The Accommodations Specialist of Disability Services is responsible for the coordination and implementation of accommodation services for students with disabilities in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Sawyer Business School; under the mandates of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (2008), MA State law and Suffolk University Policies. The Accommodations Specialist works in collaboration with the Director to deliver services for students with disabilities by conducting intake appointments and providing ongoing case management. The Accommodations Specialist also assists in the monitoring and continuous improvement of accommodation services. The Accommodations Specialist reports to the Director in the Office of Disability Services, who reports directly to the Managing Director of the Division Student Success.
Review and interpret relevant documentation, student self-reports, and student accommodation requests for students with disabilities, both current and perspective.
Communicate with evaluators when necessary to gather additional information regarding students' disabilities and accommodation needs.
Communicate with faculty, staff, and other campus constituents when necessary regarding students and their requested accommodations.
Participate in interactive process with students to review accommodation requests, determine and grant reasonable accommodations and auxiliary services, monitor, adjust, and evaluate individual accommodation plans, inform students on the accommodation process, and assist students with advocacy.
Maintain a case-load of students registered with the Office of Disability Services and provide case management including, but not limited to, scheduled check-ins for the purposes of accommodations management, resource referral, assistance with executive functioning strategies, student outreach, and advisement on University policies and procedures.
Provide evaluation referrals when appropriate for students requesting accommodations.
Maintain a confidential database and files of students with disabilities on campus.
Represent the Office of Disability Services at Open Houses, Showcases, Commencement and other university-wide events.
Assist in administration of examinations with accommodations to students with disabilities. At times, may be responsible for sitting in as a proctor and/or reader and scribe.
Follow assessment protocols to evaluate student development and office operations in an ongoing effort to improve quality and delivery of programs/services and track student interactions.
Assist with supervision of work study students within the Office of Disability Services.
Assist with office filing, database updates and other duties, as assigned.
Participate in disability literature revision and publication including the Students with Disabilities Handbook, disability services pamphlets, flyers and ensuring that this literature is accessible and distributed appropriately. Update web content, as needed.
Provide information to students, faculty, staff, teachers/high school guidance counselors, and students' families regarding transition to Suffolk University, registration processes, and disability services at Suffolk University.
Initiate and develop ongoing campus educational opportunities, collaborations, and awareness programming on disability, accommodations, and accessibility-related topics.
Collaborate effectively with the campus partners from the Division of Student Success, Student Affairs, and staff/faculty in navigating the University through disability-related matters.
Serve as a member of a divisional committee.
Participate in departmental, divisional, and institutional events and activities.
Remain current on information pertaining to disability services through professional development opportunities.
Bachelor's degree required in Education, Psychology, or other related field.
Master's degree preferred (or working toward an advanced degree or Graduate Certificate) in Rehabilitation Counseling, Special Education, Psychology, Higher Education Administration or related field.
At least two years' experience in higher education working with students with disabilities.
Working knowledge of/ability to apply Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Fair Housing Act (FHA) and other laws as they pertains to individuals with disabilities.
Comprehensive knowledge of disability documentation at the level necessary to review and interpret diagnostic results to determine the presence of a disability per University criteria and to determine appropriate academic accommodations.
Ability to interact with students, faculty, staff, and other constituents.
Effective written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills required.
Ability to work well as part of a team and demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, administration, and students.
Ability to develop and implement programs and services that support the mission of the Office of Disability Services, the Division of Student Success, and the University.
Occasional evening or weekend work may apply.
Experience in Microsoft Office Suite.
Knowledge of assistive computer technology and resources.
Knowledge of transition planning for post-secondary education.
Current knowledge of mental health, chronic health, and sensory disabilities.
Knowledge of standard organizational practices.
Strong ability to direct and organize work of self and others.
Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment. Suffolk University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff that reflect the broad range of human experience who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. Suffolk University is especially interested in candidates who, through their training, service and experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the University community.
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About Suffolk University
Located right in the heart of downtown Boston, Suffolk University gives its students unparalleled access to the city and all it offers.Our college green is the Boston Common. We are steps from dozens of historic sites like the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, and the Massachusetts State House. We have no real boundaries to our campus' Boston and Suffolk blend together. That means our students have incredible access to a wealth of opportunities, whether it's museums and restaurants or internships and co-ops. At the same time, we also take pride in being a personal, student-centered school, where faculty and administrators know students by name. We take the time to recognize each student's promise, figure out what makes him or her tick, and build important mentoring relationships.As we have done since our founding, we strive for one thing at Suffolk: give students the tools they need to be successful, smart, and satisfied at whatever they choose to do.