Founded in 1971 as the innovative campus of the State University
of New York (SUNY), Empire State University empowers learners from
diverse backgrounds to achieve their educational goals. We have
decades of experience providing educational access through online
teaching and learning, individualized instruction, mentoring, and
prior learning assessment. We build on our students' experiences to
promote their growth and drive upward mobility and economic
development in New York state and beyond. SUNY Empire's 97,000
alumni are teachers, nurses, entrepreneurs, and leaders in their
communities and their fields. Visit www.sunyempire.edu
and follow us on social media @SUNYEmpire.
SUNY Empire is committed to creating a multicultural, inclusive
academic and work environment. All qualified applicants receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual
orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran
status. We believe that having diverse faculty and staff is
critical to academic excellence and prepares students to live and
work in an increasingly global world.
Empire State University's Office of Accessibility Resources and
Services seeks a full-time Bilingual Disability Specialist (State
Title: Senior Staff Assistant). Reporting to the Director of
Accessibility Resources and Services, the Bilingual Disability
Specialist is responsible for providing direct service to students,
faculty, and staff at the university in matters related to student
disability services and accommodations. In order to facilitate the
best possible educational experience so that students can achieve
their goals, the Bilingual Disability Specialist supports student
learning by collaborating with the Office of Accessibility
Resources and Services team, faculty, student support staff, and
other key stakeholders to advocate and advance student success and
retention, particularly as they relate to students with
The Bilingual Disability Specialist will be a key contributor to
promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives relevant to
students with disabilities. They will assist with the review and
implementation of student requests for accommodations as well as
connecting students with appropriate resources and services both at
SUNY Empire and in their communities. They will work with the
university's Spanish-speaking students providing support as it
relates to disability services. The selected incumbent must be
knowledgeable about student accommodations at the college level and
should have familiarity with working with adult and nontraditional
students in both face-to-face and online learning environments,
with the ability to support individuals of diverse cultural,
social, and religious backgrounds, and varied age, gender, and
sexual orientation. The selected incumbent will collaborate with
the Student Success Coordinators, the Center for Autism Advocacy:
Research Education and Supports, the Student Success division,
faculty, academic administrators, and key functional offices to
provide high quality services to students with disabilities across
all of SUNY Empire. The successful candidate must be proficient in
Spanish and knowledgeable about the Americans with Disabilities
Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, assistive
technology, and universal design for learning principles.
- Advise prospective and current students with disabilities
regarding their requests for accommodations as well as university
and community resources available.
- Review student requests for accommodations, determine
reasonable accommodations, and appropriately document the
- Collaborate with faculty and student support staff to implement
reasonable accommodations as well as provide holistic student
- Communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and other
departments to advocate for students based on individual and
- Utilize university technology systems to find relevant
information, document work, and ensure consistent communication and
processes. Maintain complete records of all student situations in
- Provide professional development opportunities to students,
faculty, and staff related to supporting students with
disabilities, particularly as it pertains to diversity, equity, and
- Maintain confidentiality and respectful communication when
dealing with students and colleagues around sensitive issues.
- Demonstrate a commitment to excellence, innovation, integrity,
diversity, and student success.
- Bachelor's degree required.
- Bilingual and biliterate in Spanish and English.
- Experience working with students with disabilities.
- Strong interpersonal and excellent customer service skills, and
the ability to work effectively with students, the public, the
university community, and external constituencies.
- Evidence of ability to communicate, engage, and develop rapport
with individuals of diverse cultural, social, and religious
backgrounds, and varied age, gender, and sexual orientation.
- Ability to analyze, mediate, and resolve complex problems.
- Initiative, creativity, and the ability to function well in an
environment that promotes both teamwork and independence.
- Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and handle multiple
- Ability to collaborate with faculty, staff, and administration
from multiple departments.
- Demonstration of professionalism, integrity, and
- Ability to empathize with students in need of academic and
- Master's degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education
Administration, Special/Exceptional Education, Counseling or
- Experience with assistive technology including dictation,
text-to-speech, screen reader, and magnification tools.
- Experience working collaboratively as part of a multi-person
team to provide student services and support resources to
- Experience with Ellucian's Banner, CRM systems, or other data
management and communication technology.
- Experience with adult or non-traditional students.
- Prior knowledge of and experience in working with bilingual and
emergent bilingual learners, particularly in online settings.
- Prior experience working effectively with faculty, staff, and
students from diverse linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic
- Occasional travel may be required to fulfill department,
division, and university-wide commitments.
- May require occasional evening and/or weekend work.
- VISA sponsorship is not available for this position.
- SUNY Empire provides employees with robust remote and flexible
work options to meet the needs of students, faculty, and staff in a
dispersed work environment. University locations that may be
considered include Saratoga Springs, Rochester and Selden, NY.
Rank/Salary: SL3 / $60,000.
Empire State University is an EOE employer.
We are pleased to offer our employees a generous compensation
and benefits package. We also offer professional-development
activities for professionals and support staff, as well as
faculty-development opportunities that encourage pursuit of
disciplinary and community-focused research, scholarship of
teaching and learning, and leadership development.
IF YOU NEED A DISABILITY-RELATED ACCOMMODATION, PLEASE CALL THE
ADA COORDINATOR AT (518) 587-2100, ext. 2240. IN ACCORDANCE WITH
THE TITLE II CRIME AWARENESS AND SECURITY ACT, A COPY OF OUR CRIME
STATISTICS IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST BY CALLING (518) 587-2100,
ext. 2800. IT CAN ALSO BE VIEWED ON-LINE AT THE SAFETY AND SECURITY
WEBSITE AT www.sunyempire.edu/safety-security.
Applications Due By: Applications accepted
until position is filled.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please
submit the following documents, which are required for
consideration by clicking on the APPLY NOW button:
- Cover letter
- Name and contact information of three references
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