Job Posting

Access Specialist

Regular, Full-Time

Institution: Vancouver Island University


Nanaimo, BC

Deadline: October 27, 2021

Posted: October 7, 2021

MATTER HERE. Situated on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples, Vancouver Island University is a comprehensive teaching university with 15,000 students across four campuses. VIU proudly fosters student success, strong community connections and international collaborations by providing access to a wide range of programs, from academic undergraduate and master’s to industry-responsive trades and vocational training. VIU is fortunate to host a large number of Indigenous students and provides a learning environment that is accessible, relevant for all learners, celebrates success and acknowledges history and traditions.


To be a part of the VIU community is to know what it is like to matter here. We are currently accepting applications for a permanent, full-time Access Specialist.



Vancouver Island University's Accessibility Services department is seeking an experienced Access Specialist to join our Student Services team. The successful candidate will have experience in determining academic accommodations for students with a wide range of disabilities, strong administrative skills, and interest in contributing to our positive, collaborative work environment.


Reporting to the Director of Student Services, the Accessibility Services Access Specialist's primary focus is to work directly with students with disabilities, utilizing a strength-based approach to determine reasonable accommodation in order to reduce or remove students' disability-related barriers in the academic setting.


The Access Specialist will:

• integrate information from a variety of sources in order to determine reasonable accommodations for students with a wide range of disabilities.

• assist students with disabilities to apply for grants for equipment and Services.

• respond to a high volume of e-mails, phone calls and appointments.

• participate in departmental meetings, VIU committees, task forces, working groups and policy development as related to accessibility.

• consult with faculty members and departments regarding implementing accommodations, Universal Design for Learning, and technology.

• assist with departmental administrative duties such as scheduling service workers, ongoing development of internal forms and processes, and website management.

• collaborate with other VIU areas such as: Counselling, Advising, the Student Health Clinic, Services for Aboriginal Students, Student Care and Conduct, International Student Services, Residence, Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning.

• Develop effective working relationships with internal departments and external stakeholders in order to promote increased institutional accessibility.

• Develop community connections with local agencies in order to make appropriate referrals.

• Participate in ongoing professional development relevant to the field of Post-secondary Disability accommodation and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

• Develop and facilitate educational presentations to faculty/staff related to disability and accommodation.


• Master's degree from an accredited institution in Psychology, Educational Psychology, Special Education, Social Work, Vocational Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy, or other related disciplines.

• Minimum three years recent and relevant experience in the area of disability accommodation.

• Experience in working in a team-based, student-centered environment.



View the full job description and apply online by 27-Oct-2021.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. VIU embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Indigenous descent.


The VIU community is grateful to the Snuneymuxw, Quw’utsun, Tla’Amin, Snaw-naw-as and Qualicum First Nation on whose traditional, unceded territories we teach, learn, research, live and share knowledge. With hands raised to the original stewards, we say Hay ch qa’ sii’em sieye’ yu mukw Mustimuxw.


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