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Rochester Institute of Technology Spectrum Support Program Specialist in Rochester, New York


Position Title:

Spectrum Support Program Specialist


Spectrum Support Program

Job Responsibilities:

Coaching/Case Management/Supervision

•Coordinates support via communication, referral and collaboration with families and on and off-campus partners (i.e., faculty, academic advisors, residential life staff, disability services access coordinators, health care providers, parents, etc.) in order to ensure comprehensive, individualized support for enrolled students.

•Provides consultation to campus partners to meet the needs of autistic students in classroom and co-curricular settings.

•Coordinates the process to assess student needs and track student progress, including management of mid-semester and end of term progress reporting.

•Guides, directs and provides instruction for the work of SSP coaches (interns) to ensure consistent follow-up, timely and targeted referrals, and comprehensive support that addresses complex student needs.

•Acts as a primary coach/case manager for a caseload of students with highly complex needs.

•Provides drop-in support/coaching/guidance to students with imminent needs.

•Ensures the security and proper handling of confidential student information

Program Coordination

Provides program support in any of the following areas:

•Facilitates the recruitment, hiring, training, daily supervision, payroll, and performance evaluation of graduate student coaches and/or interns.

•Interacts with prospective students and families to support program participation and enrollment including coordination of program visits, management of SSP application process, and execution of new student intakes

•Leads the planning and oversees the execution of summer programming aimed at building college or career readiness

•Acts as Assessment Coordinator, tracking success indicators, evaluating program components and assessing the effectiveness of program services

•Develops and delivers comprehensive and specialized Professional Development offerings to RIT faculty, staff, and student leaders as well as training for external stakeholders.

•Provides oversight of social programming for program enrolled students and the broader autistic community at RIT.

•Facilitates SSP seminar courses related to college and career readiness

Professional Development

  • Participate in ongoing professional development and/or participate on department, division and university committees, task forces and projects as assigned and appropriate for the role.


  • Utilizes web based technologies such as Mycourses, SIS, Starfish, Campus Groups, Task Stream, Qualtrics in support of student success and program goals

Other duties as assigned to support the work of the program including the development and execution of initiatives aimed at meeting the program’s mission

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Requisition Number:



Student Affairs

Required Application Documents:

Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, List of References

Employment Category:


Additional Details:

In compliance with NYS's Pay Transparency Act, the salary range for this position is listed above. Rochester Institute of Technology considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as, market and organizational considerations when extending an offer. The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Required Minimum Education Level:

Masters-Other, MS, MA

How To Apply:

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Required Qualifications:


  • Masters Degree in relevant field (i.e. Special Education, Counseling, Social Work, School Psychology, Higher Education, Teaching)

  • Minimum 3 years of professional experience working in higher education with students with disabilities. Preference given to those with professional experience working neurodivergent students and /or job seekers, or with experience in higher education.


• Commitment and genuine interest in serving diverse and vulnerable populations

•Solution focused and strengths based mindset

•Ability to work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders

•Ability to multi-task and work flexibly in a quickly changing environment

•Ability to handle time-sensitive matters that require complex solutions

•Commitment to a collaborative approach to problem solving and support for students with complex needs

•Possess a deep understanding of a diverse university community and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and creating a sense of belonging for students, faculty and staff.

•Recognized as an effective advocate who exhibits high ethical standards of conduct and confidentiality in dealing with various internal and external constituencies.

•Experience with supervision and leadership of graduate student interns.

•Ability to manage and maintain confidential and private information; uses confidential, sensitive and/or private records and information, protects information appropriately

•Computer competence using software and enterprise systems appropriate for the complexities of the role and its functions

•Effective interpersonal, written, and electronic communications skills, including the ability to convey complex information in accessible terms to diverse or multicultural audiences

•Knowledge of Deaf culture, American Sign Language (ASL), or willingness to learn.

Preferred Qualifications:

•Specialized knowledge, skills and expertise related to working with students with autism spectrum disorders in a higher education setting.

•Experience in teaching and curriculum development

•Experience with program assessment

•Understanding of career development for specialized populations

•Prior experience using SIS, Oracle

Department/College Description:

The Spectrum Support Program provides innovative support that positively impacts the college experience for our neurodiverse students. We seek to create a campus culture of acceptance and support through collaboration, consultation, and training.



What do we believe at RIT?:

Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. We are dedicated to building a diverse community, one where employees feel a sense of belonging, and are valued for their contributions and the perspectives they bring.

As a member of the RIT community, you'll receive a comprehensive employee benefits package ( that offers multiple options and access to additional employment advantages. You can tailor your benefit elections to meet your needs (affordable medical/dental/vision benefits; paid vacation/sick time/retirement saving plan with exceptional employer match; and tuition assistance for you and your family, to name a few).

Work Location:

Hybrid — Remote/On-campus

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Associate Director for the Spectrum Support Program, the Program Specialist leads the planning and execution of targeted curricular goals, program activities and support initiatives aimed at meeting the changing needs of autistic students at RIT, both those enrolled in the spectrum support program and for programs aimed to support all autistic students.

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