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Coordinator, Disability Services for Students

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Position Information

Position Title Coordinator, Disability Services for Students
Department Opportunity & Outreach Office
Position Category Staff - NonClassified
Job Summary

The Community College of Rhode Island is the state’s only public comprehensive associate degree-granting institution. We provide affordable open access to higher education at locations throughout the state. Our primary mission is to offer recent high school graduates and returning adults the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for intellectual, professional and personal growth through an array of academic, career and lifelong learning programs.
We meet the wide-ranging educational needs of our diverse student population, building on our rich tradition of excellence in teaching and our dedication to all students with the ability and motivation to succeed. We set high academic standards necessary for transfer and career success, champion diversity, respond to community needs, and contribute to our state’s economic development and the region’s workforce.

JOB SUMMARY:
Coordinator for Disability Services for Students is responsible for coordinating and implementing accommodations and services for students with disabilities at CCRI under the mandates of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities act of 1990 as amended. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing direct services to students, implementing accommodations and auxiliary services such as scheduling sign language interpreters, CART, assistive technology, and similar services for students with students with disabilities, such as academic advising.

The Coordinator manages the record keeping system for students with disabilities, evaluates program activities and outcomes and prepares regular reports relevant to the effective administration of the disability services office. The Coordinator assists the Program Director with specific administrative tasks as necessary and may act in the absence of the Program Director.

Duties and Responsibilities

•Review documentation of disability, including psychological, medical, academic and educational assessments, and recommend reasonable accommodations for students.
•Advise students, prospective students and student groups regarding disability-related issues, rights and responsibilities. Assist students in developing effective self-advocacy skills.
•Act as a liaison, advocate and resource person for students with disabilities.
•Administer quizzes and examinations and provide other accommodations as necessary to meet individual student needs.
•Train and assist students in use of assistive technology.
•Plan and implement incoming student program orientation and workshops for students with disabilities and/or their parents.
•Schedule, hire, train and manage payment of sign language interpreter, CART, readers and similarly related services for students with disabilities.
•Train and supervise paraprofessional and student support staff
•Serve as a consultant and resource to faculty and other CCRI personnel on disability and accommodation issues.
•Develop programs and initiatives to raise institutional awareness of issues facing students with disabilities.
•Maintain record keeping system to generate accurate reports of students with disabilities, their needs and use of accommodations.
• Learn and stay updated on campus and community services/resources.
• Communicate effectively with the Program Director and all other disability services staff in order to ensure the continued successful operation of the program.
• Demonstrate a commitment to the philosophy and mission of a comprehensive community college.
• Work collaboratively in a diverse, inclusive and student-centered environment, and possess the ability to work with students with diverse learning styles, cultures, identities, and life-experiences.

OTHER DUTIES:
• Assist with drafting policy and procedures for providing appropriate accommodations in accordance with federal, state and local laws.
• Assist with faculty and staff training.
• Oversee development and maintenance of disability services program website
• Keep professionally current by participating in department and college-wide activities and training, and, when appropriate, regional and national meetings.
• Actively participate on assigned college and community committees as well as college-wide diversity initiatives.
• Maintain contacts with departments, schools and agencies serving target population.
• Under supervision of the Program Director and in absence of the Program Director, coordinate and administer all program activities.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:
•Master’s degree in education/special education, higher education administration, college student personnel, counseling, social work, psychology, or related field with a minimum of three years professional experience providing direct service to students with a wide range of disabilities within a postsecondary institution required. Or, a Bachelor’s degree in a related field with at least 6 years of relevant experience required.
•Knowledge of and experience interpreting and applying Federal Regulation 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act required.
•This position requires that the incumbent possess the ability to communicate effectively interpersonally and in writing within a culturally diverse institutional environment, be able to establish and maintain positive, collaborative relationships with students, faculty and staff, serve as an effective team member as well as have the ability to function independently, manage and prioritize multiple job assignments.
•The incumbent must be able to organize, coordinate and supervise support staff, be able to interpret institutional policies, plans, objectives, rules and regulations and be able to communicate the interpretation to subordinates and others. Must be able to prepare and present detailed studies and reports and make recommendations concerning the substance of the studies and reports.
•Must possess strong interpersonal skills and be able to prepare and deliver oral presentations before small, medium and large groups.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
•The successful candidate will have a high level of energy and maturity, the ability to encourage and motivate students and staff, work collegially in a demanding, fast-paced environment

Preferred Qualifications

Education and Experience:
•Computer literacy required (Microsoft Windows based software); familiarity with BANNER and assistive software strongly preferred (e.g., Dragon Naturally Speaking, JAWS for Windows, Kurzweil, etc.).
•Experience scheduling and managing sign language interpreters, CART and related accommodations preferred.
•Two years’ experience providing academic advising, learning support, and study skills development to students with disabilities strongly preferred.

Reports To Program Director, Disability Services for Students
Campus Location Initially located at the Providence Campus
Work Schedule Calendar
Shift, Days, and Additional Work Schedule Information Non-Standard; 35 hours per week; Monday-Friday; Evening/Weekend work may be required
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time
Permanent/Limited Position Permanent
Benefits Yes
Name of Bargaining Unit Union CCRIPSA
Pay Grade PSA 12
Salary Range Range begins at $48,258
Additional Salary Information

Hiring salary commensurate with education and experience.

Civil Service List position No
Licenses, Tools and Equipment

•Various office equipment which may include computers, typewriters, telephones, copy machines, calculators, fax machines, etc.
•Must have access to and use of own transportation as travel for professional reasons may be required.

Environmental Conditions

•This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Desired Start Date asap
Position End Date (if temporary or grant)

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Application Open Date 12/27/2017
Application Close Date (includes the grace period) 01/18/2018
Open Until Filled No
Comments
Special Instructions to Applicants

The closing date to apply for this position is 1/18/2018. This date includes a five-day grace period. Application materials will not be accepted after 11:59pm EST on 1/18/18.

To apply for this position, complete CCRI’s online application, and attach a cover letter and resume by the closing date. You do not need to complete the ‘Education History’ or ‘Employment History’ sections within the application if you are attaching a resume that includes the same information. Please include contact information of three references within the application. Finalists will be required to provide official college transcripts.

If you need assistance with the online application process, please contact Human Resources at 401-825-2311.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Master's degree, or higher, in education/special education, higher education administration, college student personnel, counseling, social work, psychology, or related field with a minimum of three years professional experience providing direct service to students with a wide range of disabilities within a postsecondary institution? Or, a Bachelor’s degree, or higher, in a related field with at least 6 years of relevant experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have knowledge of and experience interpreting and applying Federal Regulation 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have computer literacy with Microsoft Windows based software?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Are you familiar with BANNER and assistive software (e.g., Dragon Naturally Speaking, JAWS for Windows, Kurzweil, etc.)?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have experience scheduling and managing sign language interpreters, CART and related accommodations?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have at least two years' experience providing academic advising, learning support, and study skills development to students with disabilities?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Where did you first learn of this job opportunity? (CCRI Web Site, Other Web Site, Advertisement/Publication, Agency Referral, Personal Referral, Other). Please be specific when using web site or publication names.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document