Special Needs Coordinator
Vacancy Notice: 11/10/2017
Application Deadline: 11/24/2017 By 4:00pm CST
Position Type: Professional
JOB SUMMARY: This individual serves students with special needs by reviewing diagnostic tests, writing classroom accommodations and coordinating resources to meet accommodation needs. Determines special needs eligibility of students and services to be provided. Recommends and implements accommodations with students. Advises appropriate faculty and staff regarding the implementation of students’ accommodations. Coordinates contracted professional services (Interpreters, etc). Coordinates selection and implementation of auxiliary aids and services. Oversees assistive technology needs for students on campus. Creates policies and procedures pertaining to the needs and functions of accessibility services. Works with students, faculty, and staff to provide appropriate accommodations for disabled students as well as monitors student performance. Assesses effectiveness of disability services for students. Promotes and supports student learning by providing individual services to all special needs applicants in the college. Services may include pre-enrollment, educational, academic, and career advising. Collaborates with advisors and other college personnel concerning student educational planning issues including course planning and selection. Collaborates with the Title IX Coordinator and faculty on pregnant and parenting student accommodation needs. Serves as the College’s 504 in-house expert. Serves as an on-campus advocate for students with special needs by maintaining positive, working relationships; facilitating educational opportunities for faculty, staff, and administrators; and identifying opportunities for Hawkeye to assure accessibility and regulatory compliance. Serves as Hawkeye’s liaison to other providers to special needs populations with regard to services for students. Serves as Hawkeye’s representative at local or state sponsored meetings. Works with students who are having academic difficulty and serves as a special needs services point of contact for faculty and staff. Provides coordination with high school counseling and special education offices to assist in the transition of students with special needs. Contributes to the educational environment of the college by providing support for classroom learning. Participates in CARE Team meetings. Maintains confidential, individualized records and database of students with special needs. Reviews all outgoing reports related to special accommodations for accuracy and consistency. Responsible for completion of monthly/semester/yearly reports as needed which reflect compliance of and documentation for state and federal regulations. Keeps up-to-date on federal, state, and local laws and regulations; current litigation, industry standards, and best practices relative to services for students with special needs; initiate appropriate institutional responses when changes occur. Serves on the College’s Equity Committee and assists the College’s Equity Coordinator as appropriate. Serves as one of the title IX investigators; receives training on Title IX. Other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS: Masters Degree in a relevant field such as education, counseling, social work, special education, or psychology with at least one year experience in an educational or health services setting or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Experience with special needs individuals. Knowledge of ADA and Section 504 necessary. Ability to understand and review psychological, medical and other documentation. Knowledge of principles in working with special needs populations. Knowledge of special needs services. Demonstrated commitment to the philosophy of special needs services in a community college. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Must be able to work collaboratively and individually. Preferences include experience with assistive technology and community college experience.
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full time twelve-month position with a comprehensive benefits program including health, dental, vision, life, and LTD insurance; a Section 125 plan for medical and dependent care expense; holiday, personal, sick, and vacation leave; and a choice of retirement programs--IPERS (defined benefit) or TIAA (defined contribution). Salary will be commensurate with the applicant’s education and experience.
Background checks and driving records are considered in all hiring decisions.
Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
If you are in need of any special accommodation in completing the application process, please email Human Resource Services.
Application materials are required and must be received in the Human Resource Services office by the application deadline in order to be considered for the position.