Student Accessibility Coordinator

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The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) seeks a Student Accessibility Coordinator to organize and implement equal access to college programs and services to qualified students with documented disabilities in accordance with federal law (i.e.  Americans with Disability Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Fair Housing Act).  This position reports to the Associate Dean of Students, meets regularly with students to create and implement appropriate accommodations and provide support.

Responsibilities included, but not limited to:

  • Determine necessary, reasonable, and appropriate academic and housing accommodations for qualified students with disabilities.
  • Serve as the point of contact and administer MIAD’s policy and procedures for students with disabilities. Provide on-going contact with students to evaluate progress and to determine future support and any further interventions.
  • Respond to applicant inquiries, assess disability, and appropriate needs in accordance with federal law.
  • Assess documentation to verify student disability, determine accommodation(s), and provide accommodation letters for communicative and documentation purposes.
  • Collaboratively partner with faculty and staff to address learning needs of students with disabilities.
  • Advise and support students at-risk, in crisis, or needing extra academic, emotional, or personal support. Refer to other resources as appropriate (e.g. Marquette (MU Counseling Center and/or community resources).
  • Maintain confidential records of student contacts and report aggregate statistical analysis on students with disabilities to monitor trends.
  • Collaborate and align with Associate Dean of Students, Student Support Coordinators, and other members of Student Services and the Early Alert Team to provide alerts and monitor student concerns.
  • Manage adaptive technology and communication resources and services (e.g. audio, text, ASL interpreters).
  • Counsel students with disabilities on career, internship, and transition to the workplace issues. Refer students to Career Services and other resources as needed.
  • Serve as MIAD’s designated official as ADA/Section 504 Coordinator and collaborate with the Director of Human Resources and MIAD’s legal counsel upon request to ensure campus-wide compliance efforts are successful. Escalate MIAD workplace issues regarding disability to the Director of Human Resources.
  • Serve as expert resource to faculty and staff in disability related issues pertaining to students and research and obtain appropriate information when out of scope of knowledge.
  • Actively learn and stay current with trends, best practices, issues, legal, and changing theory related to disability and accessibility services. Share this knowledge with others and update policies and procedures as needed.
  • Advocate for students with documented disabilities. Assists student with communicating with appropriate faculty and staff as necessary.
  • Serve as an academic advisor for students as assigned by the Director of Academic Advising.
  • Present information regarding student disability and accessibility during new student orientations and as needed.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Associate Dean of Students.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Master’s Degree required in social work, counseling, psychology, rehabilitation psychology or related field.
    • In lieu of a master’s degree, candidates with Bachelors’ degree and 5 years of demonstrated experience working with high school and/or post-secondary students with disabilities will be considered.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experiences working within disability and accessibility in higher education is preferred.
  • Must have a working knowledge of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the Fair Housing Act and other appropriate laws pertaining to disabilities and accessibility in higher education.
  • Knowledge of Attention Deficit Disorders, Psychological Disabilities, and Learning Disabilities.
  • Knowledge of mental health issues as they pertain to educational populations.
  • Experience working with students experiencing acute stress and/or emotional distress.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated interpersonal skills, organizational planning, problem solving and computer skills.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Ability to interpret diagnostic and psycho-educational test results.
  • Familiarity with assistive technology for persons with disabilities, technology accessibility laws and standards.
  • Ability to responsibly handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion.
  • Ability to use a high degree of diplomacy, discretion, and professionalism required.
  • Must have ability to regularly work on-site.

Application Process and Deadline:

Qualified applicants should submit the following information in one (1) pdf document via email to: studentaccessibilitysearch_group@miad.edu

Please save the file in the following manner:  [LastName_FirstName_studentaccessibility.pdf].

  • A letter of interest/cover letter
  • A resume
  • Three (3) professional reference names and contact information.

Initial review of candidates will occur after July 12, 2022 and will continue until the position has been filled.

MIAD offers an attractive benefits package, including health, vision, and dental insurance. HR discusses salary range with candidates of interest prior to an invitation to interview.  All final candidates extended an offer must successfully complete reference and background checks.

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