Skip to main content

This job has expired

Access Advisor, Banacos Academic Center

Westfield State University

View more

Administrative Jobs
Technology, IT Support & Training, Student Affairs, Counseling
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Access Advisor, Banacos Academic Center

About Westfield State University:

In 1839, Westfield State University was founded on the ideals of Horace Mann who sought to improve society through education. We were the first public education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. The spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies contributing to the development of knowledge, skills, and character essential for students to become responsible leaders and engaged citizens.

Westfield State is a highly residential campus with approximately 55% of our 3,100 full-time undergraduate students living on campus. The campus is ideally situated on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts just 30 minutes from the thriving cultural centers of Springfield, Northampton, and Amherst with a selection of museums, theater, collegiate and minor league sports, hiking trails, and restaurants. The University is within 1.5 hours of Boston and Albany and within 3 hours of New York City and the Green Mountain range of Vermont.

Thank You for Your Interest in Becoming a Westfield State Community Member

You are welcome here. You can advance your career and make a difference here. We invite you to bring your whole self and talents to Westfield State University. The University seeks applicants whose record of teaching, student advising, research, and administration positions them to contribute to the everyday practice of our institutional values.

Our Values

Westfield State commits to values that strengthen a common bond among all members of our community and promotes a rich campus environment.
  • Embrace Diversity - We treat all members of our community with dignity and respect.
  • Maintain Excellence and Integrity - We maintain excellence and integrity in all that we do.
  • Collaborate with Each Other - We make decisions in a transparent and collaborative manner.
  • Provide Accessible Education - We commit to providing an accessible, affordable public higher education for all.
  • Build a Strong Community - We are inclusive and ensure equity, supporting the personal development of all community members, and embracing multiple perspectives.
  • Engage the Outside Community - We support civic engagement in local, regional, and global initiatives.

Job Description:

Campus Title: Access Advisor, Banacos Academic Center
State Job Title: Staff Associate
Department: Center for Student Success and Engagement
Job Code: HA5300
FLSA Status: Exempt
Funding: 7115-0100
Bargaining Unit: APA
Job Type: Full Time Permanent
Timeframe: 52 Weeks
Shift: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
Regular Days Off: Saturday and Sunday (some nights and weekends will be required to attend campus events)
Supervision Received: Reports to the Director of the Banacos Academic Center.
Supervision Exercised: The Access Advisor may supervise student staff, hourly staff, graduate assistants and office interns.
Salary: $55,000.00 to $63,000.00 (Salary commensurate with education and experience)

General Statement of Duties: The Access Advisor is responsible for facilitating access to courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities for students with disabilities. The Advisor engages in the interactive process to determine and provide reasonable accommodations; develops and implements best practices in promoting inclusive design; and assesses service efficacy. Applying independent judgment and expertise, the Access Advisor collaborates with students, faculty and administrators across campus to improve accessibility of the campus through the delivery of programs and services that promote inclusion.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties include but not limited to:

Direct Services:
  • Collaborates with students to identify barriers to full participation in the curricular and co-curricular environments, and determine appropriate accommodations.
  • Coordinates the provision of reasonable accommodations in consultation with students, faculty and staff and notifies students, faculty and staff of student accommodations every semester/session.
  • Independently reviews, collects and maintains disability documentation presented by students as a tool in assessing access and planning individual strategies.
  • Maintains appropriate records by documenting communication with and regarding students, and recording recommended courses of action or accommodations.
  • Communicates with outside entities such as school districts, medical providers, therapists, psychiatrists, etc. when assisting students with securing disability-related documentation.
  • Continuously tracks and monitors student accommodations and documentation to ensure compliance.
  • Provides consultation, information, resources and referral to prospective families, students with disabilities, and University faculty and staff.
  • Actively participates in the continuing development of services, programs and activities.

Institutional Support:
  • Communicates regularly with other offices on campus (Residential Life, Parking, Center for Instructional Technology, Counseling Center, etc.) regarding student accommodations and services.
  • Participates in environmental access work to improve the design of curricular, information, physical and co-curricular environments.
  • Provides consultation throughout the University on universal design, social construction of disability, and the intersections of disability with campus environments.
  • Attends Admission, New Student Orientation and other campus events.
  • Participates on University committees, tasks forces, and networks, and serves a liaison role with other departments.

Professional Activity:
  • Engages in ongoing professional development to maintain and enhance working knowledge of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other appropriate laws pertaining to higher education and disability and best practices in advising, disability services and higher education.
  • Maintains membership in relevant professional organizations.


Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree in the field of Counseling, Social Work, Disability Services Administration in Higher Education or closely related field.
  • Two years of experience in higher education disabilities related service or commensurate experience.
  • Knowledge of models of disability and inclusive educational design in higher education.
  • Prioritization, collaboration skills, maintaining confidentiality and working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Knowledge of the application of federal and state laws that provide for an accessible higher education experience for students with disabilities.
  • Strong written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Skilled at developing and delivering professional presentations and workshops.
  • Working knowledge of common computer application.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's Degree in the field of Counseling, Social Work, Disability Services Administration in Higher Education or closely related field.

Additional Information:


Salaries for current Westfield State University employees and individuals currently working for the state of Massachusetts must be calculated individually in accordance with collective bargaining agreements as well as state policies. State job specifications may be found on the Department of Higher Education's webpage.

Employee Benefits:

Benefits are an important component of an employee's total compensation package.
  • Health Insurance: Westfield State offers a variety of HMO, POS, and PPO-type health insurance plans for eligible employees with coverage effective on the 1st of the month following the 60 days of employment.
  • Retirement: the MA State Employee Retirement System provides eligible employees with a retirement pension following a 10-year vesting period. In lieu of the retirement pension, eligible employees may select the Optional Retirement Plan with a maximum 5% employer matching contribution.
  • Tuition Waivers & Discounts: eligible employees, including spouses and dependent children, receive reduced tuition at MA state colleges, community colleges, and universities.
  • Paid Time Off: employees receive 11 paid holidays and generous vacation, personal, and sick leave benefits.
  • Additional information regarding employee benefits is available on the University's Benefits & Wellness webpage.

Disability Accommodations

Westfield State University is committed to the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities and will ensure the availability of reasonable accommodations. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact Human Resources at (413) 572-8809 or visit us in the Horace Mann Building, 1st floor.

Background Check

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion and review of a background check. A criminal record will not automatically disqualify an applicant from consideration.

Application Instructions:

An on-line application is required. The successful candidate must submit an official transcript at the time of hire. Interested candidates should electronically attach the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact information for three references *
  • Copy of unofficial transcript of highest degree

* Provide the contact information for reference providers in the reference section of the online application.

Deadline: The job posting will be open a minimum of ten days and, if needed, will remain open until finalists have been selected.

NOTE: If you need assistance completing your application please contact our online Help Desk. The link to the help desk can be found at the top of the page via Contact Us.

To apply, visit

Copyright ©2022 Inc. All rights reserved.

Posted by the FREE value-added recruitment advertising agency jeid-b754dbd62aa6d84e89f2a1123209e7ce




Westfield is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, creed or economic status.



Founded in 1838 by educational reformer and political leader Horace Mann, Westfield State was the first co-educational college in America dedicated to free, public education for teaching professionals without regard to race, creed or gender.


The College today calls upon this rich tradition of practical innovation as it develops and refines relevant and rewarding fields of study, opportunities for service, and global experiences. Westfield's residential nature and beautiful setting at the base of the Berkshire Mountains offers every student a rich, classic college experience.

Athletics, superb outdoor recreation, 100+ student clubs and organizations, international studies, leadership opportunities, national and international guest speakers, and close connections with the city of Westfield lend a collegial air to the future-focused Westfield learning community.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert