Disability Service Specialist, Student Resource...
About Mount Saint Mary's University:
Mount Saint Mary's is the only women's university in Los Angeles and one of the most diverse in the nation. The University is known nationally for its research on gender equity, its innovative health and science programs, and its commitment to community service. As a leading liberal arts institution, Mount Saint Mary's provides year-round, flexible and online programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Weekend, evening and graduate programs are offered to both women and men. Mount alums are engaged, active, global citizens who use their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their communities and the world. www.msmu.edu
Mount Saint Mary's University is an equal opportunity employer. The University is thoroughly committed both to providing equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees, and to providing a work environment that is free from harassment, discrimination and retaliation. We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles' Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.
Applicants must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States. The University will not assist applicants with any visa matters. A background check will be required. Applicants must also provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination of condition of employment.
The Disability Service Specialist is an integral member of the academic success teams on both the Chalon and Doheny campuses and is responsible for developing and managing support services, policies, and processes designed to promote accessibility for courses, programs, and physical environments at MSMU, in compliance with the University's mission and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Specialist provides professional leadership in matters of fairness and access for all students with disabilities. They actively spread awareness and promote the work of the Student Resource Center and work collaboratively across departments to help make MSMU a place that welcomes and values students with disabilities.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Provides ongoing service and case management to students with disabilities for all campuses and online students.??
Identifies students with disabilities who are eligible for services (review documentation, conduct initial interviews) and create an individualized accommodation plan that is communicated to appropriate faculty and staff.??
Ensures students receive necessary accommodations for accessibility as stated in the documentation sent to faculty and staff.??
Collaborates and consults with faculty about how to implement accommodations in particular courses and programs.??
Consults with campus units and departments regarding accessibility issues and laws.??
Assess and provides recommendations on housing accommodations for students and other residents of on-campus housing, including reviewing documentation and determining approval for Emotional Support Animals (ESAs).??
Keeps up to date on research and issues related to students with disabilities in higher education.??
Coordinates accessible text accommodations, and supply accessible formats when necessary.
Coordinates procedures for exam request approvals and proctoring.??
Maintains student records, database, and statistics for Disabilities Services students including school, program, and accommodations required, etc.??
Advises provost, deans, and other department leaders (Academic Support Center, Student Resource Center, Advising, Registrar, Financial Aid, Campus Safety, Housing, others) on issues related to students with disabilities, including institutional compliance with applicable federal and state regulations.??
Speaks regularly in classes and relevant faculty/staff meetings to educate the community about disability issues, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and accessibility.??
Helps MSMU improve its practices and policies to better recognize, affirm, and include people with disabilities in the whole life of the University.??
Serves on campus committees as needed (e.g. Provost Council, Student Intervention Advisory Team, etc.)??
Performs other duties as assigned
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Assists in maintaining University-wide compliance with local, state and Federal regulations and mandates regarding students with disabilities.
2. Coordinates the development, review and evaluation of local DSP policies and procedures. Identifies and determines cause of problems; develops and implements goals and objectives for the DS program in conjunction with the university's strategic plan. Recommends initiatives and changes to improve quality and services.
3. Assumes responsibility for the verification of student's disability, identifying educational limitations resulting from the disability, and Oversees and verifies the determination of eligibility process, administered by DSP staff.
4. Insures that all students' records are maintained at the highest level of confidentiality.
5. Serves as a liaison between the disabled students, the faculty, and the staff regarding accommodations that impact delivery of instruction or service.
8. Provides in-service presentations for the college regarding DSP issues.
9. Develops and monitors the DSP budget and seeks alternative funding through grants and contracts.
10. Through continued study and participation in professional organizations, maintains an understanding of current ideas, research and practices pertaining to the areas of responsibility for this position.
11. Carries out such other duties as may be assigned by the Provost or their designee.
Federal and state statutes and regulations governing accommodation provisions and program accessibility in higher education is essential, as is an understanding of the effects of disabilities, education limitations and reasonable accommodations in higher education; Familiarity with assistive and adaptive technologies and knowledge of the methods and techniques of psycho-educational and neuro-psychological assessments; Disability laws and regulations and current trends in higher education for students with disabilities and the challenges they face is a must.
Experience with applicable laws and policy such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Experience in providing accommodation services for students with disabilities in health education environment.
Abilities and Skills:
Initiate and implement programs and services for students.
Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; provide leadership to work group; exercise effective interpersonal skills.
Understand and work harmoniously with students from diverse and multicultural backgrounds including socio-economic, ethnic, gender, cultural, disability, religious background and sexual orientation of students, faculty and staff.
Ability to address needs of students facing a variety of physical and psychological needs.
Implement new and administer ongoing programs and services for students.
Interpret, apply and explain laws, rules, regulations and guidelines related to program area; ability to maintain accurate program records and manage budget effectively.
Master's degree required, preferably in special education, student development, or equivalent.
5-7 years of progressive administrative experience in higher education
Work Location: Both Chalon Campus (West Los Angeles) and Doheny Campus (Downtown Los Angeles)
Start Date: Immediately
Applications Deadline: Open until filled
The University is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse student population and workforce as a reflection of our commitment to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of learning. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply to be a student or to work for the University.
Mount Saint Mary's University is an independent, Catholic, liberal arts university which provides a values-based undergraduate education for women, as well as innovative programs for professional men and women on two historic campuses in Los Angeles. The Mount is the only Catholic university primarily for women in the Western United States. It is also nationally recognized for its academic programs, its culturally diverse student body, and its focus on preparing the next generation of citizen leaders.