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Bilingual Disability Specialist

Employer
Empire State University
Location
New York, United States
Salary
Salary Commensurate with experience
Date posted
Dec 1, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education
Employment Level
Administrative
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

Company Description:

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. 

Job Description:

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 disabilities. 

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.

Responsibilities include:

  • 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 interactive process.
  • Collaborate with faculty and student support staff to implement reasonable accommodations as well as provide holistic student support.
  • Communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and other departments to advocate for students based on individual and time-sensitive needs.
  • Utilize university technology systems to find relevant information, document work, and ensure consistent communication and processes. Maintain complete records of all student situations in relevant databases.
  • Provide professional development opportunities to students, faculty, and staff related to supporting students with disabilities, particularly as it pertains to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • 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.

Requirements:

Required Qualifications:

  • 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 tasks.
  • Ability to collaborate with faculty, staff, and administration from multiple departments.
  • Demonstration of professionalism, integrity, and confidentiality.
  • Ability to empathize with students in need of academic and non-academic support.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education Administration, Special/Exceptional Education, Counseling or related area.
  • 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 students.
  • 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 backgrounds.

Special Information:

  • 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.

Additional Information:

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.

Application Instructions:

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:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Name and contact information of three references

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Empire State University

SUNY'S LEADING ONLINE INSTITUTION

Founded in 1971 as the innovative campus of the State University of New York, 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 are SUNY’s leading online institution and New York state’s only public online institution.

SUNY Empire serves 16,000 students across New York state, the region, and the world. The institution specializes in high-quality, flexible, affordable education for working adults, including parents, veterans, and military-affiliates. Our 95,000 alumni are teachers, nurses, entrepreneurs, and leaders in their communities and their fields.

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