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Accommodations Counselor (Student Services Professional III)

San Diego State University
San Diego, CA
Closing date
Sep 26, 2023

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Accommodations Counselor (Student Services Professional III)

Job No: 518277
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Locations: San Diego
Categories: Unit 4 - APC - Academic Professionals of California, Temporary, Full Time, Student Services

Position Summary

Student Ability Success Center (SASC) in the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity provides a full range of accommodations and services to nearly 2,500 students with physical, psychological, and learning disabilities, facilitating equal access to the educational process. This is accomplished through direct service support, review of campus accessibility, adaptive technology, assessment, test accommodation, and a variety of other services. Accommodations vary according to types of disabilities, and may include sign language interpreting; provision of alternative formats, such as electronic text or Braille; computer-assisted real-time captioning; test accommodations; advising; assistive computer technology; cart transportation services, and numerous other services. Provision of these academic support services, technology and advocacy promotes the retention and graduation of students with disabilities at SDSU.

The Accommodations Counselor ensures that students with disabilities receive services and accommodations appropriate for their disabilities, in order to provide equal access to the university's educational resources. The Accommodations Counselor is the primary point of contact for a caseload of considerable complexity that includes students with a full spectrum of disabilities, including visual and motor impairments, hearing loss, cognitive and psychological disabilities. The Accommodations Counselor must utilize a high degree of judgment, or persuasiveness, imagination, and professional skills and knowledge in the area of disabilities and accommodation. Duties include reviewing disability documentation, assessing the need for authorizing accommodation, serving as an information resource for students, faculty, and staff in matters related to disabilities, legislation, and best practices. To accomplish this, the Accommodations Counselor must employ an understanding of the interrelationships and the need for coordinated action within the total Student Services program. The Accommodations Counselor is assigned ongoing responsibilities and work without the benefit of day-to-day assignments. The Accommodations Counselor is required to develop plans and approaches to situations where few precedents or guidelines exist. Supervision emphasizes overall results and occurs on a case review basis.

For more information regarding the Student Ability Success Center, click here.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits-eligible, temporary position anticipated to end on or before June 30, 2023, with the possibility of reappointment. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation.

The individual hired into this role will work on-campus at SDSU in San Diego.

Education and Experience

Experience: Possession of these knowledge and abilities is typically demonstrated through the equivalent of three years of progressively responsible professional student services work experience. One year in the program area to which assigned may be preferred but is not required. A master's degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, or a directly related field may be substituted for one year of experience. A doctorate degree and the appropriate internship or clinical training in counseling or guidance may be substituted for the three years of experience for positions with a major responsibility for professional career or personal counseling. Education: Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a related field, including or supplemented by upper division or graduate course work in counseling techniques, interviewing, and conflict resolution where such are job-related.

Education: Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a related field, including or supplemented by upper division or graduate course work in counseling techniques, interviewing, and conflict resolution where such are job-related.

Preferred Qualifications
Master's degree in related field Work experience in disability services at the postsecondary level Fluency in using Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and database management systems Working knowledge of assistive technology hardware and software, as well as standard computer hardware and software Superior oral and written communication skills
Specialized Skills
Excellent working knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended in 1998, FERPA, and other relevant state and federal laws and codes Ability to interpret medical and psycho-educational documentation in order to determine eligibility for disability accommodation General knowledge, acquired through a combination of education and experience, of the principles, practices, and procedures related to disability services delivery in institutions of higher education. Professional education, experience, intelligence, and initiative to sustain highly complex, independent case management Knowledge of emerging educational and computer technology and applications in the higher education environment sufficient to authorize the use of technology suitable for a variety of disabilities
Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment not expected to exceed $4,691 per month. Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,691 - $6,683 per month

SDSU COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

In accordance with the California State University systemwide policy and the Academic Professionals of California Union MOU, the individual hired into this position may voluntarily provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Alternatively, those who choose not to provide proof of vaccination will be considered unvaccinated and required to participate in SDSU's COVID-19 testing program. Proof of vaccination or COVID test results will be submitted through the university's secure online health portal. An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a two-shot vaccine or two weeks after the first dose of a single-shot vaccine.

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on September 19, 2022. To receive full consideration, apply by September 18, 2022.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact the Employment team at

Advertised: Sep 01, 2022 (9:00 AM)
Applications Close: Open until filled

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