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Disabilities and Compliance Officer
Job SummaryThe University is seeking to employ a Disabilities and Compliance Officer (DCO).
This position will have primary responsibility for creating and maintaining a safe, inclusive and supportive environment for all students with disabilities. The DCO will provide leadership and administrative management to the Students with Disabilities Unit. He/she will work with and advocate for students with disabilities to ensure that they have equal access to all programmes, services and activities that the University provides.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Ensure compliance with University policies on disabilities (OR on all matters relating to disabilities);
- Serve as the liaison between UB-North (the Northern Bahamas Campus) and other campuses on all matters pertaining to students with disabilities;
- Liaise with the business community, government ministries, boards and agencies on matters pertaining to students with disabilities;
- Liaise with the Office of Recruitment and Admissions;
- Serve on committees and task forces as assigned;
- Develop policies and procedures that promote disability inclusion and universal design in programmes, services and facilities;
- Plan and implement programme goals and activities and evaluate programme effectiveness;
- Develop and implement assessment tools for evaluating the services provided;
- Assist the Department in achieving its goals by actively responding to the initiatives of the Department and Division;
- Coordinate ongoing efforts to have a fully accessible campus;
- Liaise with the Human Resources Department in order to provide disability-related training and technical assistance to faculty, staff, and administrators;
- Collaborate with students, faculty, staff and community members to create usable, equitable, inclusive and sustainable learning environments;
- Assist with conducting workshops and conference presentations on disabilities;
- Conduct interviews with students with disabilities to determine appropriate accommodations;
- Oversee provision of auxiliary aids, support and services including materials in alternate formats, interpreters, transcribers, lab assistants, adaptive technology, assistive devices, etc.;
- Write grant proposals to receive funding for initiatives that support the creation of more usable, inclusive and sustainable learning environments for students with disabilities;
- Prepare and manage the Unit’s budget;
- Prepare monthly and annual reports;
- Perform other duties as required to support the strategic mission of the University.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills;
- Working knowledge of UB’s policy on disabilities, and national legislation relative to Students with Disabilities in higher education;
- Knowledge of universal design;
- Knowledge of the social and rights-based models of disability;
- Working knowledge of disabilities and teaching methodology supportive of student success;
- Knowledge of assistive technology for persons with disabilities;
- Knowledge of information and communication technology accessibility requirements;
- Principles of business, organization, management and public administration;
- Principles and methods for conducting analysis of procedures and improving operational services.
- Master’s degree from an accredited university in Rehabilitation Counselling, Special Education or related field.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Management, Public Administration, Rehabilitation or related field.
- A minimum of 2 years’ experience.
- Experience and/or training in disability studies, disability policies and services, disability compliance or closely related fields.