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Posting number 2017.142
Position Associate Director, Disability Resource Centre
Group Faculty
Department Disability Resource Centre
Location Abbotsford
Contract type 100% full-time, Permanent
Start date September 2017
Salary scale Appropriate placement on the Director Salary scale
Closing date August 18, 2017

About UFV

The University of the Fraser Valley is nationally recognized for its commitment to teaching excellence, community relevance, and Indigenization. With over 100 programs, from graduate and undergraduate arts, science, and professional degrees, to trades and technical education, university preparation, and continuing education UFV is the school of choice for over 15,000 students.

Posting details


The Associate Director provides overall leadership and support; conducts student intake appointments; reviews and interprets confidential psycho-educational evaluations and other documents to determine eligibility for services; develops, monitors, adjusts, and evaluates individual accommodation plans for students with documented disabilities; maintains student files in database; and works with faculty to facilitate reasonable accommodations in the classroom. The Associate Director’s key responsibilities include:



  • Provides leadership and strategic direction for the Disability Resource Centre
  • Ensures services are proactively designed to respond to student needs
  • Ensures services are consistent with the university’s strategic direction and meet the needs of current and future students
  • Provides supervision of full-time, part-time, temporary and contract staff



  • Works collaboratively with academic units, student government and other stakeholder groups to develop new student success initiatives, services and approaches to enhance student success


Training & Staff Support

  • Provides in-service training, professional consultation and support to other areas of the University with respect to accommodation for at-risk-students, and student rights and responsibilities
  • Facilitates the addressing of students’ perspectives and concerns, when appropriate, on university committees and with university administrators
  • Acts as a key resource to the Threat/Risk Assessment team and Behavioral Intervention Team
  • Provides expertise on one or more specific aspect of disability services


Student Support

  • Conducts intake appointments to include working with students to obtain and review documentation, determine eligibility for services, evaluate student access needs and allocate resources accordingly
  • Promotes self-advocacy and issues relating to accessibility


Transition Assistance

  • Provides liaison to allied health professionals, funding agencies and secondary schools to address transition to post-secondary issues


Data Collection and Reporting

  • Assumes responsibility for the creation, implementation, data collection and reporting of yearly departmental strategic plans, assessments and learning outcomes
  • Monitors departmental budgets


Funding & Research

  • Seeks opportunities for new sources of funding through entrepreneurial endeavours and grant writing activities
  • Engages in higher education research initiatives to ensure effective service delivery


  • Master’s degree from a recognized institution, preferably in Education, Counselling, Psychology, Social Work or related discipline
  • Minimum five (5) years progressive post-secondary administrative experience working with students with documented disabilities
  • Experience reviewing and interpreting confidential psycho-educational evaluations and other documents to determine eligibility for services
  • Experience leading in disability services, preferably in a post-secondary environment
  • Demonstrated experience with accommodated exam administration
  • Leadership success in designing, implementing and evaluating a “learner-centric” approach in the delivery of student services and client services
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, collegially with leaders and staff across an organization; a strong team player
  • Proven strengths in leading and managing a strong team of professionals
  • Previous experience in a unionized environment preferably in the public sector
  • Proven ability to develop and sustain strong working relationships and partnerships internally and externally
  • Experience in leading change with and through people
  • Experience working in a collegial environment where diversity of opinion is the norm
  • Reputation as a collaborative, respectful leader
  • Reputation for integrity, earning trust and credibility and achieving results
  • Foresight/vision – demonstrated ability to create/develop a shared vision for the future (and aligned strategic and operational plans)
  • Passion for student success
  • Outstanding verbal, written and listening communications skills
  • Excellent priority setting and conflict resolution/mediation skills
  • Valid BC driver’s license and access to reliable transportation. This position may require occasional traveling

How to apply

Shortlisted applicants may be required to undergo a criminal record check.

Direct resume including evidence of appropriate qualifications by August 18, 2017, referring to Posting #2017.142 to:

Human Resources
University of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC, Canada V2S 7M8
Tel: (604) 854-4554        Fax: (604) 854-1538       Website:
Email resumes to:

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Please note:

  • We thank all applicants for considering UFV for employment.
  • Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • In order to be environmentally and fiscally responsible, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.
  • Short-listed candidates may undergo a criminal record check and/or a verification of their education credentials, as required.
  • Shortlisted applicants for staff positions will be required to provide copies of their most recent evaluation summary.

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

UFV is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

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