Accessibility Services Specialist
Amherst College invites applications for the Accessibility Services Specialist position. The Accessibility Services Specialist is a full time, year round position, job group and level PT-3.The Accessibility Services Specialist implements 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.
The Specialist assists 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. The Specialist may assist in the development, enforcement and 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.
Takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
- Responding to the inquires of prospective students, current students, parents, faculty and staff
- Reviewing and interpret diagnostic evaluations, including medical documentation, psychological and neurological psychology reports, Individualized Education Plans (IEP's) and Section 504 Plans
- Meeting 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
- Providing 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
- Maintaining appropriate documentation and confidential record systems for those served by the office
- Serving 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; or equivalent experience
- 4 years of related experience
- Acumen and experience working with a diverse population
- Strong written and verbal, interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills
- Proficient in MS Office
- Attention to detail
- Current Certification of Rehabilitation Counseling
- 2 years of experience working with students with designated disabilities
Interestedcandidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. Review of applications will continue until position is filled.
ABOUT AMHERST COLLEGE
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!