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Disability Access Counselor

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Enrollment & Student Services

Position Title Disability Access Counselor
About the University Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department The Department of Disability Resources for Students and the division of Enrollment and Student Services support Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

Position responsibilities include:

  • Independently determine appropriate and reasonable accommodations and/or services based upon an individual assessment with the student. 
  • Assist University faculty/staff in implementing disability accommodations and ensure accommodation/service delivery complies with DRS policy & procedure and federal and state requirements. 
  • Provide technical and instructional assistance and support for faculty, staff, administration and students working with students with disabilities. 
  • Provide advising, problem-solving, advocacy and mediation for students with disabilities. 
  • Independently evaluate medical and psychological documentation provided by potential and enrolled students seeking accommodation/services from DRS. 
  • Plan and execute educational workshops and outreach on resources for DRS students. 
  • Coordinate with university staff/faculty, offices and departments to promote disability awareness and inclusion. 
  • Create, foster and maintain collaborative working relationships with faculty, staff, administration and students. 
  • Liaise with relevant campus partners, including Western Libraries, Academic Technology, Western Online, and Center for Instructional Innovation & Assessment. 
  • Assist in other duties and complete special projects at the direction of the Director.
Required Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree in Education, Social Work, Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, or related field. Equivalent or relevant experience can substitute for the Master's Degree requirement.
  • Experience working in higher education with undergraduate or graduate students with disabilities.
  • Ability to provide reasonable accommodations through an interactive process, including the ability to evaluate and apply medical and psychological documentation to an academic accommodation context
  • Knowledge and experience with: state and federal laws and regulations that govern services to disabled students and required reporting;
  • Experience developing and tailoring student success programs and workshops for diverse audiences.
  • Experience working with diverse populations including an awareness of diversity within the disability community.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills with experience presenting in small and large group environments
  • Thorough knowledge of student development theory.
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Strong computer skills to include working with databases, spreadsheets and word processing
  • Position is subject to a fingerprint background check
Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of universal design
  • Knowledge of the social model of disability
  • Fluency in American Sign Language
  • Knowledge of assistive technologies for people with disabilities such as: text-to-speech, speech-to-text, and screenreader software
  • Familiarity with the Americans with Disabilities Act (as amended), Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and disability case law. 

Commensurate with experience and qualifications with an excellent benefits package.

Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Application review begins September 20th; position is open until filled.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“The Clery Act”). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western’s campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the office of the Vice President for enrollment and Student Services. The report can be found at

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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