Coordinator of Accessibility Services - Department of Student Affairs

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Staff Position
Closing Date: 
Friday, August 4, 2017
Date of Posting: 
July 28, 2017
Department of Student Affairs
Coordinator of Accessibility Services
Full Time Term Position
Hours of Work: 

37.5 hours per week 

Commensurate with qualifications

Two (2) - Ten Month Terms (until June 2019 - Term may be reduced or extended depending on performance, available funding and departmental requirements)

Student Affairs requires a Coordinator of Accessibility Services to oversee disability support services and accommodations for undergraduate and graduate students. The Coordinator assists students with disabilities in their transition and adjustment to the university, accepts and reviews disability documentation, and determines appropriate and reasonable accommodations in the classroom and other campus activities. Collaborates with faculty and staff to establish awareness and legal compliance to ensure all students have equal access to all programs, services and activities at UPEI.


The successful candidate will:
• Meet with individual students and their families to identify student needs
• Develop individualized accommodation plans for students with disabilities
• Review and interpret psycho-educational and other professional documentation as related to a successful university experience
• Develop and maintain working relationships with faculty and administrative personnel across campus, serving, as a resource for faculty and staff as they work to meet the academic needs of students with disabilities
• Consult with individual faculty as they implement accommodations and support students with varying needs
• Collaborate with faculty to promote classroom strategies associated with accessibility
• Provides interpretation and assistance in compliance with the UPEI Academic Accommodation policy, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom and the Prince Edward Island Human Rights Act and other applicable legislation to faculty, staff, and administrators. Advises students, faculty, and departments on appropriate and recommended reasonable academic accommodations and “undue hardship”
• Ensure the implementation of individualized student program plans
• Assist students in gaining financial support of the Canada Study Grant and other bursaries surrounding accessibility
• Provide screening assessments for learning disabilities and other accessibility issues
• Maintain associations with community agency groups who provide services for people with disabilities
• Facilitate and provide educational workshops for faculty and staff at UPEI regarding accessibility issues
• Chair the campus wide Access-Ability committee and work with other university departments to implement the long-term plan to enhance UPEI accessibility
• Conduct evaluation of the recommended strategies on student success and accessibility
• Train and supervise the work of staff and student assistants
• Maintain confidential case records, relevant statistical data and required reporting information
• Perform other responsibilities as required


The successful candidate will possess the following:
• MEd in Inclusive Education, or equivalent - with a minimum of 2 years professional experience in educational program development for individuals with physical, sensory, learning, psychological and other disabilities
• Must have experience working post-secondary students
• Experience writing grant proposals and receiving money through proposals you have written, an asset
• Experience with managing a budget an asset
• Experience writing policy on accessibility an asset
• Experience overseeing the implementation of individual student program plans, reading and interpreting psycho-educational assessments and other professional documentation as related to successful student learning 
• Must have experience interpreting legislation around disabilities and duty to accommodate
• Must have experience with recent adaptive technology as an academic accommodation
• Working understanding and knowledge of disabilities and accommodation’s for students necessary
• Demonstrated community involvement and knowledge of disability services in the community
• Demonstrated leadership ability a must
• Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills, organizational and record-keeping skills
• Must be able to work independently and as part of a team

Application Instructions: 

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list to be received no later than the closing date via the link posted on the UPEI Human Resources website ( Applications will not be accepted via email.

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment.

Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

Successful Candidate(s): 

N. Wadden Garland

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.
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