WorkAbility III Vocational Specialist

San Diego, San Diego County
Jul 03, 2014

San Diego Community College District

WorkAbility III Vocational Specialist

Closing Date:

Open Until Filled

Classification Title
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR/WorkAbility Vocational Specialist (Non-Credit) [RESTRICTED]

Working Title
WorkAbility III Vocational Specialist [RESTRICTED]


Pay Information
The salary range for this position is $5,071.30 – $6,803.29 per month. The highest monthly base starting salary would be $6,803.29 with a PhD and six or more years of full-time teaching experience. Overload assignments are paid based on contract parity using the Adjunct/Overload College Classroom and Non-Classroom, Schedules B and C. Salary placement is based solely upon education and experience as outlined in the AFT Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement, and it is non-negotiable. Annual Salaries will be recalculated for service less than a full academic year based on Education Code §87815, any required adjustment will be made on the first pay period.

For further information, please visit the SDCCD Employment Web Page which provides a link to AFT Collective Bargaining Agreement and more information about terms and conditions of employment which includes salary, benefits and comprehensive rules for salary placement and advancement.

Position Equivalent FTE:
1.0 FTE

Job Duration

Position Number:

FLSA Status
Exempt (does not accrue overtime)

Bargaining Unit
AFT/Cont Ed Faculty


Position Type

The Position
Applications are being accepted for Associate Professor/WorkAbility III Vocational Specialist for the San Diego Community College District’s (SDCCD) Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) Department. The current vacancy exists at the District Office. The position will begin September 1, 2014 and continue through June 30, 2017.

Note: This position is a restricted, 10-month assignment within the WorkAbility III (WAIII) Program and may continue upon renewed funding.

Major Responsibilities
Under the supervision/direction of the DSPS Director and the WAIII Coordinator, the selected candidate will provide resources to assist in meeting the career objectives of students with disabilities who are clients of the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). Duties will include providing vocational exploration and career planning, employment readiness preparation, job seeking skills development, work/internship guidance, and recommendations for workplace accommodations; conducting labor market research, providing short-term job coaching and work site monitoring, teaching effective workplace communication skills, and establishing employment partnerships that will ensure WAIII students are eventually competitively employed.


Applicants for this position must show evidence of the following minimum qualifications:
  1. Master’s degree, or equivalent foreign degree, in the category of Disability, Special Education, Education, Psychology, Educational Psychology, or Rehabilitation Counseling; AND, Fifteen (15) semester units of upper division or graduate study in the area of disability, to include, but not be limited to: (A) Learning disabilities; (B) Developmental disabilities; © Deaf and hearing impaired; (D) Physical disabilities; or (E) Adapted computer technology; OR
  2. Bachelor’s degree with any of the following majors: Education of students with specific or multiple disabilities; Special Education; Psychology; Physical Education with an emphasis in adaptive physical education; Communicative Disorders; Rehabilitation; Computer-Based Education; other computer-related majors which include course work on adapted or assistive computer technology for students with disabilities; other majors related to providing specialized instruction or services to persons with disabilities; OR,
  3. Associate degree with one of the majors specified in subparagraph (2) above; and four years of experience providing specialized instruction or services to persons in the disability category or categories being served; OR,
  4. For noncredit vocational courses, an associate degree or certificate of training; and four years of occupational experience related to the subject of the course taught; and two years of experience providing specialized instruction or services to persons in the disability category being served; OR,
  5. Possession of a California Community College Credential as a Disability Support Programs and Services Counselor (valid for life).
EQUIVALENCY: If you do not possess the exact degrees listed above or if you anticipate receiving the required degree prior to the start of the position, please complete a “Request for Equivalency Form” (link to the left) and attach it during the application process.

Desired Qualifications
Candidates must possess:
  • Effective communication skills, including proper English language grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
  • Experience providing career guidance to students with disabilities at a post-secondary level.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of disabilities.
  • Experience facilitating successful transition from education to competitive employment.
  • Demonstrated ability to appraise skills and interests and identify appropriate career goals.
  • Experience providing access and appropriate vocational accommodations for students with disabilities.
  • Knowledge of campus and community resources to prepare students for employment.
  • Interpersonal skills including tact, patience, and courtesy.
  • Knowledge of laws governing provision and delivery of DSPS services, including the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act and Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with the services provided by the California Department of Rehabilitation.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and demonstrate effective writing techniques.
  • Knowledge of District organization, operations, policies and objectives.

A successful candidate must demonstrate the ability and skill to:
  • Provide group and individual career development and workshops to students with disabilities.
  • Collaborate with outside agencies, employers, and governmental agencies.
  • Understand the local job market and develop and teach appropriate job search techniques.
  • Identify and utilize various resources and partners within the community.
  • Use career assessment instruments and other measures to assist students with identifying appropriate career paths.
  • Work with students and staff demonstrating cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Communicate effectively; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Maintain accurate records and prepare reports in a timely manner.
Foreign Degree:
Applicants with foreign degrees from colleges or universities outside of the United States must have their coursework evaluated by a professional association that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A copy of the evaluation must be submitted with your on-line application.

Successful applicants often have, or are working toward, a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, or posses the equivalency.

Commitment to Diversity:
All applicants must have demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.

Working Conditions
Office environments throughout the San Diego Community College District; some activity in the local community to collaborate with employers in developing opportunities for students with disabilities.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
To ensure full consideration, qualified candidates must submit a complete online application that includes the items listed (extraneous material will not be reviewed). References to résumés or other uploaded documents within the online application will be considered an “incomplete” application; please enter “N/A” if any section does not apply.
  1. PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES: Please be sure to include two (2) professional references in the respective section within your online application;;
  4. UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS: Legible transcripts that clearly state the institution name and degree(s) received. Note: Transcripts from multiple colleges/universities may need to be scanned as one document and then uploaded;.

[If applicable] REQUEST FOR EQUIVALENCY FORM: Link to the form is available from the SDCCD Employment Opportunities Web page at

[If applicable] FOREIGN DEGREE EVALUATION (NACES-approved): Information available from the SDCCD Employment Opportunities Web page at

[If applicable] LICENSES/CERTIFICATES/CREDENTIALS: Any applicable documentation

Important: To ensure consistency and fairness to all candidates, please do not submit materials other than those requested (i.e., personal photo, articles you’ve written, etc). Please only upload requested documents using respective document name labels. Uploading extraneous materials, unless specifically requested within this posting, may result in your application not being reviewed. Only complete application packets will be forwarded to the committee.

  • Application materials sent via mail, fax, or e-mail will not be accepted.
  • Note that correspondence, including interview invitations, will be sent to you via e-mail.
  • All inquiries, nominations and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.

    Conditions of Employment:
  • Submit “official” transcripts as stated on application;
  • Pass a pre-employment physical exam at the candidate’s expense;
  • Provide a Certificate of Tuberculosis Exam for initial appointment (Note: The certificate must be renewed every 4 years as a condition of continuing employment);
  • Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer at the candidate’s expense (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment);
  • Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States; AND
  • Attend a new hire processing appointment in Human Resources located at the District Administrative Offices.

    Job Open Date

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    San Diego Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer