Advisor to Students with Disabilities (Medical, Mobility & Sensory)
Temporary Full Time
Institution: University of Guelph
Deadline: July 4, 2022
Posted: June 20, 2022
Accessibility Services, Student Wellness, Division of Student Affairs
Temporary full-time from August 2022 to May 2023
Hiring #: 2022-0415
Please read the Application Instructions before applying
Reporting to the Manager of Accessibility Services, this position advises, supports and counsels students with disabilities that affect hearing, vision, and mobility, as well as those with chronic illnesses, major injuries, and concussions. Many students on this caseload experience multiple disabilities, which frequently includes mental health conditions.
The Advisor negotiates academic accommodation in order to help the university fulfil its duty to accommodate under the Ontario Human Rights Code. They also help students navigate university policies, procedures, services and disability-related resources. They have significant collaborative relationships with faculty, program counsellors, the Office of Registrarial Services, the Library, and Physical Resources. The incumbent also works with health care professionals to clarify the functional abilities of students on their caseload. They routinely synthesize divergent information including academic requirements, medical information, and human rights legislation to formulate recommendations.
The Advisor uses advanced counselling skills to assess daily functioning; to assist with maintaining, stabilizing and/or improving health and mental health; and to support positive student development. They are also required to be knowledgeable about adaptive technologies for overcoming a wide range of barriers in the physical and learning environment, and of academic requirements and pedagogy.
Proficiency in American Sign Language and knowledge of deaf culture is preferred. This position also requires demonstrated skill in the analysis of episodic and emerging conditions. The Advisor is expected to be knowledgeable about the OHRC Policy on Accessible Education for Students with Disabilities. Understanding the importance of consistency in decision-making across a diverse team, and the importance of academic integrity across an even more diverse range of academic programs is essential.
Occasional evenings and weekend work may be required. Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree in occupational therapy, social work or a related discipline, and at least two (2) years of related job experience. Exceptional communication and organizational skills are essential.
Professional/Managerial Salary Bands
At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.
Posting Date: 2022 06 20
Closing Date: 2022 07 04