California State University San Bernardino Physical & Visual Disabilities Counselor (SSP III)/ Services to Students with Disabilities in San Bernardino, California

Physical & Visual Disabilities Counselor (SSP III)/ Services to Students with Disabilities



Physical & Visual Disabilities Counselor (SSP III)/ Services to Students with Disabilities


$54,648.00 - $77,856.00 Annually


San Bernardino, CA

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Employment Status: One full-time, permanent "exempt" position.

Work schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Some assignments may require after hours or weekend scheduling).

First Review Deadline: This position will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed beginning June 28, 2018.

Typical Activities

Under general supervision from the Director and Lead Counselor, the incumbent will assist students requesting accommodations through an interactive process and study of medical/educational documents in conjunction with CSU and other applicable policies to provide recommendations. Typical activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Creates student accommodations plans, conducts routine follow up and assessment of needs, and maintains records of encounters.

  • Under minimal supervision, the incumbent authorizes accommodations on a case-by-case basis that are commensurate with the student's verified disability through the ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, CSU Executive Orders and Campus procedures.

  • Contributes to innovation in counseling services by working with department staff and other campus professionals to design student success programs and services.

  • Provides counselor coverage as necessary to maintain SSD operational needs.

  • Incumbent will routinely identify by GPA, length of time to degree and ICD-10 codes, students that are at high risk for academic failure to develop innovative accommodation plans and identify resources that will better meet their needs.

  • Consults with the Chancellor's Office and various government agencies relating to disability legislation such as the Office Civil Rights (OCR) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) ADA Hotline regarding accessibility and accommodation challenges on assigned caseload.

  • Collaborates with SSD staff and on- and off- campus departments to meet student resource needs.

  • Incumbent will coordinate students' requests for Personal Care Attendants (PCA) with off campus agencies and provides referrals for students as solicited and works with the SSD Accommodations Support Coordinator to ensure that class aides are in place expeditiously.

  • Works with appropriate SSD staff to ensure the following services are in place: mobility services, assistive technology and accessible furniture, labs and classrooms.

  • Serves as an advocate for the students with CSUSB and with outside service agencies.

  • Incumbent orients students to campus evacuation procedures and provides class schedules to risk management and UPD for all students that cannot self-evacuate in a campus emergency. Orients visually impaired students to campus.

  • Promotes disability awareness among faculty and staff through in-service trainings and provides guidance on physical and visual disability-related legislation to CSUSB staff and faculty.

  • Assists in the development and implementation of special programs focusing on student access and retention.

  • Assists with the supervision of graduate-level interns.

  • Introduces appropriate students on caseload to the WorkAbility IV program (WA-IV) and refers them to the Program Administrative Coordinator (PAC).

  • Incumbent conducts accommodation reviews, evaluation, outreach, implementation, in support/compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act As Amended (2008), the CSU Coded Memo and university and SSD protocols, policies and guidelines. Maintains current knowledge of best practices, legal mandates and ongoing research for all areas of disability.

  • Completes other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Thorough knowledge of the principles of individual and group behavior. General knowledge of the principles, practices and trends of the Student Services field as well as general knowledge of the policies, procedures and practices of the program area to which assigned; general knowledge of individual counseling techniques; general knowledge, or the ability to rapidly acquire such knowledge, of the organizational procedures and activities of the specific campus to which the position is assigned. Working knowledge of student services programs outside the program to which immediately assigned. Ability to analyze complex situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action; advise students individually and in groups on complex student-related matters; determine appropriate courses of action and proper techniques to utilize while engaged with individuals in personal interactions of an argumentative or sensitive nature; interpret and evaluate descriptions and explanations of problems brought forward by individuals or student organizations, analyze and define the problem, draw valid conclusions and project consequences of various alternative courses of action; carry out a variety of professionally complex assignments without detailed instructions; and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with a variety of individuals.

Possession of these knowledge and abilities is typically demonstrated through the equivalent of three years of progressively responsible professional student services work experience. One year in the program area to which assigned may be preferred but is not required.

A master's degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, or a directly related field may be substituted for one year of experience. A doctorate degree and the appropriate internship or clinical training in counseling or guidance may be substituted for the three years of experience for positions with a major responsibility for professional career or personal counseling.

Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a related field, including or supplemented by upper division or graduate course work in counseling techniques, interviewing, and conflict resolution where such are job-related.

Preferred Qualifications:

Possess a master's degree in special education, counseling, guidance, psychology, social work or a related field and 3-5 years of experience in assessing students with disabilities preferably physical/visual impairments. Prior experience reviewing, evaluating, and determining academic accommodations for college students with disabilities preferred. Knowledge of ADA and disability legislation as it relates to higher education. An understanding of how to analyze documentation used to assess students with disabilities. Knowledge of college student growth and development. Valid driver's license and a safe driving record such as required by the university for driver's authorization as services may be provided at both the San Bernardino and Palm Desert Campuses.

Supplemental Information

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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.

California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:

This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

You have medical, dental and vision plans from which to choose coverage. You may cover yourself and your eligible spouse or domestic partner and children. You are eligible to enroll in coverage if you are appointed at least half-time and for more than six months. If you enroll on a timely basis, coverage begins on the first of the month after your date of hire. You also may enroll during any annual open enrollment period.


Medical Benefits - You have a choice of several Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), depending on location, or Preferred Plan Provider (PPO) insurance plans through the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS)). You and the CSU share the cost of coverage, with the CSU paying the greater portion of the monthly premium. You may pay your portion of the cost on a pre-tax basis through the Tax Advantage Premium Plan (TAPP).

Dental Benefits – You may choose between two dental plans: a traditional indemnity (fee-for-service) plan allowing you to see almost any dental provider, or a "dental HMO" plan offering a network of dentists from which to choose. Currently, the CSU pays the full dental premium for you and your eligible dependents.

Vision Benefits – Vision coverage includes an annual eye exam, and glasses or contact lenses every other year. Currently, the CSU pays the full vision premium for you and your eligible dependents.

Cobra Benefits – If you lose your eligibility for medical, dental, and vision benefits under specified circumstances (for example, you leave employment with the CSU), the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (COBRA) and the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989 (OBRA) allows you to continue to receive health care coverage at your expense. You and your dependents can receive COBRA benefits for up to 18, 29 or 36 months, depending on the circumstances.


FlexCash – If you waive the CSU medical and/or dental coverage because you have other non-CSU coverage, you can receive additional cash in your paycheck each month. You will be taxed on this additional income. Currently, you can receive $128 FlexCash per month if you waive medical coverage and $12 FlexCash per month if you waive dental coverage.


Long-Term Disability Insurance (LTD) – Long-Term Disability Insurance (LTD) replaces part of your income should you be disabled more than 180 days, regardless of the cause. LTD is designed to supplement other sources of disability benefits, including IDL, Social Security, CAL PERS retirement or any other group disability plan. The plan pays 66 2/3 percent of your salary, up to a maximum benefit of $10,000 per month.


Life and Accidental, Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance – The CSU provides you with $25,000 of basic term life insurance coverage and $25,000 of basic accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance coverage. The CSU pays the full cost of this coverage. Coverage is automatic and effective on the first of the month after your date of hire.


CSU Fee Waiver Program – If you are a full-time employee, you are eligible each term to waive certain fees at a CSU campus for a maximum of two courses or six units, whichever is greater. You may transfer your fee waiver benefit to your spouse, domestic partner, or child, however, not all of the fees may be waived or reduced for your dependents.


CalPERS Retirement Plan – The California Public Employees Retirement System is a defined benefit retirement plan that provides lifetime benefits based on members' years of service, age, and final compensation. Full-time employees appointed for at least six months, or part-time employees working at least half-time and appointed for at least one year, are automatically enrolled in the CalPERS Retirement Plan.

Depending on hire and/or membership date, employees are placed in one of three retirement formulas. Each formula determines the employee contribution rate, and the benefit factor and final compensation period used to calculate retirement allowance.

Retirement Plans

Employee Contribution

2% @ 55. 2% @ 60. 5% less a $513 exclusion. 2% @ 62 (there is not an exclusion) is 6.75% for contribution.

Pre-Tax Savings Plans – As a CSU employee, you have three voluntary retirement savings plans available to you, which allow you to invest pre-tax dollars to supplement your CalPERS Retirement Plan benefit. They are:

  • The CSU 403(b) Tax Sheltered Annuity (TSA) Plan

  • The Savings Plus 401(k) Thrift Plan

  • The Savings Plus 457 Deferred Compensation Plan

You may participate in any or all of the plans. Each is governed by a different section of the IRS Code resulting in different rules and provisions.


Holidays – The CSU offers employees 14 paid holidays each year; 13 scheduled on specific days and one you may take any time during the year.

Vacation – While in a 10-month, 11-month, or 12-month position, you earn vacation monthly as follows: 5/6 day up to three years; 1 1/4 days up to six years; 1 5/12 days up to 10 years; 1 7/12 days up to 15 years; 1 3/4 days up to 20 years; 1 11/12 days up to 25 years; and two days per month thereafter. If you have less than 10 years of service with the CSU, you can accrue up to a maximum of 320 hours (40 days); if you have more than 10 years, the maximum is 440 hours (55 days). Academic year employees do not earn vacation.

Sick Leave – For each month of continuous service, you accumulate eight hours of credit for sick leave with pay. Part-time employees accrue sick leave on a prorated basis.

Parental Leave – You are eligible for up to 30 days of paid parental leave starting within 60 days of the arrival of your new child.