Accessibility Services Specialist

California (US)
19 Aug 2020
End of advertisement period
19 Oct 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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Job Summary 
Provide disability-related support services and specialized advising to ensure equitable student participation in the Institute’s educational program. Assist current and prospective students and their families through the process of acquiring appropriate documentation and registering for services. Coordinate, in conjunction with the graduate and undergraduate deans’ office, health and counseling services, Title IX, and other student affairs stakeholders. Provide advocacy, consultation and negotiation with faculty, staff, and other members of the campus community with regard to students with disabilities. Assist in determining individualized accommodations based on individual student needs and Institute policy and procedures, in compliance with applicable law.

Job Duties

  • Conduct intake assessments for Accessibility Services, including review of disability documentation (including but not limited to: psycho-educational assessments, psychological evaluations, medical and other technical documentation), student history of accommodations and current functional limitations of disability. Communicate with health care providers regarding documentation, as necessary
  • Synthesize intake assessment and documentation information to render recommendations for appropriate academic, housing, and meal accommodations in accordance with applicable law and Institute documentation requirements
  • Maintain the confidentiality of student records as required by the Institute's policy and regulations by law. Gather and report necessary data for assessment purposes
  • Interview, vet, and hire tutors and note-takers; coordinate supportive services/auxiliary aids (i.e., interpreters, adaptive/assistive technology)
  • Develop partnerships with campus and community support resources to promote academic success and retention
  • Provide ongoing training, consultation and technical assistance to faculty and staff to facilitate equal access, learning and other opportunities. Participate in an interactive process to resolve professor or student accommodation requests
  • Attend professional trainings, webinars, workshops, committees and community opportunities to stay current with trends related to post-secondary disabilities issues
  • Assist with website updates and other marketing tasks related to Accessibility Services
  • Represents Disability Services as a member on various Institute committees, including the CARE Team
  • Participate in special projects or programming related to disability, access, and inclusion
  • Some after-hours commitments required, including but not limited to orientation, pre-frosh weekend, and other outreach
  • Other duties as assigned 

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, Education or related field
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in working with students on disability services and the reasonable accommodations process within higher education or closely related setting
  • Demonstrated knowledge of disability related laws including, but not limited to, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Federal Fair Housing Act, and Office of Civil Rights (OCR) rulings
  • Commitment to diversity and multicultural competence 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, Education or related field
  • Three or more years of experience in working with students on disability services and the reasonable accommodations process within higher education
  • Demonstrated experience reviewing disability documentation, conducting interactive/iterative processes for determining academic, housing and dining accommodations and providing such accommodations
  • Experience using adaptive technology and software systems and/or interest in learning and training others on commonly used programs (e.g., Read and Write Gold, Kurzweil, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Livescribe pens, FM systems, remote captioning and other technology utilized by students with visual, hearing and print disabilities) 

Required Documents
– Resume

EEO Statement 
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Caltech is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.    

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Disability Accommodations 
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