Disability Resource Specialist

Job ID#: 21-0810
Department: Academics
Job Type: Staff
Job Status: Full-time
Date Posted: 08/10/2021
Desired fill date: Open until filled
Reports to: Center for Advising and Academic Achievement
Supervision required: No

Job Summary

The Disability Resource Specialist is responsible for implementing a range of services, workshops and learning experiences that support the needs of the entire College community.   In addition, this position administers and manages accessibility services for students across all campus programs by providing overall leadership, planning, and supervision for disability support services. This includes directing and implementing reasonable accommodations and services for students with disabilities under the mandates of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended). Responsible for managing the data information systems, directing and evaluating program activities, maintaining a caseload of students, and collaborating with all areas of the College.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Plans and delivers residential and on-line academic support services and programs for all Prescott College students
  • Ensure that students with accommodations needs under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act are given reasonable services
  • Manage a caseload of students who have active accommodation plans or academic support needs; assist them in organizing their academic program of study and providing tutoring and coaching support
  • Identify and collaborate with public and private entities that provide services, assistance or information to students with disabilities, including other postsecondary institutions, social service agencies, secondary schools, etc.
  • Meet with prospective students and parents to discuss services available from the Advising and Learning Commons
  • Collaborate with Learning Support Services to provide proactive and responsive academic support and coaching.
  • Inform faculty and staff as to legal implications and expectations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 as well as trends, emergent issues, and innovative resources to support students.
  • Implement identity based programming for students and facilitating dialogue around disability and social justice.
  • Create, compile and maintain annual reports.
  • Work closely with Student Life staff to manage student accommodation needs.
  • Manage budget around ADA accommodations and oversee work study students as necessary.
  • Serve on College committees as needed

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in disability studies, education, psychology, sociology, higher education administration, or related field. Master’s degree preferred. Teaching experience a plus.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of state and federal regulations pertaining to students with learning differences (e.g. ADA and Section 504) and demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Ability to plan and implement a variety of workshops, programs, and support services. Working familiarity with IEPs, psycho-educational evaluations, and other medical evaluations
  • Strong computer and technology skills necessary, experience with assistive technology preferred
  • Adept at working with a diverse clientele and the ability to cultivate and maintain relationships for the student population in general, and those with learning differences especially
  • Demonstrated excellence in communication and leadership skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively as part of a team within the Advising and Learning Commons and the greater Prescott College campus community