Accommodations Specialist

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Student Affairs / Services

Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence (CLIE) is the student affairs division of the University of Denver. CLIE includes Housing and Residential Education, Academic Advising, Student Outreach and Support, Student Rights and Responsibilities, Disability Services Program, Learning Effectiveness Program, Student Engagement, Health and Counseling, and Culture, Access and Transitions.

We are committed to providing students with the support and skills needed to become empowered citizens that positively impact the communities they are a part of, now, and in the future.  We do so by challenging student to:

  • Reflect on their values and identities;
  • Recognize their strengths and acknowledge areas for further growth;
  • Understand the importance of needing support and seeking it;
  • Cultivate their passions; and
  • Foster the public good.

DSP is dedicated to giving students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in the University’s programs, courses and activities. DSP provides accommodations at no cost to any student who has a documented disability as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and other applicable laws. Accommodations are intended to mitigate the impact of a disability and afford students equitable access to participate in the University's programs, courses, and activities.

Position Summary

The Accommodations Specialist will review supporting documentation and requests for accommodations from students, rendering opinions on appropriate accommodations with a focus on students who have sensory disabilities, mobility loss and those with print disabilities. They will also orient, support and provide guidance to students and their families about the disability accommodations process at the University, and appropriate use of accommodations. In addition, the successful candidate will assist students to learn more about assistive technology (AT) solutions and resources, such as computer screen readers, dictation software, alternate format texts, classroom aids and other technology solutions. This position will manage the Universities alternate format text program and collaborate with faculty and staff, and departments such as the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL), the Instructional Design team in the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) and Information Technology (IT). The position will report to the Associate Director of the of the Disability Services Program (DSP) and will serve as an interactive member of the DSP accommodation review team including assisting with other department responsibilities and tasks as assigned

Essential Functions

  • Review and determine eligibility for accommodation from enrolled students by working directly with students to gather additional information, provide information about the request process and orient students to processes and procedures for approved accommodations.
  • Attend and collaborate in bi-weekly accommodation review team meetings to achieve a considered review of difficult or complex requests for accommodation and/or work to identify efficiencies and/or solutions to accommodation related concerns.
  • Monitor and update the DSP departmental website proactively to ensure that content is current, compliant with accessibility standards and pages are free of errors.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to teach and provide in person trainings, workshops and present information effectively and respond to questions from individuals (staff, faculty, students, parents and other professionals).
  • Ability to compute rates, ratios, and percentages. Ability to apply concepts and analyze relevant data such as percentage ratios and proportions to practical solutions.
  • Ability to problem solve hardware and software conflicts.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists while working within strict deadlines and providing timely responses to students, faculty and other constituents.
  • Employee must have the ability to work independently and as part of a cohesive team.
  • Employee must demonstrate a commitment to the principles of inclusive excellence and diversity

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution such as Psychology, Counseling, School Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, Education, Social Work, Higher Education, Special Education, Assistive Technology, Instructional Technology, Rehabilitation Engineering, Occupational Therapy or related field.
  • 2 years of experience working with persons with disabilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to review and interpret psychoeducational evaluations and other forms of supporting documentation provided to accompany requests for accommodation. This can be demonstrated through coursework, work experience or a combination.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree
  • Experience with reviewing and evaluating documentation to determine accommodations in a higher education or employment setting.
  • One or more years supervision experience in a postsecondary setting.
  • 1-year experience with Assistive Technology such as screen readers (i.e. Kurzweil, JAWS), Dragon Naturally Speaking, Braille translation software, Smart Pens, etc.
  • Experience interpreting federal laws and regulations governing the provision of services to persons with disabilities including the ADA and Sections 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • Experience with Accommodate or other disability accommodation tracking software and/or Banner.
  • Knowledge of learning theory, assessment, instructional design and Universal Design for Learning concepts.
  • Certification in the area of Adaptive Technology, such as RESNA Certification as an Assistive Technology Professional, Adobe PDF Accessibility Trainer.

Working Environment

1. Standard office environment.
2. Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.
3. Noise level is moderate.

Physical Activities

1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 25 lbs.

Work Schedule
Work onsite Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm (some nights and weekends)

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on March 9, 2020.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Range:
Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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