The Access Consultant arranges reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities or health conditions to ensure access to courses, programs, facilities, services, and activities on campus. This position works in collaboration with students, instructors and staff on campus to improve access and awareness of barriers in the University community. This position provides ongoing consultation and support to instructors, staff and their departments. This position serves students and their instructors and programs as well as guests on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campuses. This position reports to a Manager or the Associate Director of Student Access in the Disability Resource Center.
Direct Service (70%)
An essential function of the Access Consultant position is to identify disability or health impacts and environmental barriers, and determine reasonable accommodations to facilitate access and participation in all aspects of the University. This includes discussing access, inclusion, and reasonable accommodations with programs, instructors, and others on campus. Features of this work include:
Engaging in timely communication with students, instructors, program administrators and other stakeholders. Communication may include in-person, phone and written communication.
Working with students to obtain documentation to inform the understanding of barriers and impacts and the need for reasonable accommodations.
Assisting students in understanding their legal rights and responsibilities, and promoting student self-advocacy, independence and development.
Providing developmental support to students’s understanding of disability impacts and barriers in an educational environment.
Maintaining confidentiality in verbal and written communications.
Assisting course instructor and administrators in identifying essential learning outcomes of a course, program, or curriculum.
Assessing the interaction of the student’s barriers with the learning environment and developing a plan for reasonable accommodations.
Coordinating the provision of reasonable accommodations as identified through the interactive process.
Facilitating problem-solving groups with students, instructors, and other stakeholders.
Facilitating communication between faculty, staff, and students with disabilities.
Providing general career development and job seeking skill instruction as needed.
Documenting and maintaining up-to-date, accurate case records in the electronic database.
Outreach, Institutional support and professional development (30%)
Pursuing their own professional development, providing outreach, training and institutional support to the University community are essential job functions for this position. In consultation and with approval from management, the Access Consultant engages in these activities:
Providing on-going consultation and problem-solving assistance to University of Minnesota personnel and departments when the following issues are at play: access and reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and medical conditions in relation to essential learning outcomes and legal compliance obligations.
Participating in University committees, task forces, networks and liaisons to advance the development of the Disability Resource Center and the University of Minnesota.
In Consultation with management, providing information to Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) and/or the General Counsel (GC) related to student complaints or investigations; consulting proactively with these office when significant questions arise.
Providing on-site training (formal and in-formal) to the University and the community on disability-related topics to promote awareness, sensitivity, and competence in ensuring equitable access for employees with disabilities and medical conditions.
Providing guidance to University departments to ensure access and compliance with legislation regarding individuals with disabilities.
Providing information and training on federal and state disability laws regarding access for people with disabilities; specifically ADA and amendments.
Providing consultation/technical assistance on disability or medical issues as needed or requested by individuals and groups at the University.
Maintaining membership and involvement with relevant professional organizations and participating in professional development activities through presentations, publications, attendance at conferences and/or related activities.
Participating in community-based organizations serving individuals with disabilities.
This position is a 12 month continuous position with benefits.
BA/BS with 4 years of relevant experience in the areas of facilitating access for people with disabilities and working with students in higher education
Demonstrated experience in, and an ongoing commitment to, working effectively with and across diverse communities, including specific experience with one or more of the following identities/communities: people of color, including underrepresented groups and new immigrant populations; American Indians; people with both visible and invisible disabilities; women; people of various gender and sexual identities and expressions; and first-generation students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds
Knowledge of federal and state laws regarding access for people with disabilities
Knowledge about disability access and accommodations processes
Knowledge of university environments and processes
Experience in providing consultation on disability issues
Excellent communication and organizational skills
Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, Student Personnel, Counseling, Psychology or a related field
Knowledge and understanding of trends and issues in disability access in a college setting
Knowledge of and experience with inclusive design strategies for learning
Demonstrated ability to effectively meet the demands of multiple stakeholders
Project planning and project management skills
Internal Number: 333136
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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