Search for University Jobs in Staff & Non-Managerial Professionals

Job ID: 122997

Disability Specialist
University of San Francisco

Date Posted May 6, 2019
Title Disability Specialist
University University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Student Services

Job Title:
Disability Specialist

Job Summary:
Reporting directly to the Assistant Dean and Director of SDS, the Disability Specialist in Student Disability Services, (SDS) is responsible for coordinating accommodations and services for USF students with disabilities. The position serves as the disability specialist for USF students with disabilities, interprets disability documentation to determine appropriate academic adjustments for students, manages student caseload, provides academic and study-skills assistance to students with disabilities, supervises student assistants, and offers advising and verification documentation for students seeking accommodations for all licensing and graduate school admissions tests, (e.g. LSAT, GMAT, GRE, MCAT, MSAT, CA Nursing Boards, etc.).

Full Job Description:
  • Consistent with University policy and state and federal guidelines, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Housing Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act regulations, arranges for the provision of appropriate and reasonable accommodations through the SDS intake and eligibility process to facilitate equal access to University programs, services, and activities
  • Evaluates psycho-educational assessments, medical and other disability documentation to determine eligibility status
  • Administers and interprets screening and psychoeducational tools using varied, appropriate assessment instruments
  • Is directly responsible for a caseload of approximately 300 students with disabilities including: arranging accommodations and providing academic support, guidance, and advising, study skills training, disability awareness and education, coaching, self-advocacy, and disability management strategies
  • Assists with SDS exam proctoring services including, but not limited to: hiring and supervising proctors, reserving rooms, maintaining exam files and security, and training students how to use the online database to schedule exams in the SDS office
  • Responsible for program records and publications, including: developing and maintaining such items as forms, brochures, information pieces, and other publications
  • Helps maintain the SDS website
  • Helps maintains SDS database, (e.g., student directory, student files) for day to day running of SDS and for long term statistical data
  • Coordinates program evaluations and statistical record keeping, specifically: devises and evaluates methods and procedures for collecting data, (e.g. surveys, focus groups, interviews, opinion polls, or questionnaires) or arranges to obtain existing data; collect and analyze data on student demographics, needs, and accommodations to measure effectiveness of SDS programs and services
  • Assists the SDS directors with research in collaboration with faculty and other staff members to improve student retention, academic success and graduation rates
  • Assists with educating the university community on postsecondary disability service issues, equal access, and disability awareness topics through faculty trainings, workshops, events, and arranging for guest speakers
  • Collaborates with other SDS colleagues in development and implementation of student outreach programs such as Disability Awareness Week, Workforce Recruitment Program, etc.
  • Assists the SDS Directors, and with office operations as needed; including hiring and supervising student assistants, and professional real time captioners and interpreters
  • Represents SDS office at school and college events on campus and at regional campuses; represents the university at workshops presented to students, parents and others, as well as off campus recruitment events
  • Serves as a resource consultant to other staff, students, and alumni on equal access issues and assists in interpreting policies and procedures relating to SDS services and programs
  • Attends professional conferences and trainings
  • Assists the SDS Directors with all day-to-day office functions
  • Performs other duties as assigned

  • Master's Degree in counseling, education, social work, rehabilitation administration, or other related field required
  • Three to five years of experience working with college students with disabilities strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and efficiently with diverse colleagues and students and the wider community required
  • Experience reviewing and evaluating psycho-educational assessments, medical, and other disability documentation to determine eligibility and appropriate reasonable accommodations required
  • Extensive knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Sect. 504 of the Rehab Act, and the Fair Housing Act is required
  • Ability to effectively coordinate department and programs delivering a wide variety of services and programs to diverse populations strongly preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills; including ability to develop and maintain effective, collaborative professional relationships with staff and faculty colleagues required
  • Excellent listening and organizational skills; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with diverse populations required
  • Strong customer service orientation; ability to interact with a variety of constituencies both on- and off-campus required
  • A commitment to Affirmative Actions goals
  • Understanding of and commitment to USF's Vision, Mission and Values in creating a learning atmosphere that nurtures among students the faith that does justice

Full time

Pay Rate:

To apply, visit

The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the worlds most innovative and diverse cities, and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco's first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a students passion for social justice and a desire to Change the World From Here. For more information, visit


Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

Please see the job description for contact details
pertaining to this university job announcement.


Refer this job to a friend or colleague!

New Search | Previous

Looking for a higher education job?