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Specialist - Disability Services

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Disability Services
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and grade/range
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General Summary of Position:

Reporting to the Senior Assistant Director, the Specialist maintains the core business of working with students in the office including reviewing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating accommodations processes and plans for UMASS Lowell students with disabilities in compliance with state and federal laws; consulting with faculty, staff and students regarding the needs of students with disabilities, and supporting students with disabilities through meetings and providing referrals to key areas of campus. Additionally, this employee will collaborate with the Senior Assistant Director and the team to coordinate programs, groups, and events to support students with disabilities, enhance disability identity and reduce disability stigma. The Specialist, as designated by the Senior Assistant Director and Director, may also be called on to support collaboration with institutional partners to support overall stigma reduction efforts.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):


  • Masters Degree in education, psychology, vocational rehabilitation, or a related field


  • Minimum of 1-3 years’ experience in the area of education/special education

Additional Considerations:

  • Working knowledge of, and ability to learn, assistive technology software and hardware components
  • Working knowledge of ADAAA and other relevant disability laws

  • Experience advising and mentoring persons with disabilities

  • Experience reading educational and medical records for interpretation and assignment of accommodations

  • Demonstrated abilities in problem-solving, prioritization, managing multiple administrative tasks and decision-making

  • Able to work collaboratively, in a group and/or independently with individuals from diverse backgrounds 

  • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and values of student development and the ability to apply these principles in creating necessary accommodations for students

  • Demonstrated experience in successful grant writing

  • Demonstrated experience in budget preparation  

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Only Internal Professional (SEIU 888 Professional Union) Bargaining candidates will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

This is an SEIU 888 Professional Union position, Grade P15.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.  

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process.  

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