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Accessibility Advisor (Professional Practice)

Murdoch University - Murdoch, WA

Education, Childcare & Training
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JOB DESCRIPTION

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Position Accessibility Advisor (Professional Practice)

Position Number 2618A01 Level/ Classification: 0707

Reports to Access and Inclusion Team Leader

Directorate Access, Wellbeing & Equity

Position Purpose

Located in Access, Wellbeing and Equity, the Accessibility Advisor (Professional Practice) provides

a range of activities, both strategic and in person, which facilitate access, transition and success

for students with disability and health conditions across all of Murdoch University’s campuses.

The primary functions of the role are to work with academic and work integrated learning staff to

review application of inherent requirements for courses and focus on real world learning

opportunities by incorporating Universal Design at Work principles to promote a culture of

accessibility for all.

The Accessibility Advisor (Professional Practice) will also provide education and training to staff

and students in relation to the relevant application of accessible technologies and universal design

tools and strategies in education and real world learning environments.

For those students whose needs are not met through the UDL initiatives in place, this position will

work with individuals to identify and recommend appropriate reasonable adjustments.

About Murdoch University

Murdoch University helps people discover how to make a difference, through education and

research endeavor, and remains one of the most inclusive universities in the country, providing

students with quality education and recognised academic standing within an engaging and caring

environment. We are a university for all, irrespective of background and social standing with a

focus on social equity, self-direction and freedom of thought and belief.

With strong links to government, business and the community, Murdoch University helps people

discover how to make a difference. We are a young, innovative and enterprising university with

more than 23,000 students and 1,700 staff across Perth, Singapore and Dubai. We are committed

to high quality education, innovative research, and strong community engagement both locally

and internationally.

Our Strategic Plan and Future Horizon 2017-2027 outlines an ambitious blueprint for development

and growth, with a focus on one purpose: to be a creative force for current and future generations.

We are clear about our two core goals: to educate free thinkers who thrive in society and are

sought after by employers; and, to provide life changing solutions for the world’s big challenges

through our outstanding translational research and innovative practice.



About the Work Area


Access, Wellbeing & Equity (AWE) provides professional and innovative wellbeing and health

services, supports students with health conditions and disabilities, and drives equity programs in

order to optimise the student journey and promote the wellbeing of the wider Murdoch University

community. AWE aims to enhance student experience through a range of wellbeing and equity

focused activities, including taking leadership in the implementation of the University Student

Wellbeing Strategy. AWE is located at Murdoch’s South Street Campus but provides services across

all campuses. AWE is also responsible for the coordination of Murdoch’s SAGE Athena SWAN

accreditation and action plan

Reporting Relationships

Senior Manager
Access, Wellbeing &

Equity

Equity & Diversity
Counselling Team Medical Team Business Support Access & Inclusion

Projects
Leader Leader Officer Team Leader

Coordinator

Learning Accessibility Advisor
Accessibility (Professional
Consultant Practice)

Accessibility Administration
Technology Officer Support Officer

Casual Exam
Casual Scribes

Invigilators

Casual Accessibility
Student Assistants




Key Responsibilities / Duties

1. Provision and review of individualised support through recommendation of appropriate

and evidence based, reasonable adjustments for students with disability or health

conditions whose needs are not met through the broader Universal Design for Learning

initiatives in place across the university.

2. Proactively collaborate with the Colleges as an accessibility specialist, in the development

and review of inherent requirements for courses, with a particular focus on work

placements by incorporating Universal Design at Work principles.



3. Lead engagement with university staff across disciplines, industry engagement and work

integrated learning teams to develop and contribute to initiatives that aim to increase

employability of students with disability and health conditions with a primary focus on

increased accessible participation in internships and work placements

4. Provide advice and support to students, future students and staff in relation to procedural

and professional best practice in disability and accessibility related matters, including

policy, legislative and compliance requirements and application of this knowledge to

review University standards, policies, procedures, guidelines and resources that support

sustainable inclusive educational practices for students with disability.

5. Under the direction of the Access & Inclusion Team Leader, utilise data sources and

specialized knowledge to inform prioritisation of supports and development of models of

working in units and disciplines which focus on real world learning, where students with

disability or health conditions present in high numbers or that attract those with higher

complexity of support needs

6. Maintain currency of specialist knowledge through continuing educational activities such

as attending conferences, seminars, workshops, accessing relevant literature in journals

and maintaining registration with relevant groups and professional bodies.

7. Proactively build partnerships between Access and Inclusion and the Colleges to

coordinate and enable inclusive learning environments and engaging teaching practices

using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles that facilitate student learning with a

focus on students with disability.

8. Use data, feedback measures and contemporary evidence bases to measure and evaluate

program and initiatives outcomes and contribute to the review of Access & Inclusion

service provision

9. Build and maintain a strong collaborative culture within and across professional and

academic teams, developing a working environment that nurtures respect, facilitates staff

innovation, encourages creativity and drives outcomes.

10. Utilise specialist skills and contemporary knowledge to develop and facilitate

workshops/educational programs for staff to enhance support for students with disability

or health conditions and to promote inclusive and equitable practices.

11. Apply high level policy, knowledge and experience to develop, implement and review

University standards, policies, procedures, guidelines and resources that support

sustainable inclusive educational practices for students with disability.

12. Participate in development and implementation of actions in relevant university strategies

and plans that contribute to the success, wellbeing and inclusion of students with

disability or health conditions, with particular focus on supporting the development and

implementation of a contemporary and achievable Disability Access & Inclusion Plan

13. Embody the University’s values within and beyond the University, building equity, inclusion

and diversity and encouraging social responsibility.

14. Undertake other duties as required by the Access & Inclusion Team Leader or the Senior

Manager Access, Wellbeing & Equity



Guiding Principles and Values / Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct

The founding principles upon which Murdoch University was established continue unabated today.

We continue to be guided by the principles of:

  • Equity and Social Justice
  • Opportunity
  • Sustainability
  • Global Responsibility

These Murdoch principles come to life through our culture as evidenced by being an institution

where the following are clear:

  • Integrity
  • Respect and Diversity
  • Purpose
  • Excellence and Future-focus

All staff will comply with the University’s Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct and demonstrate a

commitment to its Equity, Diversity and Safety principles and the general capabilities of personal

effectiveness, working collaboratively and demonstrating a focus on results.

All Staff are to complete a Development Review Annually. Details of the University policies on

Development Review can be accessed here. A Commencing Development Review should be

completed within 3 months of commencement.

Selection Criteria

Essential

1. Minimum of a Bachelor degree in Disability or Allied Health with at least 2 years’

experience in a role/s in the area of applied disability support with particular focus on

improving educational and/or work outcomes.

2. Knowledge and professional experience of disability, medical and mental health

conditions, their management, and functional implications with ability to apply knowledge

to an educational setting.

3. Knowledge of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in both face-to-face and online

teaching environments and demonstrated application of UDL within the delivery of

training, workshops, or other learning environments

4. Knowledge of practical application of Universal Design for Work principles.

5. Knowledge of use of contemporary technologies in educational settings, including fluency

in PC and Mac technology platforms with the ability to utilise accessibility features.

6. Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills, and the demonstrated ability to

interact constructively and collaboratively with students, staff at all levels of the

organisation and external stakeholders.

7. Demonstrated high level of organisational, time and workload management skills,

including the ability to work as a team and autonomously, prioritise workload to meet

strict deadlines and application of effective problem solving skills whilst responding to

rapidly changing and/or time sensitive circumstances.



8. Demonstrated experience in socially inclusive practice, including person-centred

approaches.

9. Ability to travel and work across Murdoch’s campuses.

Desirable

10. Previous experience in a similar role in the higher education sector

11. Experience in policy development and implementation in relation to disability, anti-

discrimination and/or equal opportunity legislation.

Work Requirements

1. The occupant of this position will be required to undertake a Police history check in

accordance with the University’s Employee Background Checks Procedure.

2. A current or ability to obtain Working with Children check in accordance with the

University's Employee Background Checks Procedure.

3. Ability to work outside of normal office hours when required.

4. Australian residency or possession of a valid visa with work entitlement in Australia.