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Access Specialist - Disability Resource Center

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 4 - APC - Academic Professionals of California, Probationary, Full Time, Education Support Professionals
Position Description

Job Summary

Under the general supervision the Access Specialist works with a moderate degree of independence, to provide general and specific academic advising and related services to assist students supported by the Disability Resource Center (DRC) in making successful progress toward their degree objectives. The Access Specialist works with a high degree of self-direction to plan his/her workload, solve problems, and take action in situations where independent judgment and critical thinking skills are necessary to ensure students with verified temporary and permanent disabilities receive appropriate services and accommodations allowing for equal access and opportunity.

This position also assists in events and activities focused on advising, retention, and orientation programs, including SOAR Summer Orientation Program, Week of Welcome (WOW), Open House, residential hall activities and other related activities. This position will assist with the following: presentations to groups, classes and departments on advising and related issues; working with and providing referrals to various campus offices and services, including the Registrar’s Office, Health & Counseling Services, Career Services, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and others; and advising undergraduate students who are in the process of applying for graduate school. 

Department Summary

The DRC implements Federal and State laws through proving support services and academic accommodations to students with disabilities. Services include, but are not limited to: disability management; alternative testing; alternative media; accessible technology; transportation; document conversion; note-taking; information and referrals. Students served include those with: learning, psychological, physical and sensory disabilities. 

Key Qualifications

  • Ability to understand and interpret medical, psychological and psycho-educational assessments to determine functional limitations and appropriate accommodations.
  • Ability to address student concerns and university issues in a proactive manner with the ability to maintain appropriate professional boundaries from students and separate personal and student issues.
  • Ability to learn, interpret, communicate clearly and apply federal and state laws, CSU guidelines, university policies, and program rules pertaining to the provision of services to students with disabilities and to learn university referral resources.
  • Working knowledge of federal disability-related laws and policies, (e.g., Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, ADA, and IDEA).
  • Ability to use learning outcome assessment to evaluate and improve program offerings.
  • Ability to assist individuals with becoming self-determinant and successful self-advocates.

Education and Experience

Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in one of the behavioral sciences, public or business administration or a job related field.  Two years of professional experience in one of the student services program areas or in a related field; OR a master’s degree in a job related field may be substituted for one year of the professional experience. 

Additional specialized experience during which the applicant has acquired and successfully applied the required knowledge and abilities may be substituted for the required education on a year for year basis.


Anticipated Hiring Range: $51,648 - $55,200 Per Year

Classification Range: $51,648 - $73,400 Per Year

Cal Poly

Known for its Learn by Doing pedagogy, Cal Poly is the flagship of the world-renowned California State University system. Annually recognized as one of the top public universities in the nation, Cal Poly continues to offer an academic curriculum based on learned experience gained through real-world practice. Located in San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly is nestled comfortably among the coastal foothills, minutes from the Pacific Ocean and equidistant to the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information.  

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Poly is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. 

Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H1-B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

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