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Access Specialist

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, Virginia
Disability and Accessibility Services

Job Description

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) assists the university with its mission of promoting students' academic success, personal growth, and development of life skills. SSD works to ensure that students with disabilities receive equal access to curricular and co-curricular opportunities in the university community, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008.

Reporting to the associate director, the Access Specialist serves as a full-time administrative/professional faculty member. The access specialist provides direct services to students and families seeking information on disability resources, coordinates the interactive process for reasonable accommodation requests, and assist with office tasks. The Access Specialist must demonstrate a commitment to equity, knowledge about disability services, and appreciation for human diversity.

Core Responsibilities:

Maintain a caseload to include direct services, reviewing documentation, establishing eligibility, determining appropriate student accommodations, assisting with problem solving, and communicating among faculty, staff, parents and students.

Independently and collaboratively determine reasonable accommodations for students in university programs in a clear, well-documented, timely, and effective manner.

Ensure and assist with the implementation of accommodations such as note taking, alternate text requests, furniture coordination and accommodated exams.

Maintain accurate records.

Collaborate with campus partners and coordinate SSD participation in the Workforce Recruitment Program

Participate in the continued development and refinement of SSD operations

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will possess:

Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent amount of experience working in disability services in higher education.

Experience communicating effectively with multiple stakeholders

Experience working in the field of disability services, rehabilitation services, higher education, social work, etc.

Strong organizational skills to effectively manage multiple requests and competing deadlines

Preferred Qualifications

Experience providing individual and/or small group instruction to students

Demonstrated ability convey complex technical information to both technical and non-technical audiences.

Appointment Type


Review Date

May 5, 2021

Additional Information

Student Affairs at Virginia Tech fosters a community where each student creates a customized experience to meet their goals. Building on our motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidate who adopt and practice our Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our ongoing efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth. We are actively seeking people to join our community and help us prepare leaders for the world. Our people in Student Affairs are committed to student well-being and assuring that all students Experience VT by demonstrating, supporting, and operationalizing our Aspirations for Student Learning. If you are someone dedicated to ensuring student success, then we want you to consider being a part of our team!

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Nikeshia Arthurat nikeshia@vt.eduduring regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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