Employment Opportunities at DRES

Current Positions Available at DRES

Disability Resources and Educational Services invites applications for the following positions:

Disability Specialist

The Disability Specialist determines eligibility of services and facilitates reasonable accommodations for University of Illinois students with ADHD, psychiatric disabilities, temporary injuries, 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. Up to 50% of the position will be performing the above related duties and the remainder of time will be spent in supporting the career/employment needs of students with disabilities registered with DRES.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Consult with students with disabilities and instructors in the planning, determination, and implementation of academic adjustments, modifications, and auxiliary aids and services as required by Section 504 of the Rehab Act, the ADA (1990), and the ADAAA (2008).

2. Address physical, programmatic, and attitudinal access issues with other campus administrative and service units relating to the needs of students with disabilities.

3. Serve as DRES liaison to The Career Center, including attending meetings held throughout the academic year and serving on sub-committees.

4. Coordinate necessary communication and events with employment and industry contacts to enhance opportunities for U of I students to access internships and permanent employment.

5. Develop/refine the Career Transition Support (CTS) services available to currently registered DRES students and alumni.

6. Provide internship/career support services to students such as coaching, vocational counseling, workshops, and transition planning.

7. Contribute to career development research projects and external funding activities which support career development for students with disabilities.

8. Serve as the liaison with the Study Abroad office, including assisting in the advisement of prospective and admitted students registered with DRES who are interested or have been accepted into study abroad programming offered by the U of I and collaborating with Study Abroad to further refine the current policies and procedures in place for students registered with DRES.

9. Remain current in the knowledge and understanding of the ADAAA/504 as well as OCR and DOJ decisions relative to post-secondary services to students with disabilities.

10. Collaborate with other DRES staff in the ongoing refinement of internal service policies, procedures, and practices.

11. Schedule, coordinate, and conduct tours of DRES administrative and service facilities to prospective students, visitors, alumni, AHS interview candidates, faculty/staff, and university officials as needed.

12. Supervise undergraduate and graduate student interns who work with DRES as needed.

13. Participate in the development and implementation of disability education training for the Illinois campus.

14. Assist in maintaining current information on the DRES website.

15. Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

This position requires a minimum of a master’s degree in rehabilitation, education, psychology, or a closely related field. Knowledge of and experience in the delivery of ADAAA/504 mandated post-secondary academic services to students with disabilities, especially with ADHD and psychiatric disabilities. Experience in working with high school and college age students regarding transition, career and employment issues preferred. 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 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 February 27, 2017. Online application will also require names and contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references.

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.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Mindy Rick at mindy@illinois.edu or 217/333-4600.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).