Accessibility Specialist - Office of Accessibility Services (Remote)
The Office of Accessibility Services at West Virginia University is currently accepting applications for an Accessibility Specialist.
About the Opportunity
This position interacts with students, parents, various professionals, and other stakeholders to educate and inform them of the services available through the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) at West Virginia University (WVU) as well as the policies and procedures to access these services.
We strongly believe in work-life balance and keeping time for things we love outside our work. WVU offers generous benefits, including:
- 13 paid holidays (staff holiday calendar)
- 24 annual leave (vacation) days per year
- 18 sick days per year, and the flexibility to use that time to care for immediate family members
- WVU offers a range of health insurance and other benefits
- 401(a) retirement savings with 6% employee contribution match
- Wellness programs
What You'll Do
- Review and analyze documentation (medical, psychological, etc.,) submitted in support of a student's request for a disability related accommodation to determine eligibility for services within OAS's policies and procedures.
- Engage in an interactive process with student, parents, various professionals, and other stakeholders to gain clarity of the functional limitations caused by the disability in relation to the requested accommodation.
- Determine required accommodations by triangulating information from written documentation, student, parents, various professionals, and other stakeholders.
- Authorize disability related academic accommodations as requested by the student within each academic class.
- Communicate and coordinate with faculty authorized academic accommodations.
- Consult with student, administration, faculty, and staff as needed in relation to the implementation of disability related accommodations.
- Accurately and punctually record case notes and pertinent data with the SAMM database about each interaction related to the student services, the provision of accommodations, and related communication.
- Compile and maintain student's electronic records which include: documentation, completed forms, releases, and related records for sequencing and verification of services.
- Participate and contribute to planning, coordinating, and authorizing accommodations, activities, and services with other OAS staff to assure consistency of information and services.
- Review, evaluate, and consult on architectural and programmatic accommodation issues.
- Refer clients to various other WVU services as well as local and state agencies, etc. as necessary.
- Participate and present at various meetings, committees, councils, conferences, and workshops.
- Assist in program development and training activities.
- Safeguard confidentiality of student records.
- Adhere to all established rules, regulations laws and appropriate ethical standards as related to their employment.
- Demonstrate knowledge of federal, state, and local rules, regulations, laws, HIPAA, FERPA, ADA, FHA, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
- Complete procedural documentation appropriately.
- Demonstrate a professional code of ethics.
- Engage in continuing education and professional growth activities related to providing students in the post-secondary appropriate disability related accommodations.
- Apply and share knowledge gained from professional learning activities.
- Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Workforce, Counseling. Psychology, Education, Special Education, or related field required.
- At least one (1) year of experience working in a disability services related unit in high education (i.e., counseling/clinical skills is preferred.) Experience obtained in graduate school is accepted.
- Experience working with students with disabilities at the higher education level preferred.
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of medical, psychological, and technical evaluation of disabilities.
- Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws regarding access for people with disabilities.
- Knowledge of basic electronic file formats, file types and compression- types.
- Knowledge of the University policies and programs related to accessibility services.
- Knowledge of University/community resources for people with disabilities.
- Knowledge of medical, psychological, psychiatric and legal terminology.
- Skill in developing and delivering specialized professional consultations and training on disability issues.
- Skill working with Individuals with a wide range of disabilities including psychiatric, attention, learning, vision, hearing and mobility disabilities
- Skills in analyzing requests for reasonable accommodation and developing and implementing plans for the provision of reasonable accommodations.
- Skill with counseling, clinical skills and case management skills.
- Skill with personal computers and related software such as word processing, databases and spreadsheets.
- Ability to communicate effectively with and understand the needs of persons with disabilities and others serving students within the University community.
- Ability to observe, assess and record symptoms, reactions and progress of students with disabilities.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality standards and protocols.
- Ability to assess students possible needs for academic accommodation, assistive technology and provide referral resources if
- Ability to travel to all campuses within the WVU system as well as throughout assigned campus.
At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.
From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley - the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.
Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.
To learn more about West Virginia University, visit go.wvu.edu. View current career opportunities at careers.wvu.edu.
West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.