Disability Management Advisor (Student Services Professional III)
Sonoma State University
May 17, 2018
Rohnert Park, California
Disability Management Advisor (Student Services Professional III) Sonoma State University
Job ID: - 104523
Department Name Disability Services for Students (DSS)
Salary and Benefits The anticipated starting salary placement depends on qualifications, experience and salary budget, and will not exceed $4,460 a month.
This position is eligible for a broad range of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurances, retirement (CalPERS), tuition waiver, vacation and sick leave. In addition, 14 paid holidays are offered each year; 13 scheduled on specific days and a Personal Holiday that may be taken any time during the year.
A comprehensive benefits summary for this position is available online by clicking the View Benefits Summary link or by request from SSU Human Resources.
Application Deadline This position is open until filled. For full consideration, please submit application, along with cover letter and resume, by 8am on May 28, 2018. Please refer to the Application Process section of this posting for additional details.
Conditions of Employment This is a full time, exempt position, which will lead toward permanent status following the successful completion of a probationary period.
Responsibilities Sonoma State University is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. In line with the Seawolf Commitment, our values include respect, responsibility, excellence and integrity. We strive to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. We encourage innovation, experimentation and creativity, as well as contributions to equity and inclusion, in the pursuit of excellence for all members of our university community.
Reporting to and under the general supervision of the Director of Disability Services for Students (DSS), the Disability Management Advisor has responsibility for providing academic accommodation services to eligible Sonoma State University students. Incumbent will determine and evaluate eligibility for DSS services after careful review of detailed and complex disability-related medical/psychological documentation; determine appropriate academic accommodations based on the functional limitations associated with one's disability; provide comprehensive academic advising; and participate in educational endeavors to ensure the university complies with Federal and State equal access laws.
The Disability Management Advisor assists in the design, implementation, planning and coordination of comprehensive and integrated disability support services. The Disability Management Advisor performs complex work utilizing intermediate-level analytical and interpersonal skills where assignments include department, division and campus-wide responsibilities. The Disability Management Advisor works closely with the Director in order to keep up-to-date on complex and ever-evolving equal access laws such as the ADAAA, Sections 504 & 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, CSU Executive Orders, and other system-wide mandates in order to assist the university in providing equal access to the educational process for students with disabilities.
Major duties of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:
Disability Management Advising: 1. Provide comprehensive advising to students with physical, learning and perceptual disabilities, acquired brain injury, psychiatric disabilities and other disabilities, by reviewing complex medical and psychological documentation and engaging in the interactive process by utilizing strong interpersonal skills, and assisting students with referral to campus resources; 2. Utilize specialized skills and professional judgment to review learning disability assessments provided by off-campus psychologists and LD Specialists in order to determine appropriate accommodations and support services based on the functional limitations identified in detailed reports. The Disability Management Advisor addresses letters to faculty members authorizing test-taking accommodations, note taking assistance, alternate media, assistive technology and other accommodations as appropriate; 3. Assist students, as appropriate, in accessing resources that will help improve self-advocacy, decision-making, and social interaction skills needed to personally resolve issues and to achieve maximum integration into the university; 4. Under the guidance and supervision of the Director, function as a campus-wide resource to faculty, staff and students to ensure proper implementation of academic accommodations.
Academic Advising: 5. Provide comprehensive General Education (GE advising) for DSS students; assist students with the interpretation and implementation of university advising and academic policies; 6. Meet with DSS students regarding academic progress, academic probation, and disqualification with the intention of guiding the students towards developing their own realistic and attainable plans for succeeding in their educational programs; help facilitate petition process for students as appropriate; 7. Encourage students to initiate graduation plans and work towards selection and declaration of one's major; 8. Facilitate the transition process for all incoming students from high school or community college to SSU with regard to disability services for students; 9. Provide integrated advising and transitional services for DSS students who may be low income, first generation and underrepresented students disadvantaged because of economic and educational background;
Providing equal access: 10. Work with the DSS Director to provide education and training for the campus community regarding disability issues, working to assure maintenance of academic standards consistent with the provision of legally mandated and reasonable and appropriate academic accommodations; 11. In collaboration with the Director and DSS staff members, assist in the planning and implementation of appropriate standards, policies and procedures for delivery of DSS services for all SSU students, coordinating with student support services, academic schools, the ADA Compliance Officer, and the community as appropriate; 12. Work with the Director and Senior Disability Management Advisor to assist in the planning and implementation of innovative and creative integrated academic support programs for students with disabilities, utilizing available resources for delivery to SSU students and expanding electronic resources when possible; 13. In collaboration with the Director, meet with faculty, staff, and students in situations where there are differing expectations arising from the provision of reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities; 14. Collaborate with the Senior Accessibility Specialist to ensure maintenance of and timely and effective delivery of adaptive equipment and accessible media for students with disabilities; 15. Meet with prospective students, parents and school counselors by phone and in person to explain the process of accessing disability services at SSU; 16. Assist with developing and implementing departmental and campus-wide assessments/evaluations for ongoing service improvement initiatives with regard to students with disabilities; 17. Participate on University and campus-wide committees as representative of DSS office as appropriate; 18. Participate in regional professional associations and professional development opportunities as appropriate.
Performs other secondary duties as assigned.
Duties take place mostly in an office setting located at Sonoma State University and require, with or without reasonable accommodations, the ability to be at and enter data into a computer for up to 6 hours per day. The normal work schedule is Monday through Friday aligned with regular campus hours. As an exempt employee you have some flexibility in your schedule, however, you must be available during the regular campus hours Monday through Friday to meet the operational needs of the campus and department. Your specific start time is determined by your Appropriate Administrator. Evening and weekend hours may be required and will be specified only by the supervisor to meet operational needs. The incumbent must maintain regular and acceptable attendance, as is determined by the Appropriate Administrator. The position may require occasional travel, by automobile and airplane, and the incumbent must be able to work some night and weekend hours with overnight stays.
Qualifications Requires the equivalent to graduation from a four year college or university in a job-related field and the equivalent of three years of progressively responsible professional experience working with adults with disabilities, and interpreting and analyzing diverse and complex disability-related information in order to make appropriate access/accommodations recommendations. A master's degree in Social Sciences, Social Work, Student Development, Rehabilitation Counseling, or a directly related field preferred and may be substituted for one year of the required experience. Candidates with learning disability assessment experience highly desired. Experience keeping records and correspondence by computer and demonstrated effective communication skills, both orally and written, are required. Prior experience working with students who have learning disabilities and interpreting assessments within a university environment is preferred. Intermediate computer proficiency using Microsoft Office, PeopleSoft, and Titanium is preferred.
Requires general knowledge, or the ability to rapidly acquire such knowledge, of the organizational procedures, departments, and activities at SSU. Incumbent must possess strong attention to detail and organizational and prioritization skills; the ability to advise and lead students on complex student-related matters; solve problems and develop solutions; analyze and evaluate complex situations and determine the right course of action and an ability to follow through independently.
The incumbent of this position must possess a general knowledge of the practices, procedures and activities of advising methods, academic advising, and of program management related to disability services. Disability Management Advisors must demonstrate the ability to work successfully with students with unique and multiple needs, display initiative and resourcefulness in planning work assignments, and implementing programs. The incumbent must independently obtain, compile, analyze, interpret and evaluate information, and make verbal and written recommendations. The incumbent should have the ability to work independently, as well as working collaboratively as a team member.
Must have the ability to effectively communicate with all levels within the university, establish, and maintain productive and effective working relationships amongst diverse populations including staff, faculty, administration, students, and other internal and external constituents. Must be able to accept constructive feedback and work cooperatively in group situations.
Qualification Note Evidence of degree(s) or certificate(s) and/or license(s) required at time of hire.
Application Process Click the 'Apply Now' to apply to this position. Materials submitted with your application will not be returned. The ADA Coordinator is available, at 707/664-2664, to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation during the hiring process.
Qualified candidates must submit the following to be considered: 1. Cover Letter and Resume - application system only allows one document to be uploaded, so cover letter and resume must be included in the same MS Word or PDF file (file name should not contain any spaces or special characters)
In your cover letter, please address what you see as the significance of providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities at the university and the role of the Disability Management Advisor in this process.
2. Online Employment Application (complete entire application, resume/cover letter will not substitute for any part of the application)
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current employees who apply for this position.
Other Information Equal Employment Opportunity: The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.
Mandated Reporting: This position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
About Sonoma State University Sonoma State University, located 48 miles north of San Francisco, is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University. Sonoma State University is a liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students and 530 full-time and part-time faculty. Our beautiful campus is located in Rohnert Park, at the foot of the Sonoma hills in the Wine Country.
Sonoma State University is proud to be a smoke-free campus, where smoking and other uses of tobacco products, such as smokeless tobacco, the use of e-cigarettes and similar devices, are prohibited.
Located in California's premier wine country one hour north of San Francisco, Sonoma State is a small campus with big ideas. With a tradition of promoting intellectual and personal growth, leadership opportunities and technological proficiency, SSU offers its students a friendly, safe and informal atmosphere on a beautiful campus setting. Currently, campus housing accommodates students in both apartment and residential suite style facilities. While SSU generally accepts all qualified students who apply from high schools in its service area, 80 percent of the freshmen and 55 percent of the junior transfer students come from outside the North Bay region. With almost half of its student body living on campus, it is one of the most residential campuses within the system.