Accessibility Services Specialist

Search #: S21-033
Ranking: Administrator III
Date Posted: 12/15/2021

    
Southern Connecticut State University is a diverse and student-centered university dedicated to academic excellence, access, and service for the public good. Southern provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of its community through a campus wide commitment to social justice.  Founded as a teacher’s college in 1893, Southern has evolved over the past century into a comprehensive public university of more than 10,000 students, offering graduate and undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and professional disciplines. It is one of four universities in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. The University is located in New Haven, a city rich with arts and culture, and less than 90 miles from New York City and 140 miles from Boston.

A recent merger of the Academic Success Center and the Disability Resource Center led to the launch of the Center for Academic Success and Accessibility Services (CASAS). This new Center recognizes the value of a more integrated approach to the academic success of students, and
strives to create an open and inclusive environment for SCSU students to learn and realize their educational goals.

As a part of the Center, Accessibility Services staff seek to enhance and promote opportunities for students with disabilities to thrive. Accommodations provided in the academic and living environments are tailored to meet the needs of each individual student. Reporting to the Associate Director of Accessibility Services, the Accessibility Services Specialist assists in the delivery of a comprehensive, iterative process to coordinate supports and services for students with accessibility needs which includes reviewing disability documentation and determining appropriate accommodations. The specialist provides support, advocacy, awareness and training related to student accommodation, the promotion of universal design, and the delivery of equitable experiences for students.

   
Required Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in education or related field (e.g,, school/educational psychology, learning disabilities, counseling or special education)
  • Three years of experience working with students with disabilities in an educational setting 
  • Demonstrated expertise interpreting diagnostic assessments and in understanding the implications of behaviors elicited by learning disabilities and/or attentional and psychological disabilities
  • Ability to make data-informed decisions
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating a just and inclusive community, intercultural competency and enthusiasm for working at an institution committed to social justice. 
       

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Success developing and maintaining collaborative relationships
  • Strong communication skills for effective oral and written communication with students, faculty and parents
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to use computers/software
  • A proven ability to work independently as well as with a team. 
       

These qualifications may be waived for individuals with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
    
Essential Functions:

  • Maintains a caseload of students with disabilities.  Reviews and analyzes supporting documentation to determine eligibility for services and reasonable accommodations and arranges classroom, testing and other accommodations for qualified students.
  • Provides support, advocacy and awareness related to student accommodation and the promotion of universal design and a social model of disability.  This includes connecting students to other support resources on campus, as well as helping them practice and hone their self-advocacy skills.
  • Works with faculty and staff to ensure appropriate accommodations are executed. Assists the Associate Director of Accessibility Services with the delivery of accommodations and supports through the Center for Academic Success and Accessibility Services. 
  • Provides information and training to faculty, staff and administrators regarding institutional policies and procedures for ensuring an equitable experience for students. This includes information on procedures for navigating reasonable accommodations.
  • Recruits, trains, supervises, and evaluates accessibility services’ student employees, university assistants and other staff as necessary.  
  • Assists the Associate Director of Accessibility Services, the Associate Director of Academic Support and Associate Director of Success Coaching and Programming in the development and delivery of supportive programs to assist students.  
  • Assists the Associate Director of Accessibility Services in the implementation of an assessment program for accessibility services to determine the effectiveness of programs, enhance the well-being of students and improve the learning of student employees.
  • Coordinate special projects and accessibility initiatives that focus on inclusion, enhancement and compliance.
  • May involve occasional work in the evenings and/or on weekends.
      

 

Performs other duties and responsibilities related to those enumerated above which do not alter the basic level of responsibility of the position. 
   

Application:

To be considered, please submit a letter of interest, resume and contact information for three professional references to Shabrell Sherrod at sherrods2@southernct.edu, no later than January 14, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.

 

Southern Connecticut State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.