Towson University is accepting applications for an Accommodations Specialist. This position will support the mission of Disability Support Services in ensuring equal educational access to students with disabilities under Section 504 and ADAAA laws. Under general supervision, is responsible for operational tasks involved in providing accommodations to students registered with Disability Support Services, including test accommodations, assistive technology and conversion of print materials to alternative formats. Work requires specialized knowledge of disabilities, disability accommodations and services, as well as the ability to interact effectively with students with disabilities, faculty and staff.
The Accommodations Specialist is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Testing Services Center. Maintains electronic testing calendar in the DSS Student Accommodation Manager (SAM) database. Collaborates with the Testing Center Coordinator to ensure that tests are administered according to each student's approved accommodations. Troubleshoots issues with test administration, such as resolving technical issues with computers or software, managing student issues pertaining to test anxiety or disability-related symptoms and consulting with faculty regarding questions/problems with individual exams.
This position provides assistive technology accommodations for students with disabilities. Guides students by setting up their exams and accommodations and instructs them on how to use various assistive technology such as Kurzweil, Dragon Dictate, CCTV/Zoomtext, Smart Pens. Responsible for the conversion of text material to digital format in conjunction with the Assistive Technology Coordinator. Provides administrative support to the Testing Services Center and DSS. Utilizes various software including PeopleSoft, Student Accommodation Manager (SAM), and Microsoft Office. Trains and oversees student workers (test proctors) in conjunction with the Testing Center Coordinator. Participates in DSS programs and activities as well as represents DSS at various University events.
Bachelor's degree and two years of experience in administrative staff work. General knowledge pertaining to operating a college testing center and working with college students with disabilities. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; interacts effectively with on-campus and off-campus parties in a courteous and efficient manner, exercises discretion, tact and judgment. Ability and interest in working as part of an office team; understands and follows oral and written instructions, and follows up independently as needed. Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and execute multiple and continuing assignments with general instructions.
Except for qualifications established by law, additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the work of the job class may be substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience.
Preferred: Knowledge of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.
Salary and Benefits
$39,732 annually and full University benefits that include annual leave, up to 14 holidays, personal and sick days; excellent health, life, and retirement plans; and tuition remission. Applicants with TU or USM service may receive salary credit. To learn more about our benefits, click here.
This position will be open for a minimum of 14 days. Cover letter and resume requested, but not required.
Internal Number: 190000II
About Towson University
The largest comprehensive university in the Baltimore area, Towson University is nationally recognized for its excellent programs in the arts and sciences, communications, business, health professions, education, fine arts and computer information systems. Located in suburban Towson, eight miles north of Baltimore, our beautifully landscaped, 328-acre setting offers a pleasant environment for study and a diverse campus life, as well as easy access to a wealth of university and community resources. Towson University's educational experience branches out to off-campus locations throughout Maryland, including a number of online options. Our many interdisciplinary partnerships with public and private organizations throughout Maryland provide opportunities for research, internships and jobs. Towson University is a founding member of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU).