Job Posting

Access Strategist

Student Academic Support Services

Institution: Keyano College


Fort McMurray

Deadline: October 1, 2021

Posted: August 27, 2021

Student Academic Support Services
Job Description
The Access Strategist reports to the Manager, Wellness and Accessibility Services. Most of the incumbent’s time will be spent selecting and implementing appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities in diverse post-secondary environments. The remaining time will be spent on the instruction of learning strategies and the delivery of workshops.
The Access Strategist works with complex issues related to disability and accessibility and requires the ability to assess and solve problems, resolve conflict, and maintain good judgment. This position involves a high level of collaboration between stakeholders. The Access Strategist will work closely with students, instructors, and other key stakeholders to determine reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities.
The Access Strategist will be expected to manage a caseload of approximately 100 registered students. The Access Strategist will also be expected to provide information and resources to prospective students and their families and support students with disabilities in transitioning to post-secondary education.

Key Job Duties
The Access Strategist will be responsible to work with Keyano College students in collaboration with programs and other student services. The successful candidate will:

Assist and accommodate students with a wide range of disabilities and accessibility needs: students with Learning Disabilities, mental health disorders, students who are Deaf/hard of hearing, students who are blind, students with medical conditions, etc.
Use disability documentation to create and implement accommodation plans and support plans for students with disabilities in a wide variety of programs with a combination of courses and practicums: trades, business, nursing, allied health, human services (Educational Assistant, Early Learning and Child Care, Social Work Diploma), University Studies, etc.
Teach learning strategies to adult learners and have a strong knowledge of assistive technology to support learning.
Facilitate the student in acquiring disability funding.
Maintain updated student records in Clockwork.
Deliver workshops to Keyano employees on accommodations and learning strategies.
Participate in department meetings and represent the team on internal and external committees related to disability and academic accommodations.
Follow-up with medical professionals for clarification and further information of disability documentation, when required.
Make referrals to other student services at the College.
Respond to complex inquiries related to accommodation and disability.
Support the development of inclusive and equitable policies and procedures for students with disabilities.
Effectively negotiate in emotionally charged situations to resolve conflicts.
Develop and maintain relationships of mutual support with academic programs and other service providers.
Work effectively as a member of a team with the ability to build and maintain relationships with others/create allies.
Have a tolerance for ambiguity and an ability to adapt quickly to change.
Synthesize knowledge and display sound judgment, problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and a high degree of accuracy.
Demonstrate superior organizational skills, and a proven ability to multi-task and work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment with strict deadlines.
Knowledge of privacy legislation (FOIP) and ability to maintain student confidentiality.
Strong understanding of Alberta Human Rights Legislation and the Duty to Accommodate Students in Post-Secondary Bulletin to education the College community on disability issues.
Remain current on case law around disability and accommodation issues. Review applicable legislation.