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Assistant Professor Disability Support Services, Professional Counselor/ Academic Advisor

Grand Rapids Community College
Michigan, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Aug 28, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Education, Counsellor Education
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Job Details

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 career advising.
  • 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 upon.
  • 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 technology recommendations.
  • Provide advisement for new students during peak student academic advising times and the new student orientation process.
  • Responsible for up to 10 hours per week serving Lakeshore/Holland campus.
  • 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.


Work Experience

  • 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 populations
  • 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.


Equipment Use/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

  • 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 PowerPoint


Physical Demands

  • 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 written form.
  • 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.


Mental Demands

  • 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 universities.
  • 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 supervision.
  • 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.


Working Conditions

  • Ability to work in a high traffic, indoor office environment.
  • Ability to work remote, when requested by college, via Zoom or Google Meet.
  • Faculty assignment will include off campus travel to GRCC Lakeshore locations.
  • 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.



Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position at 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.

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