Disability Specialist Opening at Los Angeles Community College


Announcement of Academic Position
Disability Specialist

Deadline to File: May 28, 2009      Issue Date: April 16, 2009

Applications are now being accepted for the probationary, tenure-track position of Disability Specialist for the Disabled Students Programs and Services office at Los Angeles Valley College.

This is a full time (35 hours per week, including some evenings) position with employee benefits. The starting date for this position is tentatively scheduled for July 1, 2009.  The salary is commensurate with the candidate’s academic and professional qualifications and will be determined by the Los Angeles Community College District.

Provide a variety of professional services for students with a broad range of disabilities. 

Determines student eligibility for DSPS programs and services;

Collects verification documentation and maintains student and program records;

Assists in evaluation of students to determine appropriate accommodations;

Determines, recommends, and facilitates support services and accommodations;

Recommends appropriate assistive technology for use by students with disabilities to enhance educational experiences;

Instructs assistive technology courses designated to meet the supportive educational needs of students with disabilities;

Meets scheduling needs located at on or off-campus sites, and /or at day or evening classes;

Communicates effectively both orally, by phone and in writing with student’s faculty, staff, and administration and community entities;

Provides consultation and support to faculty, administration, and staff regarding compliance issues such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act;

Recruits, hires, and schedules sign language interpreters for deaf and hard of hearing students;

Represents DSPS on committees addressing disability-related issues on the campus and in the community;

Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
Applicants for this position must show evidence of the following qualifications:

1.Possession of a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling: or
2.Possession of a master’s degree in special education with 24 or more semester units in upper division or graduate level course work in counseling, guidance, student personnel, psychology, career development or social welfare; or
3.A master’s degree in counseling, guidance, student personnel, psychology career development, or social welfare AND either 12 or more semester units in upper division or graduate level coursework specifically in counseling or rehabilitation
of individuals with disabilities, OR two years of full-time experience in one or more of the following:
   a.Counseling or guidance for students with disabilities; or
   b.Counseling and/or guidance for persons with disabilities in industry, government, public agencies, military or private social welfare organizations in which the responsibilities of the position were  predominantly or exclusively for persons with disabilities.

4.Ability to work in a multi-ethnic environment with students who have a variety of learning styles and disabilities.

Desired Qualifications

Knowledge of and ability to apply DSPS policies and procedures, California Education Code Regulations, and federal and state laws related to access issues in a community college setting.

Strong knowledge of adaptive technologies that facilitate access to electronic information and educational programs for students with various disabilities, and of assistive technology applications to assist in accommodating disability-related educational limitations.

Demonstrated ability to train students in the usage of assistive technology to accommodate disability-related educational limitations.

Demonstrated knowledge of requirements pertaining to compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act for website accessibility and Electronic and Information Technology (EIT).

Knowledge and experience working with adults who have disabilities, such as acquired brain injury, hearing impairment, learning disabilities, mobility impairments, psychological disability, development delay, speech and language disabilities, and visual impairments.

Experience determining eligibility for DSPS through direct evaluation, by observation, or from careful review of documentation presented, as well as training in the proper use of various assessment techniques.

Ability to direct many projects and tasks concurrently, within multiple locations, and manage time wisely.

Demonstrated knowledge of American Sign Language preferred.

Required Application Materials

1.A detailed letter of interest specifically addressing how you meet the minimum and desired qualification for this position.
2. Current resume.
3.A one-page statement describing your approach to working with students with disabilities in a community college.
4.Three recent letters of recommendation to include the names, position title, relationship, address, and phone numbers.
5.Completed Los Angeles Community College District Job application form which can be found on the district website at: www.laccd.edu.
6.Copies of unofficial transcripts for all colleges attended (note: official transcripts will be required at the time of hiring).
7.Reference list with the names, addresses and telephone numbers of your last three supervisors (your current supervisor should be one of the three names given).

Application Procedures and Materials Deadline:
To be considered by the committee, the District application and all supporting documentation must be received in the Associate Dean’s Office by 4:00 pm on Thursday, May 28, 2009. All required application material must be received or the application package will be considered incomplete and will not be submitted to the screening committee. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all application materials are RECEIVED in the Associate Dean’s office before 4:00 pm on Thursday, May 28, 2009. All materials submitted become the property of Los Angeles Valley College.  No facsimiles will be accepted.  Please send completed application packages to:

Dave Green
Associate Dean, DSP&S
Los  Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA  91401