Learning Specialist Disability Services - Part-time, non-benefited MCCC/MTA unit professional
About Greenfield Community College: Greenfield Community College is located in the beautiful and historic Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, between the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains and the fertile farmland of the Connecticut River watershed. GCC is a public community college serving over 4,800 people annually in credit courses and credit-free workshops. Known for the caring and supportive attitude of the faculty and staff, and for the broad support it enjoys from the surrounding community, the college is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition to a strong Liberal Arts focus, the College offers a wide variety of innovative and successful programs including Gender and Women's Studies, Fine Arts, Nursing, Renewable Energy, and Outdoor Leadership, as well as varied learning environments, from traditional classrooms, to distance learning, peer tutoring, one-on-one faculty-student advising, workforce development, and learning communities that cater to specific needs and interests. Close to fifty percent of Greenfield Community College students transfer to four-year colleges, and it is Smith College's largest source of community college transfer students. Much of the College has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation that incorporates universal design principles to meet the needs of all our students. Greenfield Community College actively encourages and provides opportunities for leadership and professional development.
Job Description: GENERAL STATEMENT OF ROLE:
The Office of Disability Services (ODS) is a crucial student support office on campus that serves the needs of all students who identify as having a disability and are eligible for services under the American's with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Under general supervision, the purpose of the classification is to coordinate implementation of academic strategies/accommodations to insure equal/open access to students with learning disabilities and promote successful integration of students with disabilities in the college learning environment. Employees in this classification perform educational, instructional, and administrative work associated with ensuring compliance with applicable policies and laws. Classification is responsible for administering the college's Disability Support Services program, interpreting/implementing college policies and federal/state laws protecting rights of persons with disabilities, determining program eligibility, determining reasonable accommodation, and providing information/guidance for compliance with applicable laws and policies.
The chosen candidate must be a supportive, well-organized individual who can manage multiple priorities concurrently. S/he must feel comfortable working with audiences of diverse identities, backgrounds, and lived experiences. S/he will demonstrate a deep appreciation for the breadth of students attending the College and commitment to meet students where they are. The Learning Specialist must also have exceptional communication skills reflecting clarity, empathy and attention to details.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Provides direct services to students with documented disabilities and those referred for academic standing issues.
Assist students in establishing realistic and attainable academic and personal goals.
Develops/implements individual strategic learning plans as determined by student's reasonable accommodations.
Monitors and assesses student's progress.
Help students understand and apply time management, organization, test preparation, goal setting and study skills strategies.
Performs academic advising functions for referred students, when appropriate.
Oversees assistive technology resources and services, provides training & support to students, faculty, & staff regarding assistive technology.
Works collaboratively to develop a network of academic support services for students with disabilities.
Supports students in initiating and maintaining relationships with their course instructors, Peer Tutors, Peer Mentors, as well as other offices responsible for student success such as the Women's Resource Center, Veterans Center, etc.
Provides education and conducts classes/workshops for students, faculty and staff to promote disability awareness and understanding of Universal Design for Learning.
Performs administrative tasks associated with department activities including the maintenance of accurate and current records of the work completed with students.
Works closely with the Coordinator of Disability Services, Learning Support Counselor, and Peer Tutoring Coordinators when providing services to students.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Requirements: MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Master's degree in Special Education, Educational or Developmental Psychology, or closely related field;
Three (3) years' experience and/or training in college-level learning disability services that includes:
Knowledge of Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADA-AA).
Ability to inform and guide others by applying principles of professional coaching in addressing specific situations.
Ability to work with students having a great range of skills, motivation and educational goals.
Ability to work with minimal supervision and collaboratively with faculty and staff across all areas of the college.
Demonstrated excellence in:
Supporting the values of diversity and experience working effectively with a diverse community of learners,
Working with people with a variety of different kinds of disabilities,
Organizational and interpersonal skills,
Oral and written communication skills,
Building positive learning environments. Experience working with students on the autism spectrum and/or students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in higher education.
Experience in a community college with open enrollment practices.
Strong technology skills with experience with assistive technologies.
Teaching or training experience in higher education.
A demonstrated commitment to supporting and promoting cultural diversity.
Ability to work some evening and weekend hours.
Additional Information: EQUIVALENCY STATEMENT: Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them with the equivalent combination of education, training and experience required for the responsibilities of this position.
This is a 19.5-hour-per-week, 10-month, non-benefited position. Extended work hours (evening and weekend) will be required during certain high-work-volume times. Outside of these times, typical work hours will fall between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, for ten (10) months per year.
PAY RATE: $28.29 per hour
START DATE: January 2019
Application Instructions: Create a Greenfield Community College account and upload the following required documents for consideration:
Contact information for 5 professional references
When preparing your cover letter and resume, please refer to the minimum and desired qualifications and, if applicable, include an equivalency statement.
Successful completion of a CORI check WILL be required as a condition of employment. Official copies of all academic transcripts will be required at the time of hire.
Applications accepted up to and including December 7, 2018.
Applications received after the December 7, 2018 deadline MAY be considered until the position is filled.
GCC is an accredited public community college in western Mass. known for the helpfulness of the faculty and staff and for the strong GCC support from the local community. Whether students pursue a traditional liberal arts path or one of GCC’s innovative programs such as Renewable Energy, Fine Arts, or Outdoor Leadership, it’s GCC’s mission to teach what’s necessary for our students to reach their highest potential. Access and excellence are what drive every decision at GCC