Job Description

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Hiring Pay Scale
$67,200 - $77,000/year
La Jolla
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8 hrs/day

#129793 Student Disability Specialist 3

Filing Deadline: Fri 5/24/2024

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 5/11/24 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 5/24/24. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) at UC San Diego works with undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students with documented disabilities (psychological, psychiatric, learning, attention, chronic health, physical, vision, hearing, autism spectrum disorders, and acquired brain injuries), reviewing documentation and, through an interactive process with the student, determining reasonable accommodations.

The OSD also serves as a resource to UC San Diego faculty and staff who are providing accommodations to students in classrooms and labs across campus. The OSD has also developed working relationships with other offices on campus to streamline services to students with disabilities.

Functions as a moderately experienced professional with regard to determining reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Deals fairly independently with a range of accommodation issues. Decisions can impact university compliance and liability under federal and state disability law and regulations.

Work is completed with a moderate level of independence under the direction of the Director and Assistant Director of the Office for Students with Disabilities(OSD). Provides disability management counseling to students with disability(ies) as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the ADA-As Amended, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Assembly Bill 746, as it relates to OSD's mission. When presented with sensitive ADA/504 related issues by individual students, parents, faculty, and/or broader campus community (the colleges, Student Affairs, Campus Counsel, Academic Dept. Chairs, graduate program administrators or School of Medicine faculty and administrators, Veterans Administration), researches and responds to the issue(s) appropriately and under the guidance of the OSD Director or management designee. Prioritizes and completes on-going tasks following established departmental guidelines, feedback from the OSD Director or management designee, University policies, and State/Federal laws. Other assignments are made by the Director on a project basis. Work is reviewed regularly with the Director through status reports, Disability Specialist meetings, and when actions necessitate a deviation from standard guidelines.

Conducts student intake interviews involving students with disabilities. Counsels office staff and students on disability management issues. Develops and maintains relations with campus departments, community agencies, and national organizations. Applies working knowledge of access issues for people with disabilities as they relate to physical and digital environments and provides feedback to constituents.

The position will require full time on campus for the first six months (training and probationary period). Afterwards, the employee will be allowed to work a hybrid schedule (one day a week on campus). However, this may revert to full time on campus at any time given business needs.

  • Submission of a cover letter is not required but is strongly preferred.


  • Advanced degree in related area and at least 1 year experience in college-level disability support service and/or equivalent experience/training.

  • Working knowledge of ADA and Section 504, as related to the provision of academic accommodations in a post-secondary environment. Strong knowledge of the legal framework involving accommodations for students with disabilities through state and federal laws and regulations.

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of disability classifications, ADA/Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (defining disability, significant/functional limitations and mitigating factor), and current related legislation, as well as the DSM-V codes. Thorough knowledge of procedures for assessing and determining disability accommodation issues, including the Disability Compliance Office procedures.

  • Thorough knowledge of assessment, accommodation, and intervention techniques involved in employee's specialty, for example, learning disorders, mobility disability, visual impairment, etc.

  • Skill to communicate with instructors and other organizational entities regarding a student's accommodations and other academic needs.

  • Strong, well-demonstrated verbal, aural and written communication skills.


  • Background check required.

  • Duties may require direct contact and/or supervision of children (defined as individuals under the age of 18); completion of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) form will be required.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $67,200 - $119,600 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $32.18 - $57.28

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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