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Learning Disabilities Specialist - Merritt College



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Merritt College
Merritt College is a public, comprehensive, two-year college, maintained by the Peralta Community College District in Alameda County. With a comprehensive day and evening program of transfer, technical, occupational and basic skills education, the College is committed to meeting the educational needs of the diverse student population it serves.

Located on a 125-acre site in the hills of East Oakland, Merritt College combines modern, spacious facilities with a spectacular view of the entire Bay Area. An integral part of a large, busy urban community, the location provides a sense of tranquility and peace.

Position Information

Job Title
Learning Disabilities Specialist - Merritt College

Time Base
1.0 FTE; 10 months

Compensation
$71,384.- $96,412/yr - Initial salary placement is commensurate with experience and educational background.

Position Type
Academic

Department
Vice President of Instruction (651)

City
Oakland

State
CA

Job Description Summary

This position is categorically funded. Continued employment is contingent upon refunding of the position.

Under general direction of the Vice President of Student Services and in cooperation with the Student Accessibility Services ( SAS ) Coordinator, the Learning Disabilities Specialist is responsible for the operation of the Learning Skills Program at Merritt College. The Learning Disabilities Specialist provides learning disabilities assessment, specialized instruction and coordination of support services for students with learning disabilities at the College.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Provides assessment services to students with suspected learning disabilities, using the Learning Disabilities Eligibility Model of the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.
  • May teach a range of skills development classes in the areas of reading, writing, math, and study skills.
  • Coordinates and/or provides services and accommodations to students with learning disabilities, as well as other cognitive disabilities such as attention deficit, psychiatric and other neurological disorders, as referred by SAS Counselors.
  • Establishes and maintains confidential records including referral information, assessments, and progress reports; and completes required State and Federal reports.
  • Selects and trains support staff including classified and student instructional assistants who work with students with learning disabilities.
  • Collaborates with other SAS personnel to research and evaluate instructional materials, which may Include assistive computer software and hardware appropriate for student with learning disabilities.
  • Serves as liaison and resource person for college personnel, local area high schools, Department of Rehabilitation, and community programs servicing students with learning disabilities.
  • Conducts on-going needs assessments as it relates to services, instructional programs assistive devices, etc. that are pertinent to students with learning disabilities.
  • Assists with recruitment, outreach, and awareness training by conducting informational workshops about learning disabilities.
  • Conducts training workshops for College faculty and staff regarding learning disabilities, accommodation services and other learning disability issues.
Teaching schedule may include evening or weekend hours as part of contract assignment. Instructors are expected to use and keep abreast of advanced teaching methods, inducing the use of current und future technologies to support student learning and career objectives.
  • Provide class instruction in accordance with established course outlines.
  • Inform students via syllabi concerning course requirements, evaluation procedures, and attendance requirements.
  • Maintain necessary attendance, scholastic and personnel records, and submits them according to published deadlines.
  • Prepare and grade class assignments and examinations and promptly returns them to students.
  • Post and maintain required office hours in accordance with the prevailing policy.
  • Participate in faculty discussions on curriculum, teaching-learning techniques and teaching materials.
  • Participate on departmental, divisional, and campus committees. Develop and revise courses in the discipline.


The Learning Disabilities Specialist is also responsible for providing a full professional service week that may include, but is not limited to, the following:
  • Teaching, teaching preparation, maintenance of office hours and student advising, and maintenance of student rosters, class records and grade completion in accordance with District policy and procedures;
  • Performing departmental duties such as program and curriculum development, evaluation and revision, and selecting appropriate instructional materials, and working with administrators and other faculty to develop a comprehensive pre-collegiate program;
  • Participation in professional activities such as departmental and campus committee work, faculty peer evaluations, staff meetings and participation in the governance structure of the College and district;
  • Pursuing professional growth activities to remain current In discipline and teaching methodology;
  • Performing professional outreach activities (e.g., work g with administrators and other faculty, depending on need;
  • Performing other related duties as assigned by the College.
Minimum Qualifications

1. Possession of a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in the category of disability, special education, education, psychology, educational psychology or rehabilitation counseling;
AND
Fifteen (15) semester units of upper division or graduate study in the area of disability, to include, but not limited to learning disabilities;
OR
2. May submit a fully satisfied lifetime California Community College Disabled Student Programs and Services Instructor and Service Credential authorizing service to teach courses in learning disabilities.
( THE CREDENTIAL WILL NOT SATISFY THE REQUIREMENTS FOR TENURE ); (California credentials were no longer issued after July 1, 1990).
OR
3. The equivalent qualifications.
(Candidates who claim equivalency must provide conclusive evidence, as clear and reliable on the college transcripts as required on the District Equivalency Application Form. Refer to the Equivalency Procedures below. This is not a process to waive the minimum qualifications.)
4. Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

Desirable Qualifications

• Master’s degree in the education of adults with learning disabilities.
• Experience administering and interpreting the WRAT -R, WIAT, and Woodcock Johnson Psycho-Educational Battery and other educational diagnostic assessment tools appropriate to community college students.
• Completion of the two-day training of the California Community Colleges Learning Disabilities Eligibility Model offered by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.
• Experience in working in a California community college with adults with learning disabilities.
• The ability to understand the implications of behavior elicited by a specific learning disability and the ability to understand and interpret diagnostic reports related to learning disabilities, attention deficits, acquired brain injuries and other cognitive disabilities.
• Experience working with students with various cognitive disabilities, including learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, and acquired brain injuries.
• Knowledge and application of appropriate teaching strategies and materials for college students with learning disabilities.
• Strong communication skills: oral, written, and interpersonal.
• Ability to use and apply knowledge of computer software and hardware and other appropriate technology to assist students with learning disabilities.
• Ability to develop learning disability curriculum and course materials.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff and community organizations.

Environmental Demands

Other Requirements

Tools & Equipment Used

Application Deadline Date
May 20, 2024

Open Date
04/15/2024

First Review Date

Special Instructions to Applicants

THE DISTRICT MAY FILL MORE THEN ONE OPENING FOR QUALIFIED APPLICANTS .

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS IN ITS ENTIRETY, ESPECIALLY REGARDING :

1. EQUIVALENCY PROCESS,

2. TRANSCRIPT REQUIREMENTS,

3. FOREIGN TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION REQUIREMENTS,

4. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATIONS

EQUIVALENCY PROCEDURE

Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications as stated in the job announcement but believe they possess the equivalent, must submit an Equivalency Application Form including full supporting documentation and mail to the Human Resources Department (this is separate from the online application.) All non-U.S transcripts must be evaluated by an evaluation and translation service in order to be reviewed for equivalency. The Equivalency Application Form may be downloaded from our website, www.peralta.edu, in the Human Resources area.

Note: Denial by the Equivalency Committee is final and cannot be re-opened for this announced position. If an applicant applies for an additional position in the same discipline that is subsequently announced, the applicant may submit an Equivalency Application Form by the application deadline date, requesting a new equivalency determination only if additional evidence is submitted for consideration.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

1. Required documents will include:

· Current resume of experience, formal education/training and qualifications.

· Copies of supporting credentials, if applicable.

· Copies of transcripts from fully accredited college or university institutions. (This means we do not need official copies. Please do not mail or fax transcripts. Please do not have your college send us your transcripts. You must scan your transcripts and upload them to your application.)


Copies of diplomas will not substitute for transcripts

This means do not upload diplomas to your application, we only need conferred transcripts. (If hired, only then will it be required to submit official transcripts from fully accredited college or university.)

Information on transcripts must include degree awarded and confer date. Transcripts without this information and online applications without transcripts will be disqualified.

PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION IF YOUR DEGREE WILL NOT BE CONFERRED UNTIL A LATER DATE .

A MINIMUM OF A MASTER’S DEGREE MUST BE CONFERRED WHEN THE APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED .

THIS ALSO MEANS THAT IF YOUR Ph.D IS NOT YET COMPLETE, DO NOT SUBMIT UNLESS YOU ALSO SUBMIT YOUR CONFERRED MASTER’S TRANSCRIPT . ALL TRANSCRIPTS MUST INCLUDE A CONFER DATE .


Note: A written evaluation by an official foreign credentials/transcripts evaluation and translation service must be submitted for Foreign Degree(s)(non-U.S.degrees) by the application deadline date.

All non-U.S. transcripts must include a certified evaluation/translation document certifying that your non-U.S. degree is equivalent to a U.S. degree.

All non-U.S. transcripts without a certified evaluation document will be disqualfied.

2. Applications and attachments (resume, cover letter, copies of transcripts, letters of recommendations, etc.) will ONLY be accepted through the online process. WE DO NOT ACCEPT MAILED OR FAXED APPLICATIONS OR ITS ATTACHMENTS .

WE DO NOT ACCEPT CONFIDENTIAL LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION EITHER BY EMAIL OR FAX .

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATIONS ARE OPTIONAL, THEREFORE ARE NOT PART OF THE SCREENING PROCESS . YOU MAY INCLUDE THEM IN YOUR APPLICATION ONLY IF YOU HAVE THEM IN YOUR POSSESSION . YOU WILL NEED TO SCAN THEM AND UPLOAD THEM INTO YOUR APPLICATION .


3. Travel expenses for the interview and selection process will be borne by the candidates.

Appointment to the position is conditional upon the approval of the Chancellor.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Employees must satisfy all pre-employment requirements to work for the District which include, but are not limited to, the following items:

REQUIRED FOR ALL EMPLOYEES

Tuberculosis Examination: Prior to employment, the successful candidate will be required to submit evidence (either skin test or X-ray report) of being free of tuberculosis within the past sixty (60) days. The TB test is a condition of employment and any expense must be borne by the successful candidate.

Fingerprinting Requirement:

As a condition of employment, all employees working for community colleges in the State of California are required to be fingerprinted within the first ten (10) working days of the date of employment pursuant to Education Code Section 88024. The District Office of Human Resources processes fingerprints electronically. During the employment intake process, new employees will be given information to have their fingerprints taken at another location.

Immigration Requirement: According to the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the Peralta Community College District is required to verify that all new employees are:

1) A citizen or national of the United States;

2) An alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States; or

3) An alien authorized by the the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service to work in the United States.

All new employees are required to complete and sign a verification form and provide documentation attesting that he/she is a United States citizen, national, or an alien lawfully authorized to work in the United States.

District Policy: A Social Security Card will be required following selection and prior to completion of the hiring process. The employment process cannot be completed without a copy of the Social Security Card on file in the Office of Human Resources.

Faculty Union: This position is represented by a Collective Bargaining Agreement: Peralta Federation of Teachers ( PFT )

MAY BE REQUIRED

Medical Examination: Under state regulations and as a condition of employment, certain positions may require a medical examination prior to employment. Expenses incurred will be borne by the employee.

The Peralta Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The District is strongly committed to achieving staff diversity and the principles of equal employment opportunity. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age religion, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or genetic information, gender identity or expression, citizenship status, veterans status, status with regards to public assistance, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law, in any of its policies, procedures or practices.
In conformance with the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, requests for Reasonable Accommodations may be made to the Office of Human Resources by calling (510) 466-7283.

The Peralta Community College District reserves the right to close or not fill any advertised position.

Benefits Information

Benefits Information

Benefits Information

FRINGE BENEFITS

The Peralta Colleges proudly offers a competitive and comprehensive core of work-life benefits. The value of the employer contribution towards your benefits may increase your total compensation by as much as 47%. Benefit-eligible employees have access to coverage for themselves and eligible dependents:

• Medical, dental, vision, prescription drug insurance coverage*
• Life insurance of 150% of your income up to $100,000.
• Long-term disability coverage.
• Employee Assistance Program.

In addition to your contribution, Peralta pays 19.10% of your salary to the State Teachers Retirement System ( STRS ).

Effective January 1, 2013, the PEPRA (Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act) went into effect. Changes have been implemented as a result of the adoption of this legislation that impact new and existing employees enrolled in CalSTRS. Specific information regarding the changes can be found at http://www.calstrs.com/post/frequently-asked-questions-ab-340-public-employees-pension-reform-act-2013. For further up to date information on CalSTRS retirement eligibility and PEPRA, please visit the website at www.calstrs.com. The CalSTRS member handbook is available at http://www.calstrs.com/calstrs-member-handbook. After 10 years of creditable service, medical benefits in retirement are extended until age 65. Other benefits include 10 days sick leave, and holidays.

Other voluntary benefits include:

• Flexible benefit plan participation in the Medical Reimbursement Plan, Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan (under tax code 125)
• Pre-tax commuting expenses (under IRS code 132)
• Tax-deferred plan participation in the 403(b) and 457 plans
• Credit union membership
• Prepaid legal plan participation
• Additional Life Insurance for yourself, spouse or children
* Kaiser and United Health Care Dental are fully paid by the District. Other plans require employee contribution. Subject to change.

Mission Statement

The Peralta Community College District is a collaborative of colleges advancing social and economic transformation for students and the community through quality education, rooted in equity, social justice, environmental sustainability, and partnerships.
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. List of References
  2. Resume
  3. Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document
  2. Cover Letter

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