Disability Resource Center is looking for a contracted Access Consultant to work 14hrs/wk.
The Access Consultant provides or arranges for reasonable accommodations for all staff and faculty with disabilities or medical conditions to ensure access to employment, programs, facilities, services, and activities on campus. The Access Consultant also works on behalf of all persons with disabilities to improve the understanding and support of the University community. The Access Consultant provides ongoing consultation and support to supervisors and departments. This position serves University of Minnesota Twin Cities and Duluth employees. Some travel required. This position reports to the Associate Director of the Disability Resource Center for Employee services/UReturn.
Duties and Responsibilities: Direct Service (up to 80%) • Provide information, referral, and support to employees with medical conditions or disabilities (both occupational and non-occupational) supervisors, Human Resources, and union representatives • Facilitate communication between faculty, staff, and employees with disabilities, as well as STD, LTD and Workers Compensation stakeholders • Assist employees with obtaining medical documentation and determining the need for reasonable accommodations/adjustments • Assess the interaction of the employee’s medical condition with the employment environment and develop a plan for reasonable and appropriate accommodations to ensure equitable opportunities • Coordinate the provision of reasonable accommodations as identified • Assist employees in understanding their medical conditions and their legal rights and responsibilities • Promote employee self-advocacy, independence and development • Maintain strict confidentiality in verbal and written communications • Provide on-going consultation and problem-solving assistance to faculty and staff in the provision of appropriate services and accommodations and advocate for reasonable accommodation • Obtain and maintain medical documentation for all employees of the Twin Cities campus • Assist Human Resources and department supervisors in identifying essential and marginal functions of employee positions • Conduct job site analyses as needed • Document and maintain up-to-date case records and notes of appropriate and accurate information on the computer database and in the hard file • Consult with other Coordinators and assistant director regarding case management issues. Also consult with claims examiners, Risk Management, DEHS, and other internal partners. • Provide professional opinion and actions taken on behalf of disabled faculty and staff in formal grievances, arbitrations, depositions, and other forums as requested by the Associate Director of Disability Resource Center, and the University Office of the General Counsel
Institutional Support (DS work groups and/or U. committees) (10%) • Attend and participate in cluster and all staff meetings • Participate in work group to advance the development of UReturn and the Disability Resource Center. • Participate in University committees, task forces, networks and liaisons upon the recommendation and/or approval of an Associate Director in the Disability Resource Center
Outreach (5%) • Provide training (formal presentations) to the University and the community on disability-related topics to promote awareness, sensitivity, and competence in ensuring access for disabled individuals • Provide consultation/technical assistance on disability or medical issues as needed or requested by individuals and groups at the University and in the community
Professional Activity (research, instruction, supervision, development) (5%) • Plan, conduct, and report disability and higher education research upon the recommendation and/or approval of the Associate Director of Employee Services/UReturn • Participate in teaching courses and guest lecturing upon the recommendation and/or approval of the Associate Director of Employee Services/UReturn • Provide supervision to practicum or internship students placed at the Disability Resource Center • Maintain membership and involvement with relevant professional organizations • Participate in professional development activities through presentations, publications, attendance at conferences and/or related activities • Participate in community-based organizations serving disabled populations Miscellaneous • This position reports directly to the Associate Director of Disability Resource Center Employee Services/UReturn
Individuals who identify as indigenous, people with disabilities, people of color, LGBTQIA+, gender nonconforming, and members of other historically underrepresented communities are highly encouraged to apply.
Contact Dave Fuecker with questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Essential Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, Industrial Psychology, Counseling Psychology, or a related field • Four years experience working in employment and retention of people with disabilities and/or medical conditions. • Knowledge of federal and state disability laws regarding access for people with disabilities; specifically ADA and FMLA • Demonstrated knowledge of community resources for people with disabilities • Experience in providing consultation and training on disability issues • Strong communication and organizational skills
Preferred Qualifications: • Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, Industrial Psychology, Counseling Psychology or related field. Selection Criteria: • Work experience with employers that have integrated return-to-work, work retention systems • Knowledge of issues related to adults with disabilities; the impact of a disability in an employment environment; and psychosocial aspects of a working environment for an employee with a disability. • Preferred Knowledge of the University of Minnesota Twin City campus' inter-department relationships; labor relations; and other resources for employees available within, and outside, the University system. • Proficiency using computers (Macintosh, IBM), particularly using communication networks and adaptive technology. • Demonstrated experience in, and a an ongoing commitment to, working effectively with and across diverse communities, including specific experience with one or more of the following identities/communities: people of color, including underrepresented groups and new immigrant populations; American Indians; people with both visible and invisible disabilities; women; people of various gender and sexual identities and expressions; and first-generation students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Internal Number: 341619
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