Job Description Summary: Under the supervision of the Academic ADA Coordinator, the Disability Support Specialist works with a caseload of students with documented disabilities by providing academic and educational guidance and counseling. In these efforts to support the students, the Disability Support Specialist works with faculty and staff members to meet the needs of the students and assist the faculty and staff members in best supporting the students.
Minimum Qualifications Masters degree in guidance and counseling, adult and higher education, special education, social work, vocational rehabilitation, clinical psychology, or a related area OR at least five years of experience working with students with disabilities is required. Experience working with students with disabilities or advising and/or mentoring students in a higher education setting is preferred; though similar work with students with disabilities in K-12 education will be considered. Must handle confidential information with tact and discretion, including having a keen awareness of confidentiality regarding student records. Must possess strong interpersonal skills and be able to calmly and efficiently handle interactions ranging from routine to emergency with faculty and staff members and students. Demonstrated flexibility and problem-solving skills are essential. Excellent oral, written and communication skills are required. Must have the ability to prioritize and manage work-related stress. Must be highly reliable and conscientious.
Essential Duties Provide academic and educational guidance and counseling to students with documented disabilities, including working with faculty and staff members to ensure equal academic access and providing personalized assistance for and academic support to these students. Promote awareness of University services for students with disabilities throughout the global University community (students, faculty and staff members, and administration). Identify specific campus services, including peer tutoring, academic ADA accommodations, the Writing Center, the Testing Center and Counseling, for student success based on individual students needs. Make referrals to appropriate University and community resources to help students with documented disabilities attain their life and educational goals. Counsel and support undeclared students in determining and declaring an academic major. Tutor students as needed. Communicate with faculty members to identify academic issues and provide early intervention strategies. Communicate with parents and families of students, upon consent, to generate a system of support for students. Complete all employee paperwork, payroll tracking and approval, etc., by designated deadlines. Assist the Academic ADA Coordinator and the Academic Resource Center with projects as required. Other duties as assigned.
Webster University is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to maintaining a culturally and academically diverse faculty and staff of the highest caliber. Accordingly, Webster University provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, ethnicity, age, protected veteran or disabled status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
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With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to ensuring high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.