The George Mason University, Office of Disability Services within the University Life Department, invites applications for a Sr. Access Consultant. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About the Position:
Reporting to the Associate Director of Disability Services, the Sr. Access Consultant serves as the lead Access Consultant, and provides oversight of the registration process, and case management to students to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations and services to which the students are entitled under the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The Access Consultant interacts with faculty, parents, students and healthcare providers; serves on University committees representing disability issues and concerns; and engages in activities that promote campus accessibility and awareness.
Serves as the lead and trainer for all other Access Consultants in the office;
Provides oversight of the registration process;
Facilitates access to courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities for students with disabilities;
Collaborates with and advises faculty, staff, students and others in the delivery of services;
Provides support and case management to students with disabilities, as specified by the mandates for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAA) of 2008, and state and University policies;
Works collaboratively with the Disability Services specialists to review and interpret confidential diagnostic documentation;
Creates, adjusts, and evaluates individual accommodation plans for students;
Works collaboratively to develop and implement best practices in promoting inclusive design, determining and providing reasonable accommodations, and assessing efficacy of accommodations;
Works with faculty, staff, and other University personnel in appropriately accommodating students with disabilities;
Maintains confidential student files/records through documenting and maintaining appropriate electronic records of verbal and written communications;
Applies independent judgment and expertise, interrelates with students, faculty and administrators across campus to improve the accessibility of the campus through the delivery of programs and services that reframe disability and promote inclusive design;
Develops and presents outreach programs, presentations, and workshops for campus community and local school districts and community resources;
Serves as the point of contact for prospective families and community members;
Assists with building an inclusive environment that supports the growth of students, staff, and faculty with disabilities through advocacy and institutional intervention to support diversity on campus through training and educational workshops;
Performs other duties as assigned.
Advanced degree in rehabilitation counseling, special education, educational psychology, or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience;
Experience (typically obtained with three-five years experience) working with students who have disabilities and reading/interpreting psychoeducational, neuropsychological and other assessment-based reports;
Must possess the ability to work collaboratively in a group and/or independently with individuals from diverse backgrounds;
Knowledge of psycho-educational test and accommodations in higher education;
Working knowledge of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disability Amendments Act of 2008, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and other appropriate laws.
A master's degree in special education, counseling, a social services field, or another related field;
Experience with creating and presenting to stakeholders and partners;
Experience developing and facilitating college level courses in a post-secondary setting;
Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in higher education for students with disabilities;
Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of disability studies, disability identity, disability culture, disability history and rights, and Universal Design;
Ability to work early morning, evenings and/or weekends on occasion.
Salary: High 50K - Low 60K; commensurate with education and experience
Location: Fairfax, VA
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George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report
George Mason University is a public, comprehensive, research university established by the Commonwealth of Virginia located in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. Mason was initially founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1949, and became an independent institution in 1972. George Mason University is an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world.
George Mason University has 37,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students. Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars. 80% of our students are employed within six months of graduation. Nearly two-thirds of the 140,000 Mason alumni live and work in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Mason is a young university that, in just a short time, has made impressive strides in size, stature and influence. Today, as Virginia’s largest public research university, we are setting the benchmark for a bold, progressive education that serves the needs of our students and communities. To that end, we have 10 schools and colleges devoted to a variety of study.
We prepa...re Mason students for the demands of work, social responsibility, and life in an ever-changing global society. University Life's mission statement is core to our work. We support every student at Mason, from orientation through graduation.
George Mason: Patriotism Personified.
George Mason, for whom our university is named, was one of the greatest of the founding fathers of the United States. Mason drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became a model for the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.
We Are in Virginia. But We Serve the World.
Mason is committed to creating a more just, free and prosperous world. Located in one of the most important political, economic and intellectual hubs in the world, we accept our responsibility to serve others: to help our students succeed, enrich the life of our community, and contribute to solving some of the most complex global problems of our time.
Washington, D.C.: Land of Opportunity.
Mason’s main campus is in Fairfax, Virginia, just 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital is easily accessible by car or public transportation.
At Mason, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a beautiful wooded residential campus and outstanding college experience, as well as numerous internship and recreational opportunities that only a world-class urban setting like D.C. can offer.
You can intern with National Geographic or the Justice Department, visit the numerous museums with your Art History classmates, take a selfie in front of Lincoln Memorial, catch a Nationals baseball game, kayak along the Potomac, or check out the many neighborhoods where you’ll discover lots of great shopping, places to eat, art galleries, music venues, and much more. You can attend events and hear nationally recognized speakers. You’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do.
There’s more to explore. Students participate in a field trip to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., organized by the Office of International Programs and Services.
In just a short drive, you can be hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains or walking the boardwalk in either Ocean City, Maryland, or Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Our closest airports are Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport, and Mason is easily accessible by public transportation. Free shuttle buses help you get to the nearest Metro station in Vienna, Virginia, just a short distance from our Fairfax Campus. The Arlington Campus is within walking distance of the Virginia Square-GMU stop on the Orange Line.
Enriching Work Environment.
We will invest in recruiting, retaining, and developing talented and diverse faculty and academic and professional staff. We will create a vibrant campus life in which all members can grow and thrive.
Diversity is one of our core values; everyone is welcome here. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report.
We bring together a multitude of people and ideas in everything that we do. Our culture of inclusion, our multidisciplinary approach, and our global perspective makes us more effective educators and scholars.
While at Mason, you’ll be making your own decisions and forming your own view of the world. Engaging with diverse groups of individuals, including students, faculty, and staff, will enrich this experience. You will learn from them, and they will learn from you.
We have a variety of communities here, and you're sure to find a group of people who are like you. The great thing is you'll also be embraced by communities of people who are not like you. At Mason, you'll be in a place where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Interacting with people from a variety of backgrounds will:
•Widen your outlook of the world,
•Show you how to work and collaborate with people of differing views,
•Expose you to new perspectives from people with disparate life experiences, and
•Give you the social skills to interact with all kinds of people.
Diversity also enhances learning and creative thinking by prompting the study of new material and the awareness of fresh viewpoints. The power of many perspectives will boost your capacity to explore original ideas and solutions. Seeing issues in a new way heightens your creativity and problem-solving abilities.
Another benefit: As our nation becomes more diverse, students who learn in a diverse environment will be more competitive in an increasingly global economy. You’ll enhance your critical thinking skills and improve your ability to develop nuanced solutions to real-world problems.
Accessibility @ mason provide information regarding the physical access of all campuses and online accessibility of programs and services. Information for disability related services and resources available to all employee, students, and visitors the entire university include physical access to buildings, parking policies, and emergency evacuation procedures.
We are an open and welcoming community. We partner with public and private organizations in our region and around the world. We proactively engage with our community. We define our success by how many talented students with potential we serve, not how many we leave out.
Social and Cultural Venues.
Our venues bring world-class performances to the community through vibrant concerts and events. Community members are invited to take part in many artistic and cultural offerings at Mason. Spaces are also available to rent for your next event.