University of St. Thomas

Disability Specialist

Minneapolis, MN
Dec 23, 2017
Aug 31, 2018
University of St. Thomas
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

Disability Specialist
Posted Date 1 month ago(12/22/2017 10:01 PM)
Number of Openings 1
Closing Date Open until Filled
Type of Search Staff
Who May Apply This position is open to all qualified applicants.
Position Number 2017-3225
St. Paul
Department/Unit Disability Resources
FLSA Status Exempt/Salaried
Employment Type Full-Time Staff
Assigned Months per Year 12
Benefits Eligible Yes
Special Instructions Applicants will be asked to upload a resume to their profile and copy/paste a cover letter into the application.

The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for a Disability Specialist position within the Department of Disability Resources.

Disability Resources is the unit in the university responsible for coordinating and leading compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act regarding accommodations for students, guests, and visitors with disabilities. The department is responsible for providing all classroom, residence hall, and event accommodations. The university is required by federal legislation, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) and Section 504, to provide services specifically outlined as accommodations for students with disabilities.

This position exists to act as resource to the campus community to ensure equal access for students, guests, and visitors with disabilities. More specifically, this position provides academic support, advising, and counseling to undergraduate and graduate students with both physical and non-physical disabilities. The Disability Specialist also serves alumni, incoming, prospective, and non-degree seeking students, and students with temporary disabilities. This position provides advising and support to faculty and staff as it relates to their work with students with disabilities in their classes and programs. The Disability Specialist coordinates the accommodations offered through Disability Resources, promotes its services to the campus and community, provides ongoing training, and enforces the university's compliance with the ADAAA. The overall purpose of this job is to assist in providing quality services to students with disabilities to allow them equal access to all university programs and activities.

Essential Functions:

1. Student Caseload:

Determine eligibility for services, consult with off campus providers including physicians, psychologists, etc., advise faculty working with students with disabilities, determine impact of disability on academic performance, and provide ongoing support related to accommodations and classes. Conversion of paper documentation to electronic files by scanning all paper documents. Keeping student files up-to-date in student management data system.

2. Management of the process for arranging note takers and assigning Sonocent software access:

Coordinate hiring of peer note takers for students who request copies of notes. Includes sending emails to prospective note takers and to professors to request their recommendations for note takers. Complete paperwork that must be processed for note takers to be paid. Communicate with Accounts Payable and Human Resources as needed regarding required paperwork. Assign licenses for Sonocent software access, a tool students use to record lecture.

3. Management of the process for alternate format texts and testing coordination:

Assist the Accommodations Coordinator during busy times with contacting publishers, retrieving booklists for the St. Thomas bookstore site, tracking books ordered and received, tracking books scanned, tracking books to be purchased, managing web licenses, etc. Also assist with the management of the exam accommodation process, which involves monitoring the online exam registration forms submitted by students, corresponding with students as needed regarding exam logistics, contacting instructors to retrieve exams for students and corresponding with them about logistics, and printing exams. Proctoring exams as needed. (Extra assistance needed during mid-terms and finals exams).

4. Miscellaneous administrative, training, program responsibilities:

Includes sending accommodation notification letters to instructors at the beginning of each term. Serve as a liaison with the Information, Resources & Technology department. Assisting with disability awareness campus activities, attending campus information fairs, meeting with prospective students, etc. Assisting with training and workshops for faculty members.

This is a full-time, benefits eligible position. The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, long-term care, legal, and disability insurance coverages. Offerings also include retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, a health savings account, and an employee assistance program. The University provides tuition remission to its employees, spouses, and dependents. In addition, the University values a healthy work/life balance and has generous provisions for paid time off.


Minimum qualifications: Bachelor's degree in counseling, psychology, education, or a related field and two years of professional experience working with disability resources.

Any equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills have been acquired may be substituted.

Preferred qualifications: Master's degree in counseling, psychology, education, college student personnel, vocational rehabilitation, or equivalent, and experience working in a post-secondary institution, with experience in disability resources.

Knowledge of: Knowledge of disability law including the ADA, ADAAA, and Section 504. Knowledge of assistive technology. Application of principles, practices and techniques of student development. Techniques for understanding and effectively communicating with individuals of diverse cultures.

Skill in: Skill in interpreting medical and psychological evaluations of disabilities. Skill in working with people with a variety of disabilities. Skill in analyzing requests for reasonable accommodations and developing and implementing plans for the provision of reasonable accommodations. Strong communication, interpersonal, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills. Demonstrated experience with mediation and facilitation. Strong competence in counseling and advising skills

Abilities: Ability to work within strict deadlines for timely responses to disability accommodation requests. Ability to maintain confidentiality with sensitive student data. Experience working in a post-secondary institution with students who have disabilities preferred.

Physical requirements: The ability to work in and move about an office setting. The ability to use a computer and other office equipment. The ability to commute to offsite locations to attend meetings. The ability to communicate in person and over the telephone. The university provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who require and request accommodations in order to perform the essential functions of their jobs.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.

In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires successful completion of a background screening.

The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website. If you are viewing this posting from a site other than "Jobs at St. Thomas", the University assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information.

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Special Instructions to Candidates

Applicants will be asked to upload a resume to their profile and copy/paste a cover letter into the application.