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Physical and Visual Disabilities Specialist

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Bernardino - San Bernardino Campus
Categories: Unit 4 - APC - Academic Professionals of California, Probationary, Full Time, Student Services




California State University, San Bernardino is a preeminent center of intellectual and cultural activity in Inland Southern California. Opened in 1965 and set at the foothills of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, the university serves more than 20,000 students each year and graduates about 4,000 students annually. CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has the most diverse student population of any university in the Inland Empire. Seventy percent of those who graduate are the first in their families to do so.


At CSUSB, you can:

·      Build your future

·      Work with the best

·      Be your authentic self

·      Focus on you

·      Make a lasting impact

·      Work for a purpose that is greater than your own

·      Bring everything you are, become everything you want


Department Summary

The Office of Services to Students with Disabilities (SSD) is committed to providing eligible students accommodations that ensure equal access to learning and equal opportunity for academic success. SSD also works with its student advisory board as well as CSUSB faculty and staff to raise campus-wide awareness of issues related to disability, accessibility, and equity.

  • Since 1978, CSUSB has experienced dynamic growth in its population of students with disabilities. At California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) there are over 1,000 students with verified disabilities served by the SSD office. SSD provides the necessary support services instrumental for the achievement of chosen academic goals. Services are critical to a student's success; therefore, needs are assessed on an individual basis. This highly personalized approach has enabled SSD to successfully help thousands of students achieve their chosen academic goals.


Job Summary


Under general direction from the Director and Lead Counselor, the incumbent will assist students requesting accommodations through an interactive process and study of medical/educational documents in conjunction with CSU and other applicable policies to provide academic accommodations. Typical activities include, but are not limited to:


  • Creates student accommodations plans, conducts routine follow up and assessment of needs, and maintains records of encounters.
  • Under minimal supervision, the incumbent authorizes accommodations on a case-by-case basis that are commensurate with the student's verified disability through the ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, CSU Executive Orders and campus procedures.
  • Contributes to innovation in counseling services by working with department staff and other campus professionals to design student success programs and services.
  • Provides counselor coverage as necessary to maintain SSD operational needs.
  • Incumbent will routinely identify by GPA, length of time to degree and ICD-10 codes, students that are at high risk for academic failure to develop innovative accommodation plans and identify resources that will better meet their needs.
  • Consults with the Chancellor's Office and various government agencies relating to disability legislation such as the Office Civil Rights (OCR) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) ADA Hotline regarding accessibility and accommodation challenges on assigned caseload.
  • Collaborates with SSD staff and on- and off- campus departments to meet student resource needs.
  • Incumbent will coordinate students' requests for Personal Care Attendants (PCA) with off campus agencies and provide referrals for students as solicited and work with the SSD Accommodations Support Coordinator to ensure that class aides are in place expeditiously.
  • Works with appropriate SSD staff to ensure the following services are in place: mobility services, assistive technology and accessible furniture, labs and classrooms.
  • Serves as an advocate for the students with CSUSB and with outside service agencies.
  • Incumbent orients students to campus evacuation procedures and provides class schedules to risk management and UPD for all students that cannot self-evacuate in a campus emergency.
  • Orients visually impaired students to campus.
  • Promotes disability awareness among faculty and staff through in-service trainings and provides guidance on physical and visual disability-related legislation to CSUSB staff and faculty.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of special programs focusing on student access and retention.
  • Assists with the supervision of graduate-level interns.
  • Introduces appropriate students on caseload to the WorkAbility IV program (WA-IV) and refers them to the Program Administrative Coordinator (PAC).
  • Incumbent conducts accommodation reviews, evaluation, outreach, implementation, in support/compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (2008), the CSU Coded Memo and university and SSD protocols, policies and guidelines. Maintains current knowledge of best practices, legal mandates and ongoing research for all areas of disability.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Employment Status: Full-time, Exempt, Probationary with the possibility of converting to permanent.

Application Deadline: This position will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed beginning October 6, 2022.

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, weekends and evenings may be required.


Key Qualifications

• General knowledge of the methods and problems of organizational and program management.
• General knowledge of research and interview techniques
• Ability to interpret and apply program rules and regulations.
• Ability to use initiative and resourcefulness in planning work assignments and in implementing long-range program improvements.
• Ability to obtain factual and interpretive information through interviews.
• Ability to reason logically; ability to collect, compile, analyze and evaluate data and make verbal or written presentation based on these data.
• Ability to recognize multicultural, multi-sexed and multi-aged value systems and work accordingly.
• Demonstrated ability to make decisions and carry through actions having implications with regard to other program or service areas.
• 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, activities 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 overall operation, functions, programs, organizational procedures, and activities of the campus.
• 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.
• Ability to advise students individually and in groups on complex student-related matters.
• Ability to determine appropriate courses of action and proper techniques to utilize while engaged with individuals in personal interactions of an argumentative or sensitive nature.
• Ability to 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.
• Ability to carry out a variety of professionally complex assignments without detailed instructions.
• Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with a variety of individuals to include faculty, CSU administrators, student organizations, and other private and public agencies and others in committee work, and student advising and community contacts.


Education and Experience

  • Possession of 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 is preferred.

  • 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.

  • 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.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Possess a master's degree in special education, counseling, guidance, psychology, social work or a related field and 3-5 years of experience in assessing students with disabilities preferably physical/visual impairments.
  • Prior experience reviewing, evaluating, and determining academic accommodations for college students with disabilities preferred.
  • Knowledge of ADA and disability legislation as it relates to higher education. An understanding of how to analyze documentation used to assess students with disabilities. Knowledge of college student growth and development.



Anticipated Hiring Range: $4,691 - $5,040 per month

Classification Salary Range: $4,691 - $6,683 per month

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

In our commitment to the furthering of knowledge and fulfilling our educational mission, California State University, San Bernardino seeks a campus climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the entire variety of human experience. In our commitment to diversity, we welcome people from all backgrounds, and we seek to include knowledge and values from many cultures in the curriculum and extra-curricular life of the campus community. Our commitment to work toward an environment that values diversity requires that we create, promote, and maintain activities and programs which further our understanding of individual and group diversity. We will also develop and communicate policies and promote values which discourage intolerance and discrimination.

The concept and dimensions of diversity are to be advanced and incorporated into every aspect of university activity, including student life, the curriculum, teaching, programs, staffing, personnel training practices, research, community services, events, and all other areas of university endeavor.

Dimensions of diversity shall include, but are not limited to, the following: race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, gender expression, ability, socioeconomic status, cultural orientation, national origin, and age.

The implementation of the Commitment to Diversity will rest with the university as a whole. The president, in addition to a personal commitment and involvement, may use the University Diversity Committee, campus administrators, faculty, staff, and students as well as other members of the campus community to implement effectively the philosophy and intent of this statement.


Supplemental Information

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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 CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter.  Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:

This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

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