SSWD Counselor

California State University, Sacramento - Sacramento, CA

Full-time
Under the direct supervision of the Director of Services to Students with Disabilities (SSWD), the SSWD Counselor interprets diagnostic assessment scores and reports; writes education plans based on functional limitations, and determines academic accommodations and auxiliary services; provides instruction in compensatory strategies and learning issues; serves as a resource for faculty and staff; and refers students to appropriate technological resources and services. The Counselor is responsible for case management for approximately 300 students with primarily learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, acquired brain injuries, psychiatric disabilities, and other disabilities with cognitive and behavioral impairments. Develops holistic academic intervention success plan for students with various disabilities. The holistic intervention plan can include assessment for alternative communication methods, identifying funding sources for communication and/or mobility needs, collaboration with both on-campus resources and off-campus agencies. Working closely with students and faculty, determines efficient and effective resolutions for required academic accommodations that do not involve fundamental alterations of courses, or serious imposition on other students, instructors, or the University as a whole.
The SSWD Counselor works in an interdisciplinary team to provide coordination of efficient and effective academic modification services to students with disabilities. Problem-solving frequently requires analysis of unique issues/problems without precedent and/or structure. Decisions can impact university compliance and liability under federal and state disability law and regulations. Involves planning, developing, and implementing programs, processes, and activities for students with disabilities in accordance with federal and state law, to ensure their equal access to the academic and campus environment. Knowledge of ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and federal Office of Civil Rights decisions and application to postsecondary education, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills.

FLSA Exempt - This position is covered by health benefits, and is exempt, (not eligible for overtime compensation) according to the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Classification Salary Range
$4,554-$6,488 monthly

Hiring Range $4,554-$6,488 monthly
Salary Grade/Range 1
Step N/A
Is this position Hourly or Intermittent? No
Regular or Temporary Regular
Full Time or Part Time Full Time
Pay Plan 12
Work Hours Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm; Hours may vary depending on department needs.
Department Information
Services to Students with Disabilities (SSWD), a Department within the Division of Student Affairs, offers a wide range of support services and accommodations for students in order to ensure students with disabilities have equal access and opportunity to pursue their educational goals. Working collaboratively with students, faculty, staff and administrators, SSWD provides campus consultation and serves as the information resource on disability matters.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge and Abilities:
The following knowledge and abilities as well as those listed at the lower levels in the Student Services Professional series are required for appointment into this classification. Thorough knowledge of the principles of individual and group behavior. General knowledge of the principles, practices and trends of the Student Services field as well as general knowledge of the policies, procedures and practices of the program area to which assigned; general knowledge
of individual counseling techniques; general knowledge, or the ability to rapidly acquire such knowledge, of the organizational procedures and activities of the specific campus to which the position is assigned. Working knowledge of student services programs outside the program to which immediately assigned.

Ability to analyze complex situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action; advise students individually and in groups on complex student-related matters; determine appropriate courses of action and proper techniques to utilize while engaged with individuals in personal interactions of an argumentative or sensitive nature; interpret and evaluate descriptions and explanations of problems brought forward by individuals or student organizations, analyze and define the problem, draw valid conclusions and project consequences of various alternative courses of action; carry out a variety of professionally complex assignments without detailed instructions; and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with a variety of individuals.

Experience:
Possession of these knowledge and abilities is typically demonstrated through the equivalent of three years of progressively responsible professional student services work experience. One year in the program area to which assigned may be preferred but is not required.

A master’s degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, or a directly related field may be substituted for one year of experience. A doctorate degree and the appropriate internship or clinical training in counseling or guidance may be substituted for the three years of experience for positions with a major responsibility for professional
career or personal counseling.

Education:
Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a related field, including or supplemented by upper division or graduate course work in counseling techniques, interviewing, and conflict resolution where such are job related.

Required Qualifications

Experience:
1. Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
2. Experience providing services and advocating for the needs of students with disabilities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
3. Knowledge of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and federal Office of Civil Rights decisions and applications to postsecondary students.
4. Knowledge of and ability to identify and develop effective and appropriate compensatory academic strategies and instructional techniques for specific learning barriers as related to disabilities.
5. Knowledge of appropriate accommodations, including assistive technology, and demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of postsecondary students.
6. Knowledge of individual counseling techniques, conflict resolution, and advocacy strategies, as well as demonstrated strengths in time management, organizational skills, and case management.
7. Ability to work independently and possess self-direction skills to be able to initiate plans, organize, prioritize, multi-task, and coordinate work in a fast paced organization.
8. Ability to work efficiently and effectively, and to adapt to change in a dynamic work environment.
9. Effective interpersonal skills.
10. Effective verbal and written communication skills.
11. Ability to work with a diverse student population and diverse work environment.

Conditions of Employment:
  • Ability to pass background check.
Preferred Qualifications
12. Master’s degree in Special Education, Learning Disabilities, Educational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Counseling, Rehabilitation, or related field.
13. Experience with TRIO SSS.
14. Ability to interpret cognitive and achievement test batteries and reports related to learning disability assessment and determine eligibility for LD services based on University eligibility guidelines.
15. Professional experience in a university setting providing counseling, advising, and/or assessing adult students with disabilities, including those with dual or multiple disabilities.
16. Experience with Universal Design in Learning pedagogy

Physical Demands
Required Licenses/Certifications
Is Background Check Required Yes
Background Check Disclaimer
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

Eligibility Verification
  • Selected candidate(s) will be required to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
  • Candidate will be required to provide evidence of degree(s) earned.
Hiring Preference Not Applicable
Conflict of Interest
The duties of this position include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate will be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest when they first occupy the position, an on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.

California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act
The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in the California State University Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.