Access Specialist plans, develops, and implements programs, processes, and activities for students with disabilities in accordance with federal and state law, to assure their access to the academic and campus environment.
Works under the overall direction of the Center for Disability Services (SNAP) Director, Access Specialist is responsible for providing and coordinating a wide range of academic accommodations and support services to college students with varying types of disabilities to promote student success/retention/graduation at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Will consult with supervisor regarding complex student issues, faculty concerns, or decisions that can impact University compliance and liability under federal and state disability law and regulations. Responsibilities also include: liaison, advocacy, educating and training students and other members of the campus community regarding disability-related issues and how to create a welcoming environment and activities to facilitate equal access.
Bachelor’s degree in Counseling, Social Work, Psychology , Special Education or related field and at least one year of experience working with college students with disabilities. Candidates with an equivalent combination of experience and/or education are encouraged to apply. PREFERRED: Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Special Education, psychology, counseling or social work or related field .
Ability to interpret medical and diagnostic reports, summarize reports written by others, and use them to determine reasonable individual accommodations. Demonstrated working knowledge of college assistive technologies. Demonstrated specific experience with students who have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
High degree of initiative. Strong ability to handle multiple tasks, deadlines and competing priorities simultaneously. Ability to interpret psycho-educational evaluations. Ability to formulate, interpret and apply regulations, policies and procedures. Must be able to exercise discretion and sound judgment in the handling of student records and in working with students with disabilities. Demonstrated evidence of commitment to student success and self-advocacy. Demonstrated working knowledge and experience with Federal Regulations 504, Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act and reasonable accommodations, and other appropriate laws pertaining to higher education and disability preferred. Demonstrated working knowledge of FERPA. Demonstrated experience working with adults presenting with mental health, social, and emotional needs. Excellent analytical, judgment and problem solving-skills such as the ability to see patterns and trends in the field of post-secondary services and make recommendations for improvement, and devise new or improve existing procedures and work methods.
Excellent oral communications skills to lead presentations and interact cooperatively and effectively with students, parents, staff, and faculty at all levels of the organization. Experience presenting information to a diverse group of individuals.
Excellent writing skills, including the demonstrated ability to produce professional correspondence, proposals and reports, using Word processing or other computer applications, and related technology.
Skills in working effectively as a team member and with staff in a mutually supportive environment; excellent listening skills and the ability to convey information clearly.
Excellent interpersonal skills, including the demonstrated ability to interact professionally, share and gather information, and respond appropriately to student and staff needs.
Strong organizational skills, including demonstrated ability to keep accurate records and appropriately maintain the confidentiality of sensitive records.
Experience working with and serving diverse multicultural populations.
Offers of employment are contingent upon a successful background check.
EEO Statement: The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.
Salary is commensurate with education/experience which exceeds the minimum requirements.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with education/experience which exceeds the minimum requirements.
Internal Number: 2021039
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