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Health Sciences Disability Specialist
|Job Type:||Disability Services|
|Location:||San Antonio, TX|
|Institution Type:||Private not-for-profit, 4-year|
|Institution Size:||< 8,000 Students|
University of the Incarnate Word is a Catholic institution that welcomes to its community persons of diverse backgrounds, in the belief that their respectful interaction advances the discovery of truth, mutual understanding, self-realization, and the common good.
The Health Sciences Disability Specialist (HSDS) works under the guidance of the Director of Auxiliary Academic Services. The HSDS assists with the implementation of disability accommodations and learning assistance services in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
The HSDS serves as a link between the Office of Student Disability Services and all University health science schools. In this capacity, the HSDS assists with the analyzing and interpretation of diagnostic assessments, ensuring accessibility of all facets of student life and making recommendations for appropriate accommodations for eligible students, including didactic, laboratory and clinical environments.
The HSDS works closely with all the designated health science schools’ liaisons to ensure students receive academic support services and accommodations as mandated by federal and state laws.
In accordance with the Mission of the University, another important goal of this position is to make success a possibility for participating students by helping them achieve their academic goals while ensuring equitable treatment and access to all programs and activities across UIW’s health science programs.
Under the guidance of the Director of Auxiliary Academic Services, the Health Sciences Disability Specialist:
-Assists with the management of services to all University’s health science schools including, processing intakes for accommodation requests, collecting, verifying and maintaining relevant documentation;
-Analyzes and interprets students’ diagnostic assessments and determines eligibility for services;
-Assists in the preparation of letters of accommodation;
-Coordinates testing processes and scheduling and facilitates reasonable didactic, lab and clinical accommodations, including the arranging of assistive technology, consistent with students’ letter of accommodation;
-Conducts training for faculty and staff about disability accommodations and services in compliance with federal and University policies;
-Works collaboratively with faculty and professional staff across the University’s health science schools in the coordination of academic support services;
-Maintains and tracks case files including, inputting notes, and documentation at various stages of the interactive process using a case management system;
-Meets regularly with the Director of Auxiliary Academic Services and the Manager of Student Disability Services to discuss issues relevant to the delivery of services, effectiveness of accommodations and problem-solving strategies throughout the health sciences schools;
-Assists with conflict resolution between faculty and students due to a misunderstanding of accommodations, interpretation of ADA guidelines or other pertinent issues;
-Performs other duties as assigned
UIW is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in employment, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sex, gender, age, or religion (except in limited circumstances when religious preference is both permitted by law and deemed appropriate as a matter of University policy).
Knowledge Skills and Abilities
-Knowledge of federal and state laws related to providing disability accommodations in higher education and in compliance with ADA and Section 504 Rehabilitation Act of 1973;
-Strong human relations and communication skills (written and verbal);
-Ability to work with diverse ethnic and cultural communities;
-Knowledge of mediation and conflict resolution strategies;
-Understanding of student personnel services in higher education;
-Proficiency in computer software, including databases, spreadsheets, word processing, and familiarity with student information systems;
-Excellent organizational skills;
-Ability to work independently and with a team to include students, faculty and staff;
-Employee shall adhere to all applicable rules and regulations of the University, the Conference, and the NCAA.
Master’s degree in higher education, counseling, health professions, adult education or a social science.
Required Work Experience
Three (3) years of experience with responsibility for a program or project, monitoring and coordination to include working with college-age students providing student support, coaching, and other services.
-Experience working in disability services in higher education;
-Experience evaluating ADA mandated accommodations and working with people with disabilities;
-Knowledge of and/or experience in providing accommodations in the health and medical sciences, including lab and clinical accommodations
M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.;
Occasional evening and weekend work is required.
All interested applicants must apply online.
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