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Accessibility Coordinator

Employer
Husson University
Location
Bangor, ME, ME

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Description

The Accessibility Coordinator provides disability accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Accessibility Coordinator works collaboratively within Accessibility Services and the Division of Online and Distance Education to facilitate access for online students with documented disabilities and provide support to online students in accordance with the mission of Accessibility Services. The Accessibility Coordinator engages with students to conduct intake meetings, coordinate reasonable accommodations, and provide ongoing academic success coaching.

Examples of Duties

The Accessibility Coordinator provides disability accommodations to support online learners requesting accessibility support, coaching, and guidance. The Coordinator engages individually and interactively with students to gather information, assess accessibility requests, provide assistance and referrals for usage of assistive technology and other disability resources, and engages with students in an ongoing manner through academic success coaching.

Supervisory Organization:
The position reports primarily to the Director of Accessibility Services with additional “dotted line” leadership to the Director of Online and Distance Education.

Direct Student Advocacy and Support

  • Engages with students to establish eligibility for Accessibility Services, consults with Director of Accessibility Services to determine reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities, and communicates approved accommodations and additional supports available for students.
  • Provides specialized accessibility support to students requiring alternate format texts and adaptive assistive technology for accessing course content.
  • Coach students through the accommodations request process and the accommodations renewal process.
  • Provide ongoing academic success coaching to students addressing the unique challenges and strengths associated with neurodiversity. Areas to address through coaching may include transition to college, learning strategies, self-advocacy, self-efficacy, time management, social support, and communication.
  • Maintains confidentiality in accordance with FERPA and departmental policy.
  • Office and Team Support
  • Reviews documentation assessing functional limitations of disabilities and identifies appropriate accommodations, supportive resources, and provides outside referrals, consulting with the Director of Accessibility Services on complex requests.
  • Maintains careful and organized record-keeping including maintenance of meeting notes, databases, and student records.
    • Work alongside the Director of Accessibility Services, the Success Coach for Accessibility and Online Division staff to continue growing awareness of student needs through educational opportunities and promoting the work of Accessibility Services and the Online Division.
    Typical Qualifications

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

    Required level:

  • Bachelor’s degree in special education, psychology, rehabilitation counseling, or another related field, and at least one year experience working with college students, students with disabilities, or adults with disabilities. The candidate should be familiar with the ADA, Section 504, and possess an understanding of the needs of college students with disabilities, neurodiverse students, and a basis of reasonable accommodations.
  • Preferred Level:
  • Master’s degree in special education, psychology, rehabilitation counseling, or another related field; Three or more years of progressively responsible experience in accessibility/disability support services, academic advising, or teaching in a higher educational context; a demonstrated history of establishing positive relationships with and advocating for students with disabilities in an academic setting.
  • Supplemental Information

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.
    The employee must be able to use a computer for long periods of time ergonomically; communicate effectively verbally and in writing with students, colleagues and stakeholders; read and review written and electronic documentation; occasional travel to meetings, conferences, or training sessions.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.
    The work environment at Husson University is one of a relaxed professional setting and faculty, staff and students may possibly share workspaces with our students. The noise level in the work environment is typically quiet.

    Husson University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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    Organization


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    Mission Statement:

    Husson University inspires and prepares students for professional careers in current and emerging fields within the context of an education informed by the sciences and humanities.

    The University
    Located in beautiful Bangor, Maine, Husson University is a small school that makes a big impact. With 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students and an average class size of 18, Husson University prides itself on being an institution where everyone focuses on the student. Our students are more than just a number here at Husson.

    We have a long-standing commitment to providing affordable and accessible education. Our faculty members are some of the leading experts in their fields. They include Fulbright scholars and numerous leaders of honorary and professional societies.

    Husson University dining hallWe have a strong focus on experiential learning. In fact, U.S. News & World Report ranked Husson as one of the top 10 institutions in the country for student participation in internships. (2013 and 2014)

    Combined, these attributes have made Husson the “University of Choice” for professional careers in current and emerging fields where students succeed, experiential learning is championed and global understanding is promoted. All of our programs are designed to help students achieve career success. With 54 degree programs and 10 graduate professional programs to choose from, you’ll find Husson graduates in organizations devoted to business, information technology, criminal justice, hospitality, education, healthcare, communications, pharmacy and much more.

    Our warm, welcoming campus community is part of Maine’s third largest city. Bangor is located along the banks of the Penobscot River and is part of the Maine Highlands. It offers local residents the perfect balance of arts, culture, shopping, dining, and entertainment, in a town with one of the lowest urban crime rates in America. Husson is easy to access from I-95 and Bangor International Airport.

    And if you love the great outdoors, Husson offers you four seasons of adventure. Acadia National Park, Baxter State Park, Moosehead Lake Region, and the Camden Hills area are all just a short drive away. Everything from a relaxing day at the beach, to a thrill-packed mountain bike ride in fall foliage, to world-class skiing, is within reach.Husson University dining hall

    If career growth and quality of life are important to you, and if you have a passion for educating the next generation of leaders by transforming students’ lives, then we invite you to learn more about Husson University.

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