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Disabilities Advisor with Mental Health Specialization

The Center for Disability & Access (CDA) is the designated office at the University of Utah which evaluates disability documentation, determines eligibility, and implements reasonable accommodations for enrolled students as guided by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and University policy. During the academic year, CDA serves approximately 1,600 students with disabilities, of which approximately 40% are students with psychological disabilities. This current opening represents an effort to address the specific needs of students with psychological disabilities and represents an expansion of the advising staff. This position primarily advises and supports students with psychological disabilities but may also work with a wider range of disabilities such as learning disabilities, ADHD, physical disabilities, medical disabilities and other as defined by the ADA. Conducts disability eligibility analyses, provides referrals, approves accommodations, and recommends students for services to support their academic goals. A significant function of this position is to serve as a liaison to other Mental Health resources on campus and to provide
outreach, education, training, and case management functions. This position will be funded by the recently established Student Mental Health Fee.

Essential Functions
• Conducts case management functions to facilitate referrals and coordination of care with other mental health
supports, including off campus referrals.
• Serves as the primary liaison with the University Counseling Center, Women’s Resource Center, Student Health Center, and the Center for Student Wellness.
• Provides outreach and consultation to the campus community regarding students with psychological disabilities.
• Resolves difficult, and oftentimes crisis situations that require immediate attention, i.e. severe depression, suicide, etc., as well as more moderate problems.
• Evaluates the probability of a disability, approves eligibility, provides evaluation referrals, and based on the
documentation, determines appropriate accommodation needs for the student.
• Meets with students who have psychological disabilities on a regular basis to discuss and plan learning strategies, provide advising, as well as support to facilitate their academic progress.
• Prepares letters of support for student needs, along with letters to faculty pertaining to any accommodations that may be necessary.
• Evaluates appropriate documentation outlining client strengths and weaknesses, and identifies necessary
accommodations, i.e. additional time to take an exam, the need for alternative format, etc.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, special education, social work, counseling, or rehabilitation counseling or equivalency; the ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups of faculty, staff, and students; and writing and organizational skills required. Three years experience working with college students, preferably students with psychological disabilities.

Preferred Qualifications
Master’s Degree in a related field. Specific knowledge of student mental health, the ADA, and Section 504. Experience working with college students, preferably students with psychological disabilities and/or mental health concerns.

Work schedule: Full-time, Anticipated start date March 1, 2020.

Salary Range: Expected range $43,000 - $45,000/year, depending on experience, with an excellent benefits package.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and completed online job application at
https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/102668  including names of three references. In your cover letter please address your specific experience working in the area of mental health and any related work with students with disabilities. Review of applications will begin February 18, 2020. Position may close anytime after that date.

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Last Updated: 1/30/20