Detailed Job Description
The Accommodation Coordinator is member of the team of professionals responsible for implementing reasonable accommodations for students registered with Student Disability Services (SDS), including students with physical, medical, learning, neurological and psychiatric disabilities, as well as students on the Autism Spectrum. The Accommodation Coordinator provides direct service to students to include reviewing documentation, determining eligibility for services and reasonable accommodation strategies, communication of accommodations and outreach to faculty and university resources, promoting student self-advocacy and working with the SDS team to promote an environment of access and equal opportunity on campus. The Accommodation Coordinator also works closely with the staff in the Rinella Learning Center to assist students in procuring other support structures such as tutoring, academic coaching, supplemental instruction and other collaborative initiatives.
* Provide advocacy and support for students with disabilities.
* Using documentation provided by students, determine and implement appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities, with special expertise in assisting visually-impaired and blind students.
* Consult with various university offices (e.g., accessible text production, Rinella testing center) and faculty to coordinate reasonable accommodations.
* Document all contacts with students including letters, telephone calls, conferences, consultations, etc.
* Develop and implement training as needed for faculty relative to best practices and reasonable accommodations for students.
* Develop and implement assessments and evaluations to determine effectiveness of services.
* Serve as a liaison between Student Disability Services and other university offices.
* Communicate with external vendors when necessary to ensure accommodations.
* Consult and meet with families, university professionals when necessary.
* Prepare reports pertaining to position responsibilities.
* Perform other duties as assigned.
Master's Degree in rehabilitation counseling, educational psychology, psychology, social work, or related field; understanding and experience working with accessible technology; possess knowledge of applicable laws that ensure equal access to students, including Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) and ADAAA (2009), the Telecommunication Act of 1996 as well as knowledge of accessible technology best practices such as Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.
Skills and characteristics:
* Understand current trends and use of accessible technology used in classrooms and in the university setting (e.g., Kurzweil, Read & Write Gold), specifically technology and adaptive equipment used by students who are blind/visually impaired (e.g., JAWS, Zoomtext). Research and keep up to date with changes in technology.
* Possess knowledge of braille software and embossing processes/techniques (e.g., Duxbury).
* Understanding of alternate formats in creating accessible documents (e.g., Word, brf, PDF remediation).
* Strong communication skills to effectively communicate information to multiple audiences (students, faculty, parents, and other helping professionals).
* Predisposition toward stewardship and collaboration, within the Division of Student Affairs.
* An inclination toward and ability to define goals and assess outcomes.
* A service orientation and a commitment to working in a team.
* A willingness to not only adjust to but seek out and initiate change in the quest for continuous improvement.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Employment will require a criminal background check according to University guidelines.