Location: Bedford/Lowell, MA Category: Part-time Staff Posted On: Fri Oct 27 2017 Job Description:
Title: Part-Time Disability Support Specialist
Unit: MCCC Part-time Professional Staff
Dept.: Disability Support Services
Location: Both the Bedford and Lowell Campuses
Reports to: Associate Dean of Student Support Services
Date: October 27, 2017 - Search Re-Opened
As an active team member in Disability Support Services, the person in this position is knowledgeable and experienced with analysis, interpretation and delivery of academic strategies and reasonable accommodations. This individual possesses the ability to promote the successful integration of students with documented disabilities within the college learning environment; also provides accommodations and support to students with disabilities through interpretation of psycho-educational assessments, learning strategy instruction, advising, consultation with faculty and staff and tutoring using metacognitive strategies.
Essential Job Functions:
Educate both incoming and existing students as to Middlesex Community College and Disability Support Services (DSS) policies and procedures.
Interpret and analyze neuropsychological records and psycho-educational assessments to determine eligibility for disability services and appropriate accommodations and support services.
Meet with students to conduct intake interviews, develop and articulate individual accommodations based on the student's disability and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehab Act.
Formulate profile sheets that state reasonable accommodations, make recommendations to the student, and provide information on roles and responsibilities in the delivery of the stated accommodations.
Provide direct services in metacognitive strategies to students with documented disabilities during one-on-one tutoring sessions to include: assistance with time management, organizational skills, study skills, test taking strategies, pre-registration advice and self-advocacy skills.
Present general information about DSS services to groups of prospective or current students.
Serve as Academic Advisor to student cohorts.
Consult with parents, schools, outside agencies and/or service providers and professionals such as: psychologists, neuropsychologists, therapists, neurologists and advocates.
Establish ongoing contact with students to promote independent and active learning.
Promote self-awareness by reviewing assessment results with students and assist in their understanding of strengths and weaknesses and learning style.
Provide on-going outreach and consultation to the college community, to include: consulting with faculty and professional staff to implement accommodations, providing information and support and facilitating referrals to internal (TRIO programs) and external (State Human Service Agencies) and participating in activities that foster inter-departmental communication, promote co-curricular experiences and impact college retention.
Maintain awareness of current issues relative to disabilities and accommodations in post-secondary settings and be informed of new adaptive technologies that support increased independence of students with disabilities.
Administer CPT and proctor tests or exams as needed.
Provide assistance to students as they make the transition from MCC to a four-year college or to the job market.
Perform administrative duties, case notes and record keeping as related to the operation of the Disability Support Services Office.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.
Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
Physical Ability: Tasks require the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight.
Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate sounds and visual cues or signals. Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.
Environmental Factors: Essential functions are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education - Massachusetts Community College will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
Master's Degree in Special Education, Education Psychology, Counseling or closely related field
2-3 years, related SPED training/teaching/direct service experience and/or training and experience that includes college level disability services, assessment and demonstrated understanding of ADA/Section 504 of Rehab Act and the ability to evaluate disability documentation and make recommendations for accommodations and support services
Ability to exercise sound judgment and to maintain confidentiality.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with various departments.
Cultural awareness and competency demonstrated by working with and/or understanding of individuals of diverse identities, such as socioeconomic level, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and veterans, including those with different levels of academic preparation, and varying physical and learning abilities.
Strong interpersonal, written and oral communications skills.
Availability to work on both Bedford and Lowell campus and travel between campuses.
At Middlesex Community College, everyone teaches, everyone learns. Collaborative in nature and innovative in practice, we educate, engage, and empower a diverse community of learners. Through transformative opportunities, we challenge and support every student to succeed and lead. Recognizing equity and inclusion as the foundation for excellence and creativity, Middlesex Community College meets the evolving educational, civic and workforce needs of our local and global communities.