University Disability Resources (UDR) provides leadership to University efforts to ensure an accessible, welcoming working and learning environment for individuals with disabilities while ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations. UDR serves as a central resource on disability-related information, procedures and services for the University community and provides expertise in the development, implementation, and acquisition of standard disability-related University practices, procedures and resources.
Reporting to the Associate Director in University Disability Services (UDR) the Accessibility Consultant is a subject matter expert on access as related to disability and best/common practices University-wide. Areas of access may include facilities, technologies, public access, academia, and employment.
The Accessibility Consultant serves as an internal consultant to department/schools/HR/units regarding access and accommodation for programmatic access under the ADA in the compliance areas. Consultancy may range from facility reviews or digital accessibility to the development and delivery of disability related training.
In the area of public access, the Accessibility Consultant will facilitate the accommodation request with the event's accommodation coordinator and with supporting departments such as transportation and parking to ensure access requests are consistently and compliantly addressed. This may include, but not limited to the provision of alternate formats, effective communication, facilities, and signage.
For individual requests, employment & academic, for reasonable accommodation, the Accessibility Consultant will guide the requestor and the local accommodation coordinator through the interactive process and the analysis to arrive as to the appropriate reasonable accommodation(s). Inclusive in this process will be the education of the accommodation coordinator's knowledge and competency to replicate the process for future requests.
This position will review and develop disability-related resources and training for the University. The Accessibility Consultant will assess training/educational needs and develop training materials and customized curricula while applying extensive knowledge of the ADA. The Consultant collaborates with other subject matter experts to make recommendations regarding practice, process, and strategies supporting the mission of UDR.
Harvard Human Resources is committed to enabling Harvard's world changing mission through inclusive excellence in Human Resources practices. We welcome applicants who bring varied experiences, backgrounds, and expertise to advance the work of the department in service to Harvard's mission.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree with 5+ years of progressive experience with ADA compliance in higher education.
Superior communication skills; that is, the ability to write, speak, and present information effectively and persuasively to various audiences.
Ability to research, develop, write, and present guidance at the appropriate level to the backgrounds of the intended audience.
Able to manage competing priorities and timelines while bringing initiatives to completion.
Ability to navigate in a decentralized environment.
Demonstrates the ability to quickly gain attention and respect from others including peers, cross-functional groups, superiors, and subordinates.
Ability to reach the essence of complex problems in a timely matter and generate effective courses of action. Familiarity with assistive technology, resources, and indication for utilization. Provides other related services, as needed.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 51874BR
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