Accessibility Specialist

Posting Date: September 9, 2019

Closing Date: Open until filled

William Paterson University invites applications for an Accessibility Specialist.  This position supports the work of the Accessibility Resource Center in promoting the meaningful inclusion of students with disabilities at William Paterson University.  Reporting to the Director of the Accessibility Resource Center, the Accessibility Specialist is responsible for reviewing disability related documentation and determining appropriate accommodations.  This position aids in the facilitation of retention and academic success of students with disabilities by informing them about appropriate academic accommodations, self-advocacy and relevant policies and procedures.

Department Overview

The Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) is committed to providing access for all students with documented disabilities.  The Center serves as a resource and, in cooperation with faculty and other University departments, strives to empower, support and guide a diverse community to achieve independence, self-advocacy and success. For more information about the Accessibility Resource Center, please visit

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving as point person and advocate for students with disabilities, ensuring reasonable accommodations in the classroom, exam accommodations, housing and all aspects of the WPU student experience
  • Conducting initial meetings with incoming students to discuss impact of disability, barriers related to access and potential reasonable and necessary accommodations
  • Reviewing disability related documentation to determine eligibility for accommodations and support
  • Maintaining confidential case notes and other supporting documentation
  • Keeping up to date on policies, best practices and trends regarding disability services
  • Representing the Accessibility Resource Center at campus events such as open houses, student orientation, etc.
  • Creating and maintaining collaborative relationships with other WPU departments and staff members to foster access throughout the university
  • Developing and conducting presentations and trainings regarding disability related issues to faculty and staff
  • Interfacing regularly with faculty and staff to ensure that accommodations are appropriately implemented
  • Performing other duties as assigned that are appropriate for the position

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Disability Studies, Special Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, Psychology or a related field.
  • Four or more years of experience working with students with disabilities
  • Demonstrated knowledge of disability law, including but not limited to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of appropriate academic accommodations at the postsecondary level
  • Demonstrated strong computer skills, knowledge of adaptive technology

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Disability Studies, Special Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, Higher Education Administration, Social Work, Psychology or a related field preferred.
  • Candidates who hold a Master’s Degree can have a minimum of two years of experience working with students with disabilities Experience reviewing, evaluating and making determinations and recommendations regarding reasonable accommodations

Personal Attributes and Traits

  • Ability to interact with others in a positive manner through both oral and written communication
  • Capable of establishing and adhering to organized processes that result in consistent best practice outcomes
  • Able to identify key components of a problem and come up with possible solutions and actions that lead to a desired outcome.
  • Ability to listen without judgment and provide service and support in a diverse collegial environment
  • Ability to multi-task in a high-volume, open access team environment that includes regular disruptions, while maintaining a positive outlook and effective productivity
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and effectively handle highly-sensitive and confidential information within applicable laws


About William Paterson:

William Paterson University is the third most diverse public university in New Jersey. As a longstanding member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), we have been designated by the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. William Paterson University is also proud to be designated as a NASA MSI (Minority Serving Institution). The University offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate academic programs that range from liberal arts and sciences to pre-professional and professional programs; it enrolls nearly 10,000 students from across the country and from over 40 nations. The University is situated on a beautiful, 370-acre suburban campus in Wayne, New Jersey, just twenty miles west of New York City. 


Invitation to apply:

Please click to apply for the position.


Interested candidates will be prompted to:

Complete an application

Submit a cover letter & CV

Provide names/contacts of three professional references


Submission of all documents listed above is required for consideration. Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please email for general questions regarding this search.

The Clery Act (The Jean Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistic Act) requires all institutions of higher learning to make available to prospective employees our agency's Annual Security Report. A copy of this information is available on the University Police Department website at the Clery Act page. A paper copy of this report can be obtained at the University Police Department upon request.

William Paterson University is an equal opportunity employer that actively values and supports diversity among faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.