Coordinator, Disability Support Services Job at Front Range Community College, Longmont, CO

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  • Front Range Community College
  • Longmont, CO

Job Description

Who We AreWith three campuses along Colorado's Front Range, FRCC is the state's largest community college. We enroll close to 28,000 students annually from our diverse service area, which offers a variety of cultural and recreational activities. Each year approximately 5,000 FRCC students transfer to four-year universities and FRCC offers more than 36 career training programs that prepare students for immediate employment and rewarding careers. Last year, more than 5,000 high school students took concurrent enrollment classes with us, earning college credit without having to pay college tuition. And we were recently ranked as one of the "Top Online Colleges" in the country by Newsweek. One of FRCC's main goals is to offer educational excellence for everyone. The college's strong commitment to student success means we start by creating an inclusive and equitable environment-one where both students and employees feel they belong and are supported. FRCC's focus on diversity, equity and inclusion is woven into the fabric of our college conversations and decision-making processes. We are actively seeking to hire a workforce that reflects the diversity of our student body. The college is also an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution. For us, becoming an HSI is an intentional commitment to being a college where our Latinx (and other historically marginalized) students thrive. FRCC employees and leaders work hard to create a culture of collaboration, innovation and pride. We're looking to hire people who share these values-along with our commitment to student success, equity and excellence.Who You AreAs the Disability Support Services (DSS) Coordinator, reporting directly to the Director of Accommodations and Support Services, you are a pivotal advocate for the inclusion of students with disabilities at Front Range Community College (FRCC). You ensure compliance with federal disability statutes and FRCC policies, acting as the primary resource for all disability services on campus. You also provide direct support to students with disabilities and facilitate a range of related services to enhance their academic experience.You possess extensive knowledge of various disabilities and medical conditions, as well as accessibility standards and academic accommodations. Serving as a key resource on disability inclusion and accessibility, you will promote equity-centered practices within the college community. This position does have the opportunity to work remotely occasionally but does require a strong on-campus presence and will need to travel to all three FRCC campuses.Please note: You need to be a Colorado resident on your first day of employment. SALARY: Beginning July 1, 2024: $51,102 - $53,657/annually BENEFITS: Please click here to find more information about APT & Faculty Benefits SELECTION PROCESS: Position will remain open until filled with a priority deadline of June 20, 2024. This posting may be used to fill multiple or similar positions.Preliminary screening will be made on the basis of completed application package submitted by candidate. In your application please include a resume and cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with requirements, qualification and responsibilities of the Disability Support Services Coordinator.

Primary Duties

Provision of Academic Accommodations and Assistive Technologies:Conduct interactive intake processes to determine and tailor disability-related support services for students, including accommodations and assistive technologies.Assist students in mastering assistive technologies and learning tools, ensuring effective utilization through established tracking procedures.Stay updated on disability legislation and advocate for its strict adherence within the college.DSS Student Case Management:Act as a primary contact for students, introducing them to essential campus and community resources.Coach students on success strategies, including study skills, managing test anxiety, self-advocacy, and problem-solving techniques.Coordinate and facilitate accommodations between students and faculty, fostering a supportive educational environment.Campus/Community Outreach and Education:Serve as a subject matter expert on best practices for accommodations and disability inclusion in higher education.Educate and support staff, faculty, students, and the community to enhance their understanding of disability and accommodation strategies.Advocate for ADA compliance, including monitoring and reporting on physical and remote environment concerns.Promote the accessibility of course materials by implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) strategies.Participate in committees to ensure the representation of the disability perspective and the college's interests.Administrative Work:Maintain and manage databases for tracking DSS student service requests and learning outcomes.Keep accurate and up-to-date student files related to accommodations, ensuring confidentiality and compliance with regulations.

Required Competencies

Knowledge of the American with Disabilities Act, & Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973: Ensure FRCC is remaining compliant with the laws and guide decision making regarding appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities. Assistive Technology: Provide outstanding assistance to the students to be successful in classroom. Mission, Vision & Values: Embrace the mission, vision and values of FRCC. Understand the importance of the work that you do to support institutional goals. Student Centeredness: Place the student at the center of your work. Adopt a philosophy that makes the ability to serve the student the cornerstone of the work that you do.Data Usage: Look at the data within the department, paying particular attention to what the data shows about the department's performance and student impact. Work with the next level supervisor to brainstorm changes that can be implemented to improve a program or service that the department provides. Cultural Self-Awareness: Willing to examine own beliefs and acknowledge own biases and how they have impacted or may impact the ability to serve students.Cultural Competence: Recognize the need to become knowledgeable about the ways to communicate and support students of other backgrounds. Equity Mindedness: Learn to view department operations through an equity lens. Be willing to call attention to processes that lead to inequity in serving students. Understand the College's equity goals and how your role supports FRCC's ability to achieve those goals.Operational Planning: Have an understanding and knowledge of the college's various strategic plans and understand how your work supports each of them. Understand the department's expectations to find proactive ways to support the goals of the department.Leading from the Middle: Lead from your position by not only closely examine your responsibilities for the department, but in bringing forward ideas to your supervisor the college should consider to be more student centered. Team Building: Participate in team-building exercises and strive to build positive and collaborative relationships with colleagues both within the department and in other departments within the college.Collaboration: Willingness to work with colleagues across departments to further student engagement.

Qualifications

Required Education/Training & Work Experience:Graduation from a regionally accredited college/university with a bachelor's degree in Education, Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, or a related field. Experience working with individuals with disabilities or experience engaging students, clients and/or customers in a helping role. Demonstrated interpersonal skills, with ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. Commitment to creating an inclusive learning and work environment.Ability to work effectively with students, families, faculty, and staff of diverse backgrounds. Strong collaboration, problem-solving, interpersonal, organizational, and critical thinking skills.Ability to learn and understand the testing, diagnostic evaluations, learning disability support software, and assistive technology programs for apparent and non-apparent disabilities.Strong understanding of disability law at the state and federal level including but not limited to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Preferred Education/Training & Work Experience:Bilingual in Spanish and English Welcoming. Respectful. Inclusive. Together, we are FRCC.

Benefit-Eligible EmployeesGroup Health BenefitsIf you are an APT, staff, or faculty and are scheduled to work at least 30 hours per week, you are eligible for benefits on the first day you officially begin active employment. FRCC offers a variety of family-friendly benefits designed to support your physical, emotional and financial health, including: Medical, dental and vision insurance Flexible Spending Accounts for Medical and Dependent Care Life, AD&D and Disability Insurance Paid Time Off Paid Community or School Volunteer Leave Leave of Absence Options College Invest 529Additional information regarding benefits can be found at CCCS Employee Benefits.RetirementFRCC employees contribute to Colorado PERA, which provides retirement and other benefits to employees of more than 500 government agencies and public entities in the state of Colorado. PERA is the 21st largest public pension plan in the United States and is a substitute for Social Security; FRCC employees do not contribute to Social Security. PERA eligible employees are required to contribute a fixed percentage of their salary to the pension. Student employees are not eligible to participate in PERA.FRCC and the State of Colorado also offer three tax-deferred supplemental investment plans, including 401(k), 403(b) and 457 plans.Tuition ReimbursementEducation and the success of you and your dependents is a priority at Front Range Community College. We encourage you to develop job skills and abilities which will benefit you as well as our College. Eligible employees, their eligible dependents, and domestic partners may enroll in credit courses at any of the 13 system community colleges.Professional Development OpportunitiesFRCC offers a variety of professional development opportunities to create possibilities for your career and life. We are building a learning community where you can work with diverse individuals, explore new ways of thinking and expand your capabilities.Flexible Work ArrangementsFront Range offers a variety of flexible work arrangements based on departments and positions. Please ask if this is an opportunity for this role.Employee Assistance ProgramOur employee assistance program (EAP) services are available to you and your household members at no cost through the Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (C-SEAP). These confidential services offered to support the wellbeing of both you and your family members include counseling, professional coaching, webinars, mediation, financial assistance, and more. For more information, please visit .BenefitHubAs a State of Colorado employee, you will have access to the BenefitHub website where you will find a variety of local and national discounts.

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