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Accessibility Advisor

Harvard University, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 12, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Special Education, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Deans, Student Affairs, Disabled Student Services, Student Activities & Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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S0356P FSS Student Services Officr II


USA - MA - Cambridge

Business Title

Accessibility Advisor



Salary Grade


Time Status



00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Additional Qualifications and Skills

• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff.

• Demonstrated experience with recognizing challenges, problem-solving, and responding flexibly to situations as they arise.

• Excellent judgment, discretion, and ability to maintain confidentiality of highly sensitive and confidential information in relation to students with disabilities.

• Ability to communicate professionally both verbally and in writing with careful attention to detail.

• Strong organizational skills and expertise in planning, implementing, and evaluating student service/accommodation programs in an academic environment.

The following Additional Qualifications are strongly preferred. If you meet some, but not all, you are still encouraged to apply; we value employees with a willingness to learn.

• Experience in disability services in higher education preferred.

• Applicable knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (Amendments Act) and Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

• Knowledge of, and experience with, state-of-the-art adaptive technology utilization.

• Master's degree in higher education, education, psychology, or another relevant field preferred.

Additional Information

We invite individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities to be a part of our community. To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume via Harvard Careers.

As part of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and the Office of Student Services, the Accessible Education Office is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment. FAS is committed to cultivating not only the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students but also in developing an inclusive culture that is vibrant, engaging and encouraging of innovation as well as intellectual debate. We believe creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace allows employees from all backgrounds and walks of life to achieve their fullest potential. We also believe an inclusive culture is one that accepts, values and views as strength the difference we all bring to the workplace.

This position will be based in Cambridge, MA.

COVID Vaccine Policy: The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated (primary series) against COVID-, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Information . Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: .


Accessible Education Office

Pre-Employment Screening

Education, Identity

Job Function

Faculty & Student Services


Faculty of Arts and Sciences

EEO Statement

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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience
Physical Requirements
  • Sitting using near vision use for reading and computer use for extended periods of time
  • Lifting (approximately 20 to 30 pounds), bending, and other physical exertion
Working Conditions
  • Work is performed in an office setting.
  • Occasional work beyond the standard business hours when necessary to accommodate student needs and requests.
Position Description

The Accessible Education Office (AEO) is seeking an experienced professional with a background working 1-1 with students in an advising, educational, or facilitative role. Accessibility Advisors work directly with disabled students to identify accessibility barriers and implement reasonable accommodations. Working collaboratively on a team, making informed and complex decisions, and having strong communication skills are essential to this position.

As a core member of the AEO staff, and reporting to the Director, the Accessibility Advisor will:

• Be a pro-active resource for students with disabilities in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS); conducting student access meetings; reviewing clinical documentation, determining disability status; devising, implementing, and monitoring accommodation plans; adapting accommodations as needs change

• Coordinate and implement accommodations while cultivating professional relationships with University faculty and staff

• With faculty and academic departments, facilitate the effective, required, and timely delivery of academic materials; confirm accommodation implementation and effectiveness throughout each course

• Represent AEO in meetings pertaining to specific student issues including, facilities, health services, transportation, housing, dining services, and grievances

• Collaborate on program development and delivery including process design, communications, recruitment, finance, content development, event logistics

• Ensure compliance with University policies and procedures and applicable legal rules and regulations

• Contribute to unit goals by accomplishing related duties as required

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

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