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Requisition Number 17-0025
Post Date 6/24/2017
Title Disability Services Coordinator
City Frederick
State MD

Under the general direction of the Director of the Center of Academic Achievement and Retention, the full-time Disability Services Coordinator is an advocate for students and other Hood College constituencies in need of legal accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and or other applicable legislation and is primarily responsible for planning, development, delivery, and evaluation of academic support services and reasonable accommodations for students and other constituencies with learning and or other disability issues. The Disability Services Coordinator works closely with faculty and the administration to develop effective accommodations for undergraduate and graduate students with documented disabilities to assist these students in achieving academic success. The Disability Services Coordinator provides leadership to help the campus understand the needs of students with disabilities. And, the Coordinator serves as a vital member of the broader CAAR team providing direct support for students.


Advocacy and Constituent Support (65%)

  • Responds to inquiries from prospective or current students about services available to students with disabilities attending this institution.
  • Reviews disability-related documentation, including psychoeducational and neuropsychological reports to determine eligibility and appropriate accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Refers students to disability assessment specialists when circumstances suggest disabilities or documentation is out of date or incomplete.
  • Attend summer orientations as a resource for incoming students with disabilities.
  • Schedule intakes with incoming students and their families over the summer to collect documentation, orient students to the office, and begin the process of developing an accommodation plan for the student.
  • Develops and implements individualized student action plans based on diagnostic evaluation,other disability documentation, and the student self-report.
  • Advises and assists students in planning appropriate courses and course loads.
  • Assists students in in developing self-advocacy skills.
  • Serves as contact person for students with disabilities throughout the semester should issues arise with accommodations or should the accommodation plan need to be updated.
  • Serves as the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) interview coordinator for the college.
  • Serves as advisor for Delta Alpha Pi International Honors Society, and other disability-related student groups.
  • Works with the Director of Residence Life to determine appropriate housing accommodations for students with disabilities.
  • Works with Registrar to ensure that students with mobility impairments have classes in ADA accessible areas of campus.
  • Schedules ASL interpreting services for events open to the public.

Academic Support (25%)

  • Supports faculty and staff in providing reasonable accommodations to enhance learning environment for students with disabilities.
  • Trains faculty, staff, and students on effective use of assistive technology (such Kurzweil, Dragon Nuance,JAWS etc.) or makes appropriate referrals to resources as necessary.
  • Attends annual Association for Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) conference to keep current on disability law and best practices in the field.
  • Provides regular workshops for faculty and staff on issues related to students with disabilities and how the campus can better support such students.
  • Serves as a member of the CAAR team to provide academic advising and student support services as needed.

Administrative Support (10%)

  • Prepares and revises information sheets, brochures, and handbooks.
  • Prepares and maintains information on the Hood College website.
  • Prepares regular reports for appropriate campus personnel regarding utilization, student outcomes, and needs assessment.
  • Ensures the smooth operation of the Testing Center.
  • Maintains confidential student files.
  • Serves as a resource to the campus community on disability issues.
  • Some evening or weekend work may be required, occasional travel may be required.


  • Thorough knowledge of Federal laws and other applicable legislation pertaining to college students with disabilities.
  • Specific background in formal assessment of individuals with exceptionalities—tests of intelligence, language development, academic achievement, and social and emotional development in order to verify specific disabilities and to determine eligibility for services.
  • General knowledge of counseling theory and practice as well as disability management counseling.
  • Ability to understand the implications of behavior elicited by a specific learning disability.
  • Ability to understand and interpret different diagnoses, psycho-educational and neuropsychiatric reports of students with learning disabilities such as ADHD/ADD, and psychiatric/psychological disabilities and apply this information for determining appropriate reasonable accommodations.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, language, disability and backgrounds of college students.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in related field required. Master’s Degree in Special Education, Counseling, Psychology, social work or related field and work experience in a college-level disability services program strongly preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated experience in working with diverse and multicultural college student populations in disability services programs preferred.

Technology Skills

Knowledge of adaptive/assistive technology such as Kurzweil, Dragon Nuance, JAWS, etc. Proficiency with Student Information Systems, Microsoft Productivity Suite Products, E-mail and Internet required.

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to present information effectively and respond to questions from groups of faculty, staff, students, managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with basic mathematical concepts. Ability to compile and interpret basic statistics on student populations receiving service.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Ability to work in theoretical arena and apply logic as appropriate.

Other Skills and Abilities

Familiarity with laws, policies, procedures and requirements of the Rehabilitation Act applications to higher education. Knowledge of the medical, functional, psychological and cultural effects of disability in a higher education environment. Skill in providing disability management counseling. Skills and understanding of compensatory learning strategies/techniques, and learning skills instruction.

To Apply

Qualified candidates are invited to apply on-line via our electronic application which requires submission of a cover letter, resume, and the name and contact information of three professional references. When saving documents, the file name should include the job requisition number, (17-0025).

The electronic application is found at the end of the job description on the lower right hand side, "Apply On-line". If you need assistance with the online application process, please email or call (301) 696-3592.

Hood College is committed to diversity in its faculty and staff and subscribes to a policy of hiring only individuals legally eligible to work in the United States. An Equal Opportunity Employer/M/F/Vet/Disability

Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, or age in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities as required by applicable laws including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodation for disabled applicants and students. Inquiries about discrimination or reasonable accommodation should be referred to the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator at Alumnae Hall, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD. 21701 (AD 312), (301) 696-3592. For complete information on Hood College’s nondiscrimination policy, please visit

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