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Accessibility Services Specialist

Job description

Amherst College invites applications for the Accessibility Services Specialist position. Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst's students are Pell Grant recipients; 45 percent of our studentsidentify as domestic students of color. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

The Accessibility Services Specialist is a full-time, year round position, job group and level PT-3 and reports to the Director of Accessibility Services. The Accessibility Services Specialist will implement services for students with disabilities, focusing primarily on students under the mandates of Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, MA State laws and Amherst College policies.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist in the management of a comprehensive program of services to meet the needs of the students with a disability within the framework of the federal regulations, current accepted learning theories, established best practices and available financial resources
  • Assist in the development, enforcement and regular evaluation of policies and practices to ensure institutional compliance with Amherst College's mission, the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, The American with Disabilities Act (1990), the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act (2008), and other federal, state and local laws/regulations pertaining to persons with disabilities in collaboration with legal counsel
  • Facilitate the inquires of prospective students, current students, parents, faculty and staff
  • Review and interpret diagnostic evaluations, including medical documentation, psychological and neurological psychology reports, Individualized Education Plans (IEP's) and Section 504 Plans
  • Meet with students individually to assess accommodations, counsel them on specific (student identified) barriers and manage student progress to ensure the ability to learn and live on campus successfully
  • Provide training and ongoing education and consultation/collaboration opportunities for administrators, faculty and staff designed to increase the awareness and responsiveness of the campus community to the needs of students with disabilities
  • Maintain appropriate documentation and confidential record systems for those served by the office
  • Serve as an alternate member of the Care Team


  • Master's degree in the fields of Rehabilitation Counseling/Disability Studies, Higher Education, Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or Education, or related field
  • Four years of professional experience working with persons with designated disabilities and program coordination to include two years working with students
  • Acumen and experience working with a diverse population
  • Strong written, verbal, interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills
  • Proficient in MS Office
  • Attention to detail

  • Current Certification of Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Master's degree may substitute for 2 years of required experience

Interestedcandidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.

Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!
Amherst College does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs and activities on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity), age, disability, genetic information, military service, or any other characteristic or class protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. Amherst College complies with all state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Inquiries should be addressed to the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Amherst College, P.O. Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002-5000.





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Posted: 12/27/2017
Application Due: 2/25/2018
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