Student Disability Services Specialist

New York City, New York (Manhattan) County
Jun 11, 2014
The City University of New York (CUNY) is the nation's leading urban public university serving more than 480,000 students in a wide range of educational programs at 24 colleges and institutions in New York City.
Job ID: 8665

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Assists with planning and providing a comprehensive program of services for students with disabilities.

- Assists with daily supervision of the unit, including budgets, personnel supervision, and facilities/equipment management

- Provides guidance and advisement to student organizations, administrators, faculty and others on concerns and issues related to students with special needs

- Interacts with counselors, disability accommodations specialists, and external community organizations to maintain a broad inventory of available services

- Presents programs and workshops, and prepares communications to students and others promoting the goals of the unit

- Organizes and provides for assistive technology and interpretive services

- May develop and/or review individual educational plans that incorporate individually designed academic support services and accommodations within the guidelines of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA)

- Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Student Disability Services Specialist


Higher Education Assistant




In support of the campus mission, values, strategic plans and goals, Queens College seeks to fill one Student Disability Services Specialist for Learning Disabilities in the Office of Special Services (OSS).

Reporting directly to the Director of the OS, the Specialist for Leafing Disabilities is responsible for the following:
- Analyze and evaluate assessment reports of students with disabilities in order to gauge eligibility for services.
- Implement and oversee various projects as created and assigned by the Director.
- Participate in Divisional Committees to assure efficient communication and understanding of emerging and on-going issues regarding the students with disabilities.
- Provide training on organizational skills to the students registered with OSS/TRIO.
- Inform students of college's requirements and policies related to academia; inform students of their rights as disabled individuals while seeking jobs and confidentiality privileges. 
- Provide information regarding current scholarships and/or internships to appropriate individuals.
- Create schedule for note-taking services and introduction letters at the beginning of each semester.
- Review each semester of students' class standing, GPAs, and major, and update documentation accordingly.
- Maintain student database base updated for CUNYfirst.

Often referred to as "the jewel of the CUNY system," Queens College is a place of contrasts: An urban school in a suburban setting, where a large and diverse student body receives personalized attention. This formula has made us one of New York's premier educational institutions.

With a mission to prepare students to become leading citizens of an increasingly global society, we offer a rigorous education in the liberal arts and sciences under the guidance of a faculty dedicated to both teaching and research. Our liberal arts, science, and pre-professional programs earn us high rankings in prestigious college guides such as The Princeton Review America's Best Value Colleges. Our students graduate with the ability to think critically, address complex problems, explore various cultures, use modern technologies and information resources, and have won prominence in nearly every field.


Bachelor's degree and four years' related experience required.


Preferred qualifications include:
- Master's degree in Special Education
- Four or more years of recent related professional experience in a College or University environment
- Must have a good understanding of learning disabilities
- Demonstrated ability to work autonomously with multiple priorities and deadlines
- Demonstrated ability to adapt to meet customer needs; demonstrated organization skills; detail oriented and ability to multi-task
- Demonstrated critical thinking and problem solving skills
- Proficient knowledge of MS Office Products such as Word, Excel, and Power Point
- Knowledge of PeopleSoft/Oracle information systems in a higher education or government environment
- Excellent written, verbal, analytical, and interpersonal communication skills


$42,873 - $81,645 (commensurate with qualifications and experience)


CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on job title and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans.  Part-time employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria to be eligible for health benefits. Health benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria.


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07/10/2014 (Search reopened)


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


We are committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively encouraging people with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women to apply.  We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion. EO/AA Employer.