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Accessibility Services Advisor
DATE:   10/7/2019
JOB TITLE:   Accessibility Services Advisor
JOB STATUS:   Full Time Seasonal (10 months)
FLSA STATUS:   Exempt
TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:   Accessibility Services Coordinator
DEPARTMENT:   Office of Academic Support
SECTOR:   Academic Affairs

SUMMARY:

Under general supervision, the Accessibility Services Advisor will assist the Coordinator of Accessibility Services in determining and providing reasonable and appropriate academic and non-academic accommodations for registered students with disabilities. The Accessibility Services Advisor will provide transitional support  for incoming first-year students with documented disabilities and students who are identified as academically at-risk, including conditionally admitted freshmen and students on academic status.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
  • Analyze documentation of disability and determine reasonable academic and non-academic accommodations for registered students with disabilities;
  • Coordinate the provision of academic and non-academic accommodations for registered students with disabilities and serve as a liaison between faculty, staff and other university personnel. Accommodations may include testing accommodations, notetaking assistance, alternate format of print materials, disability-related housing requests and other accommodations as requested;
  • Provide ongoing transition support to first-year students with disabilities through progress conferencing activities and provide support to students who are identified as academically at risk including conditionally admitted freshmen and students on academic status both with and without disabilities;   
  • Provide information about disability related services to prospective and current students, parents, faculty and others as requested;
  • Assist in identifying and developing new and/or updated policies and procedures, in writing and online, which address the emerging needs of students with disabilities;
  • Attend and participate in OAS department meetings;
  • Maintain confidentiality of information (including but not limited to: student and employee personal information, student grades, etc.), both during and after their employment with the University.  Any question regarding the confidentiality of material, should be referred to the supervisor.  Any violation shall subject the employee to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

70%    Coordinates the provisions of accommodations for registered students with disabilities by providing ongoing transition support and services. Monitors the academic progress of DSP and ASP students with and without disabilities and maintains appropriate records of support provided;

10%    Determines and develops new and/or updates policies and procedures which address the emerging needs of students with disabilities and assists with the development of written and online materials on support and services for students with disabilities at Niagara University;

10%    Provides information on disability-related support and services to prospective and current students, parents, faculty and others as requested;

5%     Serves as a liaison between students with disabilities and faculty, staff and other university personnel;

5%      Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.


REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
  1. Strong interpersonal, organizational, problem-solving and written and oral communication skills.
  2. In depth knowledge of disability, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
  3. Ability to read and interpret psychological tests as well as other disability-related documentation and determine appropriate accommodations.
  4. Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, databases, assistive technology and spreadsheet management.
  5. Ability to receive telephone calls, respond to inquiries and communicate with others by telephone.
  6. Ability to work nontraditional business hours as needed.
  7. Proficiency at handling various office machines including but not limited to: keyboard, computer, copier and fax machine.
  8. Candidate must be detail-oriented, organized and able to manage administrative tasks including conducting both formal and informal assessments throughout the year.
  9. Excellent judgment and respect for confidentiality.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  1. Experience working with students on the autism spectrum
  2. Experience working with students with mental health conditions / diagnoses

ERGONOMIC REQUIREMENTS:

The functions of the position usually performed standing, but may require some amount of time sitting. Some amount of stooping, kneeling, bending, crouching, lifting, walking, running, carrying and other movements may be required. Tasks involving working on a computer keyboard, computer software applications, involve extensive wrist and hand movement. All individuals are required to be able to perform these tasks without significant risk of injury to themselves or others.



QUALIFICATION STANDARDS:
  1. Master's Degree with 1 - 2 years of experience providing accommodations and support, academic advising, and/or mentoring to students with disabilities at the university-level is required.
  2. Candidate must possess understanding of relevant disability law (e.g., the Americans with Disabilities Act), academic support theory and best practices.
  3. Candidate must be detail-oriented, organized and able to mange administrative tasks including conducting both formal and informal assessments throughout the year;
  4. Excellent judgement and respect for confidentiality.


Non Discrimination/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Policy:

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with our Catholic mission, Niagara University is committed to providing equal employment and educational opportunities and will not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex (gender), national origin, religious preference, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristic, status as veteran or disability. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Ryan Thompson, Esq., Title IX Coordinator, Office for Equity & Inclusion, 716-286-8324, rthompson@niagara.edu, www.niagara.edu/oei, Office Location: O’Shea Hall, B27. For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

Niagara University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. A copy of the Student Right to Know Annual Security Report is available at: http://www.niagara.edu/safety
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