Search for University Jobs in Staff & Non-Managerial Professionals

Job ID: 211532

Academic Achievement Counselor 2 (4500U), Disabled Students Program - 53778
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted May 25, 2023
Title Academic Achievement Counselor 2 (4500U), Disabled Students Program - 53778
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
    Professional Staff
  • Student Services
    Educational Services
    Educational Services
    Counseling Services
    Counseling Services
    Student Services

Academic Achievement Counselor 2 (4500U), Disabled Students Program - 53778

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.

At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit

Departmental Overview

The Disabled Students Program (DSP) 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. DSP also has responsibility for fiscally managing a Department of Education TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) federal grant.


  • Provides general academic, personal, financial, and career counseling to DSP TRIO Students "at risk" populations (e.g., low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented populations).
  • Specializes in working with students with disabilities with complex accommodations needs in an academic environment.
  • Analyzes and assesses students' problems and needs.
  • Coordinate with disability learning specialists to determine eligibility and complex accommodation needs including, for example, students with hearing impairments and students on the autism spectrum.
  • Verifies student disability documentation with DSP disability specialists to determine eligibility for TRIO services.
  • Helps students identify strengths and weaknesses.
  • Conducts follow-up and outreach activities to students.
  • Conducts individual assessments to determine appropriate academic accommodations, auxiliary services, and supplemental support services to ensure academic success, retention, and graduation.
  • Helps students develop skills, behaviors, and habits that contribute to academic success.
  • These include academic and career goal setting, learning strategies, time management, and organization, self-regulation, and self-efficacy.
  • Assists students with graduate school applications, program selection, and personal statement development.
  • Help students develop their writing skills by utilizing different writing software tools and best practices.
  • Serve as a general resource where students can receive help with various school-related topics, disability management, note taking, and goal setting.
  • Assists students with test preparation, techniques, and test-taking strategies.
  • Help students develop and achieve academic and career goals by helping them cultivate good study habits, exam preparation and evaluate student progress.
  • Create a positive and inclusive environment, and build strong relationships by helping students strive to improve their academic concerns.
  • Monitors students' academic progress.
  • Assists students in developing problem-solving and self-management skills.Advocates on behalf of student concerns.
  • Provide referrals to other departments as needed.
  • Facilitates small group discussion sessions.
  • Trains and supervises paraprofessionals.
  • Assumes liaison responsibility with academic departments, faculty, and community organizations.
  • Assists with planning and developing transitional and retention programs.

Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the theories and practices of counseling, learning, and human and career development.
  • Knowledge of personal growth and development areas, including critical thinking, effective communication, self-appraisal, self-esteem, clarification of values, appropriate career choices, and leadership.
  • Knowledge of the methodologies used to enhance student achievement.
  • Understanding of trends and issues facing low-income and first-generation college, underrepresented, disadvantaged, physically challenged, and underprepared students in higher education.
  • Knowledge and experience in analyzing problems and identifying solutions for problem-solving; skills and experience in developing and administering programs.
  • Familiarity with research methodologies and research designs.
  • Knowledge of and/or ability to learn University, college, and major requirements, policies, and procedures, including guidelines on handling student records and confidential documents.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local requirements for access, health, confidentiality, and safety; legal and ethical issues governing the delivery of counseling services.
  • Skills in organization and customer service to effectively manage multiple essential priorities.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills to work independently and in a team and foster effective and collaborative relationships with individuals and diverse groups of people.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills are required to work effectively with students with disabilities.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are needed to work with faculty and other campus entities regarding a student's academic needs.
  • Advanced computer knowledge, proficiency, and skills.
  • Must be able to function in a Mac and PC environment and be comfortable working with various software programs and database systems.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $27.06 - $30.00.

  • This is a 9-month, part-time (20 hours per week), limited (temporary) position that is eligible for UC benefits.
  • This position is non-exempt and paid bi-weekly.
  • This is a hybrid position, eligible for 20% remote capability.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

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, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.

To apply, 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

RSS for the latest higher education jobs
Atom for the latest higher education jobs
Need a Sabbatical Home Near Berkeley?