Staff Assistant/Disability Specialist/Learning Specialist - Worcester State University in Worcester Massachusetts

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Worcester State University

Worcester, Massachusetts

United States

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Detailed Job Description

OFFICIAL TITLE:             Staff Assistant/Disability Specialist/Learning Specialist

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:    Director of Disability Services

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:   Supervises subordinate clerical and student staff as necessary or required


Under the general direction of the Director of the Disability Services Office, the Disability Specialist is responsible for planning, delivering and monitoring appropriate services for students with disabilities with a focus on maintaining best and promising practices.


1.Provide disability-related support services and specialized advising to a large caseload of students who have documented disabilities of all types from preadmission through graduation.

2.Coordinate the provision of specific educational accommodations including alternate format texts, notetaker services and others as determined by the Director.

3.Assist students in the acceptance, understanding, and management of their disabilities by maximizing the balance of strengths to challenges, and providing learning and compensatory strategies including time management, organizational, self advocacy, academic strategies and subject specific tutoring.

4.Interpret disability diagnostic reports including psycho-educational, neuropsychological, and clinical assessments.  Along with Director, determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations. 

5. Coordinate priority registration process in partnership with Registrar.  Provide academic advising, develop course schedules, and monitor student progress.

6. Serve as academic advisor to undeclared students registered with the DSO.

7. Maintain current and longitudinal records of student contacts and academic progress.

8. Maintain electronic record keeping through DSO database.

9. Disseminate information to and guide prospective students and their families through the process of acquiring appropriate diagnostic assessments and registering for services.

10. Provide advocacy, education, consultation and negotiation with faculty, administrators, and other members of the University community with regard to students receiving DSO services.

11. Review admissions files for prospective students who self-identify as having a learning disability and request learning disability exemption.

12. Conduct intake appointments with students, particularly incoming first years and transfers.

13. Maintain appropriate documentation, records, and statistics for timely reporting of DSO activities, goals and objectives.

10.Perform other administrative duties as requested by the Director.


1.Master’s degree in education, special education, psychology, or related field required.

2.Three to five years experience working with students with a wide range of disabilities at the post-secondary level.

3.Working knowledge of federal and state laws related to disability services at the post-secondary level.

4.Experience planning, developing, and implementing appropriate accommodations and services for students with disabilities.

5.Working knowledge of assistive technology, specialized computer software, and devices used by students with disabilities.

6.Experience in interpreting psycho-educational evaluations, neuropsychological and psychiatric evaluations

7.Excellent interpersonal, organizational, written and oral communication skills.

8. Computer literacy, including Microsoft Office products.

Preferred Schedule:

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday:  10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Thursday and Friday:   8:30 am to 4:30 pm OR 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

About Worcester State University

Worcester State University is a public institution of higher learning set on 58 acres in the residential west side of Worcester, Massachusetts. We are dedicated to preparing students for personal success, rewarding careers, and effective citizenship in the 21st century. We offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the traditional liberal arts and sciences, teacher education, biomedical sciences, business, and the health professions.

Additional Information

 Worcester State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions

All applicants must apply online at

Necessary documents for submission include a cover letter, resume, official transcript of highest degree (sent directly from appropriate registrar to address below), and 3 letters of reference signed by hand and dated within the last six months.

All information which can be uploaded to one's e-account should be done so by the applicant; information which cannot may be faxed to 508.929.8163, emailed to, or may be sent to the following address:

Director of Human Resources
Worcester State University
486 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602-2597

Keyword Phrases

  • Disability Services Office
  • Intellectual Growth
  • Embrace Diversity
  • Residential Environment
  • Disabled Student Services
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Analyst / Staff
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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