Assistive Technology Consultant

University of Toronto - Toronto, ON (23 days ago)

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About us:
The university’s second largest division, U of T Mississauga has 17 academic departments and offers 156 programs in 92 areas of study. Home to approximately 15,000 students and over 1,000 faculty and staff, the campus houses the Mississauga Academy of Medicine, Centre for Medicinal Chemistry and Institute for Management and Innovation. With its distinctive interdisciplinary programs such as forensic sciences and biomedical communications, U of T Mississauga offers a broad array of continuing education programs and professional masters programs. Established in 1967, the campus features award-winning architecture, robust community partnerships and a dynamic student environment set amongst 225 acres along the Credit River in Mississauga.

Your opportunity:
Accessibility Services provides academic accommodations and services for students with disabilities and promotes a fully integrated university experience by ensuring that students have the opportunity to access and participate in all areas of student life. In partnership with a variety of Student Affairs and academic departments, Accessibility Services provides comprehensive programming throughout a student’s university career to foster greater resiliency and promote the development of knowledge and skills that are transferable to their future goals.

Based on a sound knowledge of assistive technology and learning strategies, the Assistive Technology Consultant will be responsible for meeting with and counselling students on their learning and technology needs, conducting technology assessments, recommending technology to be purchased through the OSAP Bursary for Students with Disabilities, and providing individual sessions and group workshops on a variety of learning strategy and assistive technology topics.

Your responsibilities will include:
Researching and recommending alternative approaches and possible accommodation solutions as part of the duty to accommodate
Assessing and making recommendations on student funding applications and the appropriate disbursement of funds
Approving disability related educational expenses through the OSAP Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD)
Conducting a detailed analysis of student feedback and learning outcomes to inform program planning activities
Writing confidential student accommodation summaries
Developing components of programs and initiatives that advance program objectives

Essential Qualifications:
Masters Degree in computer studies, student development, occupational therapy, education, counselling or an acceptable combination of equivalent education and experience.
A minimum of four (4) years’ experience in academic support in a multi-disciplinary setting to undergraduate and graduate students at the university level.
Must have experience with training individuals with disabilities in the use of assistive technology.
Must have experience developing, implementing and monitoring individual academic learning plans.
Demonstrated experience with providing 1 to 1 coaching to students regarding learning.
Demonstrated advanced skill with MS Office, e.g., Access, Word, Excel, Power Point, Internet, email and a variety of assistive technology software programs and hardware.
Experience offering study skills workshops and assisting in the delivery of small group learning is essential.
Good understanding of functional limitations related to a full range of disability types with a special focus on learning disabilities, mental health, autism spectrum, and ADHD to determine appropriate session content, materials and approaches.
Strong computer skills and experience with the installation, troubleshooting and maintenance of assistive technologies in both Macintosh and Windows environments.
Broad knowledge of the application and technological aspects of assistive technology use and development for students with disabilities.
Independent judgment and creative problem solving skills are required to develop individual learning plans for student.
Must understand the strengths and challenges of adults with disabilities and have knowledge of cultural views of disability.
Must have a commitment to the principles of equity and inclusion and be able to demonstrate an understanding of the implication of disabilities as they relate to a student's success at university and in a broader context.
Ability to exercise initiative, tact, discretion and problem solving skills.
Ability to assess and prioritize projects with shifting deadlines.
Superior organizational and time management skills required.
Strong group facilitation and presentation skills.

Assets (Nonessential):
Certification in Learning Strategies, Assistive Technology, Coaching, or Supplemental Instruction are assets.

To be successful in this role you will be:
Team player

Travel: None

Notes: This is a 6 month term position.

Employee Group: United Steelworkers (USW)

Appointment Type: Budget - Term

Schedule: Full-time

Pay Scale Group and Hiring Rate: USW Pay Band 13 - $74,041 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $94,687. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.

Job Field: Student Academic Experience

Job Posting: Nov 12, 2019

Job Closing: Nov 20, 2019, 10:59:00 PM