Consultant, Access (Multiple Positions)
Posting Number: req6175
Department: Disability Resource Center
Location: Main Campus
Address: 1224 E Lowell Street, Tucson, AZ 85721 USA
The Access Consultant works directly with students to understand disability-related barriers they may experience on campus and respond to requests for reasonable accommodation. Each Access Consultant serves as a primary point of contact for a particular academic college or program so they can build relationships with its instructors and academic advisors so they can understand program and course requirements.
Access Consultants play a critical role in facilitating the University's commitment to inclusion, specifically compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which provides us an important foundation to address disability-related barriers. Informed by universal design, Access Consultants prioritize the most seamless and equitable ways to ensure access.
Access Consultants communicate and consult with a range of constituents, including students, faculty, and parents. In their outreach, Access Consultants have the opportunity to educate around how we can move beyond compliance to achieve meaningful inclusion on campus.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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Duties & Responsibilities
- Collaborate with students and faculty to identify disability-related barriers to full participation in campus experiences, including, courses, activities, programs and services
- Determine and coordinate reasonable and effective accommodations
- Problem-solve individual situations and requests
- Proactively communicate with faculty and instructors about their course design to understand how best to eliminate disability-related barriers
- Provide consultation, information, resources and referral to disabled students, faculty and staff members
- Review, collect and maintain disability documentation presented by students as part of the process to help determine reasonable accommodation
- Maintain appropriate records by documenting communication with and regarding students, courses and instructors in departmental database; record recommended actions or accommodations and curricular information
- Utilize professional communication with students, faculty and staff regarding accommodation recommendations or concerns
- Participate actively in the continuing development of DRC services, programs and activities
- Keep abreast of national, state, and local disability-related issues
- Maintain appropriate confidentiality in verbal and written communications
- Provide consultation to University community on universal design, social construction of disability, and intersections of disability with campus environments
- Participate on University committees, task forces, and networks and serve a liaison role with other departments, as appropriate
- Maintain membership with relevant professional organizations.
- Participate in professional development activities through presentation, publications, attendance at conferences and/or related activities
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Knowledge of disability studies, models of disability, inclusive educational design and their application to higher education. Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
- Knowledge of disability studies, models of disability, inclusive educational design and their application to higher education
- Skill at developing and delivering professional presentations and workshops
- Working knowledge of common computer applications (e.g. Microsoft Office and databases)
- Demonstrated knowledge of making effective campus and community referrals
- Ability to build, maintain professional relationships and work collaboratively on a team
- Strong ability to assess a situation and problem-solve appropriately
- Bachelor's degree in Disability Studies, Education, Sociology, Psychology or related field
- Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience is required
- Professional experience in higher education or disability services
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40
Job FTE: 1.0
Work Calendar: Fiscal
Job Category: Organizational Administration
Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits
Rate of Pay: $48,000
Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)
Career Stream and Level
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Number of Vacancies: 4
Contact Information for Candidates
Open Until Filled: Yes
Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter
At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.