Access Specialist (71101)

Pratt Institute
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 20, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Disabled Student Services
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Employment Type
Full Time

Access Specialist (71101)

Location: Brooklyn, NY

The Learning/Access Center at Pratt Institute provides academic support for all students, advocacy for any student experiencing an adverse personal situation such as a death in the family, housing or food insecurity, etc., as well as accommodations and services for students with disabilities. We are seeking a compassionate and collaborative Access Specialist to work as part of our dynamic and dedicated team. The ideal candidate will be an organized, detail-oriented, patient and flexible team player with demonstrated communication skills and commitment to inclusivity. The position will report to the Associate Director of Accessibility at the Learning/Access Center.

The Access Specialist will assist with implementing accommodation requests, including working with faculty and students on assistive technology. You will participate in a team to review student documentation, determine accommodations, and serve as an advocate, advisor and support coach for a designated roster of students. One of our goals is to provide individual services and tools to facilitate diverse learning styles and accommodations in a sustainable inclusive manner. In this role, you would communicate with departments and faculty to determine ways to provide special accommodations as needed. Additionally, you would work closely with other offices such as counseling services, residential life, and academic advising

If you are passionate about removing barriers for students so they can succeed and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment where the team works together to address the challenges that can arise each day, we want to hear from you!

On a typical day you will be required to:
  • Provide assistive technology training and assistance to faculty, students, and staff
  • Assist with the process of enrolling students at the L/AC, and act as L/AC advisor to enrolled students, providing support and finding solutions for accommodation needs including assisting students with communication with professors and providing advocacy through the interactive process with departments and professors to address accommodation requests
  • Be available to meet with advisees in a walk-in capacity when students are experiencing academic crises and to accompany students as an advocate to meet with professors, departments, disciplinary/Title IX hearings and other unanticipated situations
  • Provide weekly supportive counseling and coaching on compensatory strategies to students who have a range of disabilities including learning, psychological or physical, to address issues such as time management, planning, organization, interpersonal communications, academic strategies, self-advocacy, stress management and adjustment to the disability. Provide guidance to peer advisors and part-time learning specialists on how to work with students with different disabilities in cases where enrolled students in caseload are referred

Education: Masters in Rehabilitation, Special Education, Occupational Therapy, Counseling, Psychology or related field.

Experience: Two years of experience in Disability Services, at least one of which is at the postsecondary level. Experience working one-on-one with college students is preferred.

Skills: Knowledge of physical, cognitive, sensory, and psychological conditions and resulting functional limitations. Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills and a demonstrated sensitivity to diverse disability, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic characteristics of college students.

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