The Counselor provides academic counseling and disability accommodations to the full range of students accessing center services. The Counselor is responsible for independently engaging in the deliberative process necessary for determining reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and working with instructors and staff to implement students’ approved academic adjustments, reasonable accommodations and access to auxiliary aids and services. This process includes the review of documentation submitted in support of a student’s request. As a member of the documentation review team, the Counselor consults on complex cases and stays abreast of current issues related to disability support. The Counselor also conducts workshops and consults with members of the campus community on related topics.. The Counselor assists with academic intervention programs, particularly during the summer.
Academic support services and disability accommodations provide an important retention tool for students. The Counselor contributes to the office’s responsibility for 504/ADA compliance at the university.
Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.
American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.
Master’s degree in counseling, education, student development, related field, or equivalent in education, training and experience required.
Three (3) years of experience at the postsecondary level
Familiarity with the developmental issues of college students
Experience working with disabilities and the accommodation process, including relevant disability laws
Experience working with a diverse student population
Excellent verbal, writing, and presentation skills
Experiencing providing academic support services
Experience advocating for student populations
Familiarity with disability documentation including psychoeducational reports
A global outlook, practical idealism, and a passion for public service define American University. American University is a private doctoral institution situated in a residential neighborhood of northwest Washington, D.C. Our academic strengths are grounded in social responsibility and a commitment to cultural and intellectual diversity.