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CUNY Student Disability Services Specialist in New York, New York

Job Title: Student Disability Services Specialist

Job ID: 22893

Location: John Jay College

Regular/Temporary: Regular



John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY) and an internationally recognized leader in educating for justice. Led by President Karol V. Mason, John Jay is a federally designated Hispanic-serving institution, it is ranked third in the nation in Black student success, and it is a top ten institution for promoting student social mobility. John Jay is proud to serve a diverse and dynamic student body of 15,000 students that includes nearly fifty percent students who are first in their family to attend college as well as students who are immigrants, from low-income families, or from other historically underrepresented groups in higher education.

The College participates in the doctoral programs of the Graduate Center of CUNY, and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees both in traditional criminal justice-related fields of study as well as in a robust portfolio of liberal arts and sciences programs that highlight themes of justice across the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. The College seeks staff and faculty members who thrive in multicultural academic environments and are committed to access and excellence in higher education.


Reporting to the Director for the Office of Accessibility Services, the Student LEADS Support Specialist will provide students in the CUNY LEADS program with advice and support to make academic and career choices that lead to successful employment outcomes. LEADS stands for "Linking Employment, Academics and Disability Services."

In addition to the CUNY Title Overview, the Student LEADS Support Specialist will be required to:

  • Recruit CUNY students into the LEADS program based on established criteria.

  • Conduct individual accommodation reviews for students with disabilities.

  • Coordinate services with other college units including Military and Veteran and Career and Professional Service offices.

  • Coordinate services with outside agencies as needed.

  • Advise students on job readiness and placement, and on linking academic programs to short- and long-term career goals.

  • Conduct group workshops and provide individualized advice on career skills such as resume writing, interview preparation, advocacy, and disclosure issues.

  • Develop internship and mentoring opportunities and make student placements.

  • Record contacts and activities in CUNY's database.

  • Collaborate with other LEADS professionals on University-wide communications and initiatives.

  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.

CUNY anticipates a return to fully onsite work before January 2022 and this position is based in New York, NY.


Bachelor's degree and four years' related experience required.


  • Apply knowledge of issues and developments in disability-related law (such as the A.D.A.) and in disability advocacy.


Assists with planning and providing a comprehensive program of services for students with disabilities.

  • Assists with daily supervision of the unit, including budgets, personnel supervision, and facilities/equipment management

  • Provides guidance and advisement to student organizations, administrators, faculty and others on concerns and issues related to students with special needs

  • Interacts with counselors, disability accommodations specialists, and external community organizations to maintain a broad inventory of available services

  • Presents programs and workshops, and prepares communications to students and others promoting the goals of the unit

  • Organizes and provides for assistive technology and interpretive services

  • May develop and/or review individual educational plans that incorporate individually designed academic support services and accommodations within the guidelines of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA)

  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Student Disability Services Specialist


Higher Education Assistant




Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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Review of resumes to being October 19, 2021.

Posting closes on October 26, 2021.


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.