Date: June 18, 2021
Position Title: Assistant Professor Disability Support
Services, Professional Counselor/ Academic Advisor
Department: Disability Support Services
Job ID: 1164
Work Hours/ Schedule: 40 hours/week, 52 weeks/year
Compensation: $ 81,056 (Master’s Degree), $86,356 (Ph.D.)
Reflects 2021-2022 negotiated salary
Start Date: Fall 2021
Reports to: Dean of Student Success and Retention
Posting Close Date: July 19, 2021
The core work of faculty assigned to Disability Support Services
(DSS) is to assist students with disabilities who are seeking
assistance and direction relating to implementing an academic plan
that aligns with individual academic, career, and personal goals
while navigating the complexity of post-secondary education
setting. This role requires researching information to help
with identification of GRCC program of study as well as planning
for desired goals after graduation. Counselors/Academic
Advisors teach students to utilize appropriate and established
advising and academic planning and transfer institution
resources. In addition, Counselors/Academic Advisors in DSS
are responsible for the maintenance of disability documentation,
interactive discussions designed to collaboratively approve
accommodation requests, coordination of accommodations, and
consultation with faculty members to implement accommodations.
Essential Job Functions
- Provide academic advising, educational assessment, disability
accommodation approval, and other case management assistance to an
assigned caseload of students who register as students with
disabilities as defined by the ADAAA.
- Help students manage, resolve, and/or cope with the
educational, disability-related and personal-social complexity of
an educational setting.
- Assist students in determining clear academic options that
align with degree, career, and employment goals.
- Provide interactive discussions with each new student
registering with DSS office.
- Responsible for coordination of all accommodations individually
or in collaboration with other GRCC staff or departments. including
sign language interpreters, accessible furniture requests, Middle
College, off-campus locations
- Maintain expertise in disability services, assistive
technology, disability types, disability law, and academic and
- Contribute to the growth and development of the
department/program and the college, by participating in team-based
committee work, departmental/program planning, and other discipline
and college related activities as requested and/or mutually agreed
- Maintain documentation of disability, approved accommodations,
and clear case notes for all served students.
- Provide consultative service to classroom faculty regarding the
ADA, accommodation implementation, classroom conflicts,
collaborative analysis of when accommodation requests may be
considered a fundamental alteration of the course.
- Stay current on legal guidance from disability related
professional organizations, Department of Justice, Office of Civil
Rights regarding analysis of accommodations.
- Provide and teach students to gather and organize accurate,
relevant information necessary to their education, career,
disability, and personal management goals.
- Maintain community relationships and serve as a liaison for
high school special education contacts, community agencies, and/or
area 4-year college disability service providers.
- Follow grievance process and work in collaboration with the
Program Director of DSS and the Director of EEO regarding any
accommodation or discrimination complaints.
- Support the initiatives of Student Success and Retention
through college service, student service, and ongoing assessment of
teaching and student learning
- Utilize an assistive technology assessment process for all
students who register with DS to determine appropriate assistive
- Provide advisement for new students during peak student
academic advising times and the new student orientation
- Responsible for up to 10 hours per week serving
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling,
Psychology, Social Work, Special Education or Higher Education or
closely related field.
- Licensed Professional Counselor, Limited Licensed Professional
Counselor, Limited License Psychologist, or Licensed Psychologist
or Licensed Masters Social Worker preferred.
- Possess 24 months of counseling, disability services, career
advising and/or academic advising experience in higher education or
in special education administration.
- Proven experience in career and academic advising diverse
- Knowledge and experience in reviewing results of a variety of
psychoeducational assessment materials.
- Possess experience in working with individuals with
disabilities with unique experiences including sensory, chronic
health, psychological, and learning disabilities.
- Able to utilize various technology resources required for the
job (including but not limited to G-Suite, scheduling software,
ImageNow, DegreeWorks, and Microsoft Word, Excel, and
- Ability to navigate virtually and independently move throughout
GRCC campus for meetings, appointments, class visits, events.
- Ability to be on computer and sit and/or stand in one location
for long periods of time.
- Able to effectively communicate verbally, non-verbally, and in
- Ability to effectively operate a computer, use a mouse and/or
keyboard, engage in video calls, phone calls, and in person
meetings or events with or without accommodations.
- Ability to maintain a positive customer and student-oriented
approach in a demanding work environment.
- Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work as
part of a team.
- Ability to apply a strong understanding and working knowledge
of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and ADAAA to individual cases.
- In depth knowledge of GRCC programs and ability to research and
understand requirements and programs at area transfer colleges and
- Demonstrated ability to engage students with disabilities in
exploring assistive technologies.
- Understanding of confidentiality as related to professional
Code of Ethics and FERPA guidelines.
- Understanding of the mission of community colleges.
- Demonstrated initiative and problem-solving abilities. Ability
to perform routine and unexpected duties with minimum
- Proven ability to provide excellent customer service to
students and staff in a demanding work environment.
- High energy level with enthusiasm and interest in helping and
supporting students, staff, and the general public.
- Ability to work under pressure while managing interruptions and
changes in priorities on a regular basis.
- Must use good judgment in handling sensitive or difficult
situations in a pleasant and professional manner.
- Ability to work in a high traffic, indoor office
- Ability to work remote, when requested by college, via Zoom or
- Faculty assignment will include off campus travel to GRCC
- Have the availability to work between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm as
well as at least one evening a week up to 6:30 pm. Some additional
evening or weekend work may occasionally be needed.
METHOD OF APPLICATION
Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online
applications for this position at https://www.grcc.edu/jobs. Submit a
cover letter and resume in one document. The opportunity to apply
for this position will close on July 19, 2021 at
11:59PM. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are
encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an equal
opportunity employer. Visa sponsorship is not available.
Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning
and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of
each person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal
educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race,
color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual
orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight,
national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial
status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities,
services, employment and advancement including admissions to,
access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required
by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all
aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment,
including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to
identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination
on the basis of the listed protected characteristics. The
college will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any
person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in
an investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO
Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.