Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: A0068 / Accommodations Specialist
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 12
HR Review/Approval:RVIEW

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Provides direct support to individuals with disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Conducts disability eligibility analyses, provides referrals, approves reasonable accommodations, and connects individuals with services to support their personal and/or academic goals. Educates campus constituencies regarding support for individuals with disabilities and facilitates compliance with the ADA/ADAAA and related federal, state, and local regulations and University policies.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Performs intake interviews to gain a foundational understanding of individual needs and evaluates information from medical and/or psychological professionals to determine eligibility; makes referrals and/or consults with diagnosticians, as necessary.
  2. Works with individuals to determine reasonable accommodations needed for academic, professional and/or personal success; connects individuals to and/or provides direct resources and services.
  3. Educates students, families, faculty and staff on appropriate services for and communications with individuals with disabilities; compiles and distributes necessary documentation to verify the need for accommodation.
  4. Assists individuals with solving obstacles unique and/or common to individuals with disabilities; interfaces with campus constituencies to ensure individuals gain equitable access to resources.
  5. Increases understanding regarding issues affecting individuals with disabilities by delivering presentations, trainings, workshops and/or educational materials related to research and best practices.
  6. Records interactions with individuals with disabilities and analyzes effectiveness of accommodations; compiles reports and analyzes data related to accommodations, compliance, and program efficacy.
  7. Maintains confidentiality of university and student records, as applicable.
  8. Maintains currency of knowledge with respect to technology, equipment, applicable laws, regulations, standards and/or systems.
  9. Serves as a Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in a directly related field; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge and understanding of ADA regulations, guidelines and standards as applicable to an academic and/or workplace setting.
  • Knowledge and understanding of HIPAA and related Federal and State privacy laws and regulations.
  • Strong listening, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of programs/services available to university constituents.
  • Ability to assess and interpret individual client needs and to make appropriate referrals to internal or external sources.
  • Ability to deliver effective presentations to large and small audiences.
  • Ability to use independent judgment to manage and impart confidential information.
  • Skilled in facilitating problem solving with individuals regarding personal, professional and/or academic priorities.
  • Effective collaboration with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Knowledge of teaching methods, curriculum, and education programs designed for students with learning, physical and behavioral disabilities, where applicable.
  • Ability to communicate with and relate to individuals of diverse disabilities and backgrounds.
  • Ability to gather data, compile information and prepare reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 02/21/2019