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Disability Services Coordinator (12-214) Part-time

Job Title: Disability Services Coordinator

Center for Academic Achievement and Retention (CAAR)

Reports To: Executive Director, CAAR
FLSA Status: Grade 5, Part-time, Exempt
Prepared By:

Kate Conway-Turner

Prepared Date:

December 2011

Approved By: Carol Wuenschel
Approved Date:

December 2011


Under the general direction of the Executive Director of Academic and Career Services, the Disability Services Coordinator is an advocate for students and other Hood College constituencies in need of legal accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and or other applicable legislation and is primarily responsible for planning, development, delivery, and evaluation of academic support services and reasonable accommodations for students and other constituencies with learning and or other disability issues.  The Disability Services Coordinator works closely with faculty and the administration to develop effective accommodations for undergraduate and graduate students with documented disabilities to assist these students in achieving academic success.  The Disability Services Coordinator provides leadership to help the campus understand the needs of students with disabilities.                                                         

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Advocacy and Constituent Support (65%)

  • Responds to inquiries from prospective or current students about services available to students with disabilities attending this institution.
  • Reviews disability-related documentation, including psychoeducational and neuropsychological reports to determine eligibility and appropriate accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Refers students to disability assessment specialists when circumstances suggest disabilities or documentation is out of date or incomplete.
  • Develops and implements individualized student action plans based on diagnostic evaluation or other disability documentation.
  • Advises and assists students in planning appropriate courses and courseloads.
  • Assists students to self-advocate
  • Maintains confidential files on all students

Academic Support (25%)

  • Supports faculty and staff in providing reasonable accommodations to enhance learning environment for students with disabilities.
  • Trains faculty, staff, and students on effective use of assistive technology (such Kurzweil, Click ‘n’ Drag, etc.) or makes appropriate referrals to resources as necessary.
  • Selects, trains, and evaluates service providers (note takers, coaches, etc.).

Administrative Support (10%)

  • Prepares and revises information sheets, brochures, and handbooks
  • Prepares and maintains information on the Hood College website

Supervisory Responsibilities                                                     

    Supervises one student worker in the Disability Services Office, and adjunct faculty as necessary.


  • Thorough knowledge of Federal laws and other applicable legislation pertaining to college students with disabilities.
  • Specific background in formal assessment of individuals with exceptionalities—tests of intelligence, language development, academic achievement, and social and emotional development in order to verify specific disabilities and to determine eligibility for services.
  • General knowledge of counseling theory and practice as well as disability management counseling.
  • Ability to understand the implications of behavior elicited by a specific learning disability.
  • Ability to understand and interpret different diagnoses, psycho-educational and neuropsychiatric reports of students with learning disabilities such as ADHD/ADD, and psychiatric/psychological disabilities and apply this information for determining appropriate reasonable accommodations.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, language, disability and backgrounds of college students.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in related field required. Master’s Degree in Special Education, Counseling, Psychology, social work or related field and work experience in a college-level disability services program preferred. Demonstrated experience in working with diverse and multicultural college student populations in disability services programs preferred.

Technology Skills

Knowledge of adaptive/assistive technology such as Kurzweil, Click ‘n’ Drag, etc. Proficiency with Student Information Systems, Microsoft Productivity Suite Products, E-mail and Internet required.

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to present information effectively and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with basic mathematical concepts. Ability to compile and interpret basic statistics on student populations receiving service.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.  Ability to work in theoretical arena and apply logic as appropriate.

Other Skills and Abilities

Familiarity with laws, policies, procedures and requirements of the Rehabilitation Act applications to higher education.   Knowledge of the medical, functional, psychological and cultural effects of disability in a higher education environment. Skill in providing disability management counseling.  Skills and understanding of compensatory learning strategies/techniques, and learning skills instruction. 

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Typically, the work is carried out in the academic and/or office environment.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Some evening or weekend work may be required, occasional travel may be required.

To Apply

Qualified candidates may apply by submitting a resume and cover letter, the names and addresses of three professional references to Kate Conway-Turner, Provost, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD  21701 or by E-mail to

Hood College is committed to diversity and subscribes to a policy of hiring only individuals legally eligible to work in the United States. EEO

Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, or age in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities as required by applicable laws including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodation for disabled applicants and students. Inquiries about discrimination or reasonable accommodation should be referred to the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator at Alumnae Hall, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD. 21701 (AD 312), 301-696-3592. For complete information on Hood College’s nondiscrimination policy, please visit