[Athen] Open position

Christa Milller spuddyat at gmail.com
Thu Apr 29 08:10:43 PDT 2021

Hi All,

I want to share an open position on our Blacksburg, VA campus at
Virginia Tech. Our student disability services office is starting to
move away from requiring a counseling background and adding some
accessibility experience to their staff positions.

I would love to see someone who has more accessibility experience in
this position, so I'm sharing here. Email me at millerch at vt.edu if you
have questions.


Christa Miller
TLOS: Accessible Technologies

Access Specialist

Job no: 515858
Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: Vice President for Student Affairs
Department: Services for Students w/Disabil.
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Student Affairs / Services

Job Description
Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) assists the university
with its mission of promoting students’ academic success, personal
growth, and development of life skills. SSD works to ensure that
students with disabilities receive equal access to curricular and
co-curricular opportunities in the university community, in compliance
with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans
with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008.

Reporting to the associate director, the Access Specialist serves as a
full-time administrative/professional faculty member. The access
specialist provides direct services to students and families seeking
information on disability resources, coordinates the interactive
process for reasonable accommodation requests, and assist with office
tasks. The Access Specialist must demonstrate a commitment to equity,
knowledge about disability services, and appreciation for human

Core Responsibilities:

Maintain a caseload to include direct services, reviewing
documentation, establishing eligibility, determining appropriate
student accommodations, assisting with problem solving, and
communicating among faculty, staff, parents and students.

Independently and collaboratively determine reasonable accommodations
for students in university programs in a clear, well-documented,
timely, and effective manner.

Ensure and assist with the implementation of accommodations such as
note taking, alternate text requests, furniture coordination and
accommodated exams.

Maintain accurate records.

Collaborate with campus partners and coordinate SSD participation in
the Workforce Recruitment Program

Participate in the continued development and refinement of SSD operations

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will possess:

Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent amount of experience working in
disability services in higher education.

Experience communicating effectively with multiple stakeholders

Experience working in the field of disability services, rehabilitation
services, higher education, social work, etc.

Strong organizational skills to effectively manage multiple requests
and competing deadlines

Preferred Qualifications

Experience providing individual and/or small group instruction to students

Demonstrated ability convey complex technical information to both
technical and non-technical audiences.

Appointment Type


Review Date

May 5, 2021

Additional Information

Student Affairs at Virginia Tech fosters a community where each
student creates a customized experience to meet their goals. Building
on our motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is
dedicated to serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and
excellence. We seek candidate who adopt and practice our Principles of
Community, which are fundamental to our ongoing efforts to increase
access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning
and growth. We are actively seeking people to join our community and
help us prepare leaders for the world. Our people in Student Affairs
are committed to student well-being and assuring that all students
Experience VT by demonstrating, supporting, and operationalizing our
Aspirations for Student Learning. If you are someone dedicated to
ensuring student success, then we want you to consider being a part of
our team!

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech
pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on,
transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and
problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances
the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia
Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and
creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse
enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and
professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of
medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors
College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia,
including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health
Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and
Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A
leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than
$500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or
applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including
pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic
information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion,
sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate
against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or
disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or
applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an
accommodation, please contact Nikeshia Arthur at nikeshia at vt.edu
during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the

Advertised: April 20, 2021
Applications close: Open until filled

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