Accessibility Counsellor – Part Time
City : Hamilton
Category : Full-Time Academic
Industry : Education
Employer : Mohawk College
Status: Sessional/Part Time
Hours: Monday to Friday
Pay Band: Not applicable
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Posting Date: March 9th, 2021
Closing Date: March 15th, 2021 at 7:00pm EST
Reporting to the Manager, Accessible Learning Services, the successful applicant will be responsible for supporting students with a variety of disabilities. This includes conducting intake interviews, case management and implementing appropriate procedures to support student success; determining appropriate academic accommodations and working closely with faculty to address the needs of students as they arise; developing and implementing confidential academic accommodation plans; liaising with College administration, faculty and staff to ensure college policies and practices are consistent with the Ontario Human Rights Code and other relevant legislation; advocating within the College and beyond on a broad range of issues impacting students with disabilities including the promotion of universal design for learning on campus; and contributing to a positive, co-operative team environment.
The incumbent must be knowledgeable regarding appropriate post-secondary accommodations, learning strategies, adaptive technologies, legislation which determines disability supports at the post-secondary level, and community resources including school boards, community physicians, psychologists and other professionals.
The duties of this position will include, but are not limited to the following:
- Performing the duties for a designated caseload of students with various disabilities which may include mental health, medical, physical, sensory, and learning disabilities.
- Ensuring that the necessary documentation is on file to support the requested accommodations and maintaining confidential records of accommodation requests, actions taken, and the effectiveness of the accommodations and supports.
- Providing transition to employment accessibility counselling to students registered with Accessible Learning Services.
- Interpreting a variety of documentation including psycho-educational assessments.
- Planning, coordinating and developing interventions/academic accommodation plans for students with a variety of disabilities.
- Consulting with faculty and other College stakeholders; serving as an advocate regarding disability needs of students, and supporting the College in meeting its legal obligations under the OHRC and AODA.
- Collaborating, consulting and communicating with Counselling and Accessible Learning Services staff, Academic Schools, other College departments and services and external stakeholders including school boards, agencies etc.
Applicants for this position should possess:
- Masters level degree in Occupational Therapy, Counselling, Social Work, Disability Studies, Education, Psychology, or a related field.
- A minimum of 3 years full-time experience in providing support and case management for students with disabilities in a post-secondary setting.
- Demonstrated ability with providing assistance to adult learners in areas such as: stress management, learning strategies, time management and organizational skills.
- Knowledge of and experience supporting students with a range of disabilities, the provision of services, and disability accommodations at a post-secondary level.
- Knowledge of relevant legislation and guidelines governing the provision of services to students with disabilities in Ontario.
- Knowledge and experience with transition to employment services, resources, and supports for persons with disabilities.
- Demonstrated ability in crisis intervention.
- Ability to assess and analyze psycho-educational assessments
- Demonstrated understanding of the post-secondary environment and the ability to relate well to students, faculty and staff.
- Demonstrated commitment to the objective of empowerment, integration, inclusion and anti-oppressive practice.
- Proven ability to work cooperatively with others, and to work independently.
- Demonstrated exceptional interpersonal, analytical, and problem-solving and conflict resolution skills.
- Familiarity with the continuum of learning, academic programs and student services offered by Mohawk College is highly desirable.
- Demonstrated commitment and understanding of human rights, equity, diversity and inclusion with the ability to communicate and work effectively inter-culturally with diverse groups of students, employees and the community.
Mohawk College is an equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process. If you are contacted regarding an employment opportunity, please advise Human Resources (905) 575 - 2047 if you require accommodation.
Mohawk College is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.