Closing Date: 
Jun 5 2017

This position blends advocacy, liaison, and education with operational oversight for areas pertaining to accessibility, student support, and inclusion, and fosters an inclusive and holistic learning environment that maximizes the potential of each student, empowering them to thrive.


Reporting to the Director, Student Life, the Educational Accessibility Specialist will work with students with disabilities, and faculty and staff to draw on the principles of a stepped care approach. They will develop a comprehensive strategy designed to enhance accessibility and inclusion. In close collaboration with the Student Wellness and Counselling Centre and the Blundon Centre, this position will ensure supports to encourage a successful and inclusive educational experience. Duties will include:  acting as an advocacy liaison with various internal and external groups; creating an educational  awareness within the university community of the “duty to accommodate”; researching, sharing, and implementing best practices and emerging trends; promoting universal design for learning through consultation with internal stakeholders regarding inclusive pedagogy; integrating strengths-based healthy campus approaches; providing student support through the principles of stepped care; ensuring students with identified and documented disabilities are supported; creating an environment where student autonomy and self-advocacy will thrive; intervening in high-risk student incidents and coordinating an inter-disciplinary support where needed; coordinating timely psychoeducational assessments; interpreting results; implementing plans and ensuring that all stakeholders are aware and compliant; establishing committees to ensure complex student needs are reviewed and met to the best of the University’s ability.

QUALIFICATIONSThorough (5 to 8) years of progressively responsible management or professional experience in a related area, preferably with demonstrated experience in universal design for learning, the stepped care approaches, and/or strategies that empower students to thrive.  A Masters’ degree in Disabilities Studies, Educational Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, Educational Administration/Higher Education; or a related field is required. The ideal candidate will have: a demonstrated track record of strong leadership and evidence of innovative approaches to designing and providing programs to enhance access and inclusion is desired; ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff; experience with planning and assessment for continuous improvement; digital tools, resources, and technologies for the advancement of student learning, development, and success is required.   

SALARY                                  Commensurate with Qualifications

COMPETITION NO.                  STL-17-02

To apply for this position, please visit us at and click the “APPLY ONLINE” button at the bottom of our ad.  Applications must be received by 5:00 pm NST on the competition closing date.   For enquiries, contact the Department of Human Resources, 4th Floor, Arts & Administration Building, Elizabeth Avenue, St. John's, phone (709) 864-2434 or fax (709) 864-2700.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Memorial University is strongly committed to employment equity and especially welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities and persons with disabilities.

Please be advised that we are unable to provide updates on current competitions.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.