Reporting to the Director of Disability & Accessibility Services, the DAS Specialist will coordinate and support DAS responsibilities related to accessible materials, assistive technology, and accommodated testing, and provide administrative support to the DAS program. The Specialist will assist the Director in serving students with disabilities to provide equal access.
Education required to ensure success in this position:
Bachelor’s Degree; in education, special education, counseling, psychology, disability studies, or closely related field
Experience required to ensure success in this position:
2 years of experience working in education, counseling, or other settings relevant to the position duties
Experience working in higher education strongly preferred
Experience with assistive technology preferred
Experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating new procedures
Experience working in and as a team
Special skills, knowledge and abilities:
Ability to work effectively and sensitively with diverse populations, including college students with disabilities, and low income and first-generation college students
Familiarity with provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504, Section 5078 and FERPA regulations regarding access to higher education for students with disabilities
Strong computer skills and an eagerness to learn new technology
Familiarity with assistive technology tools and a willingness to develop skills further in this area
Knowledge of alternative format conversion and procurement process or a willingness to develop skills in this area
Ability and willingness to work in close collaboration with the DAS director, faculty, staff, and students
Supervision of Labor students
Strong organizational and communication skills
Capability to work independently with minimal supervision
One-on-one and group training skills
Ability to maintain confidentiality
License, certification, or registration necessary:
Required background check
Mainly sedentary work in office area
Ability to perform extensive computer work
Aptitude to learn new technology and equipment
Ability to navigate campus/public buildings and grounds
Ability to travel by car and/or plane
Ability to occasionally lift up to 20 lbs.
Professional office environment with interruptions and noise due to frequent visitors, students, staff and faculty
Occasional travel required for meetings, conferences, etc.
Ability to operate the following vehicles or equipment:
No specific use of vehicles is expected
Standard office equipment- computer, assistive technology devices, phone, fax, etc.
Primary duties and responsibilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Regular and predictable attendance is essential. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Coordination of reasonable accommodations (~20-25%)
Coordinates all accommodations for students with temporary conditions
Assists students in identifying and obtaining necessary documentation of a disability
Creates and/or updates student files, paper and electronically
Meets with students to implement their accommodations
Serves as point of contact for students, prospective students, parents, and others if/when Director is not available or otherwise occupied
Engages in professional development opportunities regarding disability services
Accessible Material Support (~20%)
Collaborate with faculty, staff, and students in obtaining textbook and other course material information.
Procure alternate format materials from publishers and repositories as available.
Arrange outsourcing and/or provide limited in-house conversion as needed.
Assist instructors, labor supervisors, and others to develop the skills required to create accessible materials.
Accommodated testing support (~20%)
Coordinate DAS testing room in Lincoln hall.
Collaborate with faculty and other campus partners on accommodated testing options and procedures
Coordinate scribes, readers, and assistive technology rated to testing accommodations
DAS administrative support (~15-20%)
Manages equipment loan program
Maintains and updates the DAS website
Updates AIM and serves as contact point with vendor
Monitors DAS budget
Hire, train, and supervise labor students in support of the above responsibilities In support of Berea College’s great commitments this position requires student supervision. The fourth great commitment is to promote learning and serving in community through the student labor program, honoring the dignity and utility of all work, mental and manual, and taking pride in work well done. The Supervision would include scheduling, assigning and approving work performed. Developing students about common workplace acumen and giving them tangible work experience is an expected outcome. To learn more about the student labor program and requirements on this position see: Labor Program Goals
Provides administrative support to the Accessibility Committee
Other DAS program support as needed
Assistive technology support: (~15%)
Assist students to utilize appropriate assistive technology.
Interface with other related offices and faculty on technology-related accommodations
Investigate new technologies and make recommendations to DAS
Other duties as assigned by DAS Director (~5%)
Internal Number: Req 916
About Berea College
Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 70 countries. The College has a longstanding commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together. Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. It admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a Tuition Promise Scholarship, meaning no student ever pays tuition. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Washington Monthly Magazine has consistently ranked Berea in the top 3 of Liberal Arts Colleges for its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities; in 2016 and 2017, the magazine ranked it number 1.