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Disability Services Associate Coordinator

Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, New York
$72,182 per year
Posted Date
Aug 18, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Disabled Student Services
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), part of the State University of New York and an internationally renowned college of art, design, business and technology with a strong emphasis on liberal arts, invites nominations and applications for a Disability Services Associate Coordinator. 


The FIT-able office ensures equal access for students with disabilities in their curricular as well as co-curricular college experience through accommodations that contribute to a holistic learning and development experience. Reporting to the Director of Disability Services, the Disability Services Associate Coordinator will assess the needs of students wishing to register with the FIT ABLE Office to help determine and communicate academic accommodations, and provide coaching and accessibility services to individual students with disabilities. In addition, the Associate Coordinator will work closely with the Director to help manage the FIT-ABLE Office and ensure the office works in congruence with the mission of the office as well as achievement of the goals outlined in the FIT Strategic Plan.

Essential Functions:

  • Conduct student intake interviews, which includes reviewing all relevant documentation related to the student's disability, meeting with students to review their accommodation history, discuss possible accommodations, and review available office resources including assistive technology.  This includes all housing accommodation requests.
  • Analyze disability related documentation including psychometric testing, medical documentation, psychological assessments, self-reports and/or other relevant information to determine eligibility for appropriate and reasonable academic accommodations.
  • Work with the Director to educate the college community on disability related issues.
  • Interpret and ensure compliance with local, state, and federal laws as they apply to disability and post-secondary educational environments.
  • Use the Accommodate database to input relevant information from the intake meeting.
  • Work with FIT-ABLE Administrative Assistant to review all incoming emails to the main FIT-ABLE email address and generate responses as necessary. 
  • Develop and implement communication, leadership, interpersonal skills and confidence building workshops for students to help in their success and retention at the College.
  • Provide academic coaching for students who are struggling with time management, assignment prioritization, study skills and organization.
  • Participate in Open House, Admitted Student Days, Orientation and other campus wide student success initiatives to discuss requirements for registering with the office as well as the resources available through FIT-ABLE.
  • Serve as the FIT-ABLE advisor to the Delta Alpha Pi honor society.
  • Develop a relationship with ACCES-VR to formulate ways to promote their resources. 
  • Assist the Director with department assessment and data collection as well as the development of annual reports
  • Assist with general office support including greeting guests and answering the telephone. 
  • Consult and utilize industry resources and attend conferences from professional organizations such as NASW and AHEAD.

The preceding description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required of the position; other duties may be assigned consistent with the classification of the position.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • 3 years of direct experience working with students with physical, sensory, learning, psychological and/or other disabilities in a higher education or clinical setting. 
  • Experience making eligibility determinations and identifying corresponding accommodations. The candidate should be knowledgeable of educational technologies as they relate to accessibility. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Current knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act; sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act; Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act; the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines from W3C; and the impact of these regulations on higher education. Demonstrated experience working with vulnerable student populations and their parents/guardians and knowledge of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills are required, as well as excellent interpersonal skills.
  • High-energy self-starter; must be able to take initiative with minimal guidance and be comfortable working both as an individual and as part of a team.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Psychology, Counseling, Higher Education Administration, or a related field preferred.


Read Comprehend- Constant; Perform Calculations- Occasional; Communicate Orally- Constant; Reason & Analyze- Constant; Write- Constant


The position is on campus, primarily in an office environment.


Sit- Frequent; Stand-Occasional; Bend- Occasional; Walk- Occasional; Climb- N/A; Pull- N/A; Push- N/A; Lift<10 lbs. - N/A; Lift 10-20 lbs. - N/A; Lift over 50 lbs.- N/A; Reach- N/A


Days/Hours: M-F, 9am-5pm, in person; work schedule subject to change based on needs of the department.
Salary Schedule 94 
Hiring Salary: $72,182 per year

Full-Time Benefits
Employee Holiday and Work Schedule
4-Day Summer Workweek
Remote Pilot Program

Review of applications will begin immediately until the position is filled.

Successful completion of a background check is required for appointment to this position once an offer has been made.


In order to be considered for the position, you must submit the following documents online:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • A list of three references with telephone numbers and email addresses

Returning Applicants- Login to your FITNYC Careers Account to check your completed application.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to contact each applicant individually regarding his or her application status.

For more information about FIT, please visit FIT's website at:

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

EEO/ Affirmative Action Statement

FIT is firmly committed to creating an environment that will attract and retain people of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. By providing a learning and working environment that encourages, utilizes, respects, and appreciates the full expression of every individual's ability, the FIT community fosters its mission and grows because of its rich, pluralistic experience. FIT is committed to prohibiting discrimination, whether based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military service status, genetic information, pregnancy, familial status, citizenship status (except as required to comply with law), or any other criterion prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. FIT is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment, including the opportunity for upward mobility for all qualified individuals.  Applications from minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged.  Inquiries regarding FIT's non-discrimination policies may be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, 212.217.3360,

The Fashion Institute of Technology is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity within the community.

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