Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is the second largest community college in the United States and the largest public educational institution in Virginia. NOVA has more than 71,000 students and 2,600 faculty and staff members. As one of the most internationally diverse colleges in the United States, with a student body consisting of individuals from more than 180 countries, NOVA is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable Virginia by fostering excellence in higher education. As an Achieving the Dream âœLeader College,â NOVA is committed to the principles of access, opportunity, student success, and excellence by meeting the educational and training needs of the region and its people with excellent and affordable courses and programs, offered by an inspired and committed diverse faculty and support staff.
With six unique locations throughout our region, each conveniently located within 40 miles of Washington D.C, we have Northern Virginia covered. NOVAâ™s Alexandria Campus is located seven miles from the nationâ™s capital, just across the Potomac River from Washington DC; the Annandale Campus, with its urban feel and suburban appeal, is ranked as the most diverse in Virginia and boasts a thriving Koreatown; the Loudoun Campus is located in a comfortable suburb steeped in colonial history; the Manassas Campus is located next to Manassas Battlefield Park, site of the first major battle of the Civil War; the Woodbridge Campus is home to municipal parks, state parks, and national wildlife refuges; and the Medical Education Campus, located in Springfield, is a uniquely specialized campus that stands apart from what most community colleges can offer, with the area boasting an abundance of hiking and biking trails, and parks with nature and wildlife areas.
NOVA offers an opportunity to make a difference with outstanding career opportunities and competitive total rewards benefits, including a comprehensive health and dental insurance program, generous paid leave, deferred compensation plans, paid parental leave, state employee discounts, and a solid and secure retirement system. NOVA embraces opportunities to create a college community that is a welcoming and inclusive place to learn and work. We do this by fostering a sense of belonging and ensuring equity while maintaining an open, civil, and safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and guests. In so doing, NOVA fulfills its mission to offer world-class teaching and learning to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
General Description: The Accommodations and Accessibility Services Counselor develops, implements and manages a program that provides services that are informed by best practices for working with students with disabilities to discuss, explore and approve accommodations, provide academic, career and transfer advising and personal support for students with disabilities. The counselor evaluates medical and psychological records and recommends appropriate accommodations, assists students with personal concerns and makes referrals to local community agencies. The AAS counselor responds to inquiries from faculty and the public regarding services available for students with disabilities and assists in planning programs and events for incoming students with disabilities and their parents. The Counselor collaborates with faculty, staff and the administration to support students, participates in campus or college committees and special projects as needed. This position reports to the Director of Accommodations and Accessibility Services. Duties and Tasks: Administrative Disability Services Determine eligibility for services in accordance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the ADA and other regulations. Maintain accurate and updated records of all students receiving accommodations that are consistent with College practices and federal and state laws. Provide ongoing training to faculty and staff in a variety of formats, including but not limited to workshops, webinars, guest speakers, individual consultations and in academic division and discipline meetings. Recommend and provide assistive technology hardware and software and refer students to the Assistive Technology Coordinators for assessments and support. Collaborate, consult with and advise Testing Centers, Learning Resource Centers, Libraries, and IT on matters related to studentsâ™ accommodations. Recruit, hire, train and schedule Readers, Scribes and Notetakers. Provide academic advising and information for students with disabilities and coordinate referral to specialized individuals and agencies. Serve as a member of the staff and attend monthly meetings Attend professional development activities within and outside the college to stay updated on changes in the field.
Counseling and Academic Advising Provide academic advising, transfer and career counseling to students with disabilities. Understand and share transfer policies and procedures at other institutions. Teach students to utilize online resources. Use PeopleSoft and other college resources in providing academic counseling to students. Collaborate with division offices and faculty members on matters that impact students with disabilities. Assist students with conducting online career research and act as a liaison to Career Services staff. Ensure that semester course recommendations will be appropriate to the studentsâ™ skills, abilities, and non-academic responsibilities. Use appropriate software programs at NOVA to maintain data on students served. Participate in virtual counseling and advising when serving other campuses.
Campus Outreach Maintain interactions with administration, faculty and staff in a professional and collaborative manner. Collaborate with Student Life and other NOVA departments to prepare and present special programs and events. Attend programs sponsored by other college departments and offices to share information about Accommodations and Accessibility Services. Serve as a liaison with high schools, other colleges, agencies and members of the community. Participate in working groups in area high schools and school systems to provide information and to assist in the planning of special events such as Vision, Future Quest, NOVA Night, etc. Present at professional development forums for high school faculty and staff. Maintain an active and accurate outside-agency referral list.
Instruction Teach two SDV (Student Development) courses each fall and spring semester. Develop syllabi and course content using the guidelines set by the SDV cluster group. Use Blackboard or other Learning Management System effectively for instruction. Submit syllabi to the supervisor before the beginning of each semester. Post course information and syllabus in Blackboard before the first class meeting. Communicate office hours and availability to students. Grade assignments and tests in a timely manner and provide feedback to students so that they can monitor their progress. Turn in faculty evaluations for all courses taught. Attend training for updates on content, curriculum and the learning management system. Essential Functions: Demonstrates skill in providing academic, career, personal and transfer counseling to adolescents and adults; making referrals to community agencies and following up with individuals who have been referred; presenting workshops or class sessions. Demonstrates skill in written communication including letters, memos and course materials. Has the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to manage multiple tasks in a timely manner.
Required KSAs: Knowledge of ADA, Section 504 and other relevant state and federal regulations concerning services for students with disabilities. Knowledge in providing career counseling to students with disabilities at the postsecondary level. Knowledge and skills in assistive technology. Experience providing access and appropriate vocational accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Knowledge of a wide range of disabilities and associated characteristics. Effective oral and written communication, including strong organizational skills. Experience facilitating successful transition from education to permanent employment. Experience identifying campus and community resources to prepare students for employment. Experience evaluating student skills and interests and identifying appropriate career goals. Experience training coordinating the activities of staff. Experience working with adults with disabilities in career counseling, community-based instructional and service programs. Knowledge of the mission and purpose of community colleges. Minimum Qualifications: Masterâ™s degree in Counseling or appropriately qualifying field related to the position with at least 18 graduate semester hours in counseling coursework. Qualifying degrees and coursework must be from a regionally accredited institution. Demonstrates an understanding of cultural competence and sensitivity of college student populations. Extensive years of experience in Rehabilitation Counseling, Psychology, or a related field and experience of the equivalent in one or more of the following: a. Counseling or guidance for students with disabilities in higher educations, or b. Counseling and/or guidance in industry, government, public agencies, military or private social welfare organizations in which the responsibilities of the position were predominately or exclusively for persons with disabilities.
Virginia's Community College's educate 240,000 credit students annually and over 170,000 non-credit students at 23 Community Colleges with over 40 campus locations throughout the Commonwealth. Our mission is to provide comprehensive higher education and workforce training programs and services of superior quality. These programs are financially and geographically accessible to meet the individual, business, and community needs of the Commonwealth.