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Disability Specialist Mental Health (4557U), Disabled Students Program - 35950
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 5, 2022
Title Disability Specialist Mental Health (4557U), Disabled Students Program - 35950
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Health Services

Disability Specialist Mental Health (4557U), Disabled Students Program - 35950

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The Disabled Students' Program promotes an inclusive environment for students with disabilities. We equip disabled students with appropriate accommodations and services to achieve their individual academic goals. We are dedicated to supporting disabled students and collaborating with the campus community to remove barriers to educational access and embrace the University's values of equity and inclusion. We believe that an accessible environment universally benefits everyone.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: June 7, 2022.


Accommodations management
  • Specializes in working with students with mental health disabilities with complex accommodations needs in an academic environment. Maintains a caseload of students with mental health disabilities. Determines eligibility and complex accommodations required for individual students with specialized accommodation needs. Verifies student disability documentation provided by physicians or other appropriate professionals to determine eligibility for disability services. Conducts individual assessment to determine appropriate academic accommodations, auxiliary services, and supplemental support services to ensure access, retention, and graduation.

Faculty Coordination and Communication
  • Communicates student accommodation needs to faculty. Coordinates and negotiates with faculty to ensure students receive accommodations in a timely and effective manner including discussing the basic course requirements and any concerns regarding the reasonableness of accommodations in a specificsetting. Works as a member of an interdisciplinary team to ensure requiredaccommodations are efficiently and effectively provided.

Individual case management
  • Assists students on their caseload with referrals and connections to service providers and campus resources. Assists students with navigating complex processes. Assists students with transition back to campus after hospitalization or medical leave. Functions with a high degree of independence, works with supervisors regarding challenging cases.

Referrals and partnerships
  • Refers students to community care providers and services including CAPS and coordinates referrals. Attends scheduled meetings with CAPS staff. Has dual supervision with DSP Supervisor and CAPS.

Consultation and Programming
  • Assists DSP specialist team with immediate crisis response and follow up for students with mental health disabilities. Engages in outreach and consultation with DSP staff and other campus entities regarding mental health disabilities and crisis management. Serves as DSP liaison to CAPS. Serves as a resource to faculty, staff, departments and campus community on students with mental health disabilities and the intersection with other disability issues. Serves as campus expert on serving students with mental health disabilities. Evaluates/introduces/implements new or latest techniques, methods, and practices for the most effective and efficient provision of disability services to students with mental health disabilities. Presents these practices to the wider professional community. Takes a leadership role in developing new programs and/or serving DSP students with mental health disabilities. Develops intersectional services for students with mental health disabilities across E&I programs and populations (for example, veterans, undocumented students, Native American students). Provides informational programming for DSP students seeking counseling and mental health treatment from an intersectional cultural perspective. Develops, implements, and leads a peer mentoring program for students with mental health disabilities. Hires and supervises student/grad student workers to assist with implementation of programming.

Ongoing professional development
  • Responsible for ongoing professional development and participation in professional organizations. Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • Knowledge of the legal framework involving accommodations for students with disabilities through state and federal laws and regulations. Thorough knowledge of procedures for assessing and determining disability accommodation issues, including the Disability Compliance Office procedures. Thorough knowledge of assessment, accommodation, and intervention techniques for students with students with mental health disabilities. Documented experience successfully managing a large caseload with a high-level of independence. Demonstrated experience interpreting documentation and determining evidence-based accommodation decisions. At least three years of experience working with college students with students with mental health disabilities. Demonstrated ability to conduct outreach and training regarding disability and disability access. Experience in developing support programming for students with mental health disabilities or transferable skills and experiences. Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience in the academic expectations and culture of an R1 University.

Excellent interpersonal skills required to work effectively with students with disabilities. Excellent oral and written communications skills needed to work with faculty and other campus entities regarding a student's accommodations and other academic needs. Advanced computer knowledge, proficiency, and skills. Must be able to function in both a Mac and PC environment and be comfortable working with various software programs and database systems. Advanced ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.

  • Advanced degree and/or equivalent training or experience required. Experience working with college students with disabilities required.

Salary & Benefits
  • This is a full-time (40 hours/week), career position, eligible for full UC benefits. This is an exempt, monthly paid position. The annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $70,000.00 - $84,000.00. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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