Learning Access Specialist

JOB TITLE: Learning Access Specialist

DEPARTMENT:  Office for Educational Accessibility

REPORTS TO:  Director for Educational Accessibility


The Learning Access Specialist provides support to the Office of Educational Accessibility by helping to facilitate the academic success and accommodations for students registered with documented disabilities.  The Learning Access Specialist works collaboratively across departments to assist diverse learners in procuring support such as tutoring, counseling, health services, libraries, and educational technology needs.  The incumbent will meet regularly with students to discuss educational resources and learning strategies that promote positive academic adjustment and learning in college.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Implements reasonable accommodations and meets with students regularly to assess learning needs. implements academic strategies to maximize student success. Provides academic support to  students who may or may not be eligible for accommodations, and helps promote student self-advocacy and inclusive best practices among UArts community.
  • Assists in the management of data/reporting, workflow processes and procedures for intake and registration, and helps ensure that services are kept in compliance.  
  • Advises students on educational tools, resources and technology to support and enhance student learning and success.
  •  Manages student issues that arise regarding services and accommodations provided in absence of director and assists in the communication of training and outreach to the UArts community.
  •  Problem solves and consults with student affairs, teaching and learning support team, and faculty/ staff as needed.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions.  Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s Degree in higher education or related field preferred.


  • Minimum of 1-2 years’ experience in student disability services, and/or a related field in higher education. Knowledge of applicable disability laws in higher education preferred. Experience and interest in the arts a plus.

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent organizational, written, verbal & digital communication skills coupled with sensitivity to issues of accessibility, diversity and inclusion.
  • Works as part of a collaborative effort to advance inclusive practices, and provide high quality support to students with disabilities and the broader community.
  • Demonstrates ability to take initiative, exercise good judgment and execute sound decision-making skills.

About The University:

University of the Arts’ mission is simple: to advance human creativity. Established in 1876, UArts believes creativity is the most essential skill for success in today’s society and has educated generations of groundbreaking artists, performers, designers and creative leaders for more than 141 years.  After being granted university status in 1987, University of the Arts became the largest institution of its kind in the nation, offering programs in design, fine arts, media arts, crafts, music, dance, theater and writing. It now features 30 undergraduate arts majors, 15 graduate programs and the nation’s first PhD program in Creativity. UArts is also home to innovative centers across disciplines, including the Center for Immersive Media, Lightbox Film Center, Philadelphia Art Alliance and Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery. Learn more about UArts.

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