Employment Opportunities at DRES

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 a 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/504 mandated post-secondary academic services to students with disabilities, especially with mobility/physical 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 organizational 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 October 28, 2020. 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. This position requires successful completion of a criminal background investigation. 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.