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Harvard University

Accessibility Consultant

  • Location

    Cambridge, MA
  • Posted On

    October 11, 2021
  • Job Type

    Full-Time
  • Category

    Other
  • Experience Level

    Not Specified
  • Education Level

    Bachelor's Degree
  • Salary

    Not Specified

Job Description

Business Title:

Accessibility Consultant

Job Summary:

University Disability Resources (UDR) provides leadership to University efforts to ensure an accessible, welcoming working and learning environment for individuals with disabilities while ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations. UDR serves as a central resource on disability-related information, procedures and services for the University community and provides expertise in the development, implementation, and acquisition of standard disability-related University practices, procedures and resources.

Job-Specific Responsibilities:

• Reporting to the Senior Accessibility Consultant in University Disability Resources (UDR) the Accessibility Consultant is a subject matter expert on access as related to disability and best/common practices University-wide. Areas of access may include facilities, technologies, public access, academia, and employment.
• The Accessibility Consultant serves as an internal consultant to department/schools/HR/units regarding access and accommodation for programmatic access under the ADA in the compliance areas. Consultancy may range from facility reviews or digital accessibility to the development and delivery of disability related training.
• In the area of public access, the Accessibility Consultant will facilitate the accommodation request with the event’s accommodation coordinator and with supporting departments such as transportation and parking to ensure access requests are consistently and compliantly addressed. This may include, but is not limited to, the provision of alternate formats, effective communication, facilities, and signage. For individual requests, employment & academic, for reasonable accommodation, the Accessibility Consultant will guide the requestor and the local accommodation coordinator through the interactive process and the analysis to arrive as to the appropriate reasonable accommodation(s). Inclusive in this process will be the education of the accommodation coordinator’s knowledge and competency to replicate the process for future requests.
• This position will review and develop disability-related resources and training for the University. The Accessibility Consultant will assess training/educational needs and develop training materials and customized curricula while applying extensive knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act and its amendments, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Consultant collaborates with other subject matter experts to make recommendations regarding practice, process, and strategies supporting the mission of UDR.

Basic Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of progressive experience with ADA compliance in higher education.
• Additional Qualifications and Skills:
• Superior communication skills; that is, the ability to write, speak, and present information effectively and persuasively to various audiences.
• Ability to research, develop, write, and present guidance at the appropriate level to the backgrounds of the intended audience.
• Able to manage competing priorities and timelines while bringing initiatives to completion.
• Ability to navigate in a decentralized environment.
• Demonstrates the ability to quickly gain attention and respect from others including peers, cross-functional groups, superiors, and subordinates.
• Ability to reach the essence of complex problems in a timely matter and generate effective courses of action.
• Familiarity with assistive technology, resources, and indication for utilization.
• Provides other related services, as needed.

If you believe you need a reasonable accommodation in order to search for a job or to submit an application, please contact us at 617-495-2772. This is a dedicated line to assist job seekers with a disability requiring assistance in applying online.

Additional Information:

Please submit a Resume and Cover Letter along with a 1-2 paragraph statement describing how you have worked to create and foster an inclusive work environment.

Please note that Harvard University cannot provide Visa Sponsorship or Work Authorization for this position.

Harvard is an on-campus community and all positions are based in Massachusetts. We currently expect that employees in UDR will work a schedule that includes both days on-campus and remote days, as determined by your supervisor. The remote nature of this job may only be temporary.

Effective October 1st, as a condition of continued employment, all work must be performed in a state where Harvard is registered to do business (CA, CT, MA, MD, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT). UDR is currently developing hybrid workplace models which actively support remote work (within a Harvard registered state) where business and team needs allow. Individual flexible and remote work options for this role will be discussed during the interview process. UDR is using this fiscal year (ending June 30, 2022) as a time of experimentation with hybrid work models and reserves the right to alter schedules based on learnings and business need.

Harvard requires COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.

Harvard continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of its faculty, staff and students, as well as the wider community. Information and details can be found via Harvard’s Coronavirus Workplace Policies website: https://hr.harvard.edu/corona-virus-workplace-policies.

Basic Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of progressive experience with ADA compliance in higher education.
• Additional Qualifications and Skills:
• Superior communication skills; that is, the ability to write, speak, and present information effectively and persuasively to various audiences.
• Ability to research, develop, write, and present guidance at the appropriate level to the backgrounds of the intended audience.
• Able to manage competing priorities and timelines while bringing initiatives to completion.
• Ability to navigate in a decentralized environment.
• Demonstrates the ability to quickly gain attention and respect from others including peers, cross-functional groups, superiors, and subordinates.
• Ability to reach the essence of complex problems in a timely matter and generate effective courses of action.
• Familiarity with assistive technology, resources, and indication for utilization.
• Provides other related services, as needed.

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