Disabilities Specialist

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Posting #:AP 18/2014
Posted:Jun 2, 2014
Employment Status:Term Full-Time (38 weeks) With possibility of renewal
Faculty:Not Applicable
Department:Services for Students with Disabilities (SSWD), Student Development Centre
Grade:Job Group L
Salary Scale:$48,105 - $73,060 per annum* (effective July 1, 2013)
Hours of Work:

Job Summary

Why Brock?
Our unique philosophy takes students beyond the pursuit of academic excellence. To achieve this philosophy we endeavour to take our employees beyond the pursuit of just a career. Brock is a place where left-brain and right-brain thinking come together. We encourage our employees to utilize their rational/analytical thinking in concert with their emotional/creative sides in order to have an engaging and rewarding career. We’re one of the fastest-growing universities in Ontario, with hundreds of millions of dollars committed to new construction and programs. We’re small enough to be intimate and big enough to attract world-class minds. Located at the centre of Canada's beautiful Niagara Peninsula, Brock offers an exciting work environment with strong undergraduate, graduate and interdisciplinary programs and a vigorous research culture. We are looking for qualified people who will bring their expertise and dedication in support of the University’s goals and objectives.

The Opportunity
Reporting to the Manager, Services for Students with Disabilities, the Disabilities Specialist provides support for students with primarily Mental Health disabilities, and including co-morbid conditions (e.g. medical and sensory disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, etc.).

Duties and Responsibilities
• Providing case management including: identifying and assessing student accommodation needs, developing accommodation plans, facilitating appropriate referrals, maintaining detailed records/case notes, recommending & implementing communication related to accommodations, and developing/providing a range of services/educational sessions to students with disabilities
• Reviewing various documentation related to disabilities (e.g. medical certificates psychological assessments, psycho-educational assessment reports) to guide the accommodation process, plan appropriate strategies/services and assist students in obtaining required documentation where necessary
• Planning, coordinating, developing and implementing academic accommodation support services for students with disabilities, including: academic counselling, disability specific academic skill development, self-advocacy skills and continued education counselling in coordination with colleagues
• Undertaking internal and external advocacy regarding students with primarily mental health disabilities and their academic support needs, and promoting/facilitating open communication and discussion with faculty and departments on behalf of students, including mediation and conflict resolution where appropriate
• Providing administrative responsibilities as a member of the SSWD team, including: assisting with the development, creation, revision and implementation of applicable policies and procedures and service goals; providing procedural information to parents, students, staff and faculty regarding Brock and SSWD policies; and tracking/maintaining data
• Participating in various meetings, committees and events (both internal and external to Brock)
• Advising, consulting and providing in-service workshops for faculty and staff aimed at providing sensitivity training for disability related issues
• Consulting with funding agencies/ internal departments regarding funding support opportunities for individual requiring aids/devices and services. Liaising with external agencies/programs in the community regarding supports and treatment plans


The ideal candidate will have:
• A Master’s degree in a related field, such as Applied Disability Studies, Social Work, Applied Psychology
• A couple of years of progressive and related experience, working specifically with young adults with mental health disabilities (preferably in a post-secondary environment)
• Working knowledge and understanding of the functional impact of a disability, related concerns and the resulting impact on student’s academic and/or class, and/or social participation in a post-secondary educational environment
• Demonstrated experience delivering disability related educational counselling
• Proven ability to implement appropriate interventions and accommodation plans
• Strong understanding of Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities (MTCU) mandates for providing services for students with disabilities and all related legislative requirements, including Human Rights
• Demonstrating understanding of the complexities involved for a person living with a permanent Mental Health disability
• Effective Communication skills and the proven ability to advocate for the needs of individuals with various disabilities with tact and diplomacy
• Strong negotiation, problem solving, conflict resolution and mediation skills
• Effective presentation and group facilitation skills
• Strong problem solving skills and the proven ability to keep organized while dealing with multiple and competing priorities


Applicants are invited to submit a resume and cover letter, including salary expectations, by applying online below by June 25, 2014.

It is Brock University’s policy to give consideration to qualified internal applicants.

We appreciate all applications received; however, we will contact only those candidates selected for an interview.

Brock University is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and work environment. We will accommodate the needs of the applicants under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. Please advise the Human Resources Department to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measure will be addressed confidentially.

*The salary range indicated is representative of all positions evaluated at this level. Actual salary is determined by examining related skills, experience, budgetary restrictions and both internal and external equity comparators.