Mental Health Disability Specialist (Full Time Temporary Position)
Department: Disability Services
Locations: Fitchburg, MA
Posted: Feb 13, 2023
Closes: Open Until Filled
Type: Full Time Temporary
Position ID: 159048
About Fitchburg State University:
Fitchburg State University, located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, is a public
institution dedicated to integrating high-quality professional programs with
strong liberal arts and sciences studies. Founded in 1894, the university now
has more than 30 undergraduate programs and 22 master's degree programs, and
7,000 full and part-time students. We invite you to learn more about us and
how we can help you achieve your educational goals.
Institutional Diversity and Social Justice
Fitchburg State University embraces a commitment to diversity, inclusion,
belonging and social justice. We encourage individuals from historically
underrepresented groups to apply and also those who can contribute to
diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity in higher education through their
teaching, research and mentorship.
Mental health disabilities including but not limited to Autism Spectrum
Disorder (ASD), anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, learning disabilities
and other diagnoses comprise the largest subpopulation of students with
disabilities served by the Disability Services Office at Fitchburg State
University. As the world grows increasingly complex there is an increased
number of students facing disabling mental health conditions. Fitchburg State
University seeks a Mental Health Disability Specialist.
General Statement of Duties: The Mental Health Disability Specialist
determines eligibility for services and reasonable accommodations for
Fitchburg State students with psychiatric, cognitive, mental health and
learning disabilities as needed, remains current with federal and state
mandates as they relate to college students with disabilities, and consults
and serves as a resource to faculty and campus administrators on
accommodations and access issues impacting students with mental health
Duties and Responsibilities:
Consult with students with disabilities and instructors in the planning, determination, and implementation of academic accommodations, modifications, and auxiliary aids and services as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the ADA 1990.
Address physical, programmatic, and attitudinal access issues with other campus administrative and service units relating to the needs of students with mental health and learning disabilities.
Collaborate with other Disability Services staff in the ongoing refinement of internal service policies, procedures, and practices.
Provide support services to students such as coaching, vocational counseling, and transition planning to students with mental health and learning disabilities.
Participate in the development and implementation of disability education training for the Fitchburg State campus.
Serve as Disability Services liaison to other campus offices as needed.
Remain current in the knowledge and understanding of the ADA and 504, as well as the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and Department of Education (DOE) decisions relative to post-secondary services to students with disabilities.
Read and interpret medical and disability documentation as it pertains to accommodations under the guidance of the Director of Disability Services
Other duties as assigned.
This position requires a bachelor's degree in psychology, biology, health and human services, social work, occupational therapy or other related field. A master's degree is preferred.
Experience working with people with mental health, psychiatric and learning disabilities is required.
Knowledge of and experience in the delivery of ADAAA/504 mandated post-secondary academic services to students with disabilities, especially with mental health, cognitive, and psychiatric diagnoses.
Must be a productive team-player with the ability to deliver a high level of interactive service, develop and maintain collaborative relationships inside and outside of the unit, prioritize effectively, as well as proactively solve problems.
Must work well under pressure, have the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously with a great deal of accuracy, possess strong written and verbal communication skills along with strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
Must demonstrate the ability to work well with students, faculty, and staff at all levels within a highly demanding and collaborative environment.
Experience in working with high school graduates, traditional and non-traditional college students, including graduate, undergraduate students both on campus and remotely highly desired.
Must be able to satisfactorily pass a check conducted by the Criminal History Systems Board (CORI check); a background check satisfactory to the university and must be fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19 or have a documented and approved exemption.
This is a full-time, non-benefited, exempt, temporary professional position
that concludes on December 31, 2023. The hourly rate is $30.00-$34.00, pending
experience and qualifications. Standard hours are Monday through Friday from
Application review will begin immediately, but the position will remain open
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