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Disability Services Coordinator/Academic Advisor

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines, ensures that students with disabilities are receiving adequate accommodations and assistance in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines. Oversees the activities of the special populations program in compliance with Perkin’s grant guidelines, ensuring that recipients of special populations are receiving adequate services.


Identifies students with disabilities and candidates for special populations grant and informs them of services available. Assesses students’ eligibility for program services, arranges accommodations to meet students’ needs and performs other duties to facilitate equal access and students’ successful course and program completion.

Works with faculty, staff, and external service providers and agencies to coordinate and implement services for students with disabilities.

Initiates and maintains liaison with secondary schools and outside agencies to provide information about services for students with disabilities.

Acts as an advocate for students with disabilities/special population students and participates in development of an educational environment that promotes their success.

Maintains and reviews student files for accuracy and ADA/Perkins compliance.

Schedules and coordinates ASL interpreters and other professional services required for accommodations.

Creates and maintains a secure listing of students who have medical concerns while on campus or who need assistance in the event of an emergency evacuation. Acts as liaison with campus security to ensure compliance.

Supervises, schedules, assigns tasks and monitors progress of hours worked for student workers.

Serves on COOR transition council and other designated ad hoc/professional organizations.

Contributes professionally by serving, as appropriate, on college committees and task groups. Keeps staff and administration informed of state and federal requirements for areas of assigned responsibility.

Participates in relevant professional development activities to stay informed of state and federal regulations regarding students with disabilities and special populations.

Provides academic advising to students, including transitional students, and monitors their academic activity and progress.

Works closely with students, faculty, and staff to enable students to achieve their educational goals and assist the college in achieving retention goals.

Conducts yearly graduate surveys in compliance with Perkins funding.

Determines and authorizes financial awards for tuition, fees, books, supplies and transportation for the special populations program.

Assists in compilation of supportive documentation for grant applications and final reports for the state of Michigan.

Provides job services to include employability skills, resume development and job referrals in compliance with Perkins funding.

Performs other related tasks as assigned.

SUPERVISION – Works under the general supervision of the vice president of student services.

ATTENDANCE– This is a salaried position, and individuals in this position are expected to be generally available in the full course of the calendar year during the regular business hours of the college.

WORKING CONDITIONS – Conditions are those of a typical office environment, requiring frequent oral and electronic communication with students, professional colleagues, and the general public.


  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or human services field
  • Three to five years of progressively more responsible experience in special education and/or working with people with disabilities, or combination of education and experience commensurate with the requirements of this position
  • Ability to communicate using American Sign Language is preferred, but not required

JOB DIMENSIONS – Analysis, Judgment, Planning and Organizing, Sensitivity, Stress Tolerance, Knowledge of Work, Teamwork, Oral Presentations, Technical/Professional Self-Development, Attention to Detail, Work Standards, Influence, Initiative, Informal Communications, Written Communications, Commitment to the College, Dependability.


Kirtland Community College is an equal opportunity employer

* This job description is intended to describe the type and level of work being performed by a person in this position. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required by a person so classified.