Disability Services Specialist

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  • Job Number:519720
  • Classification:Training & Development 3
  • Grade:Grade 78
  • Work type:On Campus, Staff Part-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
  • School/Business unit:UAA Kenai Peninsula College
  • Location:Soldotna
  • Categories: Student Affairs/Services

Position Summary:

The Disability Support Specialist will coordinate access, accommodations, and academic support services for students who experience disabilities. This specialist will also conduct professional development activities for faculty and staff, assist in Universal Design development to reduce the need for accommodations within the classroom, assist students in the Testing Center, and design student skill-building workshops available to the entire student body, not just those with disabilities.

Duties:

20Disability Awareness: Develop and administer disability awareness programs and professional development activities for faculty and staff to promote a greater sensitivity towards disabilities. Coordinate services delivery with community disability support partners. Assist in Universal Design development. Provide general disabilities services advocacy on the Kenai Peninsula College campus.Essential
30Student Skill-building: Design and facilitate academic skill-building workshops each semester for one-on-one or small-group delivery. Topics may include but are not limited to, study skills, note-taking, test-taking, time management, goal-setting, reading for comprehension, career-planning, bibliographical research, stress management, healthy lifestyles, student finances, and personal adjustment issues.Essential
45Accommodations: Determine and implement appropriate academic and programmatic accommodations for KPC students who experience disabilities, in accordance with the federal, state, and university disability laws, regulations, and policies. Maintain confidential records based on FERPA and HIPPA guidelines. Consult with faculty, advisors, and administrators to implement appropriate accommodation plans for students with disabilities. Provide staff liaison services for students when appropriate and/or necessary. Maintain confidential records of services provided to students.Essential
5Testing Assistance and other duties as assigned: Assist Testing Center with administering and proctoring of tests to ensure both academic integrity and ADA/Rehabilitation Act 504 compliance. Serve as backup Testing Administrator when needed. Other duties as assigned.Essential

The KPC Disability Support Specialist will coordinate access, accommodations, and academic support services for students who experience disabilities. This specialist will also conduct professional development activities for faculty and staff, assist in Universal Design development to reduce the need for accommodations within the classroom, assist students in the Testing Center, and design student skill-building workshops available to the entire student body, not just those with disabilities.


This is a 10-month, part time position, grade 78, beginning hourly wage of $23.84 (DOE) starting in August/September 2022. The position is 20-25 hours a week with the possibility of more hours in the future if desirable. UA employees receive excellent benefits including participation in State of Alaska PERS retirement, 12 paid holidays per year, annual and sick leave, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage.  Review will begin July 27, 2022 11:55pm Alaska Standard Time; to ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date. This position is not eligible for relocation benefits.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

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KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES:

*Ability to communicate effectively in person and in writing.
*Knowledge of local, state, and federal statutes and regulations as they apply to disability services, including but not limited to the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
*Ability to administer program operations and activities to meet disability program goals and objectives with the need for only limited administrative supervision.
*Ability to develop original training and course material, and determine the training needs of participants.
*Knowledge of and ability to utilize best practices in individual and small group instruction.
*Ability to apply knowledge of instructional methods, including screen readers, assistive technology and universal design for youth, adult learners and disabled or at-risk students.
*Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with challenging and sensitive people, issues and situations.

TYPICAL EXPERIENCE:
*One year relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
*Experience working with individuals with disabilities.
*Experience as a case manager or advisor.

Preferred: Experience working in higher education.

REQUIRED EDUCATION OR TRAINING:
Bachelor’s degree in related field and one year of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

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SUMMARY: Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) is a campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage. The college has three locations and is comprised of: 
-Kenai River Campus, Soldotna 
-Kachemak Bay Campus, Homer 
-Resurrection Bay Extension Site, Seward 

This position will be located at the Kenai River Campus situated on 309 acres along the banks of the beautiful Kenai River, the ancestral homelands of the Dena'ina Athabascan, Ahtna Athabascan, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq and Eyak peoples. The area is known for its wildlife splendor, mountain viewscapes, world-class fishing and hunting, hiking, canoe trails and winter outdoor adventure. And yet, Anchorage, Alaska's largest city is just a 2.5-hour drive or 20-minute flight away.

KPC offers two-year Associates of Arts and Associates of Applied Science degrees, as well as courses leading to occupational certifications and UAA baccalaureate degrees, such as Psychology, Art and Anthropology.

We honor diverse experiences and perspectives - including differences in ideas, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, culture, nationality, age, disability, veteran and socioeconomic status-and strive to create welcoming and inclusive learning environments where all are treated with respect.

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Please submit your on-line application and electronically attach the following documents:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume, including the names, titles, phone numbers, e-mail addresses of three references

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Term Position:

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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