Learning Disability Specialist, Academic Resource Center - Division of Student Affairs

Washington D.C.
Jul 17, 2018
Feb 26, 2019
Full Time
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Learning Disability Specialist, Academic Resource Center - Division of Student Affairs

The Jesuit value of cura personalis - “care of the whole person” - represents the mission of Georgetown University. The Academic Resource Center (ARC) embodies this value by guiding students in their intellectual, emotional and social development and provides students with academic strategies and individualized support needed for academic success and inclusion within the Georgetown community.

The Learning Disability Specialist is a resource for students, staff, faculty, and parents, providing guidance to students who seek information about undergoing an evaluation to determine whether or not they have a disability. For students with disabilities, s/he is an implementations advocate for accommodations that facilitate equity and access to services, programs, and facilities. Reporting to the ARC Director, the Learning Disability Specialist has duties that include but are not limited to:

Implementation and Determination of Accommodations for Students with Cognitive Disabilities (Direct Support for Students)

  • Reviews medical documentation and determines reasonable accommodations for students with cognitive disabilities in accordance with established guidelines and the ADA.
  • Manages a caseload of 300+ students, which includes undergraduate, graduate (including MBA), visiting students and medical students.
  • Meets with students registered with the Academic Resource Center at the beginning of each semester to handle accommodation letters and conducts ongoing contact with them by e-mail and/or office appointments.
  • Assesses the individual needs of students with disabilities and the requirements for access to University programs and facilities.
  • Counsels students with disabilities regarding accommodations, support services, and transitional issues into campus life.
  • Screens students who might have an undiagnosed learning disability and refers them to evaluators.

Consultant for University Stakeholders (Provides information and guidance to students, parents, academic deans/counselors, faculty)

  • Acts as a consultant for students, parents, deans, program administrators, faculty, and other University partners regarding disability rights and documentation and accommodation process.
  • Consults and advises faculty and administrators regarding their roles in the accommodation process.
  • Supports and advises Office of Global Education regarding accommodations for students with disabilities who participate in study abroad programs.
  • Participates in training activities and workshops to educate stakeholders about cognitive disabilities, the ADA and the ARC protocols and processes for handling the review of documentation and the implementation of accommodations.

Collaboration with ARC Staff to Write, Review and Revise Protocols and Processes

  • Assists the Director and Associate Director in developing, implementing and evaluating procedures and protocols to provide individualized and holistic support services and program access for students with disabilities.
  • Collaborates with ARC staff in updating procedures and protocols (e.g., documentation guidelines, grievance policy, office website) in accordance with the ADA, case law, and University mission and protocols.
  • Participates in the use and training of Clockwork, a database used to handle accommodation letters, note-taking services, test reservations, record-keeping and data collection.
  • Acts as a support to the Coordinator of Administrative Services during absence from office.
  • Gathers and analyzes student data in the area of cognitive disabilities.

Participation in Academic Resource Center and Student Affairs Events

  • Attends and participates in ARC department and Student Affairs divisional meetings.
  • Collaborates with ARC staff on projects.
  • Assists with supervision and proctoring of exams, in particular during final exams.
  • Represents the Academic Resource Center at University events (e.g., NSO, GAAP Weekend) and participates in University committees.


  • Master's degree - preferably in Special Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, or Social Work, Higher Education/Student Personnel Administration (consideration will be given if the Specialist has previous experience working with students with disabilities)
  • 5 years working with students with disabilities
  • A strong background in working with students with cognitive disabilities (i.e. dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD, etc.)
  • Ability to interpret the components of a psychological evaluation in order to determine reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • Commitment to facilitating the elimination of stereotypes and misconceptions of what it means to have a learning disability
  • Ability to work with culturally and academically diverse populations of students and to counsel and direct students to appropriate University services
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced environment
  • Strong problem-solving, time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to prescribe and practice ethical behavior, and to uphold professional standards
  • Appreciation of Jesuit culture and values
  • Availability and willingness to work evenings and occasional weekends

This is a 5-year term position with possibility of renewal.

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