Student Accommodations Specialist

Topeka, Kansas
Nonexempt low $30K's
Mar 23, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Washburn University is accepting applications for a Student Accommodations Specialist. The faculty and staff are the heart and soul of Washburn University. It is all of us together, engaging our students, that makes us who we are. And, together, we create a brighter future for our students and the region. UPDATE: Position requirements updated 4/14/21.

The Student Accommodations Specialist is responsible for meeting with students to review accommodation requests, facilitate accommodations for students with disabilities, and provide information and support to students with disabilities under appropriate staff direction. 

Essential Functions of the Position: Under the director’s guidance, engage and facilitate the interactive process for providing reasonable accommodations, and consult with students and faculty concerning accommodations to facilitate access to education and programs.  

Respond to requests for reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities

Serve as a resource to the Washburn campus community about providing reasonable accommodations for students and answer inquiries about the University’s accommodation process for student accommodations.

Provide support and information to students with disabilities about available technology aids, scheduling and proctoring tests, organizing note-taking, referrals to appropriate academic and career development resources, and other accommodation-related activities.

Review student requests and documentation provided by medical professionals to determine reasonable accommodations.

Assist staff with offering campus programs and professional development opportunities for faculty and staff to explain the student accommodation process.

Responsible for administrative support activities for the student accommodation process, which may include but are not limited to file maintenance, updating forms, compiling reports, monitoring data entry by student workers, completing state reimbursement forms, and payment vouchers to facilitate payments for goods and services received.

Work with Washburn’s bookstore, the university library, and/or publishers to locate alternate formatted textbooks and other supplies.

Be an actively engaged team member who is aware of the department’s events, programs, and available information to assist and/or direct students to the appropriate staff member or resource as needed or as appropriate.

Serve on the ADA Committee and consult with appropriate staff to provide effective and proper accommodations for students with disabilities as assigned or as appropriate.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree and one year of experience working with students or individuals in an educational setting. Proficient communication skills and the proven ability to build and maintain professional collaborative relationships across an organization. Capable of providing effective individualized prompt assistance while maintaining confidentiality. Ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff. Ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion while utilizing policies and practices to determine the appropriate action. Proficient in Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, or similar software.

Preferred: Master’s degree. Familiar with facilitating the coordination of providing accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Knowledge of assistive technology. Familiarity with student information management systems. Knowledge of assistive technology. Familiarity with student information management systems. Knowledge of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (as amended), or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended), and the Job Accommodation Network (JAN). Experience using Excel, Outlook.

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