Tidewater Community College has served South Hampton Roads â“ both students and employers â“ for 50 years. It has grown from 1 campus into a regional educational and economic force. TCC is the largest provider of higher education and workforce services in Hampton Roads, enrolling nearly 28,000 students in 2019-20. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, Tidewater Community College (TCC) services South Hampton Roads with 4 campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach, 7 regional centers and 2 important cultural institutions. The college had 3,203 graduates in 2019-2020, 40 percent of whom pursued degrees that would let them transfer to 4-year institutions. Of South Hampton Roads residents enrolled in higher education 36% enrolled at TCC. TCCâ™s institutional accreditation is affirmed through 2027 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
POSITION SUMMARY: The counselor will provide functional leadership for educational accessibility counseling, developmental advising and other specialized student services in an integrated, team approach. The counselor provides sound academic, career, and personal advising and counseling for prospective, current, and returning students with disabilities. The responsibilities will include documentation, records and file maintenance, and outreach to local education authorities and human services agencies.
Counsel prospective, current, and returning students with disabilities from diverse cultural and academic backgrounds concerning their individual goals by utilizing professional counseling techniques and providing intervention to enhance student success.
Implement comprehensive advising for students with disabilities to include pre-advising relevant to disability needs, review of documentation, and determination and construction of appropriate accommodations.
Implement student accommodations to include arranging interpreters, note takers, physical access, recorded tests and books, Braille, special placement testing, etc.
Participate in the development, coordination, and implementation of retention initiatives to ensure student success.
Consult with local education and community agency personnel to ensure that students with disabilities transition into college successfully and maintain satisfactory academic and personal progress in their postsecondary pursuits.
Establish and maintain paper and electronic files containing confidential information, including case notes and disability documentation on all students with disabilities while ensuring maximum security of these files.
Serve on college committees and attend college-wide and local public education and agency committee meetings that address the needs of students with disabilities.
Conduct and/or coordinate campus seminars, workshops, and other presentations related to serving students with disabilities.
Interpret English, mathematics, and English as a Second Language (ESL) placement test scores and other multiple indicators to assess studentâ™s readiness for college level courses and determine appropriate course selection.
Advise incoming transfer students with disabilities by reviewing their transcripts from previous institutions using the Transfer Evaluation System and by interpreting scores from CLEP, Advanced Placement, and other standardized tests.
Counsel students with disabilities who have requested re-admission, and assist them in developing appropriate educational goals, time management plans, and decision-making skills that will assist them in achieving academic success.
Counsel students with disabilities in career development with the use of self-assessment inventories and occupational resources, teaching them decision-making skills to assist them in selecting a curriculum.
Counsel students with disabilities with personal issues that may hinder their academic progress to encourage student growth and development; refer students when appropriate to community agencies and other college resources (such as Career Services, Center for Military and Veterans Education, and Student Resource and Empowerment Center).
Advise students with disabilities on the requirements for transferring to four-year colleges and universities to ensure compliance with the transfer requirements of senior institutions by providing information on course equivalencies, articulation agreements, guaranteed admission agreements, departmental requirements, and access to online resources.
Thoroughly understand the collegeâ™s academic programs, courses and support services, and be able to consistently and accurately communicate that information to students and the public.
Establish and nurture collaborative and effective relationships with faculty, staff, and administrators to ensure and promote students with disabilities success; hold consultations regarding student performance and curriculum concerns to improve student retention and academic success through the different methods of communication and committee involvement.
Continue to be knowledgeable of national best practices that enhance job performance and improve delivery of services. Acquire current knowledge and ideas that enhance job performance and improve delivery of services by attending staff meetings, conferences, professional seminars, and by reading journals and publications.
Participate in ongoing cross-training and professional development activities with other Student Affairs providers, such as financial aid, CMVE, and admissions and enrollment, to facilitate excellent customer service
Participate in the development, planning, and implementation of college-wide student success programs to enhance student development and promote the studentsâ™ academic, social, and multicultural development as well as address the needs of individuals with disabilities. Collaborate with other departments to encourage student participation.
Serve on college committees and be actively involved in the Governance System; in addition to serving as a representative of Tidewater Community College when working closely with the community through schools, civic organization meetings, public agencies, and college fairs.
Interpret and uphold federal, state, VCCS, campus, and college policies and guidelines.
Perform other tasks as assigned.
Demonstrated ability to counsel students with disabilities in an educational setting on academic matters.
Demonstrated ability to provide career counseling to students with disabilities in an educational setting.
Demonstrated ability to assist students with disabilities with personal issues that may impact academic progress and student development.
Demonstrate ability to read and interpret assessment materials and recommend reasonable accommodations.
Demonstrated ability working with students who have disabilities on self-advocacy skills and appropriate learning strategies.
Knowledge of physical and programmatic accessibility issues, including those that impact the online/distance learning environment.
Demonstrated ability to present and facilitate information sessions and workshops related to student success and disability awareness.
Demonstrate knowledge of laws affecting students with disabilities in higher education, including the ADA, Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate with faculty, staff, and administrators.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and cooperatively as a team member.
Demonstrated ability in oral and written communication skills.
Masterâ™s Degree in Disability Studies, Counseling, Higher Education Administration, or other related degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
Virginia's Community College's educate 240,000 credit students annually and over 170,000 non-credit students at 23 Community Colleges with over 40 campus locations throughout the Commonwealth. Our mission is to provide comprehensive higher education and workforce training programs and services of superior quality. These programs are financially and geographically accessible to meet the individual, business, and community needs of the Commonwealth.