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Access Specialist
Posting Details
Internal Title
Access Specialist
Position Type
Faculty / Non-Faculty / Administration
Pay Band
Disability Services
Job Purpose
Access Specialist plans, develops, and implements programs, processes, and activities for students with disabilities in accordance with federal and state law, to assure their access to the academic and campus environment.
Works under the overall direction of the Center for Disability Services (SNAP) Director, Access Specialist is responsible for providing and coordinating a wide range of academic accommodations and support services to college students with varying types of disabilities to promote student success/retention/graduation at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Will consult with supervisor regarding complex student issues, faculty concerns, or decisions that can impact University compliance and liability under federal and state disability law and regulations. Responsibilities also include: liaison, advocacy, educating and training students and other members of the campus community regarding disability-related issues and how to create a welcoming environment and activities to facilitate equal access.
Minimum Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in Counseling, Social Work, Psychology , Special Education or related field and at least one year of experience working with college students with disabilities. Candidates with an equivalent combination of experience and/or education are encouraged to apply.
Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Special Education, psychology, counseling or social work or related field .
Ability to interpret medical and diagnostic reports, summarize reports written by others, and use them to determine reasonable individual accommodations.
Demonstrated working knowledge of college assistive technologies.
Demonstrated specific experience with students who have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Candidates with an equivalent combination of experience and/or education are encouraged to apply.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
High degree of initiative. Strong ability to handle multiple tasks, deadlines and competing priorities simultaneously.
Ability to interpret psycho-educational evaluations. Ability to formulate, interpret and apply regulations, policies and procedures. Must be able to exercise discretion and sound judgment in the handling of student records and in working with students with disabilities.
Demonstrated evidence of commitment to student success and self-advocacy.
Demonstrated working knowledge and experience with Federal Regulations 504, Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act and reasonable accommodations, and other appropriate laws pertaining to higher education and disability preferred.
Demonstrated working knowledge of FERPA.
Demonstrated experience working with adults presenting with mental health, social, and emotional needs.
Excellent analytical, judgment and problem solving-skills such as the ability to see patterns and trends in the field of post-secondary services and make recommendations for improvement, and devise new or improve existing procedures and work methods.
Excellent oral communications skills to lead presentations and interact cooperatively and effectively with students, parents, staff, and faculty at all levels of the organization. Experience presenting information to a diverse group of individuals.
Excellent writing skills, including the demonstrated ability to produce professional correspondence, proposals and reports, using Word processing or other computer applications, and related technology.
Skills in working effectively as a team member and with staff in a mutually supportive environment; excellent listening skills and the ability to convey information clearly.
Excellent interpersonal skills, including the demonstrated ability to interact professionally, share and gather information, and respond appropriately to student and staff needs.
Strong organizational skills, including demonstrated ability to keep accurate records and appropriately maintain the confidentiality of sensitive records.
Experience working with and serving diverse multicultural populations.
Additional Comments Regarding Position
Occasional evening, early morning or weekend work is required, and occasional travel for conferences. Must be able to exercise proper judgment in emergencies.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please complete the application to include all current and previous work history and education. A resume will not be accepted nor reviewed to determine if an applicant has met the qualifications for the position.
*Salary is commensurate with education/experience which exceeds the minimum requirements.
Offers of employment are contingent upon a successful background check.
All applications must be submitted online
*$34,331 - $43,000
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Closing Date
Open Until Filled
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EEO Statement
The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.
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Job Duties
Job Duties
Coordinates implementation of services and accommodations for students with documented disabilities, appropriate to specific disability and consistent with disability law and standard practice in higher education. Ensures equal access to all programs and services for students with disabilities at the College of Charleston. 
Assess, verify and facilitate student requests for services. Reviews applications for disability services, and determines service eligibility. Provides academic support to students with disabilities, including skill development and coaching in the areas of time and stress management and study and organizational skills. 
Advise individual students and student groups concerning disability, diversity, civil rights, services, and self-advocacy. Assist students with disabilities in problem solving. 
Serves as primary proctor for Alternative Final Exam Site. 
Refers students to campus and community resources. 
Documents and maintains accurate case records and notes of appropriate information in electronic and hard files.
Essential or Marginal
Percent of Time
Provides follow up to students to review effectiveness of accommodations, adjustment to college, and provide disability-related educational support. Offers expertise in recommending reasonable accommodations. Serves as a resource to faculty and staff on disability-related matters.
Essential or Marginal
Percent of Time
Consults with other colleagues and supervisor regarding case management. Collaborates with College departments in providing services to students with disabilities. Mediates with faculty as needed. Serves as a resource and advocate for students with disabilities.
Essential or Marginal
Percent of Time
Provides institutional support for Disability Services work groups and/or College committees). 
Attends and participates in Student Affairs Division meetings as needed. Participates in work groups as recommended or assigned. Participate in College committees, task forces, networks and liaisons upon the recommendation and/or approval of the Director. 
Provides training (formal presentations) to the College and the community on disability-related topics to promote awareness, sensitivity, and competence in ensuring access for disabled individuals at least twice a year. Provides information sessions about SNAP during each summer orientation sessions and as needed. 
Provide liaison regarding postsecondary transition for local transition collaboratives, at transition forums and events. Provide guidance to prospective transitioning students and their families. 
Provides consultation/technical assistance on disability issues as needed or requested by individuals and groups at the College and in the community. Staff outreach “tabling” events as needed in rotation with other CDS staff members (i.e. Accepted Student Weekend).
Essential or Marginal
Percent of Time
Plan, conduct, and report disability and higher education research upon the recommendation and/or approval of the Director. Participate in teaching courses and guest lecturing upon the recommendation and/or approval of the Director. Maintain membership with relevant professional organizations. Stay abreast of legislation and national, state, and local issues affecting access for students with disabilities. 
Participate in professional development activities through presentations, publications, attendance at conferences, and/or related activities. Participate in community-based organizations serving disabled populations.
Essential or Marginal
Percent of Time