Internal Search: Open to current George Mason University employees only
The George Mason University, Office of Disability Services (ODS) invites current employee applicants for the position of Student Support Specialist. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
The Mason Autism Support Initiative (MASI), a program offered through ODS, offers individualized, comprehensive social and academic support to motivated Mason students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in order to guide them through the transition into university life, and assist them in building skills necessary for success in the university environment and beyond. MASI encourages the development of self-advocacy and college-level independent living skills by providing individual and group support within a collaborative model.
About the Position:
The Student Support Specialist is a full-time, benefitted staff position and will report to, work closely with, and provide direct support to the MASI Director.
Serve as Lead Learning Strategist, supporting assigned students with various aspects of university life with increased focus on academic and career-related skills. This includes implementation of strategies and development of skills in self-advocacy, time management, organization, planning/prioritizing, studying, goal-setting, problem-solving, self-monitoring, and decision-making;
Assist and model effective communication with faculty, classmates, and peers;
Collaboratively identify and address social needs of students and support navigation of challenging situations;
Assist with accessing and utilizing campus resources;
Assist with coordination and collaboration with university faculty and staff, departments, and community organizations as needed;
Co-facilitate MASI informational sessions as needed;
Assist with internal and external programming, presentations and table fairs;
Co-facilitate on-going professional development;
Collect and maintain record of MASI student fee payments and reimbursements;
Create/update spreadsheets on student information and schedules;
Schedule all MASI related meetings (student interviews, parent/student meetings, campus stakeholders);
Serve as point of contact for prospective families and community members;
Maintain record of prospective students;
Coordinate meeting room locations for Learning Strategists;
Purchase supplies/food for program; maintain record of receipts and payment log;
Reconcile cash and financial statements;
Coordinate MASI orientation room location, food order, and RSVP list;
Keep record of yearly academic and program-related statistics;
Maintain and update swipe access for students and staff into MASI lounge;
Oversee student planning and implementation of monthly social events. This includes coordinating logistics of monthly social events: location, transportation, fees, purchasing, attendance;
Assist with other administrative duties, as needed.
The successful candidate will have an understanding of disabilities, particularly ASD;
Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
Experience working within the field of higher education;
Strong interpersonal communication skills;
Possess strong verbal, written communication and interpersonal skills;
Possess the ability to work effectively in a team environment;
A demonstrated basic comfort level when interacting with individuals with disabilities;
Excellent attention to detail.
Experience working with college students, and knowledge of issues regarding the transition from high school to postsecondary education for students with disabilities;
Experience working with college-level individuals with ASD within the college/university environment.
Salary: Salary starting in the mid $40s; Commensurate with education and experience
Location: Fairfax, VA
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