Employment Opportunities at DRES

Disability Specialist, Alternate Format Production (AMS)

Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services

College of Applied Health Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Disability Specialist in Accessible Media Services (AMS), is responsible for ensuring that multimedia content is rendered in a timely, accurate and accessible format for students with disabilities attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who are registered with the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES). The position may also provide alternative format services for campus units, faculty, staff and guests with disabilities with the approval of the DRES Director. This position supports development, coordination and promotion of accessibility media training and awareness at events and online resources at the University of Illinois.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain online resources and courses in accessible media production for use by students, faculty, and staff to support the creation of accessible instructional and administrative materials. Addressing physical, programmatic, and attitudinal access issues with other campus administrative and service units relating to the needs of students with disabilities.
  • Ensure that print-based media is provided in a timely, accurate and accessible format to students. More specifically, this includes: informing and maintaining regular contact with DRES students who qualify for AMS text conversion services and their access specialists; maintaining and updating the AMS text conversion workload for data tracking purposes; procuring digital copies of materials to be converted for DRES students; evaluating, operating, troubleshooting, and supervising the entire text conversion process; author, revise, and maintain AMS text conversion policies and procedures; coordinate timely and cost-effective outsourcing of conversion jobs to outside agencies approved by DRES director; hire and train non-FTE to process accessible formats for students registered with DRES.
  • Assist in the creation of captions and audio descriptions for the production of accessible media. Ensure the timely and accurate delivery of multimedia content (videos, podcasts, audio recordings, narrated PowerPoint lectures) in an accessible format. Maintain accurate records of captioning and audio description projects in progress, work completed and dates that videos to be captioned are received by the AMS captioning services. Work with campus resources to serve as an audio description creator for both students with disabilities and the campus at large.
  • Serve on departmental, college, campus and regional committees related to accessible technology, including the Technology Accessibility Review Committee (TARC) and BTAA-ITAG training group.
  • Consult with administrators, faculty, and staff to evaluate and improve the accessibility of documents, online instructional and administrative resources.
  • Maintaining functional knowledge of the latest technology and techniques in use by like organizations as it applies to the mission of accessible media and evaluate new software and procedures to improve the service provided by AMS to DRES registered students.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience Required

The position requires a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in rehabilitation, education, psychology, or a closely related field, and knowledge of specialized assistive technologies and information technologies used for the delivery of accessible media and content. A knowledge of HTML and CSS is also required. The position requires proficiency in document accessibility, namely the creation and remediation of accessible Word, PPT, and PDF documents as well as accessible video production. This position requires familiarity with the administrative side of Learning Management Systems (Compass2g/Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle). This position requires a knowledge of common assistive technologies such as screen readers, magnifiers, voice input, and alternative input devices. The position requires knowledge of the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA) and the federal Section 504 and 508 of the ADA, Information Technology Accessibility Standard, and the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.x.

Salary and Appointment Information

This is a full-time, regular (not visiting) academic professional non-tenured position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Procedures and Deadline Information

To ensure full consideration, create a candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your letter of application and resume by June 3, 2021. Online application will also require names and contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Krystle Simmons at klsimmns@illinois.edu or 217/333-5683.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior EmploymentAs a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility

 

 

 

Disability Specialist

Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services

College of Applied Health Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

The Disability Specialist determines eligibility of services and reasonable accommodations for University of Illinois students with physical/mobility disabilities, chronic health conditions, and other types of disabilities as needed and then advises students through the interactive process regarding the types of accommodations and supports they may need to access university curriculum and programming. The specialist remains current with federal and state mandates as they relate to college students with disabilities; and advises faculty and campus administrators on accommodations and access issues impacting students with disabilities.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Advises students with disabilities and instructors in the planning, determination, and implementation of academic adjustments, modifications, and auxiliary aids and services as required by Section504 of the Rehab Act, the ADA, and the ADAAA.
  • Counsels/advises students in areas such as crisis management, academic coaching, vocational counseling, and transition planning related to their disability.
  • Collaborates with faculty and other professionals across campus to make sure that approved academic accommodations are in place for students with disabilities.
  • Advises other campus administrative and service units on the physical, programmatic, informational, and attitudinal access issues relating to the needs of students with disabilities.
  • Collaborates with other DRES staff in the ongoing refinement of internal service policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of disability education training on the Illinois campus.
  • Assists in maintaining current information on the DRES website and social media pages.
  • Serves as DRES liaison to other campus departments/units as needed.
  • Schedules, coordinates, and conducts tours of DRES to prospective students, visitors, alumni, interview candidates, courses, faculty/staff, and university officials.
  • Conducts service responsibilities for the College of AHS (i.e., search committee work, subcommittee membership) as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience Required

This position requires a master's degree in rehabilitation, occupational therapy, physical therapy, special education, social work, psychology, or closely related field. Experience working with people with physical disabilities at the high school or college level is required. Knowledge of and experience in the delivery of ADAAA/ADA/504 mandated post-secondary academic services to students with disabilities. Must be a productive team player with the ability to deliver a high level of interactive service, develop and maintain collaborative relationships inside and outside of the unit, prioritize effectively, as well as proactively solve problems. Must work well under pressure, have the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously with a great deal of accuracy, possess strong written and verbal communication skills along with exceptional organization skills. Must demonstrate the ability to work well with students, faculty,and staff.

Salary and Appointment Information

This is a full-time, regular (not visiting) academic professional non-tenured position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Procedures and Deadline Information

To ensure full consideration, create a candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your letter of application and resume by June 15, 2021. Online application will also require names and contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Krystle Simmons at klsimmns@illinois.edu or 217/333-5683.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior EmploymentAs a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

 

 

 

Career Services Specialist

Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services

College of Applied Health Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

The Career Services Specialist is responsible for supporting the career/employment needs of students with disabilities registered with the Division of Disability Resources & Educational Services (DRES) through: (1) the development, implementation and evaluation of career readiness programming for DRES Students? (2) collaboration with UIUC career service units to create more inclusive campus career experiences? and, (3) the establishment and maintenance of employment-related partnerships in industry.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Recruit, plan, implement and evaluate student participation in diversity-related employment programming, and facilitate student networking at career events.
  • Provide direct services and support to students with disabilities related to career development and employment preparation, resume and cover letter creation, job search strategies, and interview preparation.
  • Counsel students (and alumni when necessary) on disability-related topics, such as self-advocacy skill development, requesting reasonable accommodations in the workplace, the disability disclosure process, and transition planning, as needed.
  • Build relationships and collaborate with staff from departmental career service programs. The Career Center, and other university units supporting the employment and career options of University of Illinois students and alumni. This includes serving as DRES liaison to The Career Center, attending meetings, and serving on sub-committees.
  • Supervise graduate hourly, undergraduate, and graduate student interns who work with the CSS program.
  • Collaborate with campus and off-campus employment partners to develop a job shadowing and mentoring program for students to increase knowledge of career options and opportunities.
  • Recruit and prepare students to participate in internship and employment programs specifically designed for students with disabilities, such as the American Association for People with Disabilities (AAPD) Summer Internship Program, Microsoft Autism Hiring Program, Lime Connect, and Workforce Recruitment Programs.
  • Develop and maintain a multimedia presence by providing resources to students and alumni, including updated information on CSS within the DRES website, DRES listserve, regular announcements on social media, marketing flyers, and the electronic employment newsletter.
  • Establish DRES alumni relations and outreach in support of the CSS program.
  • Develop and offer career development and transition courses for DRES students.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of disability education and employment accommodations for corporate, governmental, and not-for-profit entities wanting to enhance the inclusion and diversity of their workforce.
  • Actively participate in grant projects when available and serve as point of contact for awarding agencies.
  • Remain current in the knowledge and understanding of the ADAAA/employment accommodations.
  • Schedule, coordinate, and conduct tours of DRES administrative and service facilities to visitors, alumni, faculty/staff, and university officials.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience Required

This position requires a minimum of a master’s degree in college student personnel, higher education administration, career/vocational development, counseling, rehab counseling, or related area. Minimum of one academic year experience working with college students, preferably in a setting related to career development, academic advising or student success or one academic year experience with other clients on job search related skills and topics. The position requires a self-starter with the ability to deliver a high level of interactive service, develop and maintain collaborative relationships inside and outside of the unit, prioritize effectively, as well as proactively solve problems. The successful applicant must work well under pressure, have the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously with a great deal of accuracy, possess strong written and verbal communication skills along with exceptional organizational skills. The applicant must demonstrate the ability to work well with students, alumni, faculty, staff, and industry contacts at all levels within a diverse, multi-cultural, collaborative environment. Knowledge of job search strategies and career development theories, best practices and resources. Preferred: Knowledge of and experience in the delivery of ADAAA employment accommodations. Familiarity with online career database systems such as Grad Leaders, Handshake, Symplicity and other current and emerging technologies within the career development field.

Salary and Appointment Information

This is a full-time, regular (not visiting) academic professional non-tenured position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Procedures and Deadline Information

To ensure full consideration, create a candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your letter of application and resume by June 25, 2021. Online application will also require names and contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Krystle Simmons at klsimmns@illinois.edu or 217/333-5683.

 

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior EmploymentAs a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.