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Disability Specialist/Director - D Basis

CLOSING DATE:  April 17, 2020


Located on over 400 acres in the West San Fernando Valley, Pierce College combines state-of-the-art technology and learning with the picturesque beauty of its rolling hills.  Founded in 1947, Pierce College is a two-year public institution with more than 100 disciplines being taught to more than 20,000 students each semester and enjoys one of the highest transfer performances in Southern California.

Department: Pierce College announces an opening for a full-time Disability Specialist/Director position in Special Services/DSPS. The department’s role is to advocate, facilitate and provide appropriate accommodations so students have full access to classes, activities and services at the College.  The intent is for students with disabilities to have a typical college experience by actively pursuing their studies and being fully integrated into campus life.  Special Services Faculty are expected to participate in departmental meetings and workgroups, professional development, and contribute to the campus-at-large through shared governance or other activities.

Duties and Responsibilities: Special Services at Pierce College is accepting applications for a full-time Disability Specialist position.  This assignment will be for 35 hours per week during regular operating hours.  Under the direction of the Vice President of Student Services, the Disability Specialist duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Serve as the DSPS Coordinator and manages the day-to-day operations of the Special Services (DSPS) Office in compliance with district and state regulations including the day-to-day management of the program, budget, and outcomes.
  • Facilitate interactive process and general meetings in-person and online to initiate student accommodations, resolve student complaints related to DSPS, and review and assess program goals to meet divisional and campus student success goals for students with disabilities.
  • Manage the Special Services budget, reconcile monthly budget reports, prepare of annual audits, prepare for audits, order supplies, and submit yearly budget reports.
  • Evaluate functional limitations, skills and abilities of students in order to design and implement appropriate disability-related accommodations, and recommend the use of appropriate assistive technology hardware and software or service referrals to students with disabilities.
  • Maximize student success by collaborating with DSPS staff, other student services programs, instructional faculty, and departments. Meet as needed with faculty and administration to ensure compliance with accommodations.
  • Implement Special Services orientation program for new and continuing students.
  • Provide consultation, training, and support to faculty, administration, and staff regarding compliance issues such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
  • Manage and assess test proctoring services for the office including collaborating with the Special Services Assistant and Instructional Assistant for Assistive Technology for any appropriate assistive technologies, scribes, and readers for use in testing based on student educational limitations.
  • Develop and implement curriculum for specific learning needs of students with disabilities.
  • Serve as liaison and resource person in the areas of disability related issues for college personnel and distance education.
  • Communicate effectively both orally, by phone and in writing with students, faculty, staff, administration, and community entities.
  • Represent the Special Services on shared governance and district-wide committees addressing departmental and disability-related issues on the campus and in the community. Attend monthly/quarterly district DSPS Coordinator meetings.
  • Maintain appropriate files and complete reports as directed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, or
  • Master’s degree in counseling, guidance counseling, student personnel, clinical or counseling psychology, education counseling, social work, career development, marriage and family therapy, marriage, family and child counseling, or a Bachelor’s degree in marriage and family therapy or in marriage, family and child counseling and possession of a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT); and either fifteen or more semester units in upper division or graduate level course work specifically related to people with disabilities, or completion of six semester units, or the equivalent of a graduate-level counseling practicum or counseling field work courses, in a post-secondary Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) Program or in a program dealing predominantly or exclusively with people with disabilities, or two years of full-time experience, or the equivalent, in one or more of the following:
  1. Counseling for students with disabilities; or
  2. Counseling in industry, government, public agencies, and military or private social welfare organizations in which the responsibilities of the position were predominantly or exclusively for persons with disabilities, or the equivalent.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

  • Knowledge of and ability to apply DSPS policies and procedures, Title 5 and California Education Code Regulations, and federal and state laws related to access issues in a community college setting.
  • Two (2) years of paid experience in a management/supervisory position, preferably at the community college level. This includes demonstrated experience in managing a budget, preparation of annual reports, supervision of staff, and evaluation of program services.
  •  Knowledge and experience working with adults who have disabilities, such as acquired brain injury, hearing impairment, learning disabilities, mobility impairments, psychological disability, development delay, speech and language disabilities, and visual impairments.
  • Experience determining eligibility for DSPS through direct evaluation, by observation, or from careful review of documentation presented, as well as training in the proper use of various assessment techniques.
  • Strong knowledge of adaptive technologies that facilitate access to electronic information and educational programs for students with various disabilities, and of assistive technology applications to assist in accommodating disability-related educational limitations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of requirements pertaining to compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act for website accessibility and Electronic and Information Technology (EIT).
  • Ability to direct many projects and tasks concurrently, within multiple locations, and manage time wisely.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and fluency in American Sign Language preferred.
  • Ability to work in a diverse environment with students who have a variety of learning styles and disabilities.

Salary and Benefits:  The Los Angeles Community College District determines placement on the pay scale depending on verified education and employment history. Current starting annual salary range is from $77,260 -$116,784 for the 12-month academic year depending on education and experience. The doctoral differential is $4,476 per academic year.  Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance for employees and eligible dependents, life insurance and (State Teachers Retirement System) retirement program.

Application Procedure: Candidates who wish to be considered must file an application using web-based software to create an applicant profile account, allowing documents to be saved and uploaded as attachments. Please go to to file the application. For consideration in the selection process, all interested applicants must submit the following:

  1. Letter of interest describing your interest in the position;
  2. Current resume;
  3. Contact information for three (3) professional references
  4. Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official transcripts are required at time of hire only).  All degrees must be granted by an accredited college or university on the United States. Transcripts from foreign institutions must be submitted with an approved evaluation of equivalency from a foreign credential evaluation service approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing

In order for your application to be considered complete, please read the job announcement and upload all the required materials.  You will need to edit your application and documents you upload prior to submitting them.  You will not be allowed to edit your application after you have submitted your application.  Please make sure the documents you upload are not bigger than 9 MB; if they are you will need to reduce the documents size or to upload them as more than one document.  After review of application materials by the selection committee, candidates will be contacted only if selected for interviews.

The completed application package must be submitted by 4:30PM April 17, 2020 to be considered.  Application materials are not accepted by faxes, walk-ins, postal mail and e-mail.  A complete online application and related materials must be submitted by the application deadline (even if you have previously applied or worked for the LACCD).  For additional information or questions, please contact via email Mofe Doyle, at (818) 710-2553 or  Employment is contingent upon verification of qualifications.  Los Angeles Pierce College reserves the right to modify and/or withdraw this position at any time.


Individuals protected by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) may request an accommodation in the selection/interview process with at least three business days prior notice.  Documentation of the need for accommodation may be requested.


Equal Employment Policy: The policy of the Los Angeles Community College District is to implement equal opportunity to all qualified candidates for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, marital status, medical condition (cancer related), sexual orientation, or veteran status. Positive action will be taken to ensure that this policy is followed in all personnel practices including recruitment, hiring, placement, upgrading, transfer, demotion, and treatment during employment rate of pay or other forms of compensation, selection fort raining, layoff or termination.  A vigorous equal employment opportunity program will be maintained to ensure a diverse work force and to achieve expected representation of qualified members of under-represented groups through the implementation of specific result-oriented plans and procedures (Board Rule 101301).

Los Angeles Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is strongly committed to enhancing the diversity of its workforce.

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