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Access Advisor

University of Missouri - Columbia
Columbia, Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jun 12, 2024

Job Details

Hiring Department

A unit within the Division of Student Affairs, the Disability Center serves as a leader in advocating for equal access and inclusion of Mizzou’s students with disabilities. Through collaboration, the Disability Center facilitates the provision of accommodations to students, offers educational programming, and provides consultation to the university community.

Additional information may be found by visiting: Disability Center

Job Description


The Access Advisor works in the Disability Center and has primary responsibility for ensuring access and facilitating accommodations for students with disabilities. The Access Advisor will evaluate and determine students’ eligibility for accommodations relying on an interactive process as well as third party documentation, as needed; manage an active caseload of students with disabilities; provide expertise and technical assistance to students, faculty, and other University personnel on disability/accommodation/access issues and concerns; and arrange and coordinate individualized accommodations. The Access Advisor will serve as a contact for campus faculty and staff, to provide general information regarding the institution’s rights and responsibilities under the ADA/Section 504 and to discuss student needs, both general and specific. The Access Advisor may perform a variety of other duties as assigned in support of the mission of the office.

Specific Responsibilities:
  • Through an interactive process with students with disabilities, determine eligibility for and identify appropriate accommodations; develop individual accommodation plans. Review and interpret medical, neuropsychological, psychological diagnostic reports and other third-party documentation as necessary.
  • Provide ongoing case management, follow-up and support of accommodations both in and out of the academic environment.
  • Maintain confidential student files, records and correspondence.
  • Consult with faculty and staff to promote and facilitate best practices in implementing students’ disability related accommodations and academic adjustments, both in general and in response to specific situations.
  • Assist the Director and Assistant Director in planning and conducting programs to educate the University community on disability related issues and the services provided by the office
  • Collaborate with other University resources to create and implement outreach, educational/awareness programs, and networking activities on campus and in the wider community.
  • Assist in compilation of annual reports.
  • Represent the office at relevant University and non-university sponsored events, and various new student orientation programs.
  • Maintain current knowledge of best practices, legal mandates and ongoing research and developments in the area of disability access and inclusion in higher education.
  • Maintain a high level of cultural fluency and demonstrate knowledge of and commitment to working through issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and multiple, intersecting identities held by students.
  • May be responsible for training and supervising student employees

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This position may require evening and weekend hours supporting activities and programs within the department. Occasionally division and campus projects may require additional hours outside of your normal schedule.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 2 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

At least two (2) years’ experience working with individuals with disabilities, particularly with students in higher education settings; working knowledge of ADAAA, 504, FERPA, and other relevant laws, as well as of best practices with respect to disability services in higher education. Demonstrated flexibility and proven interpersonal experience working in a professional environment, with experience interacting with faculty, medical professionals, and with diverse student populations; excellent written and verbal communication skills; experience with case management; working knowledge of assistive technology and universal design principles; and, demonstrated strong computer and analytical skills.

Also: a proven ability to effectively deal with complex and varying tasks; excellent interpersonal skills and tact; strong problem solving skills and ability to exercise sound judgment within areas of responsibility; demonstrated strong organizational skills; ability to work under pressure and with constant interruptions; must be able to maintain strict confidentiality; ability to prioritize workload based on demands of students and the academic schedule; ability to work effectively in a student centered environment; demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team.

Anticipated Hiring Range

Range: $21.28 - $27.00 paid hourly on a bi-weekly basis
University Title: Student Services Coordinator II
University Pay Grade: GGS 009

Current Employees can view their existing title by accessing the Talent Profile in myHR ( )

Application Materials

Completed application, cover letter, resume and references.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, short- and long-term disability, paid parental leave, paid caregiver leave, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at .

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-882-2146.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.




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