Location: Fall River, MA Category: Internal Posted On: Tue May 7 2019 Job Description:
STATEMENT OF DUTIES: The Learning Specialist - Disability Services will provide direct services to students with disabilities and maintain a caseload of approximately 100-150 students with a full range of disabilities. The Learning Specialist will conduct intake interviews, arrange accommodations, and monitor academic progress through ongoing holistic advisement. They will work with students with disabilities to develop self-advocacy skills, independence, and the necessary strategies to succeed in their coursework and program of study, including the use of appropriate academic supports. Through their work, the Learning Specialist will be required to build strong relationships with faculty and staff, participate in college service activities, and conduct outreach to high schools and community agencies in support of the transition to and from college for students with disabilities.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Reports to the Associate Director of Disability Services.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Manage a caseload of 100-150 students with disabilities (SWD), enrolled primarily on the Fall River campus, online, through Workforce Development, and/or Adult Basic Education.
Conduct intake interviews with prospective and current SWD.
Request and review diagnostic information and documentation establishing eligibility for services and determining reasonable accommodations for SWD.
Screen students for learning disabilities; refer students for further diagnostic testing, as needed; and confer on academic petitions.
Engage in the interactive process of developing student accommodation plans for each course, each semester, for SWD in online and face-to-face classes.
Arrange for note-takers, texts in alternate formats, and other auxiliary aids, as required, for SWD.
Assist the Specialized Testing Learning Specialist in scheduling and administering assessments (including placement exams) with specialized testing accommodations for SWD, including scribing, as warranted.
Consult with students, faculty, administrators, and other campus personnel regarding SWD's instructional needs, access requests, and reasonable accommodations.
Refer SWD to appropriate enrollment, academic, tutorial, counseling, and student services, as needed.
Provide ongoing holistic advisement to SWD; prepare SWD to self-advocate with academic advisors; and monitor caseload's academic progress.
Outreach to caseload of SWD to encourage student retention, persistence, and course/program completion.
Maintain and routinely update confidential student files, progress reports, and documentation.
Participate in staff development initiatives to promote sensitivity to the needs of individuals with disabilities.
Further the College's commitment to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) by identifying, developing and promoting UDL strategies with faculty and staff, educating faculty and staff on best practices, and challenging them to integrate UDL principles into their work.
Develop outreach initiatives with community partners to support the successful transition of SWD from high school to college.
Participate in planning and running the annual Summer Transition Academy for incoming SWD.
Contribute to the teamwork of ODS in topical study, discussion, and program-wide projects.
Participate in local, state, and national trainings, conferences, and webinars, as budget allows.
Prepare weekly/semester/annual data and services reports.
Assist in compiling departmental/divisional reports, manuals, and other written correspondence.
Perform other related duties as assigned, consistent with the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Master's Degree in Special Education, Educational Psychology, Counseling, Deaf Education, Teaching, or closely related field.
Three (3) years of experience and/or training that includes college-level learning disability services, learning disability assessment, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/Section 504 compliance, development of related policies/procedures, teaching, or curriculum development; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
Demonstrated knowledge of federal laws pertaining to individuals with disabilities, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended/ADAA.
Experience in reading and interpreting psychological and educational evaluations and other professional documentation.
Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills that foster a culture of accessibility.
The ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.
A minimum of three (3) years of experience in the provision of disability services in a community college or university setting with a varied student population, including students with autism, learning disabilities, mobility challenges, students who are D/deaf or Hard-of-Hearing, students with visual disabilities, and students with psychological disabilities.
Demonstrated understanding of assistive technology and its applications in the college classroom.
Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, Banner, ARGOS, and DegreeWorks.
Ability to speak and/or sign a language in addition to English.
POSITION STATUS: This is an MCCC/MTA, full time, unit position with benefits. Some evening and/or weekend hours may be required. This position is subject to the 2020 budget appropriation.
SALARY: $55,827 - $70,689 Labor Grade - 5 - actual salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and in accordance with the MCCC/MTA Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Internal Number: 110313
About Bristol Community College
Bristol Community College is a comprehensive, public community college accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), offering degree and certificate programs that give our students the skills they need to transition successfully to the workforce, to a four-year institution or promote individual opportunity. As one of fifteen Massachusetts community colleges, BCC offers a wide range of educational programs and community services. It develops and presents programs for the entire community, from children to senior citizens, and it is well known for its friendly atmosphere and a faculty that cares about its students. We serve more than 11,987 students at campuses in Fall River, New Bedford, Attleboro, Taunton, and online. The Workforce Education Institute develops active partnerships with business and industry, preK-12, colleges and universities, and social service agencies to maintain relevance and effectiveness of all credit and noncredit programming. The College enrolls over 18,667 students a year in community services program, in workforce development, adult literacy, personal enrichment, and our Kids College program. We value and respect diversity with...in Bristol Community College and the world while preparing well-rounded learners for employment and for life. BCC is a signatory to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment and as such is actively committed to sustainability throughout all areas of the College.