Job Posting

Advisor to Students with Disabilities (Graduate Students)

Temporary Full Time

Institution: University of Guelph


Guelph, ON

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

Temporary absence of the regular incumbent

Hiring #: 2022-0414

Please read the Application Instructions before applying

Reporting to the Manager of Student Accessibility Services, this position advises, supports and counsels students with disabilities, with a focus on ensuring equitable opportunities for academic success. This Advisor primarily focuses on graduate students and works collaboratively with a larger team of Advisors to Students with Disabilities. A significant portion of this role’s caseload is composed of students with complex mental health conditions, though they will also advise students with a range of other disabilities including autism, chronic medical conditions, acquired brain injuries, and learning disorders.

This work requires significant collaboration and negotiation with students, faculty and other support services such as Counselling, Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, the Registrar’s Office and the Library. The Advisor also works directly with health care professionals such as physicians and occupational therapists to clarify the functional abilities each student experiences, and as a part of the student’s support team.

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 students in identity development relating to their disability when appropriate. They are also required to be knowledgeable about adaptive technologies for overcoming a wide range of barriers in the social and learning environment.

Demonstrated skill in the analysis of how major mental illnesses affect an individual’s daily functioning, and a strong understanding of the emergent knowledge in this field is essential for this work. The Advisor role is a sensitive position that is responsible for ensuring consistency in the way accommodations are put into place, and to protect the academic integrity of the courses taken by students with disabilities. This requires a strong understanding of academic policies, procedures and pedagogy, as well as legal implications under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Occasional evenings and weekend work will be required. Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree in occupational therapy, social work, counselling psychology, or a related discipline, and at least two (2) years of related job experience. Exceptional communication and organizational skills are essential.

(Covering) Position Number 534-007

Classification P05 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


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