Department Summary & Job Purpose:
The successful candidate will have a demonstrated knowledge of disability services and legal compliance at the college level and be knowledgeable about best practices in providing appropriate accommodations within a rigorous liberal arts educational program. Prime responsibilities include the determination of eligibility for and the development of individualized accommodation plans, collaboration staff and faculty around accommodation plans, and consultation with faculty and staff colleagues around best practices, reasonable accommodations and support of students registered with disability services. The Accommodation Coordinator serves as a primary resource to educate, train, and guide the College in understanding disability access, rights, and responsibilities. AccessAbility Services is positioned within the College’s newly created division of Student Success. The Accommodation Coordinator will work closely with other members of the Division of Student Success specifically class deans. In addition, the role requires an ability to work collaboratively with campus partners including colleagues in the Divisions of Student Life, Academic Affairs, and Diversity Equity and Inclusion. The Accommodation Coordinator will work closely with the 504 Officer of the College and participate in discussions regarding campus accessibility. The Accommodation Coordinator reports directly to the Dean of the College.
Core Job Duties and Responsibilities:
- Reporting to the Dean of the College, the Accommodations Coordinator/Senior Accommodations Coordinator will provide direct support to students as well as contribute to the institutional mission of access and success for students with disabilities. Specific duties include:
- Determine eligibility and develop an individualized accommodation plan that responds to the student’s medical documentation, functional limitations, and abilities that is consistent with the College’s mission, goals, and academic requirements.
- Participate in the development of strategic initiatives and ongoing assessment of services.
- Provide guidance and assistance to faculty and campus departments in implementing accommodations for students with disabilities registered with the Disabilities Services office.
- Maintain a working knowledge of changing regulations and policies regarding persons with disabilities, including FERPA, HIPAA, ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other regulations pertaining to persons with disabilities.
- Participate in trainings and programs for students, faculty, and staff regarding disability access, rights, and responsibilities.
- Work collaboratively with other accommodation coordinators and staff providing accommodation evaluations on campus
- Serve on campus wide committees and perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelors degree in an appropriate field or relevant experience related to accommodations for students with disabilities is preferred.
Applicants must have thorough knowledge of regulations and policies regarding persons with disabilities; demonstrated experiences working with students with disabilities. Candidates must be skilled at interpreting psycho-educational evaluations and other professional documentation and a well-developed knowledge base regarding learning skills and the use of technology as an auxiliary aid for students with disabilities.
Title and salary commensurate with experience.
At least 2 years of experience in higher education working with people who have disabilities
Experience in reading and interpreting psycho-educational evaluations and other professional documentation
A well-developed knowledge base regarding learning skills and the use of technology as an auxiliary aid for students with disabilities
Knowledge of relevant laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Graduate degree preferred in appropriate field or relevant experience related to accommodations for students with disabilities.
Physical Demands: Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force
frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work
involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only
occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which
they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly,
• Sufficient clarity of speech required includes those which permit the employee to discern verbal
instructions and communicate effectively in person and by telephone.
• Employee talks in front of large groups of people on a daily basis.
• Employee speaks with students and other faculty daily by telephone, e-mail, or in person on a
• Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction.
Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the
discriminations in sound.
• Repetitive motion: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers
Visual Acuity including color, depth perception and field vision.
• Visual Acuity – Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision,
peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
• The employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and extensive reading.
Working Conditions: Employee will have a private office space to work.
Employee will work collaboratively with colleagues in small and large meetings.
Mount Holyoke College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment, supported by qualified
employees that will allow all of its students, faculty, staff and those associated with them to successfully
carry out the mission of the college. As a condition of employment, the College will conduct appropriate
background checks for all new hires. Mount Holyoke has designated the Office of Human Resources as
the office responsible for ensuring that background checks (CORI, SORI, Credit History, & Driver
Credential) are completed and utilized in the hiring process and Five College Office of Compliance and
Risk Management as the office responsible for facilitating background checks as articulated in this policy.
Special Instructions for Applicants:
Apply online by application deadline. Application materials must include 1) a cover letter summarizing
interests and qualifications, 2) a complete resume or curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information for 3
Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.
Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.