UI REACH Student Support Specialist

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21002346 Requisition #

UI REACH (Realizing Educational and Career Hopes) is seeking candidate for the position of Student Support Specialist. The person in this position will provide student support to UI REACH students by developing strategic interventions to encourage student success, provide operational support as part of the student support team and assist with developing and implementing short and long term strategic planning goals.  


UI REACH is a comprehensive transition program for students ages 18 – 25 years old with intellectual, cognitive and learning disabilities. UI REACH offers an integrated college experience in a caring and structured environment.  UI REACH Is a program within the College of Education.


This is a full time, 12- month specified term position which may be eligible for renewal.


Location: on site in Iowa City, Iowa


The individual in this position will work a flexible schedule as needed that could include evenings and weekends based on student needs.


Key Areas of Responsibilities and Specific Job Tasks:


Non Clinical Programs and Development, Presentation, and Evaluation

  • Assess and monitor student support mechanisms and networks for relevance and effectiveness.
  • Provide reports and recommendations regarding performance of students.
  • Assess and ensure student support alignment with strategic goals of the program.
  • Ensures a student-centered approach in delivering individual and group supports and instruction.
  • Manages an active caseload of students.
  • Assists in the development, implementation, evaluation, and improvement of student support operations
  • Remains current on best practices in the field for supporting persons with disabilities in college environments.
  • Works with students, families and staff to establish interventions as needed.
  • Serves in the staff on call rotation as assigned.


Training Education

  • Work with student support coordinator and academic coordiator to review and implement curriculum for student health and wellbeing.
  • Supports advisor team in caseload management and advising practices.
  • Assists with professional development for staff.


Consultation Services

  • Utilizes a strengths-based approach to providing supports to and developing rapport with students
  • Assists students in developing increased independence in the areas of conflict resolution, problem solving, social appropriateness, and responding to emergencies.
  • Continues development of relationships with families, University of Iowa campus partners, local support agencies, funding agencies and other entities that could provide supports to students.
  • Serve on external councils and working committees that are aligned with UI REACH’s purpose.


For a complete job description including all Key Areas of Responsibility and Universal and Technical Competencies, please send an email to jade-o-rogers@uiowa.edu




Education Requirement: BSW, Therapeutic Recreation, Special Education or relevant degree or the equivalent combination of relevant work and education experience.  MSW preferred


Required Qualifications:

•    Demonstrated experience (typically 1 year or greater) working with students with special needs and/or learning disabilities in secondary or post-secondary education environments.

•    Experience in connecting persons with disabilities with supports that foster success in the community.

•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

•    Knowledge and application of communication skill and relationship building that demonstrate the ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and collaborative manner.

•    Case management experience with students with disabilities.

Desired Qualifications:

•    Master Social Work licensing preferred


Application Details

  • In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload a submission-specific resume and cover letter and mark them as a "Relevant File" to the submission.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.  Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background and credential check.  5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

Benefits Highlights:
•    Regular salaried position. Located in Iowa City, Iowa
•    Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans
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Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or fsds@uiowa.edu.  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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