Disability Consultant (Term)

Date Posted: 03/01/2021
Req ID: 2869
Faculty/Division: University of Toronto Scarborough
Department: UTSC: AccessAbility Services
Campus: University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)


About us:

The University of Toronto Scarborough is a place of energy, enthusiasm and passion. Our commitment to inclusive excellence attracts the brightest learners, scholars and employees from around the globe. Our success has been made possible by the opportunity given to us by our Indigenous hosts to operate on their territory, and we cherish our continuing partnerships with these communities. The University of Toronto Scarborough is an exciting campus with unlimitedpotential. Join us on our journey.

AccessAbility Services provides and coordinates services and programs that enable students with disabilities to maximize their educational potential and ensure that all students with disabilities can freely andactively participate in all facets of University life. The department works to increase awareness of inclusive values among all members of the University community while building strong student success.

Your opportunity:

Using a holistic approach, you will work with an ethno-culturally and academically diverse student population performing an assessment of students' needs primarily related to mental health with co-morbid conditions; ensuring that appropriate documentation has been received; reviewing and assessing confidential medical/psychological documentation; assessing, planning, implementing, evaluating and adapting accommodations based on students' individual disability-related needs; assisting students in self-monitoring the effectiveness of their accommodations and making referrals to internal and external supports as appropriate. In addition, you will facilitate students' knowledge about their disability by addressing the strengths and challenges the disability brings to their academic pursuits and daily life activities; determining if assistive technology would assist students, referring when required; assessing, recommending, and providing appropriate documentation to support the use of funding for disability-related expenses.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Applying the established Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) Guidelines on Accessible Education to determine reasonable accommodations
  • Researching and recommending alternative approaches and possible accommodation solutions as part of the duty to accommodate
  • Developing, implementing and monitoring accommodation plans for students based on their learning profile and documentation (e.g. reviewing and interpreting psycho-educational assessments, medical documentation)
  • Determining the reasonability of an accommodation in relation to a student's disability
  • Screening (for mental health) and making referrals to appropriate resources and services
  • Reviewing and approving disability related educational expenses through the OSAP Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD)
  • Providing case management support to students requiring the coordination of multiple services
  • Counselling students on health issues related to their learning and the effects of their disability, as well as teaching students learning strategies based on their learning profile


Essential Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Education, Psychology or Counselling and/or a relevant disability related field such as rehabilitation services, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum four years of case management experience working with adults with mental health disabilities
  • Two years of experience developing, implementing and monitoring accommodations for persons with mental health disabilities and co-morbid conditions and possessing a thorough understanding of disability issues
  • Three years of experience dealing with persons in emotional distress, crisis or conflict
  • Demonstrated experience in assessing disability related needs and implementing support plans
  • Must have an understanding of disability and social equity issues in a post-secondary environment
  • Computer proficiency with the Microsoft Suite (Word; Excel)
  • Excellent reading, oral and written communication skills, as well as sound critical thinking and interpersonal skills
  • Must be committed to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion and be able to demonstrate an understanding of the implication of disabilities as they relate to students' success at university
  • Demonstrated understanding of the strengths and challenges of youth and adults with disabilities and have knowledge of cultural views of disability
  • Ability to exercise initiative, tact, discretion, problem-solving skills and to work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize knowledge and display sound judgement, attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy and ability to respond calmly and efficiently in crisis situations
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and within an inter-disciplinary team
  • Knowledgeable about general academic structure of a University and specific requirements of academic courses and programs
  • Applicants are expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment

Assets (Nonessential):

  • Experience with peer and support groups

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Adaptable
  • Approachable
  • Communicator
  • Organized
  • Problem solver



This is a TERM position for one (1) year.

A copy of the full job description is available upon request from the UTSC HR Office.


Please submit your application before the deadline: Sunday, March 14, 2021, 11:59 PM (EST)

If interested, please apply for this position directly through the University of Toronto job posting: https://jobs.utoronto.ca/job/Toronto-ON/545103517/ 


Closing Date: 03/14/2021, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Budget - Term
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: USW Pay Band 13 -- $74,041 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $94,687. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Student Services

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact uoft.careers@utoronto.ca.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.