Student Advocacy Specialist 3 (Disability Specialist/Campus Liaison)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – H – Exempt
Work Unit:
Office of the President
Educational Equity - Student Disability Resources
Full/Part Time:


Penn State’s Student Disability Resources (SDR), within the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, invites applications for a Disability Specialist responsible for student disability services coordination at the University Park campus and to be a liaison to the Penn State Campuses. The Disability Specialist will be responsible for facilitating access to courses, programs, services, and facilities for students with disabilities. Successful applicants will provide support and case management to students with diverse disabilities, as specified by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), and state and university policies. The Disability Specialist will have an understanding of the university environment and must possess excellent organizational and communication skills, as well as the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. As the Campus Liaison: Provide technical information and consultation to assist campus Disability Coordinators, the campus point of contact for disability services, to meet the compliance requirements under the ADA Amendments Act (2008) to ensure equal educational access and opportunity for Penn State students with disabilities enrolled at the Penn State Campuses. Core Duties and Responsibilities: Use expertise and analysis of individual student situations, observations, self-reports, and documentation to determine eligibility for services and appropriate accommodations; develop, monitor, evaluate, and adjust individual accommodation plans for students; provide ongoing student case management, follow-up, and support of accommodations, as well as related faculty support; administer direct guidance to students on a range of issues such as academic progress, academic program policies, accessibility, and career plans in order to assist them in making appropriate choices and decisions; interact and collaborate with others including, but not limited to, SDR, faculty, academic advisors, and other university staff to troubleshoot and resolve student needs and concerns, interpret policies, and mediate complex and sensitive issues; maintain accurate and confidential student files, records, and correspondence; serve as a source of expertise and counsel to campus disability contacts and their administration and faculty; prepare and deliver training, updates and regular communications regarding the trends, best practices, legal guidelines, compliance and related regulatory information to campus disability contacts. Unique Challenges of the Job: Apply independent judgment and expertise in a student-centered position within a high-intensity work environment; respond to multi-dimensional matters involving students in crisis, at risk, or who have other urgent needs impacting academics, as well as provide guidance to students and their families on sensitive and confidential issues; support students with disabilities in navigating the complexity of college transition including, but not limited to, legal transition from K-12 to higher education in the rights and responsibilities of the students and the obligations of the university, change in academic expectations and environment from high school, and the role and involvement of the students’ parents; provide disability-related academic support services (i.e., self-advocacy, time-management, organization, study skills) and career planning; create a community of practice among the Campus Disability Coordinators through regular meetings, communication and information sharing. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher in an education or social science related discipline or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience working with individuals with diverse disabilities; demonstrated knowledge of different types of disabilities including, but not limited to, learning, psychological, physical health, neurological, mobility, and sensory; ability to review, analyze, and interpret medical documentation, neuropsychological reports, other evaluations, and self-reports in order to determine appropriate academic accommodations for each student; working knowledge of federal and state laws pertaining to individuals with disabilities (i.e., ADAAA, Section 504), as well as the ability to explain them and the implications for students with disabilities, thorough understanding of appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities at the postsecondary level; and consideration will be given to applicants with relevant experience with assistive technology such as Kurzweil, Experience with use of remote training media such as Poly Com, and Zoom.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088