[Athen] LACC AT Specialist Opening

Gaeir Dietrich gdietrich at htctu.net
Wed Apr 6 15:52:21 PDT 2016

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Los Angeles Valley College is looking for a full-time, tenure-track
Disability Specialist to become part of the Services for Students with
Disabilities (SSD) Office team. A summary of the position announcement
appears below. Experienced applicants with a backgrounds in technological
accommodations and/or assistive technology are encouraged to apply. The
application deadline is now June 3, 2016.

The full job description and instructions for applying are available here:

Disability Specialist

Posting Details

Posting Details

Internal/Open to Public

Open to public

Posting Open Date


Posting Close Date


Open Until Filled


Special Instructions for this Posting

Contact Name

Frances Hurwit

Contact Phone


Contact Email

hurwitfa at lavc.edu

Position Information

Position Title

Disability Specialist

Working Title (Discipline)

Disability Specialist


Probationary/ Tenure track

College Location


Position Summary Information


Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) is one of nine colleges in the Los Angeles
Community College District and is located in the heart of the San Fernando
Valley. With an enrollment of approximately 20,000, LAVC offers a wide range
of academic and vocational programs, and transfers students to leading
private and public colleges and universities.

The LAVC Services for Students with Disabilities Office (SSD) encourages and
supports students with disabilities in their effort to be productive,
independent and part of the LAVC community. The department's role is to
advocate, facilitate and accommodate so that students have full access to
classes, activities and services. The intent is for students with
disabilities to have a typical college experience by actively pursuing their
studies and being fully integrated into campus life. SSD Faculty are
expected to participate in departmental meetings and workgroups,
professional development, and contribute to the campus-at-large through
shared governance or other activities.

Job Description

The Services for Students with Disabilities Office at Los Angeles Valley
College is accepting applications for a fulltime Disability Specialist
position to begin August 8, 2016. This assignment will be for 35 hours per
week and may require some evening hours.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants for this position must show evidence of the following

1. Possession of a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling, or

2. Possession of a master's degree in special education with 24 or more
semester units in upper division or graduate level course work in
counseling, guidance, student personnel, psychology, or social work; OR

3. A master's degree in counseling, guidance, student personnel,
psychology, career development, or social welfare AND either 12 or more
semester units in upper division or graduate level coursework specifically
in counseling or rehabilitation
of individuals with disabilities, OR two years of full-time experience in
one or more of the following:

. Counseling or guidance for students with disabilities; or

. Counseling and/or guidance for persons with disabilities in
industry, government, public agencies, military or private social welfare
organizations in which the responsibilities of the position were
predominantly or exclusively for persons with disabilities. or

4. Possession of a master's degree in the category of disability,
special education, education, psychology, educational psychology, or
rehabilitation counseling; and 15 or more semester units of upper division
or graduate study in the area of disability, to include, but not be limited
to: Learning Disabilities; Developmental Disabilities; Deaf and Hearing
Impaired; Physical Disabilities; or Adapted Computer Technology.


Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities:

. Identify students to profit from instruction in the use of
assistive computer technology.

. Evaluate functional limitations, skills and abilities of students
for the appropriate selection of hardware and software.

. Instruct small groups of students in the use of assistive and
instructional computer technology.

. Develop assistive technology curriculum for specific learning
needs of students with disabilities.

. Maintain appropriate files and complete reports as directed.

. Recruit, hire, and schedule sign language interpreters for deaf
and hard of hearing students. Evaluate deaf and hard of hearing students for
the use of appropriate assistive technology.

. Manage and evaluate test proctoring services and determine
appropriate assistive technologies for use in testing based on student
educational limitations.

. Work with faculty and staff to support the assistive technology
needs for students with disabilities.

. Serve as liaison and resource person in the areas of assistive
technology and disability related issues for college personnel and distance

. Work closely with the Instructional Assistant - Assistive
Technology to provide training with assistive technology hardware and
software, alternate media formats for instructional materials, equipment
loans, and inventory management. Refer students to appropriate campus and
off-campus resources.

. Communicate effectively both orally, by phone and in writing with
students, faculty, staff, administration, and community entities.

. Provide consultation and support to faculty, administration, and
staff regarding compliance issues such as the Americans with Disabilities
Act and sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

. Represent the Services for Students with Disabilities office on
committees addressing disability-related issues on the campus and in the

. Perform other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications

. Knowledge of and ability to apply DSPS policies and procedures,
Title 5 and California Education Code Regulations, and federal and state
laws related to access issues in a community college setting.

. Strong knowledge of adaptive technologies that facilitate access
to electronic information and educational programs for students with various
disabilities, and of assistive technology applications to assist in
accommodating disability-related educational limitations.

. Demonstrated ability to train students in the usage of assistive
technology to accommodate disability-related educational limitations.

. Demonstrated knowledge of requirements pertaining to compliance
with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act for website accessibility and
Electronic and Information Technology (EIT).

. Knowledge and experience working with adults who have
disabilities, such as acquired brain injury, hearing impairment, learning
disabilities, mobility impairments, psychological disability, development
delay, speech and language disabilities, and visual impairments.

. Experience determining eligibility for DSPS through direct
evaluation, by observation, or from careful review of documentation
presented, as well as training in the proper use of various assessment

. Ability to direct many projects and tasks concurrently, within
multiple locations, and manage time wisely.

. Demonstrated knowledge of American Sign Language preferred.

. Ability to work in a multi-ethnic environment with students who
have a variety of learning styles and disabilities.

Salary and Benefits

The basic salary range is from $63,804 to $99,336 annually, based upon
experience and professional preparation. Benefits include paid holidays,
medical, dental and vision care plans, and a $50,000 group life insurance

Application and Evaluation Process

Applicants who wish to apply will be required to file the application using
web-based software to create an applicant profile account, allowing
documents to be saved and uploaded as attachments. A complete application
file must be submitted by the application deadline (even if you have
previously applied or worked for the LACCD.)

Please submit the following documents. Incomplete applications will not be
considered for this position. All materials submitted will become the
property of the LACCD.

1. A detailed letter of interest specifically addressing how you meet
the minimum and desired qualification for this position.

2. Current resume.

3. A one-page statement describing your approach to working with
students with disabilities in a community college.

4. Three recent letters of recommendation to include the names,
position title, relationship, address, and phone numbers.

5. Copies of unofficial transcripts for all colleges attended (NOTE:
official transcripts will be required at the time of hiring). Documentation
from an approved foreign transcript evaluator is required for degrees
received from other countries. You can obtain a listing of approved foreign
evaluation agencies at the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing;

6. Reference list with the names, addresses and telephone numbers of
your last three supervisors (your current supervisor should be one of the
three names given).

Faxes, e-mails, and mail-ins will not be accepted. However, should you have
any questions or need more information regarding the application process,
please contact Frances Hurwit,LAVC Student Services Office, (818) 947-2688
or Hurwitfa at lavc.edu. <mailto:hurwitfa at lavc.edu>

All applications will be screened to ensure that they meet minimum
requirements as stated above. All required materials must be received or the
application package will be considered incomplete and will not be submitted
to the screening committee. The search committee will select applicants to
be invited to the college at their own expense for an interview. Finalists
will be invited back for a second interview with the Vice President of
Student Services.

A medical evaluation indicating fitness to work in the district is required
for new employees at the expense of the candidate.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Individuals protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may
request an accommodation in the selection/interview process with at least
three business days' prior notice. Documentation of the need for
accommodation may be requested. For more information, please visit

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

It is the policy of the LACCD to provide an educational, employment and
business environment free from all forms of discrimination on the basis of
race, color, national origin, Ethnic Group Identification, ancestry,
religion, creed, sex or gender (including sexual harassment), pregnancy,
marital status, medical condition (cancer-related), sexual orientation, age,
physical or mental disability, perceived to be in a protected category or
associated with those in protected category and veteran status

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

1. Resume

2. Copies of Transcripts - UPLOAD AS ONE FILE (Official transcripts must
be provided by candidates if invited to interview)

3. List of References

4. Personal Statement

5. Letters of Reference - UPLOAD AS ONE FILE

6. Letter of Interest

Optional Documents

1. Copies of Transcripts 2 (Official transcripts must be provided by
candidates if invited to interview)

2. Copies of Transcripts 3 (Official transcripts must be provided by
candidates if invited to interview)

3. Additional Documents 1 (Use to upload individual transcripts or
letters of reference)

4. Additional Documents 2 (Use to upload individual transcripts or
letters of reference)

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