Student Disability Services is responsible for receiving and reviewing requests for disability services and accommodations from undergraduate, graduate and professional students at UChicago. In collaboration with the Academic Divisions and campus partners, SDS works to ensure equitable access to the Universityâ™s programs and services for students with disabilities through the facilitation of reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services. SDS offers programs and information to educate about disability inclusion and access to the UChicago community. The position reports to the Deputy Director of Student Disability Services. The Accommodation Specialist position is an entry level position as a disability services provider. This position is responsible for assisting students with the process of requesting disability services and implementing approved accommodations, auxiliary aids, and assistive technologies in compliance with the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Americans with Disabilities Act. The Accommodation Specialist will liaise with medical consultants, IT services, University Library Systems, Housing and Residential Life, Facilities Services, Parking and Transportation, College Programming Office, Environmental Health & Safety, vendors, area Deans of Students, faculty, other academic appointees, and other administrators.
Student Disability Services staff work as a team in managing the accessibility services of students.
1) The accommodation specialist will be responsible for working with students with permanent and temporary disabilities to ensure access to UChicago programs and services.
2) Managing the departments inventory of assistive aids and technologies and ensuring that students have the technologies needed for equivalent and effective access.
3) Building the capacity of SDS to be a leader in post-secondary access by contributing to our knowledge and best practices of accessibility, particularly in the area of assistive technology.
1) Conducts intake interviews with students and provides information about the disability accommodation process.
2) Collects, verifies, and maintains disability documentation and other relevant information.
3) Ensures the effective implementation of accommodations and auxiliary aids and services for students.
4) Supports the development, implementation, maintenance and improvement of systems to effectively and efficiently provide auxiliary supports and services.
5) With SDS Director team, assesses eligibility for services and appropriately communicates information about disability accommodations and services.
6) Collaboratively ensures the provision of auxiliary aids and services, including materials in alternate formats, interpreters, note-taking solutions and adaptive technology, etc.
7) Provides technical assistance and training support to students, faculty and/or staff when necessary; networks with disability agencies and other community organizations providing services to students.
8) Documents communication and events by writing and filing case notes.
9) Assists with the development of policies and procedures which reflect best practices among peer institutions.
10) Refers students to appropriate campus resources and services.
11) Contributes content for the Student Disability Services website.
12) Use the student-tracking database (i.e. AIM) for record-keeping.
13) Contributes data for annual and other departmental reports when necessary.
14) Other duties as assigned in support of the SDS mission.
1) Experience working with individuals with disabilities.
2) Demonstrated commitment to advancing disability inclusion.
3) Demonstrated knowledge of assistive aids and technologies.
4) Demonstrated competency in Microsoft suite (including Word, Excel, Publisher), Google Suite, Box and/or other office software applications.
5) Experience working in a university setting.
6) Sound decision-making skills required.
7) Attention to detail required.
8) Organizational skills required.
9) Oral and written communication skills required.
10) Ability to problem solve and demonstrate interpersonal skills required.
11) Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative.
12) Ability to establish a rapport and maintain confidentiality.
13) Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
1) Traditional office space with a desk, chair and office equipment.
2) Requires sitting, standing, walking and lifting boxes (up to 50 lbs).
3) May be required to visit other buildings and attend meetings at alternative locations near or around campus.
1) Ability to use computers extensively for up to 5 hours at a time.
2) Ability to learn and use computers, software, assistive technology and office equipment.
3) Ability to read, think, and exercise reasonable judgement.
4) Ability to memorize and apply various laws, rules and policies.
5) Ability to problem solve, provide technical support and train people of diverse abilities.
1) Masterâ™s degree with a concentration in higher education, disability services, rehabilitation, counseling or related field.
1) Professional experience at the higher education level.
2) Professional experience working with individuals with disabilities.
3) Technical and problem solving skills using assistive technology and office software applications.
2) Cover Letter
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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