Student Disability Services Assistant/College Assistant


Position: Student Disability Services Assistant/College Assistant
Internal Posting
Support Staff 
PVN #: 0057
Closing Date: Open until filled 
Department: CUNY School of Professional Studies
Location: Temporarily Remote 

The CUNY School of Professional Studies:

For over 15 years, the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) has been leading online education in New York. Notable for offering the most online bachelor’s and master’s degree options at the City University of New York, and for serving transfer students as the University system’s only undergraduate all-transfer college, CUNY SPS meets the needs of adults who wish to finish a bachelor’s degree, progress from an associate’s degree, earn a master’s degree or certificate in a specialized field, and advance in the workplace or change careers.

The School’s growth has been remarkable, with twenty-four degrees launched since 2006. Enrollment has risen by more than 30% in the last four years to over 4,000 students in the credit-bearing programs. Thousands more are enrolled in non-degree and grant-funded workplace learning programs. In addition, the School has an active alumni network and has established the CUNY SPS Foundation, which offers multiple scholarship opportunities to current students.

CUNY SPS has consistently been named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the country’s top online institutions. This year, the School was ranked in the top 2% in the nation on the publisher’s list of the 2021 Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs.

The CUNY SPS Office of Student Disability Services is seeking a qualified individual interested in working with students with disabilities in higher education to fill the position of Student Disability Services Assistant/College Assistant. The successful candidate will provide individualized academic support services to students and use campus licensed software to remediate course materials into accessible formats for students.

Duties and Responsibilities:  

Reporting to the Student Disability Services Coordinator, the Student Disability Services Assistant/College Assistant will:

  • Provide notetaking, reading, scribing and other services to students with disabilities as assigned.
  • Source and produce alternate format course materials and remediate inaccessible course documents and other content to ensure usability and compatibility with screen reading and other assistive technologies used by students.
  • Attend all class meetings, as indicated on class syllabus and take comprehensive, detailed notes to capture and summarize live lectures, presentations, and activities including ancillary lectures, performances, workshops, student/faculty meetings etc.
  • Prepare notes in a clear logical format and send electronic version to the Office of Student Disability Services within one business day of the class meeting.
  • Use School-issued laptop, tablet, digital recorder, smart pen, or other equipment as directed.
  • Perform related administrative duties which may include organization of spreadsheets, creation of email and phone lists, and provision of support for student affinity groups.
  • Attend live events to verify that paid for captioning services are provided. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma/GED

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience working with students in a higher education setting
  • Experience with disability services
  • Familiarity with various kinds of assistive technology
  • Transcribing and/or keyboarding skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Excel, and Word
  • Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills

Note: While the Student Disability Services Assistant/College Assistant positon is currently remote, the selected finalist is expected to have access to a laptop/computer, internet and phone access to perform most job duties and responsibilities. Upon return to normal campus operations, this position will transition to our physical office located at 119 W 31st Street, New York, NY 10001. 

Salary Range: $20.00 per hour

Hours: 20 hours per week (Daytime schedule) 

Please send resume, cover letter and contact information of three (3) professional references to:

CUNY SPS Student Disability Services Assistant/College Assistant Search 
Christopher Fleming, Student Disability Services Coordinator

CUNY SPS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/IRCA/Americans with Disabilities Act Employer: 

The CUNY School of Professional Studies complies with the Clery Act and copies of its annual report on security policies and statistics are available in its Security Office.

Selected applicants must pay fingerprint and filing fees (full-time CUNY students are excluded from fingerprint fee).  

All prospective candidates must be able to be certified as eligible to work under the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

The CUNY School of Professional Studies verifies education and experience statements.