Accessibility Specialist - Office of Accessibility Services - WVU Keyser
The Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) at WVU Keyser (Potomac State College) is seeking applications for an Accessibility Specialist. Accessibility Specialists meet individually with students to review their documentation and to discuss student needs. Specialists authorize appropriate accommodations and instruct students on how to implement those accommodations in their classes at WVU.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate:
- Interacts with students, parents, various professionals, and other stakeholders to educate and inform them of the services available through the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) at West Virginia University (WVU) as well as the policies and procedures to access these services;
- Reviews and analyzes documentation (medical, psychological, etc.,) submitted in support of a student’s request for a disability related accommodation to determine eligibility for services within OAS’s policies and procedures;
- Engages in an interactive process with student, parents, various professionals, and other stakeholders to gain clarity of the functional limitations caused by the disability in relation to the requested accommodation;
- Determines required accommodations by triangulating information from written documentation, student, parents, various professionals, and other stakeholders;
- Authorizes disability related academic accommodations as requested by the student within each academic class;
- Communicates and coordinates with faculty authorized academic accommodations;
- Consults with student, administration, faculty, and staff as needed in relation to the implementation of disability related accommodations;
- Accurately and punctually record case notes and pertinent data with the SAMM database about each interaction related to the student services, the provision of accommodations, and related communication;
- Compile and maintains student’s electronic records which include: documentation, completed forms, releases, and related records for sequencing and verification of services;
- Participates and contributes to planning, coordinating, and authorizing accommodations, activities, and services with other OAS staff to assure consistency of information and services;
- Reviews, evaluates, and consults on architectural and programmatic accommodation issues;
- Refers clients to various other WVU services as well as local and state agencies, etc. as necessary;
- Participates and presents at various meetings, committees, councils, conferences, and workshops;
- Assists in program development and training activities;
- Safeguard confidentiality of student records;
- Adhere to all established rules, regulations laws and appropriate ethical standards as related to their employment;
- Demonstrate knowledge of federal, state, and local rules, regulations, laws, HIPAA, FERPA, ADA, FHA, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973;
- Complete procedural documentation appropriately;
- Demonstrate a professional code of ethics;
- Engages in continuing education and professional growth activities related to providing students in the post-secondary appropriate disability related accommodations;
- Apply and share knowledge gained from professional learning activities;
- Completes other relevant tasks assigned by the Assistant Director of Accessibility Accommodations.
- Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Workforce, Counseling. Psychology, Education, Special Education, or related field required.
- One (1) year experience working in a disability services unit in higher education. Counseling or clinical skills are preferred. Experience obtained in graduate school is accepted.
- Knowledge of the principles, practices, and terminology used in the medical, psychological, and technical evaluation of disabilities.
- Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws regarding access for people with disabilities.
- Knowledge of University policies, programs, and resources related to accessibility services.
- Skill with counseling, case management, and delivery of specialized professional consultation related to disability issues.
- Skill working with individuals with a range of disabilities, including psychiatric, attention, learning, vision, hearing, and mobility disabilities.
- Skill with basic word processing software, databases, and spreadsheets.
- Ability to observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress of students with disabilities.
- Ability to analyze requests for accommodation and develop plans for the provision of reasonable accommodations.
- Ability to communicate effectively with persons with disabilities and other members of the University community.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality standards.
- Ability to travel to all campuses within the WVU system.
At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.
From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley — the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.
Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.
To learn more about West Virginia University, visit go.wvu.edu. View current career opportunities at careers.wvu.edu.
West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.
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