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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: September 10, 2021
UC Berkeley's School of Law is one of the nation's great centers for legal education, ever exploring and pushing new intellectual boundaries while tackling urgent, real-world issues. The law school is also known for its vibrant and engaged community of students and scholars who are committed to providing leadership and making a difference on problems of local, national and global import. Currently ranked among the top law schools in the country, the School of Law has ambitious development goals as it looks to continue producing leaders in law, government, and society.
The Assistant Director, Student Services & Accessible Education involves a wide range of student services duties and responsibilities for Berkeley Law, including coordination and implementation of student accommodations recommended by the Disabled Students Program on campus . The position assists the dean, faculty, and students in academic advising, recruitment, admissions, financial aid, student orientation and events, career counseling, and related programs.
Applying professional Student Services concepts, provides the full range of student services to student population served by the law school:
Meet with students to discuss academic needs and/or personal challenges
Refer students to the campus Disabled Students' Program (DSP), review and discuss implementation of letters of accommodations;
Work directly with students who receive accommodations through DSP to implement at the law school, including classroom and exam accommodations
Draft communications as needed, and serve as liaison to law school faculty at direction of the Senior Director of Student Services;
Work with the Student Services Coordinator and Exam Administrator and Facilities Department to schedule and coordinate exam accommodations;
Serve as the primary contact for non-emergency exam and other accommodations;
Partner with the Senior Director of Student Services to implement support for students experiencing personal or medical emergencies;
Maintain filing system and database for students with disabilities receiving accommodations;
Liaise with DSP to effectively support students given accommodation request and institutional needs.
Collaborate with DSP Alternative Media, IS&T, and Media Services to address student adaptive technology needs and issues;
Partner with the appropriate campus office(s) and Facilities Department to facilitate resolution of campus accessibility issue;
Facilitate outreach to students regarding resources and accommodations for students with disabilities
Within Berkeley Law provides, and makes recommendations for the improvement of the following programs:
Advises faculty on the law school and university policies and procedures;
Reviews students' progress and advises students and faculty on requirements for degree/program completion;
Identifies students with progression problems and recommends interventions;
Devises curriculum planning in collaboration with Dean of Law and faculty, and with other departments.
Events: Plans and implements complex, high-visibility student events, such as commencements.
Coordinates accommodation process for Orientation and Commencement including addressing access for graduates (parking, ramps, clear paths); providing accessibility for guests such as reserved seating, wheelchairs, etc.;
Responds to student emergencies as directed;
Manages non-emergency food allergy accommodations and issues of accessibilities including seating and other activities for students.
Advises Berkeley Law students on the job market process, and the standards and norms specific to the student's field of study.
Plans, designs, and provides workshops for students, such as information about the campus, or academic strategies and enrichment programs.
Working knowledge of advising and counseling techniques.
Knowledge of the legal framework involving accommodations for students with disabilities through state and federal laws and regulations.
Thorough knowledge of procedures for assessing and determining disability accommodation issues
Knowledge of assessment, accommodation, and intervention techniques for students with disabilities.
Knowledge of or the ability to learn quickly University-specific computer application programs and knowledge of or the ability to learn quickly University and departmental principles and procedures involved in risk assessment and evaluating risks as to likelihood and consequences.
Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem solving, identifying measures of system performance and the actions to improve performance.
Ability in problem identification, reasoning.
Ability to develop original ideas to solve problems.
Interpersonal skills. Multicultural competencies; ability to work with diverse populations.
Excellent oral and written communications skills needed to work with faculty and other campus entities regarding a student's accommodations and other academic needs.
Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
Ability to apply logic and sensitivity while responding rapidly during student crises.
Knowledge of the field's post-degree employment opportunities and practices.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Bachelor's degree in a related area, such as Legal Studies, Counseling, or Education, and/or equivalent experience/training.
Experience working with college students with disabilities.
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. The annual salary range of the position is $70,000.00-$74,700.00, commensurate with experience.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This is a full-time (M-F; 40 hours/week) career position.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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