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Educational Advisor: Disability Services Access Specialist

Contract Type: 

Student Affairs
Competition Number:     17-4054
Start:     as soon as possible
Workload:     35 hours per week. May include some evenings.
Employment Group:     VIUFA
Position:     00211

 
     Disability Services is a busy, growing department that each year provides academic accommodations and other services to over 900 students with a wide range of disabilities. The department currently invigilates over 1600 accommodated exams per year. Flexibility and creativity are key to ensuring student needs are appropriately met.
 
Duties:    Reporting to the Director of Student Affairs, the Disability Services Access Specialist's primary focus is to work directly with students with disabilities to ensure appropriate accommodation for their physical, emotional, financial and health needs in order to enhance the quality of their learning experience.

Access Specialist's General Duties
Work collaboratively as a team member in providing services to students with disabilities. Provide intake and orientation service for prospective students with disabilities. Direct students with disabilities to appropriate resources available for career and education planning. Provide accurate information about VIU Disability Services to prospective and current students with disabilities, faculty and staff. Review documentation of disabilities and put in place recommended academic accommodations. Accurately record, track and manage student's confidential information. Work with Federal and Provincial Ministry programs for students with disabilities. Assist students with disabilities with applications for financial aid and grants for equipment and services. Refer students with disabilities to AT-BC's programs for adaptive equipment, software, training and repairs as needed. Support and occasionally invigilate exams for students with a disability. Assess the need for alternate format texts. Represent student interests in advocating for inclusion and accommodation of students with disabilities. Participate in departmental meetings, VIU committees, task forces and working groups. Develop internal and external contacts to assist students with disabilities through appropriate referrals. Communicate and consult with instructional departments and faculty regarding support services. Participate in recruitment presentations on campus and in the community. Consult with and make recommendations to administration on issues that affect student success. Provide input in the development, revision and updating of policies and operational procedures. Liaises with VIU staff, faculty, administration and regional campus Student Affairs departments, as well as with Student Aid BC, school districts and community resources with regard to individuals with disabilities. Maintain commitment to professional development.
 
     Successful candidates will participate in a wide range of activities, including, student support; institutional, faculty and departmental committee meetings and other initiatives; and professional activities in keeping with their disciplines in and outside the institution.
 
Required Qualifications:     Master's degree in discipline relevant to disability issues from an accredited institution, e.g. Education, Special Education, Disability Studies, psychology, or Social Work. Recent, relevant experience as well as knowledge of accommodation of disabilities in a post-secondary setting. Demonstrated ability to function as a productive team member. Excellent interpersonal, problem solving and communication skills. Ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced, changing environment. Be able to handle difficult, sensitive situations in a calm manner. Demonstrated ability to provide objective advice and referrals to students with disabilities regarding educational program options as it relates to their abilities. Knowledge and experience with assistive technology commonly used in the post-secondary setting. Knowledge of career planning and basic counselling skills. Sensitivity to a diverse student population. Demonstrated understanding of Aboriginal values and perspectives. Proficient use of computers, word processing and database software.
 
Preferred Qualifications:     Post-secondary experience in Disability Services. Familiarity with BC Colleges, Institutes and University systems, programs, services, policies and procedures. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Vancouver Island University embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent.
 
Please Submit:     CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Copies of transcripts/credentials/qualifications identified on resume
Name and contact information for three people willing to provide a reference

Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.
 
Posting Period:     June 01, 2017 - June 21, 2017
Note:     Vancouver Island University regrets that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Vancouver Island University embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent.

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City: 
Nanaimo Campus
Employer Company: 
Vancouver Island University

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