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Disability Service Advisor - Center for Students with Disabilities - 17765

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Nov 15, 2021

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity, Student Affairs, Counseling, Disabled Student Services, Other Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
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Full Time
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The Center for Students with Disabilities in the Division of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Support Programs at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater seeks a Disability Services Advisor (EI001).

This will be a fixed term annual appointment and reappointment for subsequent terms is dependent upon needs of the position, university funding and external forces.


This position facilitates the provision of reasonable accommodations for university students with learning disabilities, mental health, chronic medical conditions, developmental disabilities (autism) and attentional disorders (AD/HD) to ensure equal access to the programs, services and activities of the institution. These populations comprise the largest group of students with disabilities seeking services through the Center for Students with Disabilities. This position will carry a case load consisting of students with these disabilities.

The Disability Services Coordinator assists faculty and staff in developing fair and effective instructional methods and adaptations to provide classroom access for this student population. This position may also participate in campus-wide training activities for students, faculty and staff on disability issues, rights and responsibilities under the law, and advocacy regarding reasonable accommodation in a post-secondary environment.

This position will participate in program development initiatives to serve the primary populations of CSD students including but not limited to teaching for credit courses, developing educational effectiveness programs and promoting community building activities and events. This position may also supervise student employees and pre-master’s interns.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Social Work, or a related field
  • Two years of direct experience working with individuals with physical disabilities, chronic health disabilities, psychological and learning disorders including but not limited to mood, anxiety or autism spectrum disorders, learning disability/dyslexia, and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience working with a college or young adult population
  • Licensed/license eligible who can supervise pre-master’s interns from relevant educational programs. Credentials to supervise pre-master's and master’s students seeking certification or licensure the following areas social work, rehabilitation counseling or counseling
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • Experience interpreting various psycho-educational and psychological/neuropsychological assessment batteries used in the diagnosis of learning disabilities, mental health disorders, AD/HD, developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injury and translating the data from such reports into appropriate accommodations plans in a post-secondary setting
  • Experience providing one-one functional assessments related to adjustment and academic accommodations
  • Experience working with individuals who have dual or multiple mental health diagnoses
  • Experience effectively addressing the unique concerns of people with hidden disorders (e.g. stigma, medication management and side effects, executive functioning deficits, etc.)
  • Ability to be an effective advocate for reasonable accommodations in the context of a competitive educational environment
  • Ability to foster independence through the development of lifelong self-advocacy skills and learning strategies
  • Working knowledge of federal and state laws regarding disability rights
  • Strong verbal and written communication and organizational skills in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent judgment, decision-making skills, and sense of humor when faced with conflict, competing interests, and/or time sensitive issues
  • Ability to work independently as well as contribute to team processes at the unit and division level
  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds

75% A. Direct Service
  1. Conduct intake appointments leading to a service eligibility determination and recommendations for reasonable accommodations as appropriate.
  2. Assist students in understanding their legal rights and responsibilities.
  3. Promote student self-reliance and the development of appropriate self-advocacy skills.
  4. Facilitate communication between faculty, staff, and students with disabilities on access and accommodation issues and provide on-going consultation and problem-solving assistance to faculty and staff in the provision of appropriate services and accommodations.
  5. Develop new and effective methods for resolving complex disability-related accommodation and adjustment issues.
  6. Communicate with parents/guardians of student clients respectfully and appropriately in a way that supports the development of student independence and accountability.
  7. Maintain confidentiality in verbal and written communications as required under the Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  8. Create, organize, and maintain up-to-date electronic and paper records.
  9. Stay abreast of legislation/policy and national, state, and local issues affecting access for individuals with disabilities.
  10. Conduct group sessions with students
15% B. Institutional Support/Outreach
  1. Participate in training and teaching programs for enrolled students with disabilities including but not limited to the Summer Transition Program, New Student Seminar, and Career and Pre Vocational Preparation and related formal and informal and formal groups and individually focused activities.
  2. Develop training materials for university personnel working with students with learning, attentional, mental health and chronic medical disorders.
  3. Present to University staff and the community on disability-related topics to promote universal design in learning.
  4. Provide consultation/technical assistance on disability issues as needed or requested by individuals and groups at the University and in the community.
  5. Participate in division and institution-wide initiatives to advance opportunities for individuals with disabilities to be equitably represented in the student population, be retained, and graduate from undergraduate and graduate programs.
  6. Assist in advancing the mission and vision of the Division of Student Affairs through targeted projects, initiatives and committees.
  7. Contribute to divisional strategic priorities including campus partnerships, improved climate, etc.
  8. Represent the Division of Student Life at campus events.
  9. Promote and respect the practice of civility in the workplace.
  10. Demonstrate a commitment to organizational success.
  11. Participate in departmental and division-wide quality improvement efforts.
  12. Demonstrate a commitment to diversity.
  13. Other duties as assigned.
10% C. Administrative Duties
  1. Contribute to program development for current and emerging populations (e.g. services for veterans, students with autism, unrepresented groups, etc).
  2. Participate in program projects and activities (e.g., search and screen committees and processes, revision of eligibility criteria, outreach and communication practices with parents, etc.).
  3. Recruit, train, and supervise interns at a level appropriate to experience and expertise. Provide on-going support, information, and resources to staff on disabilities and related trends.

Founded in 1868, UW–Whitewater is one of eleven comprehensive universities in Wisconsin’s public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions and a statewide Extension. UW-Whitewater’s main campus is located in Whitewater, with a branch campus in Rock County, in the city of Janesville. Together, these campuses form a preeminent academic institution driven by the pursuit of knowledge, powered by a spirit of innovation, and focused on transforming lives. UW-Whitewater’s campuses are located conveniently near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, and thus offer the advantage of beautiful small-town environments with easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas.

The Warhawk family — led by caring faculty and staff — is devoted to student success within a broad range of academic programs offered at the associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. These include both on-campus and online programs, and span the disciplines, from the theoretical to the applied, and encompass study in the arts, business, education, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, technology, and professional and interdisciplinary programs.

UW-Whitewater has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the nation. The campuses have more than 200 student organizations and UW-Whitewater’s intercollegiate athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division-III level. UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System ( ).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.


Well-qualified candidates can expect a starting annual salary within a range of $47,000 - $52,000.

UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more about the UW System’s comprehensive benefit package, review the UW System Employee Benefits Brochure.


UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles ( ) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices ( ). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs ( ) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys ( ).


University of Wisconsin-Whitewater does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources. UW-Whitewater is not an e-verify employer, therefore STEM extensions are not options for work authorization.


Applications received by January 14, 2022 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1072 or

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Debbie Reuter - Director of CSD


Only complete application packages will be considered. This includes online submission of the following documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Name and contact information for three professional references
  • Unofficial Transcripts
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