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Disabilities Counselor ( Campus Title: Student Disability Counselor -Student Services) 2 Positions -

Mount Wachusett Community College
Gardner, MA
Closing date
Jul 16, 2024

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Organization Type
Community College

General Statement of Duties:

MWCC's Disability Counselor is a full-time position that provides academic and support services for students who have self-identified as having a documented disability. Specialized work will depend on the needs assessment of each student but may include: reviewing disability documentation, determining eligibility of services, providing reasonable accommodations, assisting students with adaptive technology, facilitating the transition between high school and college, developing educational plans, creating trainings and workshops for the college community, and ensuring equal access to promote the successful integration of students with disabilities in the college learning environment.

  • Assists with the review and eligibility of students who are disclosing a disability and seeking reasonable accommodations at the college-level.
  • Meets and consults individually with students (and their families/caretakers ? if applicable) in the construction of an accommodation plan based on documentation, diagnosis, and the student's educational pathway.
  • Serves as a liaison to faculty and other offices in the support of students with documented disabilities.
  • Ensures that all students ? including prospective students visiting campus ? have equal access to navigate college programs and services, including (but not limited to) the admissions and enrollment processes, testing services, academic curriculum, campus environment, and related digital content.
  • Participates in orientation sessions for incoming students and facilitates workshops on the resources available to students at MWCC.
  • Works closely with the Disability and Student Services teams in the delivery of student-centered advising and supports.
  • Assists students in utilizing adaptive technology and navigating the college learning environment.
  • Serves as a co-advisor to the Delta Alpha Pi ? MWCC's academic honor society for students with documented disabilities.
  • Communicates, educates, and promotes disability and accessibility support services with the faculty, staff, and employees so that they are aware of the resources available to students.
  • Serves as an integral member on the college's Threat Assessment / CARE Team tasked with evaluating and responding to concerning student behavior using a case management model.
  • Produces appropriate promotional materials, bulletin boards, etc. to inform community of available service, raise awareness, and advertise upcoming events.
  • Performs administrative tasks associated with counseling role to include confidential record keeping.
  • Attends meetings, trainings, and committees where and when relevant topics associated with college disability support services are discussed.

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Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in Special Education, Education Psychology, Counseling, Deaf Education, or closely related field;
  • Three (3) years experience and/or training that includes college-level learning disability services, learning disability assessment, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/Section 504 compliance, development of policies/procedures, teaching, or curriculum development; or
  • An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience working with college students with a preference for work experience at a community college;
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills;
  • A deep appreciation for the importance of culturally-responsive practice with a commitment to prioritizing racial equity while working with historically underserved populations;
  • Knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 compliance with prior experience evaluating diagnostic paperwork and/or writing accommodations;
  • Proficiency, experience, and/or awareness of current adaptive technologies, database management, Microsoft Office, and Zoom conference software.
  • Experience teaching and developing high-impact workshops and training experiences.
  • Knowledge of student development theory and/or experience working with students in a college or academic setting;
  • Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

Equivalency Statement

Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them with the equivalent combination of education, training and experience required for the responsibilities of this position.

Additional Information:

Campus Title: Student Disability Counselor - Student Services

Salary: $63,288.00-$107,876.00

Actual Salary determined by education, experience, and any applicable grant limitations per the collective bargaining agreement. Applicants should be aware it is unlikely the salary will be at or near the top of the range.

Grade: 5

Employee Status: Full Time

Benefits: Yes

Hours per Week: 37.5

Number of Weeks: 52

Mount Wachusett Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Application Instructions:

Candidates for employment should be aware that although the COVID 19 Vaccination Requirement Policy is no longer in effect, all Community College students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to be up to date with vaccination against COVID-19. For additional information related to the status of the COVID19 Vaccination Requirement Policy, please visit:

The following documents are required:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

  • Anticipated Effective Date: September 1, 2024

    Priority will be given to applications received prior to July 5, 2024

    Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

    Candidates may be subject to employment screening to include both a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) request and a Sexual Offender Registry Information (SORI).

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