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Accessible Education Counsellor

by Western University

Reference #: 28211
Position Type: Full-time
Location: London, ON
Date Posted: Sep 15, 2022
Experience: 3 Years
Education: Masters or PhD
Western University

Job Description

Classification & Regular Hours

Hours per Week: 35
Salary Grade: 16

Please note this is a temporary full time position with an expected end date of April 30, 2023.

Secondments are Welcome

About Western

Since 1878, Western University has been committed to serving our communities through the pursuit of
academic excellence and by providing students, faculty, and community members with life-long opportunities
for intellectual, social, and cultural growth. We seek excellent students, faculty, and staff to join us in what has
become known as the "Western Experience" - an opportunity to contribute to a better world through the
development of new knowledge, new abilities, new connections, and new ways to make a difference.

About Us

As part of the Student Experience portfolio, the Accessible Education team offers resources and supports to
students with disabilities at Western. Team members work one-on-one with students to review documentation,
understand needs, and recommend academic accommodations that help ensure equity, inclusion, and access
to education.

Responsibilities

The purpose of the Counsellor role is to determine, coordinate, and in some cases directly provide, appropriate
academic accommodation and related services for students with disabilities. This support allows students a fair
opportunity to engage in their studies as effectively and independently as possible while maintaining academic
integrity of Western’s courses and programs. By providing accommodation and skill development services for
students, the Counsellor role assists the University in supporting diversity and complying with human rights
legislation concerning accommodation and accessibility. The Counsellor also plays a central role in
implementing Senate policies.

Qualifications

Education:
- Master’s degree in Counselling, Social Work, Psychology, Special Education, Occupational Therapy,
Disabilities Studies, or a related Behavioural Sciences discipline

Experience:
- Three (3) years’ experience working with young adults with a broad range of disabilities using a case
management approach
- Experience arranging academic accommodation for students with disabilities at an Ontario university, with
particular expertise in working with students with mental health/psychiatric disabilities, learning disabilities,
ADHD, among others is preferred

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Ability to use knowledge of counselling skills, empathy, problem solving, and various intervention strategies
- Expertise in working with persons with disabilities
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills to deliver information professionally in difficult
circumstances
- Professional manner, tact, diplomacy and discretion in interactions with students and colleagues
- Ability to work with people who have a wide variety of life and school experiences
- Knowledge of approaches and techniques for supporting students with disabilities and the ability to liaise
with faculty, university departments, staff, and various professionals and community groups
- Knowledge and awareness of assistive technology and services
- Ability to work well under pressure and handle multiple conflicting priorities in a fast- paced environment
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail when managing individual cases and preparing
information for reports and documentation

Interested applicants are asked to visit https://recruit.uwo.ca for further information and to apply online referencing job #28211 by midnight on September 28, 2022.

Background Checks

Please note, successful applicants may be required to produce current record check(s) (e.g. vulnerable sector,
criminal record and police information) from a police service prior to commencing employment.

Western Values Diversity

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity
and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible
minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any
gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you
require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at
hrhelp@uwo.ca or phone 519-661-2194.

Please Note:

Effective September 7, 2021, all employees and visitors to campus are required to comply withWestern's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
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