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Access & Success Advocate

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Department Code

Disability Srvs Administrative

Job Title
Access & Success Advocate

Syracuse, NY

Pay Range
$51,000 - $54,000

Pay Determination

Pay rates at Syracuse University are based on a combination of factors including, but not limited to, the job responsibilities; the candidate’s education, training, work experience and key competencies; the university’s strategic priorities; internal peer equity; applicable federal, state, local laws, grant funding and contractual requisites; and external market analyses.

Staff Level

FLSA Status


Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type

Syracuse, NY

Unionized Position Code
Not Applicable

Job Description

This position is an 11 month grant funded position

The Access & Success Advocate will require the individual to become familiar with and work in all areas of operations within the Syracuse University Center for Disability Resources ( CDR ), the Student Outreach and Success ( SOS ), and other relevant campus resources that support student success. The individual will work closely with SOS Case Managers and the CDR Access Coordinators to identify and conduct intentional outreach to students with disabilities (SWDs) to address social, emotional, and academic concerns impacting their success and retention. This position will engage with students, faculty, and higher education administrators in the development of effective strategies and intentional programming to retain students with disabilities. It will use a holistic lens it will address institutional barriers through encouraging use of UDL approaches while also directly addressing student social and emotional readiness.

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Master’s degree in Higher Education, Counseling, Special Education, or a related field preferred.
  • Experience working in an educational setting, preferably with college-aged students on a college campus.
Job Specific Qualifications
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, communication and decision-making skills.
  • Critical thinking, the ability to think strategically, and problem-solve.
  • Creative effective strategies to engage other marginalized students and increase overall student participation in CDR programming.
  • Familiarity with learning assessments, assistive technologies, universal design and other disability related strategies and interventions.

Become familiar with and work in all areas of operations within CDR, in order to effectively:
  • Work closely with SOS, International Student Center, HEOP / SSS, Intercultural Collective and other campus partners to identify and conduct intentional outreach to non-white SWDs to address social, emotional, and academic concerns impacting their success and retention.
  • Communicate with faculty and staff on an as-needed basis to support the timely and effective delivery of necessary resources and accommodations.
  • Maintain student records and detailed case notes in Accommodate.
  • Meet with students providing direct academic support and advocacy.
  • Assist in the ongoing development of academic readiness, self-advocacy, and problem-solving skills, including how to engage with faculty.
  • Engage with faculty to promote more inclusive teaching strategies and enhance universal design for learning ( UDL )
  • Develop joint programming with Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Disability Cultural Center, and other relevant areas that address FYS transition and other holistic support initiatives.
  • Participate in pre-welcome and other CDR events and programs.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Physical Requirements




Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

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Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.

EEO Statement

Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

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