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Harvard University

Accessibility Consultant

  • Location

    Cambridge, MA
  • Posted On

    November 19, 2019
  • Job Type

  • Category

  • Experience Level

    Not Specified
  • Education Level

    Bachelor's Degree
  • Salary

    Not Specified

Job Description

Accessibility Consultant


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 Services (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 employment, academia, public access, emerging technologies, and facilities.

  • 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 individual employment or academic cases to the development and delivery of disability related training.
  • 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.
  • In the area of public access, the Accessibility Coordinator 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 not limited to the provision of alternate formats, effective communication, facilities, and signage.
  • 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 ADA. The Consultant collaborates with other subject matter experts to make recommendations regarding practice, process, and strategies supporting the mission of UDR. Provides other related services, as needed.

Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 5 years of progressive relevant experience.

Prior experience with ADA compliance in a higher education setting.

Additional Qualifications:

  • 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.

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