Accommodation Specialist

Chemeketa Community College   Salem, OR   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
Posted on June 19, 2024
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Accommodation Specialist

SALARY $3,766.00 - $5,755.00 Monthly

LOCATION Salem Campus. Salem, OR

JOB TYPE Classified


DIVISION 567020 Student Affairs

DEPARTMENT 567020 Student Accessibility Services

OPENING DATE 06/19/2024

CLOSING DATE 7/4/2024 11:59 PM Pacific


Chemeketa is a proud Hispanic-Serving Institution that aspires to be an inclusive environment where we honor and value the unique contributions of our diverse students, employees, and community. We seek to foster cultural competence and pursue equitable solutions that support all students in achieving their educational goals. If you are interested in joining the work of the college to pursue a supportive and inclusive culture, we encourage you to apply.

The Accommodation Specialist reviews and interprets documentation of disability in conjunction with the student’s self-report and applies complex laws and best practices in the determination of appropriate accommodations. Provides academic advising, transition, and testing services, referrals to internal and community resources, and individual coaching to promote student success.

When applying for this position, please attach the electronic documents listed below. Failure to do so will result in your application being rejected as an incomplete application. Any documents you provide that are not listed will not been seen by the Search Committee.

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Unofficial Transcripts An electronic copy of your academic transcript(s) from an accredited institution which clearly indicate the degree awarded, and any other applicable information, must be attached with your application if you would like it considered as part of your eligibility for the position. Any applicants who earned academic credentials from outside of the United States and wish to use those credits for consideration must also upload an evaluation of college credit earned at the non-U.S. institution.


Essential Functions:

Student Accessibility Accommodations

  • Engages students in an interactive process to review functional impact of disability within a learning environment
  • Applies current knowledge of federal and state mandates in the determination of appropriate accommodations on a case-by-case basis
  • Reviews documentation of disability, which may include complex educational assessment evaluations
  • Builds rapport, through active listening and provides follow up services to students
  • Interacts thoughtfully with students and faculty to address complex and sensitive issues
  • Coaches students on self-advocacy, time management, and organizational skills to promote student success
  • Works collaboratively with faculty to ensure positive and appropriate communication and the provision of required accommodations
  • Utilizes the AIM department database system for record keeping including documentation and tracking interactions through case notes.
  • Serves as a resource for faculty and staff members on disability related matters. Provides education and addresses concerns and questions on SAS processes and best practices.
  • Engages with staff, faculty, and administrators district wide to promote awareness of the diverse needs of students with disabilities
  • Maintains a high level of confidentiality in accordance with FERPA and AHEAD standards and guidelines

Advising and Transition 

  • Reviews placement scores and advises student on appropriate placement
  • Advises and provides broad information to current and prospective students regarding college transfer requirements, courses, and programs
  • Provides referrals to financial aid, veterans services, and career counseling as appropriate
  • Assist students in developing an education plan
  • Participates in transition presentations and workshops as assigned 
  • Works with area high schools in developing and preparing students for a successful transition to post-secondary education. 
  • Assists students with registration as needed
  • Enters advising notes into college approved electronic records system and other student tracking functions

Program Support

  • Contributes to and collaborates with the initiatives and work of the Student Accessibility Services team and director as well as Chemeketa Community College as a whole
  • Ensures optimal student support through the provision of excellent customer service
  • Participates in department and institution wide student recruitment and retention activities
  • Engages in department cross-training activities to maintain service delivery to students

Institutional Expectations

  • Embraces diversity and actively collaborates effectively with a variety of students, staff and the public from diverse cultural, social, economic and educational backgrounds
  • Participates in recruitment and retention of students at an individual and institutional level in promotion of student success
  • Embraces, understands and uses appropriate technology tools to accomplish job functions
  • Provides high quality, effective service to internal and external customers through continuous improvement and adoption of lean office practices


Your application will be scored based on the minimum qualifications, core competencies, and preferred qualifications listed below. If you are unsure whether you meet all of the qualifications, we encourage you to apply and address through your application materials all of the relevant education, transferable skills, and related experience that makes you a great candidate for this position. The information provided on your application will be used to determine step placement upon hire. Please ensure you include all information on your application which you wish to be considered.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor degree from an accredited institution
Three years’ experience working with individuals with disabilities

Bachelor degree from an accredited institution

One year of experience with the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended and section 504 of the Rehabilitation act as it applies to the post-secondary environment

Associate’s degree from an accredited institution
Five years’ experience working with individuals with disabilities

Associate's degree from an accredited institution
Three years of experience with the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended and section 504 of the Rehabilitation act as it applies to the post-secondary environment

Core Competencies:

  • Ability to learn quickly and assimilate information, to be flexible, utilize strong communication skills, recognize when client/student referral is appropriate or necessary, and work independently and as a team member
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse population of students and clients
  • Knowledge and skill in the use of computer hardware and software
  • Knowledge of community college systems and philosophy
  • Broad knowledge of disabilities
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Apply an interactive process to determine appropriate accommodations in compliance with section 504 and the ADA as amended
  • Work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Continually develops and demonstrate cultural awareness to effectively
  • meet the needs of diverse populations
  • Bicultural/multicultural skills sufficient to select appropriate behaviors, values and attitudes within different cultures during interactions with others

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in special education, psychology, vocational rehabilitation, or related field
  • Two years of experience working directly with adult students with disabilities in higher education
  • Bilingual ASL
  • Demonstrated knowledge or recent professional development in at least one
  • targeted area of ASD, ID, or MH


To be considered for this position, a complete online application is required. For complete information on this and other job opportunities, please visit our web site at


Regular remote/hybrid work is not a feature of this position. At the supervisor's discretion, exemptions may be made for special projects or responsibilities requiring periodic needed focus time.


  • This is a 100%, 12-month classified assignment of the B3 band and grade
  • Please note:The college is currently undertaking a comprehensive classification and compensation study. No employee will lose base pay because of this study, however, classification titles and pay grades may change. The successful candidate will receive notice of all changes prior to implementation which is currently projected for the Summer of 2024.
  • This position has a 6-month probationary period
  • All positions at Chemeketa are required to be available for work onsite as requested by the college.
  • Requires flexible work schedule to meet program needs, which may include evenings and/or weekends
  • This position may require the use of your personal vehicle for transportation between campus locations
  • If requested, requires the provision of official transcripts upon hire
  • Employees must maintain Oregon, Washington or Idaho residency as a condition of employment.
  • Successful applicants for designated positions must successfully pass a background inquiry, which may include criminal, driving, credit and full background checks. Only information relevant to the position will be considered. An individual with negative information on their background inquiry will not necessarily be denied employment. 
  • Providing false information will result in rejection of an application, employment offer or dismissal


Sedentary Work:Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary requirements are met.


Applicants are eligible to use Veterans' Preference when applying with Chemeketa Community College in accordance with ORS 408.225, 408.230 and 408.235; and OAR 105-040-0010 and 105-040-0015. Preference will be given only if the applicant meets the minimum criteria of the position and electronically attach the required documentation at the time of application.

For information regarding Veterans' Preference qualifications, visit


  • One of the following:
  • MEMBER COPY 4 of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 or 215) -OR-
  • Letter from the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs indicating receipt of a non-service connected pension -OR-
  • Certification that discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions will take place not later than 120 days after the submission of the certificate
  • In addition to one of the above documents, Disabled Veterans must alsosubmit one of the following:
  • A copy of their Veterans disability preference letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs -OR-
  • Certification that medical separation from active duty under honorable conditions will take place not later than 120 days after the submission of the certificate.

You can request copies of your military service record through the National Archives website at 

*Please Note: As part of the first round of screening, the committee will conduct an anonymous review of the application materials and will not be able to view any personally identifiable information. Please be sure that your application is complete and thoroughly depicts how you meet the minimum qualifications, core competencies and preferred qualifications. Required documents must be provided at the time of application. Please remove your social security number from your documents, including transcripts. Documents containing social security numbers will be considered incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Chemeketa makes employment decisions based solely on the candidate's demonstrated competencies as related to successful performance in the position.


Chemeketa Community College is considered a qualifying public employer for the purposes of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, full-time employees working at the College may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance on Direct Loans after 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan. Questions regarding your loan eligibility should be directed to your loan servicer or to the US Department of Education.


Chemeketa Community College prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the following:

Race, Color, Religion, National Origin, Sex, Marital Status, Disability, Protected Veteran Status, Age, Gender, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Pregnancy, Whistleblowing, Genetic Information, Domestic Abuse Victim, Expunged Juvenile Record, Injured Workers, Protected Hairstyle (CROWN Act), Political Affiliation or Belief, Tobacco Use During Work Hours, Victims of Domestic Violence (Sexual Assault, Stalking, and/or Harassment)

Or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law in any area, activity or operation of the College. The College also prohibits retaliation against an individual for engaging in activity protected under this policy, and interfering with rights or privileges granted under federal, state or local laws.

Under College policies, equal opportunity for employment, admission, and participation in the College’s programs, services, and activities will be extended to all persons, and the College will promote equal opportunity and treatment through application of its policies and other College efforts designed for that purpose. All persons having questions or concerns related to Equal Employment Opportunity or Affirmative Action should contact the Affirmative Action Officer at 503.399.2537, 4000 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem OR 97305.

Persons having questions or concerns about Title IX, which includes gender based discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, interpersonal violence, and stalking, contact the Title IX coordinator at 503-584-7323, 4000 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem, OR 97305, or Individuals may also contact the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), 810 3rd Avenue #750, Seattle, WA 98104, 206.607.1600. To request this publication in an alternative format, please call 503.399.5192.

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