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Trio SSS Learning Specialist, Disabled Students Program (4557U) - 29236

University of California, Berkeley
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Trio SSS Learning Specialist, Disabled Students Program (4557U) - 29236 About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

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.

Departmental Overview

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 1900 students, and hires over 400 service providers and student volunteers to provide educational support to this growing population. The unit has an annual operating budget of approximately $3.1 million in state and permanent funding, while gifts and endowments add to that total. DSP also has responsibility for fiscally managing a Department of Education TRIO Student Support Services federal grant. The DSP Student Support Services (SSS) Co-Coordinator 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 needs these services increases each year.

This position involves planning, developing, and implementing programs, processes, and activities for DSP SSS students with disabilities under federal and state law to ensure access to the academic and campus environment. In addition, the DSP SSS Coordinator works in an interdisciplinary team to coordinate Department of Education grant-required services to students with disabilities, providing direct services to a caseload of DSP/SSS students.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: January 18, 2022.
For full consideration, please apply by January 24, 2022.


TRIO Learning Specialist:
    Plans, coordinates, conducts and evaluates academic success and strategic learning programming for TRIO students with disabilities. Plans, coordinates, conducts and evaluates TRIO SSS academic programming for students with disabilities according to the Department of Education SSS/TRIO grant. Develops and updates written materials and implements initiatives under the Department of Education SSS/TRIO grant. Assess and evaluate programming, manage data, create reports, and analyzes data.

Assessment, Advising, and Service Delivery: TRIO
    As a Co-Coordinator, monitors academic progress and provides academic advising, disability-management counseling, and other supplemental support services of DSP SSS students to ensure student academic success, retention, and graduation as stipulated in the US Department of Education TRIO/SSS grant. Provides direct services for program participants. As a Co-Coordinator, develops participants' Student Success Plans (SSP), ensures accuracy and federal compliance. Provides academic advising/course selection, disability management counseling, and case management services to program participants. Provides referrals to other campus support services. Maintains mandatory student program tracking information in TRIO/SSS student files. Serves as an experienced resource to faculty, staff, departments, and the campus community on DSP SSS disability issues. Communicates student accommodation needs to faculty, including discussing the basic course requirements and in-service training.

Trio Learning Specialist
  • Other duties as assigned include serving on department or divisional committees and workgroups.

Required Qualifications

    Minimum two years of relevant experience working with students with multiple disabilities, preferably post-secondary education. Prior professional experience with program development, implementation, assessment, and reporting. Direct experience coordinating academic support programming for students with disabilities , preferably in a post-secondary setting.
  • Experience as a learning specialist, providing academic support to students with learning differences.
  • Direct experience and proven ability to provide programming, advisement, retention, and outreach of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students.
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit, train and supervise student academic coaches.
  • Demonstrated experience in and ability to meet multiple deadlines and work effectively in a fast-paced team environment with competing priorities. Knowledge of and/or ability to learn federal and state laws such as FERPA, HIPPA, ADA, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act laws. Advanced computer proficiency and analytical skills, including Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive, and enterprise systems and programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a unique, complex, academic, student-focused environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen, and ability to build and/or learn and maintain effective relationships at all levels within the University and with outside agencies. Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills to communicate student needs and campus responsibilities to faculty, staff, and students throughout the organization. Demonstrated cultural proficiency in connecting with and serving students from varying cultural backgrounds.
  • Must function proficiently in both a Mac and PC environment.
  • Successful completion of a conviction background check is required for this position.

    Master's degree in education, rehabilitation or another appropriate field, and/or equivalent training and experience.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $65,000-$79,000 (grade 22).

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.

Other Information

This is a full-time, 40-hours per week, 9-month long Contract (temporary) appointment, eligible for full UC benefits.

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:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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