Disability Specialist - Disability Resources and Educational Services (A1700271)

Champaign, IL
May 04, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Disability Specialist

Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services

College of Applied Health Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Disability Specialist determines eligibility of services and reasonable accommodations for University of Illinois students with mobility disabilities, systemic disabilities, and other types of disabilities as needed; remains current with federal and state mandates as they relate to college students with disabilities; and consults and serves as a resource with faculty and campus administrators on accommodations and access issues impacting students with disabilities.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Consult with students with disabilities and instructors in the planning, determination, and implementation of academic adjustments, modifications, and auxiliary aids and services as required by Section 504 of the Rehab Act and the ADA 1990.
  • Address physical, programmatic, and attitudinal access issues with other campus administrative and service units relating to the needs of students with disabilities.
  • Collaborate with other DRES staff in the ongoing refinement of internal service policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Provide support services to students such as coaching, vocational counseling, and transition planning.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of disability education training for the Illinois campus.
  • Serve as DRES liaison to other campus agencies as needed.
  • Remain current in the knowledge and understanding of the ADA and 504, as well as OCR and DOE decisions relative to post-secondary services to students with disabilities.
  • Schedule, coordinate, and conduct tours of DRES administrative and service facilities to prospective students, visitors, alumni, AHS interview candidates, faculty/staff, and university officials.
  • Conduct service responsibilities for the College of AHS (ie search committee work, subcommittee membership).
  • Assist in maintaining current information on the DRES website.
  • Supervise undergraduate interns who work at DRES.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience Required

This position requires a master's degree in rehabilitation, occupational therapy, psychology, or a closely related field. Experience working with people with physical disabilities is required. Knowledge of and experience in the delivery of ADAAA/504 mandated post-secondary academic services to students with disabilities, especially with mobility/physical disabilities and chronic health issues. Must be a productive team-player with the ability to deliver a high level of interactive service, develop and maintain collaborative relationships inside and outside of the unit, prioritize effectively, as well as proactively solve problems. Must work well under pressure, have the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously with a great deal of accuracy, possess strong written and verbal communication skills along with exceptional organizational skills. Must demonstrate the ability to work well with students, faculty, and staff at all levels within a diverse, multi-cultural collaborative environment.

Experience in working with high school and college age students regarding transition and mobility issues preferred.

Salary and Appointment Information

This is a full-time, regular (not visiting) academic professional non-tenured position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Procedures and Deadline Information

To ensure full consideration, create a candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your letter of application and resume by May 17, 2017. Online application will also require names and contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. This position requires successful completion of a criminal background investigation.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Mindy Rick at mindy@illinois.edu or 217/333-4600.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu

College Name or Administrative Unit: Applied Health Sciences
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Disability Specialist - Disability Resources and Educational Services (A1700271)
Open Date: 05/03/2017
Organization Name: Student Svc


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