Counselor - Students with Disabilities and Special Programs

Counselor - Students with Disabilities and Special Programs


Catawba Valley Community College
2550 Highway 70 SE
Hickory, NC 28602
Phone: 828-327-7000

Job Location

Hickory, NC


$4,150.00 - $4,394.00 Monthly


Full benefits, including medical, supplemental insurance, and vacation

Job Category

  • Professional

Application Period

Opens: Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Closes: Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Target Start Date

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Expected Work Hours

Hours vary; typically M-Th

Employment Type

Full-time, 12-month

Minimum Qualifications

Five years of increasingly responsible experience which includes student advising in an educational setting.

Master's degree from a regionally-accredited college/university with major course work in education, social work, counseling, student services administration, or a related field.

Knowledge of:

  • Community college admissions and student counseling services.
  • Fundamental student development theory. 
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Intervention strategies and techniques related to student support programs and student retention efforts.
  • Appropriate accommodations for students with documented disabilities.

Ability to:

  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Interpret medical and diagnostic information.
  • Determine reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.
  • Work effectively in a team environment.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Identify/analyze issues, problems, concerns, and needs. Develop, plan and implement appropriate responses and solutions.
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.
  • Understand and apply federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
  • Develop goals and objectives. Implement strategies to complete.
  • Develop and document procedures and processes.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports.

Preferred Qualifications

See minimum qualifications

Position Description

Evaluate disability assessment documentation for all students with specific disabilities and select among equally effective accommodations, aids, and services to provide access to students in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), federal or state regulations, and college procedures.

Administer programming for qualified students with other identified needs such as child care assistance, transportation assistance, etc.
Receive current documentation from qualified professionals that supports need for accommodations and/or contact qualified professionals for additional information or clarification in regard to the needs and functional limitations of the student.

Serve as a student advocate by providing information and referral services and working with students, faculty, other college resources, and external agencies to identify and implement the best solution to academic problems and/or concerns.

Counsel students to determine functional impact of disability and to provide information regarding available services; provide information and referral services as appropriate and necessary.

Maintain knowledge of college programs, admission requirements, and technical standards of programs; work with faculty to identify essential elements of courses and programs to evaluate requests for adjustments/accommodations in order to effectively counsel students with disabilities.
Ensure proper security for student educational records in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), state law, NC Community College System regulations, and college policies and procedures to maintain records and confidentiality of information.
Ensure that all services, facilities and programs on campus are fully integrated and make suggestions in regard to problem areas, ensuring college compliance in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), state law, NC Community College System regulations, and college policies and procedures.
Arrange appropriate accommodations for guests on campus for special events such as commencement ceremonies, meetings, or any other events open to the public.
Design and conduct faculty and staff development workshops which improve the academic and personal development of students with disabilities and provide training for students, staff and faculty in the proper use of assistive technology, grievance situations, misconduct, or other topics related to accommodation.
Maintain working relationships with appropriate community, state, and/or federal agencies within service area, and with childcare providers, to coordinate benefits and monitor for possible duplication of funding.
Coordinate assistive technology, hire interpreters, readers and note-takers, and manage appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities, coordinating services from other agencies such as Vocational Rehabilitation, Social Security and other government and community agencies and securing outside contractors for services that are unavailable on campus.
Work with appropriate college personnel to manage and maintain applicable budgets, meet grant goals and objectives and to document and transmit accurate statistical and programmatic reports to ensure continued receipt of funding and possible future new grant or funding resources.

How to Apply

Please visit the posting to apply. 

Job Post Contact

Roger Irvin
Human Resources Director
Catawba Valley Community College
2550 Highway 70 SE
Hickory, NC 28602-8302
Phone:  (828) 327-7000 Ext. 4277
Fax:  (828) 624-5246