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to students with disabilities, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation Act, Section 504, and accessibility techniques including Universal Design.SkillsMust possess required skills and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.


    Maintaining an established work schedule. Effectively using interpersonal and communication skills, including the use of tact and diplomacy. Effectively using organizational and planning skill, including attention to detail and follow-through. Maintaining confidentiality of work-related information and materials. Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships. Effectively working with a diverse student population. Counseling and advising students on program guidelines and requirements. Assessing student needs and providing appropriate resources and/or referrals.Technology Skills


    Use a variety of spreadsheet, word processing, database, and presentation software.Required Work Experience


  • Two years related work experience.
  • Preferred Work Experience


    Two years related experience working with people with disabilities in a variety of settings, including higher education.Required Education


  • Master's degree.
  • Preferred Education


    Master's Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, or a closely related field.Physical Requirements


    Work is performed in a standard office environment. Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, pushing, and pulling. Occasional lifting of objects up to 10 pounds.Safety


  • Work safely and follow safety rules. Report unsafe working conditions and behavior. Take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent others from engaging in unsafe practices.
  • ACC Benefits OverviewFull-time Faculty and Staffing Table employees who work in full-time and/or part-time positions at the College are eligible for ACC medical benefits effective the first of the month after their first 60 days of employment. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, short and long term disability, retirement plans and AD&D.

    ACC does not participate in Social Security. ACC participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP-Faculty Only). Part-time and Hourly employees participate in the ACC Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP) as a retirement program required by Federal law.

    DisclaimerThe above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. ACC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by ACC as its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Austin Community College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

    As required by the US Department of Education, employees are required to report violations under the Title IX and, under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), select individuals are required to report crimes. If this position is identified as a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified, trained, and provided resources for reporting.

    Organization

    The Austin Community College District is the primary gateway to higher education and training for residents in eight Central Texas counties. ACC is among the fastest-growing community colleges in the country, providing access to valuable programs and services that change lives and benefit communities.

    Mission and Vision

    The Austin Community College District values and respects each individual student. We promote student success and improve communities by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training in the eight-county service area. Community colleges have a diverse, four-part mission:

    • General education and academic transfer
    • Workforce education
    • Foundation programs to get students college-ready
    • Lifelong learning (Continuing Education)

     

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