Specialist, Disability Services

Joliet Junior College
Main Campus, Joliet, IL

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

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Position Title:

Specialist, Disability Services

Job Description:

STATUS:Part time
DEPARTMENT: Disability Services
DIVISION: Student Development
REPORTS TO: Manager of Disability Services
PLACEMENT: Support staff, grade 7
MINIMUM PAY RATE: $20.41 per hour

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The student population at the college is diverse in ethnicity, gender, language, age and background. Joliet Junior College is an AA/EO employer and strongly encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of its staff.

Reporting to the Manager of Disability Services, the Disability Specialist assists the Manager with providing accommodations and other disability related services to Joliet Junior College students and the District 525 community under Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. The Disability Specialist must value diversity and inclusion to support the mission of the college, and promote a climate of mutual respect and full participation by providing an accessible experience for all students, staff, faculty, and community members. The Disability Specialist must be able to support the primary functions of the department including (1) intakes, (2) academic advising, (3) accommodation support, (4) ADA transition, academic, and retention support, (5) outreach, and (6) ADA mediations, interventions, and training.

1. Professionally represent Joliet Junior College and uphold the College’s core values: respect, inclusion, integrity, collaboration, humor, well-being, innovation, quality, and sustainability.
2. Review and understand clinical and disability documentation which may include complex neuro-psych-educational or psych-educational assessment evaluations.
3. Conduct interactive interviews to determine reasonable accommodations to facilitate equal access without impacting academic standards.
4. Provide comprehensive academic advising and transition support to students registered with Disability Services.
5. Assist with accommodations and train students to use assistive technologies.
6. Collaborate with other departments throughout Joliet Junior College.
7. Support the retention efforts of the college.
8. Facilitate accommodation needs by working collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff.
9. Provide outreach to promote awareness of Disability Services and create training materials necessary for administration, faculty, and staff to support accommodations and assistive technology.
10. Assist with the conversion of printed materials into alternate formats including but not limited to Braille materials, text-reading software, enlarged materials, etc.
11. Collaborate with the Academic Skills Center (Testing Center), to arrange test accommodations for students registered with Disability Services.
12. Prepare and organize various reports, survey results, records, and files.
13. Provide excellent student support by building rapport, listening attentively, defusing escalated concerns, confirming understanding, and connecting students with appropriate follow-up services.
14. Document complaints, inquiries, and other concerns, and propose solutions to promote a culture of continuous quality improvement.
15. Participate in networking and professional development opportunities to stay abreast of current trends related to individuals with disabilities.

1. Bachelor’s Degree
2. Identifiable experience working with individuals with disabilities or working for an agency that serves individuals with disabilities.
3. Basic knowledge Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008
4. Basic understanding of transition issues for students exiting K-12 Special Education.
5. Ability to travel between multiple campuses and work flexible hours to meet the needs of the department.

6. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with other members of the college and community, displaying cultural competence as well as emotional intelligence.

7. Demonstrated commitment to the college’s core values of respect and inclusion, sustainability, integrity, collaboration, humor and well-being, innovation and quality.

1. Master’s Degree, Assistive Technology Certification or Bachelor Degree with course work in pedagogy, sociology, or disability studies.
2. Three (3) years of experience working with individuals with disabilities.
3. Comprehensive knowledge Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.
4. Comprehensive understanding of transition issues for students exiting K-12 Special Education.

5. English and Spanish verbal and written communication proficiency.

6. Demonstrated multicultural competence.

Disability Services Hours of Operation
• Monday-Thursday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
• Friday: 8:00am – 4:30pm

**Internal candidates must adhere to the terms of employment regarding length of time in current position as outlined in their union contract.

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Working at Joliet Junior College 

Joliet Junior College, the nation's first public community college, offers pre-baccalaureate programs for students planning to transfer to a four-year university. A comprehensive community college, JJC also provides occupational education leading directly to employment, adult education and literacy programs, workforce development services, and student support services.

Tucked in the middle of a wildlife preserve, bridging the banks of a lake and surrounded by its own Arboretum, Joliet Junior College is an educational community that embraces diversity and promotes personal growth. Each year, more than 35,000 students find the diverse, comprehensive high quality educational experience they are looking for at JJC. We hope that you will take a few minutes to explore the job opportunities we have available and consider becoming a part of this experience.

The recruitment of qualified and diverse personnel is the cornerstone of JJC's commitment to an innovative, collaborative and inclusive educational community. At JJC, we respect the wealth of knowledge and experience each of our employees brings to the workplace. The College supports this commitment by providing personnel with excellent terms and conditions of employment, outstanding health and welfare benefits and programs for a secure retirement.

JJC employees work in a wide variety of roles within the college, including faculty, support staff, and administrative positions. With such a diverse range of professions, JJC ensures that a wealth of development opportunities is available to employees. From personal growth, career advancement, and a dynamic and rewarding work atmosphere, employees have the resources they need to achieve a successful and fulfilling career at JJC.

Joliet Junior College's open search procedures allow us to find the best available candidates for positions and to provide a balanced workforce to reflect the ethnic composition of the District we serve.

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