Learning Disabilities Specialist
- Contra Costa Community College District
- Location: Pleasant Hill, California
- Category: Admin-Tutors and Learning Resources
- Posting Date: 09/21/2020
- Application Deadline: Open until filled
Position TitleLearning Disabilities Specialist
Description of Position
Diablo Valley College is seeking a full time, tenure-track position for a Learning Disabilities Specialist to begin August 2020. The successful applicant will be well qualified to perform LD diagnostic testing, advise students as to their learning needs and appropriate learning strategies. This person will serve as a liaison to faculty, consulting and informing them about how learning differences affect students’ in class performance, how best to accommodate students with learning disabilities, and how to implement universal design in instruction. The position may involve some late afternoon and/or evening hours.
It is the District’s policy to ensure that all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunity, and are not subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of ethnic group identity, race, color, ancestry, religion, marital status, sex, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, parental status, citizenship or because an individual is perceived to have one or more of these characteristics or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
LocationDiablo Valley College
# of Openings1
Yearly Salary Range / Hourly Range$65,088-$99,876 per year
Position StatusTenure- Track
EEO Job CategoryFaculty & Other Instructional Staff
Employee GroupFull-Time Faculty
DisciplineDisabled Student Services & Programs (DSPS)
Alternate DisciplineNot Applicable
Duties and Responsibilities
In addition to contractual duties for this position which will include counseling and program coordination, all faculty are expected to participate actively in their disciplines, in their departmental activities and in the general intellectual life and governance of the college. Part of the counseling assignment may be in the evening program. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• participate in department and college committees
• maintenance of current knowledge of subject matter
• maintenance of appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics
• advise students concerning learning disabilities assessment procedures, learning disabilities testing results, recommended services, and academic accommodations
• provide diagnosis and verification of learning disabilities by administrating and interpreting either the Woodcock-Johnson Battery (WJ-IV), and the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-IV (WAIS-IV)
• post and maintain regular office hours in accordance with the prevailing policy
• meet individually with students to discuss their diagnostic testing, learning styles, and academic needs
• maintain accurate attendance, scholastic, state and federal records for students utilizing computerized scoring and database software
• counsel students on academic success strategies and provide guidance on how to improve executive functioning skills
• create and present workshops on organizational skills, study strategies, communication with instructors, college success skills and other relevant topics
• act as an advocate/liaison between students and faculty members, when appropriate
• advise administrators and faculty on the effects of learning disabilities and train them on effective instructional strategies through workshops, FLEX activities and individual appointments, when appropriate
The applicant must possess one of the following qualifications:
1. Master’s degree in learning disabilities, special education, education, psychology, speech language pathology, communication disorders, educational or school psychology, counseling, or rehabilitation counseling AND 15 semester units of upper division or graduate study in the area of learning disabilities, to include, adult cognitive and achievement assessment or the equivalent.
2. a valid California community college instructor credential authorizing services for learning disabled students OR
3. the equivalent. (If you believe that you meet the minimum qualifications via equivalency, please fill out the equivalency petition form in the application packet.)
4. Faculty members must possess a sensitivity to and understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
The college is seeking applicants who exhibit the highest level of professional excellence and dedication as evidenced by:
• demonstrated commitment to student learning and demonstrated
commitment to promoting the success of all students in an open-
access learning environment
• demonstrated sensitivity to and ability to motivate and teach
community college students of diverse ethnic backgrounds, cultures,
preparation, learning styles, and/or disabilities
• commitment to professional growth and development, to innovation and improvement of teaching, and to assuming faculty
responsibilities beyond the classroom in a shared governance
• experience working with students with learning disabilities in a
community college setting
• experience in diagnosing learning disabilities and communicating
diagnostic information that helps students maximize their learning
• formal training in administration and interpretation, Woodcock-Johnson-IV Tests of Achievement (WJ-IV)
• formal training in administration and interpretation: WJ-IV Tests of Cognitive Abilities and/or WAIS-IV
• completed State Chancellor’s office L.D. Eligibility Model training
• experience working with students on the Autism spectrum and other communication disorders, and collaborating with faculty on strategies for supporting those students.
• experience with providing academic counseling to students with disabilities in a college setting, including course planning, resource referrals, recommending academic accommodations, etc.
• knowledge of effective materials and methods for teaching developmental reading, math, writing, and study skills to students with learning disabilities
• experience with strategies-based tutoring models
• familiarity with assistive technology as a learning strategy
• experience providing supervision for DSS tutoring program
• experience in teaching support courses for students with disabilities
• experience working with and training faculty on learning differences and accommodations
Job Open Date:09/22/2020
Job Close Date:11/03/2020
Open Until FilledNo
Employment Begins:January 2021
# of Months10
Membership in State Teachers Retirement System (STRS)
District-paid benefits (employee contributes 6%) for employee and dependents/domestic partners include:
- Medical (Anthem Blue Cross or Kaiser) insurance including chiropractic services
- Dental and vision
- Flexible spending (125) plan
- Life and long-term disability insurance
- Employee Assistance Program
- Deferred compensation (403b and 457)
- Sabbatical Leave
Additional Benefits: The District also offers eligible faculty employees, travel assistance plan, retiree benefits, and employee discounts on health memberships.
Newly hired employees may notify the respective union (Local 1 or United Faculty) if they opt to join and/or authorize payment to the union. If the newly hired employee authorizes payment to the union then the following fees apply: Local 1 has a one-time initiation fee of $45.00 and monthly contribution of 1% of gross pay +$1. United Faculty has an agency fee of .55% of gross pay plus $2.50.
How to Apply
1. Interested applicants must submit all of the application materials online to be considered for this position. We do not accept hand-delivered, e-mailed, faxed or postal mailed application packets.
2. It is your responsibility to ensure that all application materials are received on or before the closing date. Our application deadline time is 11:59pm on the specified closing date.
3. You should submit an unofficial transcript for screening purposes. If you do not have electronic version of the transcript required for the position, you can have it scanned by a Staples, Office Max or Office Depot, etc. All applicants will have an opportunity to upload transcripts when completing our online application process. You should be prepared to provide an official transcripts prior to employment start date should the position be offered.
4. If you do not possess the required educational degrees and are applying under the equivalency process, you bear the responsibility of submitting the District’s Equivalency Application. Equivalency applications with supporting documentation should be submitted when 1) degrees are not in exact discipline required; 2) degree is in progress; 3) degrees were earned at a college or university outside of the United States. All applicants will have an opportunity to upload an equivalency form for evaluation by a college equivalency committee when completing our online application process.
5. Applicants with foreign degrees must provide official certification of equivalency to United States degrees. An approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) agency must evaluate your course work. All applicants will have an opportunity to upload a foreign degree evaluation for review of by a college equivalency committee when completing our online application process. Please read more details in the Foreign Degree and Credit Statement section of the job announcement.
6. Documents uploaded online must be the actual documents to be considered for review. Do not upload a “placeholder” document. Applications with placeholder documents are considered incomplete and will be rejected. Only upload the required documents, other materials can be presented if you are selected for an interview.
7. All application materials become the property of the district and will not be returned or duplicated.
Applications will be screened to ensure the applicant meets the minimum qualifications as stated in the job announcement.
1. The applications, cover letters, answers to required supplemental questions, resumes, unofficial college transcripts, and other supporting materials submitted by all qualified applicants will be reviewed by a screening committee. Those who are deemed to possess the highest degree of desirable qualifications will be invited to the college at their own expense.
2. During the campus visit, each applicant will be interviewed and may be asked to conduct a demonstration appropriate to the discipline. Selected interviewees may be invited to present an entire lecture in front of a class. Responses to the interview questions and demonstration will be rated by the interview committee.
3. Based upon the overall rating, a small number of applicants will be invited at their own expense to the campus for an interview with the college president and vice president of instruction.
4. After consultation with the interview committee, the college president will make the final recommendation for employment to the chancellor and the governing board of the Contra Costa Community College District.
5. Upon hire, the successful candidate must meet the conditions of employment. Finalists must provide verification of transcripts. TB test, physical examination, fingerprinting/conviction clearance and proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States.
Foreign Degree and Credit Statement
In accordance with the United Faculty Contract, Article 126.96.36.199.2, all foreign degrees and credits used to meet the minimum qualifications must be evaluated by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) agency www.naces.org prior to the implementation of the equivalency process. Please upload your evaluation with your application when you apply for this position. We cannot accept foreign degree evaluations after the closing date
Candidates with legally defined disabilities may request reasonable accommodations by notifying the Human Resources Department by the deadline date. Candidates will be required to supply documentation supporting the need for the accommodation when the request is made. Please complete the forms provided in the links above and email to
About the District
The mission of the Contra Costa Community College District is to transform lives by providing outstanding learning opportunities that nurture and empower all students to achieve their educational goals. The dedicated faculty, classified professionals and administrators in the District are committed to core values and action that promote excellence in learning and equitable student success. The District is committed to hiring and developing a diverse staff that understands that cultural diversity in the academic environment promotes academic excellence; fosters cultural, racial and human understanding; provides positive role models for all students; and creates an inclusive and supportive educational work environment for its students, employees, and the community it serves.
Located in Contra Costa County, in the beautiful and diverse San Francisco East Bay area, the District serves the 1 million residents of the County through education, business partnerships and service in the community. The District first opened its doors in 1949 and is the second oldest and eighth largest multi-college community college district in California. The District consists of three colleges and two centers; Contra Costa College in San Pablo; Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill; Los Medanos College in Pittsburg; and the centers in Brentwood and San Ramon. The District Office located in downtown Martinez, supports the mission and functions of the colleges.
As evidenced by the rich diversity in Contra Costa County, the District enrolls a highly diverse student population. Serving over 52,088 students a year, in 2017-18 fiscal year the demographic make-up of the students was 10% Black/African American; 17% Asian/Pacific Islander; 33% Hispanic/Latino; 29% White/Caucasian; and 11% Other.
The District actively encourages a diverse pool of applicants to serve the dynamic student population and work collaboratively with existing colleagues that are equally dynamic and diverse.
Contra Costa College
Contra Costa College is a dynamic, comprehensive community college with a diverse student population. The institution has served the communities of West Contra Costa County for more than 69 years. Most of the 10,500-plus students who attend the college come from local communities, but many also come from neighboring communities and from countries throughout the world. The college offers certificates and degree programs in 70 areas. It prepares students for immediate employment and for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Faculty and staff are proud to be affiliated with an institution that has a tradition of excellence and a reputation for educating students to live and work in a diverse global environment.
Diablo Valley College
DVC is committed to increasing student success. The college has distinguished itself as one of the nation’s most successful community colleges by offering incomparable transfer opportunities and exceptional career-technical programs. In both Pleasant Hill and San Ramon, a diverse student body engages with high-quality instruction and support services designed for excellence and equity in student learning. DVC’s career-technical programs keep pace with emerging technologies and skill requirements, while unparalleled transfer programs prepare students to be successful in four-year colleges and universities. DVC continuously ranks among the top transfer pathways to UC Berkeley.
Los Medanos College
Los Medanos College, opened in 1974, is the newest campus of the Contra Costa Community College District. The college prepares students to excel and succeed economically, socially and intellectually in an innovative, engaging and supportive learning environment. LMC provides quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities to serve the needs of a rapidly-growing and changing East County while enhancing the quality of life of the diverse communities it serves. Los Medanos College is known for its transferable general education program and career technical programs strongly connected with local business and industry. The college serves approximately 10,000 students.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please be sure to fill out the master’s degree equivalency form if your degree does not exactly match the listed job qualifications. You can upload the equivalency form in the attachment section of the application and be sure to include your college transcript(s).