Accessibility Advisor

Job description

Accessibility Advisor

Date Posted: 02/19/2021
Req ID: 2734
Faculty/Division: UofT Mississauga
Department: UTM: Accessibility Services
Campus: University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)


About us:

The university’s second largest division, U of T Mississauga has 17 academic departments and offers 156 programs in 92 areas of study. Home to approximately 15,000 students and over 1,000 faculty and staff, the campus houses the Mississauga Academy of Medicine, Centre for Medicinal Chemistry and Institute for Management and Innovation. With its distinctive interdisciplinary programs such as forensic sciences and biomedical communications, U of T Mississauga offers a broad array of continuing education programs and professional masters programs. Established in 1967, the campus features award-winning architecture, robust community partnerships and a dynamic student environment set amongst 225 acres along the Credit River in Mississauga.

Your opportunity:

Accessibility Services provides academic accommodations and services for students with disabilities and promotes a fully integrated university experience by ensuring that students have the opportunity to access and participate in all areas of student life. In partnership with a variety of Student Affairs and Academic departments, Accessibility Services provides comprehensive programming throughout each student’s university career to foster greater resiliency and promote the development of knowledge and skills that are transferrable to their future goals.

Under the general direction of the Director, the Accessibility Advisor is a case manager responsible for developing, facilitating and coordinating the delivery of a comprehensive range of services and supports for students whose primary services are required due to a mental health disability with co-morbid conditions (e.g., mobility, sensory or learning disability).

Using a holistic approach, the specialist works with an ethno-culturally and academically diverse student population performing an assessment of students’ needs during a clinical interview, ensuring that appropriate documentation has been received, reviewing and assessing confidential medical/psychological documentation; assesses, plans, implements, evaluates and adapts accommodations based on the student’s individual disability-related needs; assists the students in self-monitoring the effectiveness of accommodations; making referrals to internal and external supports as appropriate. Facilitates the student’s knowledge about his/her disability, addressing the strengths and challenges the disability bringsto their academic pursuits and daily life activities; determines if assistive technology would assist the student, referring when required; assesses recommends, and provides appropriate documentation to support the use of funding for disability-related expenses.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Providing case management support to students requiring the coordination of multiple services
  • Determining the reasonability of an accommodation in relation to a student's disability
  • Counselling students on health issues related to their learning and the effects of their disability
  • Researching and recommending alternative approaches and possible accommodation solutions as part of the duty toaccommodate
  • Advising course instructors and staff on student accommodations issues
  • Writing confidential student accommodation summaries
  • Approving disability related educational expenses through the OSAP Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD)
  • Delivering presentations to promote programs, opportunities and/or initiatives

+Essential Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in counselling/psychotherapy or social work and/or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum four years of case management experience working with adults with mental health disabilities.
  • Three years of experience dealing with persons in emotional distress or conflict.
  • Demonstrated experience in assessing disability related needs.
  • Experience in developing, implementing and monitoring accommodation plans for persons with disabilities and possessing a thorough understanding of disability issues.
  • An understanding of disability and social equity issues in the post-secondary environment.
  • Computer fluency (e.g. Microsoft Word; Excel).
  • Excellent reading, oral and written communication skills.
  • Critical thinking and interpersonal skills.
  • Must have a commitment to the principles of equity and inclusion and be able to demonstrate an understanding of the implications of disabilities as they relate to a student’s success at university and in a broader context.
  • Must understand the strengths and challenges of adults with disabilities and have knowledge of cultural views of disability.
  • Ability to exercise initiative, tact, discretion, problem solving skills and to work under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to respond calmly and efficiently in crisis situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize knowledge and display sound judgment, attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and within an inter-disciplinary team environment.
  • Knowledgeable about general academic structure of a University and the specific requirements of academic courses and programs.

Assets (Nonessential):

  • Post-secondary environment experience is preferred.

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Adaptable
  • Communicator
  • Diplomatic
  • Organized
  • Proactive
  • Problem solver

Closing Date: 03/02/2021, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Budget - Term
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:
USW Pay Band 13 -- $74,041 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $94,687. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Student Services

Please note this is an 18 month term position with the possibility of renewal.

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

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Job No:
Posted: 2/20/2021
Application Due: 2/28/2021
Work Type: Full Time