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Learning Disability Specialist

Posting #: 14-102
Campus: De Anza College
Number of Working Months: 11 Months
Starting Salary: $59,103.00-$97,067.00 annually
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Open Until Filled
Employment Duration: Full-Time

Description

Next Review Date:  January 30, 2015*

*Any complete applications received while the position is Open Until Filled will be reviewed by the hiring committee only upon committee request.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is currently accepting applications for the faculty position of Learning Disability Specialist, De Anza College.

De Anza Mission Statement:
De Anza College provides an academically rich, multicultural learning environment that challenges students of every background to develop their intellect, character and abilities; to realize their goals; and to be socially responsible leaders in their communities, the nation and the world.

De Anza College fulfills its mission by engaging students in creative work that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and attitudes contained within the college’s Institutional Core Competencies:

  • Communication and expression   
  • Information literacy   
  • Physical/mental wellness and personal responsibility  
  • Global, cultural, social and environmental awareness
  • Critical thinking             

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION INCLUDE:
Under the direction of the Dean of Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS), provide assessment to determine eligibility for accommodations and services under Title 5 Learning Disabilities Definition and is accountable for caseload management and special course instruction focused on basic math skills, writing skills, and learning strategies.  Standard duties expected of all faculty include development and evaluation of curricula, maintaining scheduled office hours, attending department and division meetings, pursuing professional growth activities, and performing other duties consistent with the role of an instructor. Instructors also have the opportunity to serve on District and college committees and participate in campus extra-curricular activities.  Essential duties:

  1. Pre-screen students for learning issues/concerns associated with learning disabilities and schedule for assessment if appropriate.
  2. Administer learning disabilities eligibility assessment tools in accordance with the State of California mandated Eligibility Model:  These tools include but are not limited to the WAIS-IV and/or the Woodcock-Johnson III Batteries.
  3. Evaluate disability and outside assessment documentation to determine if assessment results/scores meet the Learning Disability (LD) Eligibility and Services Model criterion.
  4. Identify educational limitations and implement appropriate accommodations designed to help students with learning disabilities to achieve academic success.
  5. Provide disability management counseling by promoting student acceptance and understanding of their disability by encouraging and teaching students to utilize their strengths to compensate for their learning differences.
  6. Prepare, monitor, and update Student Education Contracts (SEC) to ensure students with learning disabilities are receiving appropriate accommodations and services and are successfully progressing towards their academic goals.
  7. Act as liaison between campus faculty and staff regarding equity issues affecting students with learning disabilities.
  8. Provide training and counseling to campus wide faculty and staff concerning laws and regulations regarding students with disabilities, confidentiality issues, and strategies for assisting and referring students with disabilities to appropriate campus services.
  9. Assist EDC students to clarify their academic goals, select a major, and prepare education plans.
  10. Develop, monitor, and modify (as needed) Student Education Plans (SEP) for EDC students pursuing certificate, Associate Degree, and/or transfer programs.  
  11. Provide consultation and liaison support to campus faculty and staff regarding student accommodations and DSPS programs and services as required by the American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
  12. Maintain liaison with educational and community based organizations through ongoing outreach efforts and events.
  13. Assist EDC students to prepare and submit petitions and corrective plans for all academic probation levels, course repetitions, and financial aid extensions.
  14. Teach basic skills courses (math, writing, study skills) designed for students with learning disabilities and students who would benefit from acquiring learning strategies to facilitate and improve their academic performance.   
  15. Collaborate with the staff of the DSPS Computer Access Lab to identify and utilize technological interventions designed to increase academic proficiency, encourage independence, personal productivity, and empowerment.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:
Ability to:

  1. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  2. Ability to create an encouraging and supportive environment for students with disabilities.
  3. Ability to provide informative presentations for campus and community groups.

Knowledge of:

  1. Knowledge of the psychosocial implications of a learning disability with or without co-existing cognitive impairments such as AD/HD, ABI or psychiatric disabilities.
  2. Knowledge of the legal issues related to disability accommodations in educational and vocational settings.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Environment:

  1. Indoor, office environment.

Physical Abilities:

  1. Hearing and speaking to exchange information.
  2. Vision sufficient to read various materials.
  3. Dexterity of hands and fingers to perform the tasks required of the position.
  4. Regularly stand, walk, and sit for extended periods of time.
  5. Bending at waist, kneeling, or crouching.  
  6. Reaching overhead, above the shoulders, and horizontally.  
  7. Lifting and carrying objects up to 20 lbs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
  2. Master's degree, or equivalent foreign degree, in the category of disability, special education, education, psychology, educational psychology, or rehabilitation counseling; AND
  3. Fifteen (15) semester units of upper division or graduate study in the area of disability, to include, but not be limited to: learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, deaf and hearing impaired, physical disabilities, or adapted computer technology.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Experience with instruction and academic advisement for adults from diverse backgrounds with learning and educational impairments, and related disabilities.
  2. Successful community college level experience working with adult students with learning disabilities in a team environment.
  3. Experience using assistive technology and computer-assisted instruction for students with disabilities.
  4. Experience developing and providing transition and retention strategies for special-needs students.
  5. Experience developing curriculum for special-needs students.
  6. Experience in the interpretation, administration, and application of testing results for educational interventions.
  7. Experience with group instruction in developmental language, mathematics, and learning strategies for students with disabilities.
  8. Demonstrated ability to administer and interpret standardized tests to determine eligibility for learning disabilities accommodations and services.
  9. Successful completion of the California Community Colleges Chancellors Office Learning Disabilities Eligibility Training OR be eligible for and agree to successfully complete the training as soon as possible.
  10. Demonstrated ability to teach a variety of basic skills courses at the community college level.

LICENSE or CERTIFICATION:
1. Certification in the California Community College Learning Disability Eligibility Process.

APPLICATION PACKET:

  1. A District on-line application to be completed at http://hr.fhda.edu/careers/  *In the application, you will provide information, which demonstrates your understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
  2. A cover letter detailing your background and experience, skills, and abilities as they relate to the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position.
  3. A current resume of all work experience, formal education and training.
  4. All college transcripts scanned in Word or PDF format. Applicants who have international transcripts must obtain transcripts that are evaluated by an independent educational-equivalency evaluation company, and obtain an English translation (if necessary). These services are to be done at the applicant’s expense.

If you wish to request equivalency for this position (if you believe you do not meet minimum qualifications), you may submit the Request for Equivalency form. This form will need to be submitted with your application packet. You may either scan a hard copy of this form with your application packet or submit it as a Word document with your application packet.  http://hr.fhda.edu/_downloads/Equivalency.pdf

We do not accept JPEG or other file formats for transcripts. Both Foothill De Anza CCD employees and external candidates must submit transcripts. Applicants who have international transcripts must obtain and submit transcripts that are evaluated by an independent educational-equivalency evaluation company, and obtain an English translation (if necessary). These services are to be done at the applicant’s expense.

If any required application materials are omitted, the committee will not review your application materials. Application materials not required (including reference letters) for this position will not be accepted.  For full-consideration, all application packets must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date.  

Please allow yourself ample time to complete your application and resolve any technical difficulties that may arise with your submission.  We do not guarantee a response to application questions within 48 hours of the closing date.  

HIRING RANGE: $59,103.00 - $97,067.00 annually plus benefits; actual placement is based on applicant’s verified education and experience.

For the complete Faculty Salary Schedule, go to:
http://hr.fhda.edu/_downloads/20132016FASalarySchedules.pdf

Excellent benefits package which includes medical coverage for employee and eligible dependents, dental, vision care, employee assistance program, long term disability, retirement benefits and basic life insurance.  Faculty are also eligible for paid sabbatical leaves and stipends for educational and professional development.

For information on our benefits package that includes medical for employees and dependents, visit our web site: http://hr.fhda.edu/benefits/index.html

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:  Full-time, Tenure-track, 11-months per year

STARTING DATE: Fall 2014

Persons with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to complete the employment process must notify Employment Services no later than the closing date of the announcement.

The successful applicant will be required to provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District does not reimburse applicants for travel, lodging or any other costs incurred by applicant to attend interviews.  All interviewing costs incurred will be the responsibility of the applicant.

For more information about our application process contact:
Employment Services
Foothill-De Anza Community College District
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, California 94022
(650) 949-6217
Email: employment@fhda.edu
http://www.fhda.edu


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Foothill-De Anza Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, color, language, accent, immigration status, ancestry, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, transgender, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, and physical or mental disability consistent with applicable federal and state laws. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self disclose.


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