Disability Resources Specialist IV (Neurodivergent Specialist)

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

ID: 7248093 (Ref.No. R104702)
Posted: May 25, 2024

Job Description

Department:

Location:

Belknap Campus

Time Type:

Full time

Worker Type:

Regular

Job Req ID:

R104702

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in a related field and six (6) years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Grade 7 (Salaried)

Position Description:

The Disability Resources Specialist IV (Neurodivergent Specialist) will serve as a member of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) team and will be a resource for students, faculty, staff, and the DRC team.

The Neurodivergent Specialist provides advising and coaching for students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder with a priority for Speed School students.  The incumbent will support students as they identify academic, social, and career goals and develop skills in these domains. The person in this position will have significant interactions with students in face-to-face conversations.  Additionally, the person in this position will work with faculty and staff relative to the particular needs of a student and provide general training for faculty and staff to assist in identifying and implementing appropriate supports and communication systems.

The incumbent will engage in professional development relevant to Autism Spectrum Disorder to continuously improve the coaching for students and the training for faculty and staff.  The person in this position will visually observe student behavior in order to make recommendations regarding appropriate strategies for particular students. The incumbent must have the ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other various cultures or backgrounds.

The incumbent will serve as the convenor of a group comprised of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  The focus of this group will be to foster connections and belonging for this community of students. The incumbent will refer students to DRC staff as needed for consideration to recommend/provide accommodations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides advising and coaching for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder with a priority for Speed School students. 

  • Supports students as they identify academic, social, and career goals and develop skills in these domains. This involves significant interactions with students in face-to-face conversations. 

  • Enhances the abilities of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder by providing coaching, strategies, and techniques for successful classroom, program, and university navigation.

  • Work with faculty and staff relative to the particular needs of an individual student.

  • Provide general training for faculty and staff to assist in identifying and implementing appropriate supports and communication systems.

  • Visually observe student behavior on in order to make recommendations regarding appropriate strategies for particular students.

  • Ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

  • Serve as the convenor of a group comprised of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  The focus of this group will be to foster connections and belonging for this community of students.

  • Refer students to DRC staff as needed for consideration to recommend/provide accommodations.

  • Remain competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses.

  • Engage in activities promoting use of the Disability Resource Center, such as tabling events, departmental presentations, trainings, transition programs, etc.

  • Engage in cross-training that would prepare the incumbent to provide back up support the Disability Resource Center staff.

  • Assist the DRC and other University units in attaining unit, Divisional, and University goals and objectives, as well as completing other duties as assigned.  

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience working at the college or university.

  • Knowledge of government regulations that pertain to students including FERPA and ADA/Section 504.

  • Demonstrated sensitivity to the concerns and needs of a diverse student and faculty population.

Compensation will be commensurate to candidate experience.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Louisville is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, pregnancy, or veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact the Employment team at employment@louisville.edu or 502.852.6258.

Assistance and Accommodations

Computers are available for application submission at the Human Resources Department located at 215 Central Avenue, Ste 205 - Louisville, Kentucky 40208.

If you require assistance or accommodation with our online application process, please contact us by email at employment@louisville.edu or by phone 502-852-6258.



Equal Employment Opportunity The University of Louisville is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, pregnancy, or veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact the Employment team at [email protected] or 502.852.6258. Assistance and Accommodations Computers are available for application submission at the Human Resources Department located at 215 Central Avenue, Ste 205 - Louisville, Kentucky 40208. If you require assistance or accommodation with our online application process, please contact us by email at [email protected] or by phone 502-852-6258. About the University of Louisville In 2023, the University of Louisville celebrates its quasquibicentennial, the 225th anniversary of the 1798 beginnings of higher education in Louisville. One of the nation’s first city-owned, public universities, UofL today is a vital ecosystem that creates thriving futures for students, our community and society. As one of only 79 universities in the United States to earn recognition by the Carnegie Foundation as both a Research 1 and a Community Engaged university, we impact lives in areas of student success and research and innovation, while our dynamic connection with our local and global communities provides unparalleled opportunities for students and citizens both. The university serves as an engine that powers Metro Louisville and the commonwealth and as a classroom for UofL’s more than 23,000 students, who benefit from partnerships with top employers and a wide range of community service opportunities. To learn more, visit louisville.edu. The University of Louisville is a public university in Louisville, Kentucky. It is a member of the Kentucky state university system.