Counselor I


The ideal candidate will proactively support students with disabilities services and programs by serving as one of the primary student support professionals in the Student Accessibility Office (SAO). The purpose of this position is to engage in an ongoing interactive process with students to approve and facilitate the provision of reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and/or chronic health conditions to ensure equal access and promote success. Specific job duties include, but are not limited to: 

  • Engaging in an interactive and ongoing process to determine reasonable accommodations for a case load of student seeking disability-related supports 
  • Providing holistic support to address the needs of students with disabilities and chronic health conditions 
  • Assist with planning and implementing workshops and services supporting student development, success, and retention  
  • Promote student development and provide outstanding level of academic advising in a positive and supportive environment 
  • Collaborating with university faculty and staff to ensure equal access and promote successful student outcomes 


  • Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Special Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, or related field. 
  • Considerable knowledge of learning disabilities, other disabilities, and handicapping conditions 
  • Considerable years of direct experience working with students with disabilities in an educational setting 
  • Working knowledge and/or field experience interpreting and applying the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act 
  • Experience reading and interpreting psychological, psychiatric, medical, and educational documentation 
  • Demonstrated ability to determine eligibility for reasonable accommodations in an academic setting 
  • Ability to communicate and work on many levels, i.e. students, faculty, staff and parents 
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills 


  • Master's degree in Psychology, Special Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, or related field 
  • Experience working in an environment that serves clients with disabilities, preferably in a college or university setting 


Virginia State University does not discriminate on the basis of age (except when age is a bona fide occupational qualification); color; disability; gender identity or expression; genetic information; military service; national origin; political affiliation; pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, including lactation; race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists); religion; sex; sexual orientation; veterans status, or any other non-merit based factor in its employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities. The selected candidate will be subject to an extensive and complete background check, which may include fingerprinting. The candidate may be required to complete a Statement of Economic Interest as a condition of employment, if applicable. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply! 

Virginia State University only accepts applications for classified positions through the on-line state Recruitment Management System (RMS).  Faxed, e-mailed, and mailed applications and/or attachments will not be accepted. Visit to complete an online application. 


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Student Accessibility Office Counselor

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