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Position: Counselor - Accessibility Services

Grade Department Position type: Position Number
38 4CB – Department not found Full-time S00013


Position Summary:
Counsels students regarding educational and disability accommodative issues applicable under Federal/State law including, but not limited to, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. Collects and evaluates educational, psychological, medical, career, and vocational diagnostic information, as provided by the student or others  to determine student service eligibility. Develops, writes, implements, manages, evaluates, and revises, as needed, individualized accommodative services for students following the requirement of: the ADA, Section 504, GRAMA, and FERPA. Maintain collaborative/consultive relationships with college personnel, school districts, disability related agencies, and others to meet accommodative academic needs of qualified students. Complete other responsibilities, tasks, and/or duties as assigned by the ASD Director.

Essential Functions, Major Duties, and/or Accountabilities:
  • Educates students of their UVU student rights and responsibilities of their ASD's rights, requirements/responsibilities.
  • Maintains the confidentiality requirements of Federal and State law in collaborative relationships.
  • Gives students referral information regarding academic, personal, emotional, vocational, medical, and other services.
  • Advises students regarding appropriate individualized educational accommodations.
  • Determines appropriate course placements based on assessment scores and prerequisites.
  • Performs academic advising regarding appropriate class selection and/or correction of academic difficulties.
  • Monitors the effectiveness of student accommodations and educational progress.
  • Sustains student self-direction, individual initiative, and independence.
  • Maintains regularly scheduled office hours per UVU policy.
  • Arranges time to meet on campus with day, evening, and/or weekend students, as appropriate.
  • Collects and maintain pertinent information for individualized student files according to confidentiality standards.
  • Records impairments and the sources of stated limitations; list and evaluate students' functional limitations.
  • Determines if a disability is adequately documented as defined and protected under the ADA and collect additional information if needed.
  • Consults with students regarding long/short-range educational goals, objectives, and accommodation needs.
  • Develops individual accommodation plans for students based on documented functional limitations.
  • Informs on a need to know basis, faculty/staff of students limitations and needed accommodations.
  • Coordinates and monitors provided accommodations.
  • Manages student case files: collect data and document interactions with students and other professionals.
  • Maintains effective record keeping in compliance with ASD internal audit standards and Federal/State law.
  • Adjusts accommodations as needed and appropriate.
  • Applies and understand disability research data and case law applicable to higher education.
  • Assists director with updating ASD policies/procedures according to changing case law.
  • Assists ASD Director in evaluating faculty/staff ADA education and training needs.
  • Teaches or mentors faculty/staff and community agencies under the direction of ASD Director.
  • Assists the director in evaluating effectiveness of all ASD related services.
  • Initiates and maintains collaborative inter agency and departmental relationships with other professionals.
  • Coordinates collaborative efforts to provide appropriate accommodations. 
  • Attends professional seminars pertinent to job description as required by director.
  • Gives referrals as needed for students in crisis situations.
  • Manages crisis situations requiring emergency services or immediate medical treatment. 

Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • N/A

Special Requirements of the Position:
  • N/A

Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited institution with a master's degree in Counseling & Guidance, Educational Psychology, Social Work, or related Social Science field and two years of full time professional employment related to the summary of duties.

  • Knowledge of medical and psychological conditions.
  • Knowledge of academic counseling.
  • Knowledge of educational accommodations and educational plans of individuals with disabilities.
  • Knowledge of principles of test interpretation including educational, vocational, and career assessments.
  • Knowledge of learning disabilities and symptoms/effects of a wide variety of disability conditions.
  • Knowledge of cognitive learning styles.
  • Knowledge of Americans with Disabilities Act(1990), Vocational Rehabilitation Act Section 504 (1973), GRAMA, FERPA, and other state and federal legislation related to ADA record keeping and management.
  • Ability to work effectively with people and multiple departments in a variety of work situations and circumstances in a professional manner.
  • Ability to follow written and oral procedures and instructions.

Disclaimer:
This position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to the position.
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