Learning Disability Specialist/ DSPS Counselor
Closing Date: 3/10/2014
PLEASE NOTE: In order to be considered for this opening, you must apply through the District website at https://jobs.socccd.edu
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
Administer diagnostic assessments for students with learning disabilities. Determine student eligibility for disability related accommodations. Provide individual and group counseling for students in academic, career, and personal matters. Assist students in psychological, educational and social adjustment to disability-related issues, as well as develop their self-direction and self-advocacy skills. Advocate for students and act as a liaison with college faculty, staff and administration and community resources. Assist faculty and staff in understanding how to implement appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities. Instruct classes incorporating utilization of computer-assisted instruction, when appropriate. Assignment may include evening and/or weekend hours.
The successful candidate must meet one of the following criteria:
1. Master’s degree or higher in rehabilitation counseling from an accredited college or university, or the equivalent; OR
2. Master’s degree or higher in special education from an accredited college or university, or the equivalent, AND a minimum of 24 upper division or graduate semester units in counseling, guidance, student personnel, psychology, or social work; OR
3. Master’s degree or higher in counseling, educational counseling, guidance, student personnel, psychology, career development, or social welfare from an accredited college or university, or the equivalent, AND a minimum of 12 upper division or graduate semester units in the counseling or rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities, OR two (2) years accumulated full-time experience, or the equivalent, in one or more of the following: A) Counseling or guidance for students with disabilities, or B) Counseling and/or guidance 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. Valid California Community College instructor credential appropriate to the subject per Education Code 87355 (issued prior to July 1, 1990); OR
5. A combination of education and experience that is at least the equivalent of items 1,2 or 3 above (Applicants applying on the basis of equivalency must submit the Supplemental Application for Equivalency Determination form in addition to all other required materials).
1. Minimum of two years (or equivalent) of recent and successful experience in evaluating, diagnosing, instructing and/or counseling of students with learning disabilities at the secondary or postsecondary level.
2. Experience in administrating, interpreting, and applying of the California Community Colleges Learning Disability Eligibility and Services Model (LDESM), including expertise in administering and interpreting both cognitive and achievement testing:
a. Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-IV (WAIS-IV) and/or the Woodcock-Johnson III (WJ III) Tests of Cognitive Abilities; and
b. Wechsler Individual Achievement Test-III (WIAT-III) and/or the Woodcock-Johnson III (WJ III) Tests of Achievement.
3. Experience providing services to adolescents or adults at the Community College with disabilities that frequently co-occur with learning disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, speech language disabilities and other conditions identified by the DSM-IV-TR and DSM 5.
4. Evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
Preference will be given to those candidates who demonstrate a high level of expertise on the basis of:
1. Current certification in the Learning Disabilities Eligibility and Services Model (LDESM) of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.
2. Coursework in diagnostic assessment and interpretation of cognitive, achievement and neuropsychological assessment instruments.
3. Licensed Clinical Psychologist.
4. In-depth knowledge of and experience dealing with the educational, psychological, social, physical and financial aspects of a wide variety of disabilities in adolescents and adults.
5. Experience in community college personal, academic, career and group counseling of students with disabilities.
6. Knowledge of 504/ADAA, Title 5 and State and Federal compliance regulations as they relate to services and accommodations for eligible adolescent and adult students with disabilities.
7. Experience in the use of computer technology as a teaching tool, to access student information, and to accommodate disabilities.
8. An ability to provide instruction to students with disabilities in more than one of the following areas: reading/spelling, writing, compensatory learning strategies, mathematics.
Please visit the District’s Employment Opportunities website at https://jobs.socccd.edu for a detailed job description, to learn more about the District and to complete an on-line application.
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