Job Posting

Disability Resources Coordinator

Permanent Full Time

Location:

Red Deer College

Deadline: August 7, 2020

Posted: July 17, 2020

The Disability Resources Coordinator works with current and prospective students and promotes an accessible, equitable and supportive learning environment for students with disabilities in accordance with Red Deer College policy and with the Alberta Human Rights Act. In addition, the individuals in this position will provide general learning support to all Red Deer College students.


Responsibilities of the Disability Resources Coordinator include:


Provision of case management and learning strategies instruction

- Facilitate the creation and execution of efficient and effective processes within the department that reflect best service practices.
- Negotiate funding recommendations with service agencies and review the billing processes related to students with disabilities who are eligible for funding.
- Prepare and maintain individual service agreements for students with disabilities.
- Maintain appropriate case notes and student records following FOIP guidelines and other legal requirements.
- Recommend resources, technology and reference materials.
- Collaborate with instructors and staff regarding accommodations for individual students.
- Liaise with other college departments, such as Campus Management, Academic Advising, Health and Wellness Centre, Counselling Services, Student Connect Centre, Library, CTL and Testing Services as required to ensure campus accessibility and smooth integration of services.
- Help students develop self-advocacy skills and manage their disabilities or health conditions in an academic setting.
- Authorize, implement and monitor academic accommodations for students with disabilities.
- Review funding eligibility, make formal recommendations, and operate within Student Aid guidelines and processes in collaboration with funded students.
- Research, evaluate, adapt and create assessment tools and strategies for the purposes of developing best practices for optimizing learning for students.


Assessment of student needs

- Meet with prospective and registered students to determine the disability-related needs of students and provide relevant information related to their disability and their role as a student.
- Consult with students, high school counselors, parents, medical professionals, and service providers to determine student needs.
- Consult with instructors and staff to determine appropriate accommodations in academic courses and activities to ensure they meet the student needs yet do not violate the integrity of the course/program outcomes, policy guidelines and professional ethics.
- Help students to anticipate potential difficulties achieving their program requirements and identify strategies to address related challenges.
- Determine the need for individualized emergency planning and/or medical support.
- Identify learning difficulties and assess the learning needs of students and develop action plans and recommendations to enhance success.
- Keep current with disabilities related funding sources and processes and advise students on funding options.


Identification and application of appropriate assistive technologies

- Understand and use a variety of assistive technologies to support learners with different learning needs.
- Work with other Library staff members in providing this service to others
Stay current with knowledge and understanding of applications and trends regarding assistive technologies.


Provision of expertise to peers and the college community

- Provide guidance, training, and leadership to staff who provide direct service to students.
- Encourage activities to raise awareness, in the College community, of the impact of disabilities in a learning environment, Alberta Human Rights Duty to accommodate legislation, principles of Universal Design and ways to create an inclusive learning community.
- Consult with faculty, staff and administrators regarding universal design, academic accommodations and compliance with legal responsibilities and how they relate to instruction and curriculum development.
- Act as a resource in the decision-making process of academic or disciplinary decisions that affect students with disabilities.


Coordination of Disability Resources

- Provide day to day direction when term certain employees such as Sign Language Interpreters and Braille Transcribers are on staff.
- Participate in the recruitment and selection of term certain staff when required.
- Establish process and procedures for tracking the utilization of fundable services.
- Review invoices and resolve billing, recording and tracking discrepancies to ensure accuracy of billing information and records.


Participation in professional growth and the acquisition of new skills

- Actively participates in training and professional development activities as they become available, as well as offers such activities in their areas of expertise
Seeks learning opportunities from other staff in the Division of Learning Resources to increase knowledge of Divisional services and can provide initial support and triage to students, faculty and staff.
- Actively acquires knowledge and regularly familiarizes self with policy and procedure in order to meet user needs immediately without misleading or misdirecting students to services.
- Seeks roles on relevant internal and external committees.


Qualifications:

- Four (4) year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, in Education, Psychology, Social Work, Health Science, Rehabilitation or related field
- Two (2) to three (3) years of related experience
- Knowledge of Alberta and Canadian Human Rights legislation affecting individuals with disabilities
- Experience working with students with disabilities in a post-secondary environment and the integration of accommodations that do not violate the integrity of the course/program outcomes
- Excellent communication, interpersonal, and advising skills
- Expertise in learning interventions for students
- Familiar with the post-secondary learning environments and understanding of the educational process
- Proven team player with excellent collaboration skills
- Problem-solving attitude to approaching issues, while exercising independent judgment and ethical decision-making with a minimum amount of supervision
- Knowledge of technologies that can enhance learning
- Knowledge of disabilities, assessment techniques and psych assessment interpretation and how the functional limitations of the disability can affect learning
- Familiarity with funding policies and procedures
- Ability to maintain a student-centered approach to service as well as fostering and atmosphere of trust and integrity


For 56 years, Red Deer College (RDC) has proudly served its learners and communities. In 2018, RDC received approval to become a university, offering its own degrees. The College continues to grow programs across a breadth of credentials as it transitions to become a comprehensive regional teaching university during the next three to five years. Once this transition is complete, RDC will officially be known as Red Deer University. RDC offers more than 100 programs (including degrees, certificates, diplomas and skilled trades programs). With impressive new facilities that have opened recently, the College educates approximately 7,500 full-and part-time credit students and more than 34,000 youth and adult learners in the School of Continuing Education each year.