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Learning Disabilities Specialist, Learning Skills - Associate Instructor
Cabrillo College

Date Posted Sep. 18, 2023
Title Learning Disabilities Specialist, Learning Skills - Associate Instructor
University Cabrillo College
Aptos, CA, United States
Department Accessibility Support Center
Application Deadline 12/15/2023
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Administration - Undergraduate Education

Learning Disabilities Specialist, Learning Skills - Associate Instructor

Cabrillo College

Salary: See Position Description
Job Type: Associate (Part-time)
Job Number: 2023-01626
Closing: 12/15/2023 11:59 PM Pacific
Location: Aptos, CA
Department: Accessibility Support Center

Employment Opportunity

Cabrillo College is accepting applications in order to fill temporary, part-time faculty assignment(s) during 2023 Fall Semester and to establish an eligibility pool for positions that may become available beginning 2024 Spring Semester.

This associate position is open for application submission through the deadline date as noted above OR until the position has been filled.

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for the first batch of applications to be reviewed is

Monday, October 9th, with anticipated interviews in Mid-November,

applications will continue to be accepted thereafter until the position is filled.

We need YOU! Cabrillo College is looking for Faculty to provide quality programs and services for a diverse student population promoting ever-evolving needs as our students grow toward their individual aspirational goals. Cabrillo is an Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) with a special focus on enhancing the Latinx student experience. Come join our team, valuing high-level and innovative instruction, support services, a welcoming environment, and helping to change the world one student at a time!

The ideal candidate will share Cabrillo's commitment to educating its racially and socioeconomically diverse student population. Cabrillo College serves approximately 11,500+ students per term, including Latina/o/x (46.82%), Multi-Ethnic (5.14%), Asian (2.53%), African American (1.08%), Filipino (0.79%), American Indian or Alaskan Native (0.30%), and Pacific Islander (0.16%) as of Fall 2021. At Cabrillo, 56.66% of students are students of color and 54.91% are economically disadvantaged. In 2006, Cabrillo College was designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution, reflecting the great responsibility that the College has to the educational attainment and economic well-being of the surrounding community.

About the College: Situated on Monterey Bay in the county of Santa Cruz, California, Cabrillo College is highly regarded for its success of transfer and career education, and currently serves over 11,400 students each semester. Cabrillo College transfers many of its students to three nearby universities - the University of California at Santa Cruz, San Jose State University, and California State University at Monterey Bay. Cabrillo's career education is closely connected to the nearby agricultural and farming industries as well as the Silicon Valley business environment.

Faculty at Cabrillo College actively participate in curriculum development, program planning, and serve on participatory governance committees. Cabrillo provides an excellent opportunity to learn, collaborate, create, and make a difference in the lives of its diverse student body and community.

Examples of Duties

  • Conduct learning disability evaluations in accordance with the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) Learning Disabilities Eligibility and Services Model (LDESM), including administration of WAIS-IV and/or WJ-IV cognitive assessments AND WIAT-III and/or WJ-IV achievement assessments, scoring, interpretation, and explanation of results to students
  • Provide instruction and guidance to students in understanding learning disabilities and implementing study strategies that may facilitate improvements in academic achievement
  • Participate in professional development activities required to maintain up-to-date knowledge and clinical expertise in the administration of new and revised cognitive and achievement assessment instruments and their implementation in the LDESM model
  • Provide the student population with verifiable learning and other disabilities with disability counseling including: disability assessment, development of an Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP), arranging disability-related services, and coordination of accommodations with instructors
  • Facilitate referrals to other campus and community resources and/or programs.
  • Provide guidance and professional development for administrators, staff and faculty on Americans with Disabilities Act, as Amended (ADAAA), requirements and student disabilities
  • Participate in participatory governance committees, processes, and initiatives such as Guided Pathways
  • Maintain timely and accurate records of student enrollment, attendance, and academic progress
  • Cooperate with and participate as may be required in District investigations and/or student grievance matters of alleged unlawful harassment, discrimination, and retaliation
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff
  • Complete required District trainings such as Title IX, Mandated Reporter, EEO/Diversity/Elimination of Bias, Workplace Safety, etc.

Minimum Qualifications

General Required Education and Experience:

  • Understanding of, and sensitivity to, the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation, of community college students, faculty and staff AND
  • Master's degree in learning disabilities, special education, education, psychology, speech language pathology, communication disorders, educational or school psychology, counseling, or rehabilitation counseling OR
  • Possess a lifetime California Community College Instructor credential in Learning Disabilities OR
  • *Equivalent

Discipline-Specific Requirements:

  • Minimum of 15 (fifteen) semester units of upper division or graduate study in the area of learning disabilities, to include:
    • Training in adult cognitive assessment with the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-IV and/or Woodcock-Johnson IV Tests of Cognitive Abilities, or the equivalent AND
    • Training in adult achievement assessment with the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test-III (WIAT-III) and/or the Woodcock-Johnson IV Tests of Achievement, or the equivalent OR
  • Certificate with the California Community College's Learning Disabilities Eligibility and Services Model (LDESM) OR eligibility to participate in the LDESM training and become certified within six (6) months of starting this position.
  • Training in, and the ability to, administer and interpret cognitive tests, including the WAIS-IV and/or WJ-IV Cognitive, and achievement tests, including the WJ-IV-Achievement and/or the WIAT-III
  • Awareness of assistive technology and alternate media services for students with disabilities
  • Ability to provide professional outreach to faculty, campus department staff, high schools, community agencies and industry partners to support the success of students with disabilities
  • Maintain clear, timely and accurate contact and student progress records
  • Ability to develop curriculum and revisions including Student Services Learning Outcomes (SSLOs)
  • Participate in professional development activities such as department and campus committee work, faculty peer evaluations, staff meetings and the governance structure of the college in order to contribute and maintain currency regarding issues related to students with a disability
  • Professional outreach and ability to travel to area high schools, various college sites, and community agencies during the course of employment

Required Professional Expertise:

  • Currency and depth of knowledge in the applicable professional field
  • Knowledge of and commitment to teaching strategies and practices that enhance student success at community colleges, including effective use of technology
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide services or perform the duties effectively as described above
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate well with students of diverse academic, ethnic, racial, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds; gender identities, sexual orientations; and students with disabilities different ability statuses including physical, mental health, and learning disabilities
  • Working knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as Amended (ADA-AA) and California Title 5 as it applies to community college students with disabilities
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others
  • Demonstrated responsiveness to and understanding of the racial, socioeconomic, academic, and cultural diversity within the community college student population, including students with different ability statuses (e.g., physical and/or learning) as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practices in the classroom
  • Demonstrated ability to reflect critically on institutional and teaching practices that aim to increase cultural responsiveness
  • Knowledge and understanding of the accountability and critical dimensions of equity and demonstrated ability in addressing issues of equity in the classroom and/or student services.

Desired Qualifications/Performance Expectations:

  • One (1) year of community college experience within the last three (3) years with a diverse student population
  • One (1) year experience in the evaluation of learning disabilities
  • Experience conducting learning disability evaluations with adults in community college following the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) Learning Disability Eligibility Services Model (LDESM)
  • Familiarity with record-keeping software and technology, including the Computer Assisted Recordkeeping and Scoring (CARS) system used by Learning Disability Specialists, and the Student Appointment Reservation System (SARS) for scheduling
  • Knowledge of, or willingness to explore, universal design and innovative teaching methodologies
  • Ability to utilize a variety of technology tools and online resources to effectively support students
  • Experience teaching diverse student populations
  • Successful online teaching experience
  • Knowledge of culturally-responsive pedagogical teaching techniques and effective ways for engaging students who are historically under-represented and under-served.

*Equivalency Application Form and Process

Why would I complete the Equivalency Form when I'm already completing an application and have a relevant degree? To determine whether your current education, or exact discipline, and/or experience is "equivalent," you must submit an Equivalency Form to initiate a review by the Equivalency Committee at Cabrillo College and so that your application can move forward and be considered by the search committee.

Please note the Equivalency Committee will consider only those applicants who formally request equivalency consideration by submitting the Completed Equivalency Form with their application by the closing date stated in the job announcement. Be sure to attach detailed evidence such as unofficial transcripts and/or other certifications that support the equivalency.

For additional information please review our Applicant FAQ's.

Additional Information

Starting Salary: $1,834 - $2,815 per teaching unit, per semester; salary placement determined by documented education and experience; maximum initial salary step placement on the Associate Overload Academic Specialist Salary Schedule is step 9. An annual doctoral stipend of $122 per unit is granted to eligible associate faculty. Assignments may be at various campus locations; days, evenings, and/or weekends; hours to be arranged.


  1. Complete the Application AND answer ALL Supplemental Questions
    • Be sure to list all relevant experience and education (as noted above in the Minimum Requirements-Additional Requirements section) on your application in the Education and/or Work Experience sections
    • Be sure to list all relevant certifications (as noted above in the Minimum Requirements-Additional Requirements section) on your application in the
      Certificates and Licenses section (you may also attach copies to your application, if you wish)
  2. Attach Resume or CV detailing teaching and work experience
  3. To confirm you possess the minimum qualifications as listed in the job announcement, you must attach a completed Equivalency Form (click here) with minimum supporting materials of unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended displaying any degree(s) conferred (copied documents, photos, and downloads are acceptable). Foreign transcripts must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency and any costs are at the applicant's expense - click here for more information.

Attention Applicants
Only completed applications with the above required documents will be reviewed by the committee; additional documents will not be reviewed by the committee. Remove personally identifiable information such as personal photos, social security number, birth date, age, and gender from your application materials. Expenses related to the recruitment process are the responsibility of the applicant. Cabrillo is unable to sponsor work visas.
Questions? Concerns? Please contact HR as Departments, Divisions, and Committee Members are unable to discuss active recruitments with potential candidates.

Selection Procedure
This associate position is open through the deadline date as noted above OR until the position has been filled.
A search committee will review application materials and invite applicants for an interview. Meeting the posted requirements does not guarantee an interview.

Conditions of Employment
Selected candidates given a conditional offer of employment are required to submit tuberculosis screening clearance results, official transcripts, proof of eligibility to work in the United States, and present their Social Security card upon hire (for payroll purposes).

EEO Statement
Cabrillo College is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of qualified applicants. The policy of the College is to encourage applications from all persons. No person shall be denied employment because of ethnicity or race, color, sex or gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, medical conditions, status or protected veteran status.

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