Employment Opportunities at DRES

University of Illinois

College of Applied Health Sciences

Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services


Disability Specialist



Primary Function


The Disability Specialist determines eligibility of services and reasonable accommodations for University of Illinois students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, psychiatric disabilities, and other types of disabilities as needed; remains current with federal and state mandates as they relate to college students with disabilities; and consults and serves as a resource with faculty and campus administrators on accommodations and access issues impacting students with disabilities.


Major Duties and Responsibilities


  1. 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. (40%)
  2. Counsels/advises students in areas such as crisis management, academic coaching, vocational counseling, and transition planning related to their disability. (20%)
  3. Collaborates with faculty and other professionals across campus to make sure that approved academic accommodations are in place for students with disabilities. (10%)
  4. Advises other campus administrative and service units on the physical, programmatic, informational, and attitudinal access issues relating to the needs of students with disabilities. (10%)
  5. Collaborates with other DRES staff in the ongoing refinement of internal service policies, procedures, and practices. (5%)
  6. Participates in the development and implementation of disability education training on the Illinois campus. (5%)
  7. Assists in maintaining current information on the DRES website and social media pages. (5%)
  8. Serves as DRES liaison to other campus departments/units as needed.(2%)
  9. Schedules, coordinates, and conducts tours of DRES to prospective students, visitors, alumni, interview candidates, courses, faculty/staff, and university officials. (1%)
  10. Conducts service responsibilities for the College of AHS (i.e., search committee work, subcommittee membership) as needed. (1%)
  11. Other duties as assigned. (1%)


Reporting Relationships


DRES Director

DRES Assistant Director

Disability Specialist


Position Requirements and Qualifications



This position requires a minimum of a master’s degree in rehabilitation, psychology, social work, education, or a closely related field.



Required:  Knowledge of and experience in the delivery of ADAAA/504 mandated post-secondary academic services to students with disabilities, especially with psychiatric disabilities. Experience in mental health services and/or working with individuals with mental health disabilities. The position requires 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.  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, faculty, and staff at all levels within a diverse, multi-cultural, collaborative environment. 


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 January 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 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 Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

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Disability Specialist - Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) (140378)
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