Southern Oregon University is a welcoming community committed to inclusive excellence and the celebration of diversity. Without diversity, our educational process is diminished. Working together in support of our commitment to diversity, we strengthen and enrich our role as learners, educators and members of a tightly connected global community. We encourage those who share in our commitment to diversity, to join our community and we expect all our employees to demonstrate an ability and desire to create an inclusive campus community.
The Disability Resources office collaborates with the university community to increase awareness, remove barriers, and promote an inclusive environment for students with disabilities. The Accommodations Specialist facilitates access to accommodations and services for students with disabilities through an interactive process that includes reviews of medical, psychological and technical evaluations of students' abilities and disabilities; and requests for reasonable accommodations. The Disability Specialist develops plans to support access to courses, programs, facilities, services and activities on campus.
Minimum Classification Qualifications:
- Bachelor's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Education, Psychology, Higher Education Administration or other directly related field. - Experience working with adults with disabilities and with interpreting and analyzing diverse and complex disability-related information in order to make appropriate recommendations and decisions for access and accommodations in a postsecondary educational environment. - Experience working successfully as a member of a collaborative team.
Masters Degree or higher with an emphasis in psychology, counseling, education, disability, or related field.
All Listed Duties:
Assesses the interaction of the student's disability with the academic environment, including the review of appropriate medical, educational, and psychological documentation, and develops a plan for the provision of reasonable accommodations to facilitate equitable opportunities. Maintains confidentiality in verbal and written communications in accordance with federal and state laws and SOU policies. Responds to early alert referrals as appropriate.
Develops and maintains a resource bank of access strategies which students with disabilities may use to enhance learning.
Assists students in understanding their disabilities and their rights and responsibilities relating to reasonable accommodations. Maintains current information regarding state and federal laws and regulations, best practices of other colleges/universities concerning the rights of students with disabilities and ways of providing reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities, and general knowledge of assistive technologies.
Additional duties include functioning as a liaison with faculty, administrators and other appropriate university offices to facilitate equal access/opportunity; participating in outreach & disability awareness events and providing general program support to Disability Resources as assigned, including evaluation and assessment efforts, quality improvement and program development projects, accommodation service needs, and maintaining confidential student records. May be required to become familiar with the content and expectations of a given college course and to assist/accommodate the student in successfully completing that course.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check.
Under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): -Position classification defined as
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