Towson University (TU) is one of the nation’s top 100 public universities. Located north of Baltimore, TU currently enrolls over 22,000 students and is the second-largest university in the prestigious University System of Maryland. Towson University values diversity and fosters a climate that is grounded in respect and inclusion to cultivate the intellectual and personal growth of the entire university community.
Towson University is currently accepting applications for a Disability Specialist. This position supports the mission of the Office of Accessibility and Disability Services (ADS) in ensuring equal access under Section 504 and ADAAA laws by: (1) determining and facilitating accommodations for students with disabilities (2) providing direct services to assist students with the transition to college, self-advocacy, study strategies, test-taking, time management, and organizational skills and (3) providing support to the ADS Associate Director in managing the Testing Services Center.
Manages a caseload of students with disabilities. Conducts in-depth interviews with incoming and transfer students and evaluates psycho-educational, neuropsychological, psychological, medical and other related documentation to determine student eligibility for disability services and accommodations.
Develops, monitors, and adjusts individual accommodations as appropriate. Documents a summary of student meetings and contacts in the ADS electronic database.
Provides academic problem-solving, advocacy, supplemental academic advising, and referral services to students with various disabilities. Assists students with the transition to college, helping them to understand their academic strengths and weaknesses, and to develop effective study, test-taking, time management, and organizational skills. Works with students to better understand the impact of their disability in a college setting, and how to advocate for themselves. Conducts both individual and small group instruction.
Provides logistical support to the Associate Director in managing the ADS Testing Center. Collaborates with the Testing Coordinator to ensure that tests are administered according to each student's approved accommodations in accordance with established testing protocols and faculty instructions. Assists with managing testing appointments and proctoring arrangements during busy periods, such as mid-terms and final exams.
Collaborates with faculty and staff to facilitate the delivery of accommodations and services to students with disabilities. As part of the ADS team, ensures the provision of auxiliary services for students, including alternate text formats, interpreters/transcriptionists, captioning, assistive technology, and adaptive equipment.
Provides support to the ADS leadership team in ensuring that Towson University provides equal educational opportunities to students with disabilities. Assists in developing programmatic plans and initiatives regarding students with disabilities, and advises regarding policies, procedures, and practices impacting accommodations and services to students with disabilities. Assists in evaluating the effectiveness of programs and services, and recommends changes for continuous improvement.
Assists in the coordination and implementation of various programs and activities, such as Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society, peer mentoring, disability awareness programming, and DSS new student and transfer student orientations. Represents DSS at University programs, such as Admissions and Orientation events. Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, Psychology, Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, or related field.
Two years of related professional experience.
Experience evaluating disability documentation and applying the information to determine appropriate accommodations and services.
Ability to effectively engage with college students with disabilities.
Must have strong oral, written, and communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively with a team.
Working knowledge of disabilities, as well as Section 504, ADAAA, and FERPA laws.
Knowledge of study, time management, and organizational skills.
Ability to present effectively to diverse groups of individuals.
Previous experience in education and directly related to working with individuals with disabilities in a high education setting.
A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate, and the results may affect employment.
Salary and Benefits
Competitive salary and full University benefits that include 22 days of annual leave, up to 14 holidays, personal and sick days; excellent health, life, and retirement plans; and tuition remission. To learn more about our benefits, click here.
If you are motivated, innovative, and team-oriented, we would love to hear from you. For consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume with your online application.
This position will be open for a minimum of 14 days.
The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors has been our top priority and the focus of every one of our decisions since the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The University System of Maryland (USM) has recently determined that mandating a COVID vaccine for all faculty, staff, and students at all schools in the USM is both a reasonable and necessary means of protecting our health and safety. As a prospective hire at TU, proof of your full COVID19 vaccination must be demonstrated before you begin employment with the University.
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About Towson University
The largest comprehensive university in the Baltimore area, Towson University is nationally recognized for its excellent programs in the arts and sciences, communications, business, health professions, education, fine arts and computer information systems. Located in suburban Towson, eight miles north of Baltimore, our beautifully landscaped, 328-acre setting offers a pleasant environment for study and a diverse campus life, as well as easy access to a wealth of university and community resources. Towson University's educational experience branches out to off-campus locations throughout Maryland, including a number of online options. Our many interdisciplinary partnerships with public and private organizations throughout Maryland provide opportunities for research, internships and jobs. Towson University is a founding member of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU).