Disability Support Specialist

East Carolina University  |  Greenville, NC

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Job Overview

Posted 4 days ago Full-Time

Job Details

Position Title:

Disability Support Specialist

Job Type: Disability Services
Location: Greenville, NC
Positions Available: 1
Institution Type: Public, 4-year
Institution Size: < 20,000 Students
Employer ID: 13190


Housing for Position:
None provided
Housing for Position:
None provided
Major Preference:
No Preference

Major Preference:
No Preference

Position Description

Vacancy #: 002697
Recruitment Range: Commensurate with Qualifications
Closing Date: Open Until Filled


Organizational Unit Overview

The Division of Student Affairs actively supports the University's missions of education, research, and service by providing comprehensive programs and services to assist each student in developing intellectually, socially, morally, and culturally. The Division anticipates students' developmental needs throughout their collegiate experiences and promotes students development by fostering a community of learning, which encourages individual student involvement and participation. The Division of Student Affairs provides a broad range of support services, activities, and programs that seek to: Assist students in developing respect and appreciation for individual differences, interpersonal civility, and human rights. Enhance the learning environment, facilitate retention, and optimize the student experience. Accommodate the diverse needs of all students. Support a community environment that is welcoming, safe, and secure. Assist students in meeting their basic needs for housing, nutrition, and physical and emotional well-being. Provide the means for students to become active participants and leaders in their own learning. Assist students in developing logical thought processes and sound decision-making skills. Assist students in developing an appreciation of the arts. Moreover, the division seeks to contribute to the development of the whole individual by fostering in each student a deeper appreciation of the importance of life-long learning, individual responsibility, and human diversity. Through collaboration, the division provides programs and services that are grounded in theory, assessment, and sound practice.


Under the Division of Student Affairs, the Department for Disability Support Services (DSS) at East Carolina University is the campus resource for providing academic and programmatic accommodations to students with disabilities. DSS works directly with students, faculty and staff to assist with all aspects of the student accommodation process on campus. DSS acts as a liaison to multiple departments on campus that impact academic and campus accessibility. Frequent communication occurs between campus stakeholders to assure compliance with Federal and State statues relative to individuals with disabilities. Committed to equal opportunity for students with disabilities, DSS cultivates a caring environment that values personal and academic integrity.


Job Duties

The Disability Support Specialist will be part of a team that provides comprehensive support services to students with disabilities. Focus of the position will be on educating and training newly registered students on the process for accessing their accommodations as well as the self-advocacy required in the higher education setting. Additionally, the Disability Support Specialist will develop programs and marketing materials to increase the visibility of the department on campus.


Specific Responsibilities:

  • Manage a caseload (50% of active students) to include the registration process, testing accommodation process, self-advocacy, coaching, outreach to faculty and general advising responsibilities
  • Attends weekly staff meetings as a member of the team that determines a student's eligibility for services by reviewing documentation and request for accommodation
  • Communicate eligibility status to the student via campus email
  • Perform student “in-take” appointments to review the steps the student needs to take to access approved accommodations
  • Train students on utilizing the electronic Alternative Test Request system via the web
  • Train students on utilizing the electronic book request system via the web
  • Create alternative formats of materials including enlarged print
  • Assist in proctoring exams for students including acting as a reader and/or scribe
  • Meet with students in need of time management, study strategies and academic support
  • Maintain timely and accurate records of all student contacts
  • Deliver presentations to groups and classes on disability related topics
  • As needed provide support to the Testing Coordinator in the form of cross training on the administration of tests and exams
  • Represent DSS on campus committees as appropriate
  • Maintain confidentiality in compliance with FERPA
  • Other duties as assigned.


The Disability Support Specialist reports directly to the Senior Associate Director of Disability Support Services.


Minimum Education/Experience

Bachelor's degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, Higher Education, Rehabilitation Studies or related field and 3 years' experience and knowledge in the field of disability service provision. The candidate should possess strong organizational and administrative skills, advanced computer skills, ability to thoroughly document conversations and actions regarding case management, excellent written and verbal communication skills, the ability to build positive and effective relationships across the campus and community, a strong commitment to diversity, ability to work independently with minimal supervision, a working knowledge of regulatory statutes.


Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

A Master's degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, Higher Education, Rehabilitation Studies or related field and experience and knowledge in the field of disability support in a higher education setting. Experience with programmatic and department assessment is desired.


Special Instructions to Applicant

In order to be considered for the position, all applicants are required to submit online a candidate profile, a letter of interest, a current resume, and a list of three references including contact information.


Additionally, original official transcripts, a criminal background check, and three signed letters of reference will be required upon offer of employment. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions and conferred by the time of hire.


East Carolina University seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. In order to promote the university's diversity goal, Student Affairs strongly encourages applicants from women, minorities, and historically underrepresented groups.


Additional Instructions to Applicants

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents.


Applications will be considered until position is filled. Please submit an online ECU application for vacancy # 002697 to ECU Human Resources at http://jobs.ecu.edu.


East Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


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