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Learning Disabilities Specialist

Connecticut State Colleges & Universities
Danielson, CT

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College
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Posted: August 23, 2021
Level: Community College Professional level 18, 12-month, tenure track
Hours: Full-time 35 hours per week
Job Posting: QVCC 21-11
PC#: 00116917
Closing Date: Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm (EST) on Wednesday, September 22, 2021


Quinebaug Valley Community College
742 Upper Maple St, Danielson, CT 06239

Anticipated Start Date: 

Fall 2021

Position Summary:

The Learning Disabilities Specialist provides and supervises learning assistance services such as diagnostic testing, specialized instruction, laboratory assistance, and tutoring services to current students and potential students that have disabilities which make their participation in higher education more difficult than students without these limitations.

Incumbents must possess the proven ability to effectively work with a culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse faculty, staff, and student. They are expected to have excellent oral and written communication skills along with strong Information technology literacy skills such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams, etc.)

Minimum Qualifications:

A Master’s degree in an appropriately related field together with one (1) year of related experience; or a combination of experience and training which would lead to the competencies required of a position incumbent.

Successful Candidate must have or must possess:

    Experience working with students with learning disabilities and conducting required interventions and accommodations in an academic environment.Experience adhering and navigating laws and regulations applying to students with special needs.Experience conducting assessments and utilizing diagnostic testing methods and instruments.Experience advising students with special needs.
  • Experience in the design and development of special needs interventions and assistance.

Substitutions Allowed:

Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications as stated are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this position and by providing appropriate references. Exceptions to the degree requirements may be made for compelling reasons.

Preferred Qualifications:
    Experience utilizing/integrating assistive technology software and adaptive technology options for students with motor, vision, auditory impairments, and learning disabilities.Leadership experience conducting prospective and new student intake meetings, faculty/staff training, and accommodation review meetings.Experience with teaching the student self-advocacy responsibilities and skills, while balancing strategies and interventions to support students with the transition to college.Experience with multi-tasking and prioritizing student, faculty, staff initiatives along with community outreach to area high school transition counselors and agencies supporting students with disabilities.Experience with data management programs.
  • Participation in higher education professional organizations and professional development opportunities.
Example of Job Duties:

Under the direction of the Associate Dean, Academic & Student Affairs the Learning Disabilities Specialist is responsible for contributing to successful learning experiences for client students through effective performance in these essential functional areas: developing effective programs to assist students with learning and other disabilities to participate in the College’s academic instruction; performing or supervising diagnostic testing of client students and for providing professional guidance on best approaches for students’ learning opportunities; delivery of useful learning assistance services to client students; the fiscal integrity of the College’s learning assistance program.

In addition to the accountabilities listed above, the incumbent is required to carry out the essential duties of attendance and participation at convocation and commencement ceremonies; service on assigned committees and task forces; attendance and participation at committee, staff, informational and professional meetings. All of these may involve attendance at evening or weekend events.

This posting includes qualifications, experience, and skills but is not limited to the full specifications

stated in the job description.

Starting Salary:

Salary $67,587 approximate annual plus excellent State of CT medical insurance, retirement, and related fringe benefits.

Application Instructions:

To apply you must submit a cover letter and resume.

Incomplete applications or those submitted after the closing date will not be considered and links to other sources to view resumes are not acceptable.

All employment, if offered, is contingent upon proof of citizenship or employability under the requirement of the Immigration and Control Act (IRCA) and the successful passing of a background check. CSCU is committed to providing a safe campus community. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and, when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Continuing Notice of Nondiscrimination

CSCU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or criminal record. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Nicholas D'Agostino Director of Equal Employment Opportunity [email protected]


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