PROGRAM SPECIALIST 1 (UCP 6)
Under the general supervision of the Associate Director, assists in coordinating accommodations and services for students with learning disabilities (LD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other cognitive disabilities to ensure that all University programs, activities, and services are accessible. Assists in ensuring that all University entities are in compliance with state and federal legislation.
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:
- Responsible for collecting and interpreting psychological, neurological, and/or psychometric documentation for assigned caseload in order to identify appropriate accommodations; determines effective accommodations which do not fundamentally alter the program of study.
- Manages an assigned caseload of students with LD, ADHD, and other cognitive disabilities; oversees all activities in ensuring equal opportunity for access to academic and non-academic programs at the University for assigned students.
- Serves as a liaison and a resource for students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD; collaborates and consults with faculty and staff regarding academic accommodations, compliance with legal responsibilities as well as instructional, programmatic and curriculum modifications; provides information to assist the University in providing services to these students.
- Develops and conducts in-service training for faculty, staff and the greater UConn community to promote understanding and increase awareness of the needs and concerns of students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD.
- May interview, hire, train and supervise graduate students who provide strategy instruction for students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD; assigns tasks and sets work priorities; evaluates performance.
- Makes recommendations to faculty, staff and departments regarding the University’s academic and programmatic obligations under the law and University guidelines for students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD; collaborates with appropriate campus constituents regarding scholastic probation, dismissal, extension of academic deadlines, readmission, withdrawal from the University, etc.; develops and provides in-service training to Division of Student Affairs staff, faculty, and other constituents as needed.
- Contributes and assists with the development of resource materials and department publications related to students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD; writes copy and contributes to the content of the departmental website.
- Assists with outreach including coordinating correspondence with prospective students and/or their parents; communicates information regarding program activities and services to the campus community; conducts outreach activities for high school students and parents.
- Represents the Center on various University, divisional and departmental committees in order to assure compliance with federal mandates; serves as a liaison for designated units to address issues of accessibility.
- May represent the Director in designated instances.
- Performs related duties and special assignments as required.
- Bachelor’s degree in academic discipline appropriate field of specialization or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Two to four years professional experience with working with individuals with learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other cognitive disabilities in higher education.
- Extensive knowledge, gained through education and/or life experience, of the unique needs of persons with disabilities, including extensive knowledge of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its amendments, and other relevant state and federal legislation.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Computer literacy, experience and familiarity with the use and applicability of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities.
- Master’s degree in special education or appropriate field.
This is a 10 month, full-time position. Salary will be commensurate with successful candidate’s qualifications and experience. Review of applications will begin immediately. Qualified applicants should send a letter of application, resume, and the names of three professional references, including contact information via the Husky Hire. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 PM eastern on May 23, 2014.
All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.