City : Surrey, BC
Category : 6436-Accessibility Services
Industry : Education
Employer : Kwantlen Polytechnic University - KPU
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
LEARNING SPECIALIST – Competition ID: 3071
POSITION TYPE: NR 2 (50%)
POSITION START: February 2024 (ASAP)
KPU proudly offers all learners opportunities to achieve success in a diverse range of programs that blend theory and practice, critical understanding, and social and ethical awareness necessary for good citizenship and rewarding careers.
Accessibility Services invites applications for a temporary part-time Learning Specialist. This position is to be homebased at the Surrey Campus.
The Learning Specialist works with students, faculty and staff to support equal access, full participation, and engagement for students with disabilities in KPU programs. This posting is located at the Surrey (Newton) campus, however, Learning Specialists may work with students from any of the five KPU campuses.
The Learning Specialist is a member of the Accessibility Services Department, which advises the university on disability issues, facilitates individual accommodations for students, and works collaboratively to identify and remove barriers in the learning environment. The team consists of Learning Specialists and Accessibility Advisors at each campus. Accessibility Services is part of, and works collaboratively with, other services available for students, such as Academic Advising, Counselling, Career Development, Wellness, and Financial Aid services.
- Collegial team of practitioners.
- Case consultation provided within the team.
- Opportunities to engage with larger KPU community through inter-disciplinary outreach, research, committee participation, and a range of strategic collaborations.
The Learning Specialist develops, implements, and supports individualized accommodation plans for students impacted by a variety of disabilities in the learning environment, including, but not limited to those associated with learning disabilities, acquired injuries, sensory disabilities, neuro-differences, and mental health considerations. The Learning Specialist works closely with instructors to plan and implement accommodations in classroom, labs, shops, and work-placement settings. The Learning Specialist also provides learning strategy support to teaching faculty and students, and coordinates with other service units to support holistic student development. The Learning Specialist works to increase university awareness of access opportunities and solutions for students with disabilities.
The successful candidate will have the following skills, experience, and knowledge:
- Minimum 3-5 years of experience determining and planning accommodations for adults with disabilities, preferably in a post-secondary setting;
- Familiarity with post-secondary academic environments; specific experience with business, design, trades, technology, and/or health programs an asset;
- Knowledge of risks associated with labs, practicum, co-op, apprenticeship, and clinical health settings;
- Knowledge of the legal duty to accommodate, human rights and accessibility legislation as it applies to persons with disabilities;
- Demonstrated experience interpreting comprehensive psycho-educational assessments and medical reports, as well as an extensive knowledge and expertise in providing learning strategies for adults with a wide range of disabilities;
- Specialization in at least one of the following: supporting youth transitioning from high school to post-secondary, learning disabilities, communication issues, mental health disabilities, physical disabilities, acquired injuries, or neurodivergent lived experiences.
- Familiarity with assistive technology and external agencies that provide access in British Columbia;
- Awareness of the intersection between accommodations, pedagogy, and curriculum learning outcomes;
- Experience in successfully navigating and engaging with institutional systems, services, and supports; and
- Demonstrated ability to exercise professional judgment in complex service decisions, both independently and as part of a team.
More information concerning the working conditions for a faculty member are outlined in Article 12 of the Kwantlen Faculty Association (KFA) Collective Agreement
- Master’s degree in one of the following: Disability Studies, Education, Psychology, Social Work, Counselling, Rehabilitation, or Occupational Therapy, or a related field.
- Professional registration in a regulatory body is an asset.
- Knowledge in measurement or evaluation practices is an asset.
- A cover letter.
- A curriculum vitae describing relevant professional experience.
Applicants please note that occasional travel between campuses is required.
Placement on the salary scale will be dependent on level of education and relevant teaching experience. Advancement up the pay scale is based on FTE and employment status.
This competition is for a maximum FTE of 50% (NR2). When possible, priority will be given to the candidate(s) who can maximize the FTE either individually, or collectively, as such please indicate on your application your preferred workload percentage. This competition could also be used to add candidates to our Qualified Faculty List, therefore also please indicate on your application if you are interested in being added to this list.
Note to Applicants:
Kwantlen Polytechnic University welcomes and encourages applications from equity deserving groups and diverse experiences including, but not limited to, Indigenous people, racialized people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2S/LGBTQIA+ community.
If there are any barriers that you are experiencing or an accommodation that we can provide to support you through the application process, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
We thank all applicants for their interest in employment with KPU. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University is committed to protecting the safety and welfare of employees, students, and the general public, and upholding the reputation and integrity of the University. For this reason, final applicants will be asked to undergo a background check.