Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Accommodations Specialist oversees the coordination, communication, and operations of student accommodations process at Minerva University. This position will serve as a primary resource for students and faculty in understanding their rights and responsibilities related to reasonable accommodations. Approximately 85% of Minerva students are international students and many of them are unaware of American laws and practices around disability accommodations. This position supports the Minerva student body in understanding US policy and process for accommodating disabilities and helping students to navigate this process. This is a part-time position, up to 20 hours a week.
- Oversight of accommodations and services for students with a disability accommodations
- Serve as the primary point person for students and faculty questions on disability accommodation needs
- Review and approve new and revised accommodations based on appropriate documentation and interaction with students and staff.
- Coach and advise students on University policies and procedures related to accommodations
- Compile data and develop reports for compliance and assessment purposes
- Provide education and coaching to students, staff and faculty on accommodations process and how to support students with disabilities
- Manage active caseload of students with academic and clinical accommodations. Interface regularly with Academic and Student Life teams to provide accommodation notifications and provide academic accommodation arrangements for students in the seven Minerva cities
- Manage and update accommodation records within Minerva’s Student Information System
- Troubleshoot and track accommodation concerns/issues and provide regular updates to the Dean of Students
- Support event accessibility planning efforts for events such as Foundation Week, Elevations and Graduation
- Research disability and accommodations laws and regulations in all Minerva locations as needed.
- Collaborate with staff in Minerva cities to deliver high quality and consistent support and information.
- Managing other projects as needed and/or assigned
- Requires a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. Minimum of 3 years of experience in the provision of services for students with disabilities in a college/university setting or related field, and experience with ADA compliance in higher education.
- Must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written. Proven ability to communicate clearly and interact effectively with students, faculty, and staff, in a timely and time-sensitive environment. Must possess attributes of compassion, patience, and respect for others, while maintaining the ability to be objective and policy-driven.
- The individual in this role will be able to prioritize multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment and be detail-oriented. They will work successfully under pressure, and have the ability to manage unexpected situations independently. Demonstrated ability to exhibit excellent judgment and discretion, while maintaining confidentiality at all times.