Step Forward Advisor

Connecticut State Colleges & Universities
New Haven, CT

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

Posted: May 5, 2022
Level: Educational Assistant
Hours: Part-time up to 17 hours per week 
Closing Date: The committee will begin review of applications immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with materials submitted Thursday, May 19, 2022, receiving priority consideration.


Gateway Community College
20 Church Street, New Haven, CT  06510
**This position is not remote**

CT State Community College Mission:

Connecticut State Community College (CT State) provides access to academically rigorous and innovative education and training focused on student success. The College supports excellence in teaching and learning, makes data-informed decisions, promotes equity, advances positive change for the students, communities, and industries it serves, and awards associates degrees and certificates.

CT State Community College Vision:

CT State will be recognized for exceptional student success, educational leadership, and transformative collaboration with business and industry, government, educational, and key stakeholders while advancing diverse opportunities for Connecticut’s citizens and communities.

CT State Community Equity Statement:

The CSCU system commits to bold and disruptive change by actively identifying, naming, and dismantling structural racism, systemic poverty, and other barriers; establishing equitable and anti-racist policies and practices; and empowering students, faculty, staff, and administrators to advance racial, social, and economic justice. Our core collective responsibility is to continuously assess practices and policies and transform the world we live in by eliminating inequities.  

Anticipated Start Date: 

Spring 2022

Position Summary:

The advisor plays a key role in supporting students with disabilities as they transition from the K-12 educational system (IDEA) to college and post-secondary settings (ADA). The advisor provides comprehensive scaffolding and case management for incoming students with disabilities and other barriers to education, employment, and social/communication. All learning objectives, activities and support will be conducted with the student present and actively engaged in the process.  The incumbent’s role is to facilitate and monitor vital connections to academic support and serve as the point of contact for Step Forward staff, college personnel, PPT members and outside agencies.

Incumbents must possess 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:

Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Social Work, Special Education, or a related field, with relevant practical experience; or a combination of education, training and experience which would lead to the competencies required for successful performance of the position’s essential duties.

Successful Candidate must have or must possess:

  • 1 year experience working with young adults with barriers to education
  • Understanding of Autism and other neurodiverse learners
  • Able to prioritize student needs and provide timely interventions

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:
  • Knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in academic and employment settings 
  • Knowledge of the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act (IDEA) as it relates to post-secondary transition 
  • Familiar with goal setting/monitoring strategies
  • Experience with job development and coaching
Example of Job Duties:

Under the direction of the Step Forward Coordinator, the Step Forward Advisor is accountable for supporting students with disabilities as they transition from the K-12 educational system to college and post-secondary settings through these essential functions:

  • Analyze complex disability and psycho educational documentation
  • Conduct New Student Advising and Registration (NSAR) for incoming students and designated adult support person (parent, guardian etc.)
  • Review student emails and assist students with composing and responding to emails.
  • Facilitate student communication with college professionals, PPT members and other appropriate departments, agencies, and individuals.   
  • Refer students to appropriate departments/individuals for services including academic adjustments/ADA, tutoring, academic advising, wellness center, faculty office hours and Step Forward Learning Strategist etc.
  • Act as the central or point person for information flow and provide written documentation of progress at PPT meetings by utilizing the Progress Update template. 
  • Communicate scheduling needs/updates with school district personnel and parents/guardians. This includes changes to student schedules and PPT’s/meetings.
  • Assist the Worksite Coordinator with scheduling students work experience and provide job coaching when necessary
  • Track attendance for all Step Forward seminars and report to school district.
  • Teach assigned non-credit seminar(s)

This posting includes qualifications, experience and skills but is not limited to the full specifications stated in the job description.


$32.14 hourly.

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

CSCC 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 Manager of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion [email protected]


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