The Autism Service Coordinator (ASC) reports to the Director of Disability Support Services (DSS) with limited supervision to independently deliver educational approaches and skills for the self-identifying ERAU Autism Spectrum (AS) student population. The ASC provides programmatic oversight and support by developing disability management opportunities and awareness. The ASC creates avenues and guidance regarding social interactions, time management, self-governing abilities, and provides confidential advising to AS students. The Coordinator participates in meetings and acts as a resource and an advocate to the greater campus, the community at large, and on behalf of AS students.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Provides one-on-one advising and coaching for the retention of AS students.
Processes new student applications, conducts interviews, and prescribes accommodations to AS students.
Provides compensatory skills designed to support AS students in social interactions, time management, writing, personal development skills (i.e. fine tune self-governing abilities), and study strategies.
Provides students with a thorough understanding of DSS resources and policies; and orients students toward their role as a self-advocate for services.
Acts as liaison and resource to faculty and as a mediator for students with disabilities to ensure the effective delivery of accommodations.
Collaborates with faculty, chairs, deans and staff via written and oral communication for curriculum-related student support and advocacy.
Acts as a liaison to on- and off-campus programs that provide AS-related support to build community partnerships and ensure accessibility for students with disabilities in those programs.
Articulates and educates faculty and staff on University and Federal policies and procedures regarding inclusion and discrimination.
Collaborates with career and academic advisors to develop and implement an academic and career-growth plan tailored to each AS student.
Develops, implements and maintains an AS Student Support Group that promotes independence and autonomy through social interactions, coaching, and role-play.
Participates in campus-wide strategic planning, committees, and events including the Learning Outcomes process.
Monitors on-going progress and conducts measurable pre- and post-assessments of the DSS AS population— individuals and Groups — to assess and grow the impact of services and programs provided.
Compiles data and develops reports on all aspects of AS support services including observations of campus culture changes.
Provides academic coaching to other DSS students and assists DSS staff in providing support to students with various disabilities
Essential Duties of the Position:
Admit and advise a caseload of AS students, and advocate campus-wide for practices that help retain AS students. 40%
Develop, implement, and run an ongoing AS Student Support Group. 25%
Provide ongoing campus-wide outreach and education. Compiles data and develops reports. 20%
Provide academic coaching to other DSS students and assists DSS staff in providing support to students with various disabilities.15%
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent to graduation from a 4-year post-secondary institution in a related field plus upper division or graduate coursework in counseling techniques, interviewing and conflict resolution where
such are job related.
Four years of progressively responsible professional student services work experience including advising students individually and in groups, and in analysis and resolution of complex student services problems.
A Master’s degree in Counseling, clinical psychology, social work or a job related field may be substituted for one year of professional experience.
Experience and skills working with diverse populations, especially student with disabilities at the post-secondary level
Clear knowledge and understanding of the application of ADA and Section 504 especially in the higher education context.
Effective communication and problem-solving skills, and the ability to collaborate with faculty and staff professionally and effectively.
Ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
Flexibility to handle unexpected and potentially emergency/crisis situations
Ability to handle sensitive and confidential issues. Ability to collect and interpret meaningful data.
Autism Certification or extensive formal education and experience in autism. Offered by International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards, known as IBCCES. (or an equivalent formal education)
Two years of progressively responsible professional experience working with adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and interpreting and analyzing diverse and complex disability-related information in order to make appropriate access/accommodations recommendations and behavior modification.
Master’s degree of Ph.D. in Social Sciences, Social Work, Student Development, Rehabilitation Counseling, or a directly related field plus two or more years of experience working with adults diagnosed with ASD in an educational setting.