Learning Specialist Disability Services - Mount Wachusett Community College
Mount Wachusett Community College
Location: Gardner, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 137242
Location: Gardner, MA Category: Professional (Staff Member) Posted On: Thu Sep 23 2021 Job Description:
General Statement of Duties
Provide academic, career, and transfer advising as well as personalized support for a cohort of TRIO eligible students with documented disabilities. Work with assigned staff to fulfill mission of the TRIO grant and perform related work as directed. The purpose of the classification is to implement academic strategies/accommodations to ensure equal/open access to students with documented disabilities and promote successful integration of students with disabilities in the college learning environment. Employees will perform educational, instructional, and administrative work associated with ensuring compliance with applicable policies and laws. The Learning Specialist is part of the team responsible for implementing the college's Disability Support Services program, interpreting/implementing college policies and federal/state laws protecting rights of persons with disabilities, determining program eligibility, determining reasonable accommodation, and providing information/guidance for compliance with applicable laws and policies. Also responsible for facilitating referrals to assigned staff. Performs related work as directed.
Work with a cohort of TRIO SSS eligible students with documented disabilities to support retention and graduation rates. Provide general academic advising, including course selection and registration counseling, to students;
Collaborate with MWCC coordinator of disability services to ensure needed services are being received;
Maintain a network of referral sources and professional contacts (e.g., counseling resources) to facilitate the academic success of SSS students;
Provide assistance to student with study skills like note taking, time management, and other study skill related issues in one-on-one and workshop settings;
Teach First Year Experience class for TRIO/SSS students and engage in proactive outreach and on-going contact with SSS students to promote student success;
Develop materials and conduct workshops/orientations to facilitate academic success for SSS students, including collaborative activities with the College's personnel;
Contribute to the development of activities and written/electronic materials to facilitate the recruitment, retention, and academic success of SSS students; coordinate and implement activities to promote career awareness for SSS students;
Initiate and maintain an effective working relationship with campus counselors, faculty, and staff to facilitate students' understanding of College policies and procedures and to advocate for SSS students;
Collaboratively plan and participate in cultural activities for SSS students;
Maintain accurate and timely data, including applications, confidential counseling/student contact records, and data concerning the program's transfer activities;
Serve on College committees and task forces as requested;
May require some evening hours and activities at all MWCC campus locations.
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Master's degree in Special Education, Educational Psychology, Counseling, Deaf Education, Teaching, or closely related field;
Three (3) years experience and/or training that includes college-level learning disability services, learning disability assessment, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/Section 504 compliance, development of policies/procedures, teaching, or curriculum development; or
An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Equivalency Statement Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them with the equivalent combination of education, training and experience required for the responsibilities of this position.
Salary: $ 58,320.00-$64,000.00 Grant Limitations **
**Actual Salary determined by education, experience and any applicable grant limitations per the collective bargaining agreement. Grade: 5 Employee Status: Full Time Benefits: Yes Hours per Week: 37.5 Number of Weeks: 52
MWCC will require all faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated by January 2022. Face coverings are required while indoors on campus. For addition information on COVID19, please visit: https://mwcc.edu/covid/
Mount Wachusett Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
We are an innovative institution for teaching and learning excellence. Students and faculty are at the center of everything we do. If you are looking for the opportunity to come to work every day and help students achieve their dreams, Mount Wachusett Community College is the place for you. Our faculty, staff, and administration forge the direction of the college together - from governance to defining our mission. We understand that for our institution to remain relevant we must continually examine and refine the ways we serve our students. We strive to create an environment where students, faculty and staff feel comfortable and where new ideas and perspectives are encouraged and rewarded. We respect and honor our differences and make them work toward the advantage of all. The college is committed to attracting the best faculty and staff for our students, regardless of race, color, religious creed, age, physical or mental disability, sex, national origin or ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information or veteran status. About the College Mount Wachusett Community College is an accredited, public two-year institution serving 29 cities and towns in North Central ...Massachusetts. The picturesque269-acre main campus is located in Gardner, Massachusetts; satellite sites are located in Leominster, Fitchburg, and Devens. The college offers over 45 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as adult basic education and high school equivalency programs, education and training for business and industry, and noncredit professional and personal enrichment programs. MWCC is on the forefront of state and national civic engagement and service learning initiatives and is nationally recognized as a veteran- friendly school. MWCC is in the process of constructing a $42 million science and technology building to support growing STEM programs. The college community enjoys many resources including the East Wing Art Gallery; the 555-seat Theatre at the Mount which hosts a variety of productions annually; the Fitness and Wellness Center, which offers a wide assortment of fitness classes, exercise equipment and an Olympic-size swimming pool; a complete library with access to thousands of on-line publications and data bases, as well as electronic classrooms. In addition, through its membership in the CWMARS regional library system, access is available to all other public and academic libraries in the region. Our Green Commitment In addition, if sustainability is important to you, Mount Wachusett Community College offers the chance to work at one of the greenest colleges in the nation. We are the largest greenhouse gas reducer of any Massachusetts state college, university, or agency, as recognized by the 2011 Leading By Example Award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We have also been nationally recognized with a Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature, the supporting organization of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, and several other organizations. Our Gardner campus features two 1.65 MW Vestas V82 wind turbines that are propelling us to near-carbon neutrality for campus operations. With the college's biomass and solar technologies incorporated into the mix, coupled with significant efficiency improvements, MWCC generates nearly all of its energy on-site to operate as a near-zero net energy campus. About our benefitsOur full-time faculty and staff enjoy a liberal benefits package, including generous retirement plans, eleven health insurance options, dental care, life insurance and long-term disability insurance. In addition, we offer a tuition remission program which provides education benefits at Massachusetts state colleges, community colleges, and University of Massachusetts Colleges for full-time employees, their spouses and dependent children. Education and lifelong learning are valued here. Additionally, sabbatical opportunities and other professional development opportunities are possible. About the regionMount Wachusett Community College is located a few hours from the stunning beaches of the Cape Cod National Seashore, an hour's drive from the cultural attractions and big city lights of Boston, and forty-minutes from the county seat of Worcester, with museums, a thriving restaurant scene, and excellent amenities. A wide variety of state and national parks, including the Appalachian Trail, the White Mountains, the Berkshires and the Green Mountains are all a day-trip away. The best that New England has to offer is here: quaint villages, bustling cities, and beautiful vistas. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Worcester Art Museum and the Fitchburg Art Museum offer incredible collections. There are opportunities for great shopping in area cities, towns, and nearby outlet malls. North Central Massachusetts is home to excellent public, charter and private schools as well as an affordable lifestyle. Hiking, biking, and walking trails are spread throughout the region as well, for those seeking to maintain an active outdoor lifestyle. We hope you will consider applying for one of our open positions, and discover all that Mount Wachusett Community College and the North Central Massachusetts region have to offer.