The Opportunity

Halifax, NS
Health & Wellness
Full-time - Permanent

Position: Manager, Student Accessibility - Fred Smithers Centre (APC)

Department: Student Services and Affairs

Annual Salary: $71,660 - $92,352 (Group 7)

Under the direction of the Assistant Director, Accessibility, Health and Counselling, the Manager, Student Accessibility provides leadership and strategic direction for the Fred Smithers Centre of Support for Student with Disabilities (here on referred to as Fred Smithers Centre), the University, Faculty and Staff around student accessibility issues including policy development. The Manager ensures the effective management of services offered by the Fred Smithers Centre, including both in class and test/exam accommodations for students of the Centre. The Manager will lead efforts to advance understanding of accessibility through research, best practices, and engagement in policy development, assessment, committee membership, and curriculum development. The Manager will be actively involved on-campus raising awareness and understanding of accessibility needs collaborating with other areas including The Counselling Centre, Student Health, and International Student Services among others.

What you'll do


Duties as the Manager, Student Accessibility - Fred Smithers Centre include but are not limited to:

  • Provides the University with leadership, guidance and advice on accommodation issues - risks/responses/assessment.
  • Develops and participates in collaborative research with SMU Faculty/off campus partners to advance the experiences of students with accessibility concerns. Develops programs and services to support accessibility innovation.
  • Organizes training opportunities for faculty/staff around accessibility and accommodation.
  • Provides leadership on universal design and efforts to bring Saint Mary's to compliance with both Federal and Provincial legislation while ensuring positive impact on the overall student experience.
  • Oversees the day-to-day operation of the Fred Smithers Centre, creating a collaborative work environment. Ensures staff are engaged in professional development, best practices are in place around exam accommodation, accurate records are kept and stored appropriately.
  • Supervises current compliment of full-time staff and assigning tasks/delegates responsibility. Monitors performance and provides day-to-day and periodic formal performance feedback.
  • Resolves employee concerns either directly or through established grievance/complaint procedures and initiates disciplinary action, recommends and justifies discharge where warranted.
  • Develops policies and protocols for the Fred Smithers Centre ensuring accessibility issues are addressed/equity access to services for student. Develops, goals, assessment strategies, learning outcomes and statistical reporting.
  • Oversees the intake, and that test/exam and accommodations processes are followed, documented appropriately and meets best practices/evidence based practices around accessibility.
  • Participates/chairs Accessibility Committee on campus as well as engaging in provincial, regional and national committees.
  • Provides leadership on leading standards of assistive technologies to use in class and during exams for student performance.
  • Provides leadership to departments on campus around issues relating to accessibility, needs and responses, best practices and policy development
  • Fosters positive relationships with relevant government departments and works with Assistant Director, Senior Director and the Advancement Office to maintain positive donor relationships.
  • Works with faculty/Studio to offer input on curriculum development, matching the campus accessible and teaching resources, making fieldtrips/practical services leaning/work placements accessible
  • Develops, submits, monitors and manages the department budget(s) and provides regular budget monitoring reports. Ensures fiscal responsibility with operating budget(s).
  • Submits grants and proposals for external funding agencies/organizations.
  • Other duties as assigned

What you'll need


To be the successful Manager, Student Accessibility - Fred Smithers Centre you will possess Master's Degree in Psychology, Adult Education or Social Work with a minimum three (3) to five (5) years directly related experience, which includes demonstrated experience/leadership in a complex case environment around accessibility related issues. You have excellent communication, interpersonal and team building skills with extensive cross-cultural working experience. Demonstrated supervisory experience required; unionized environment would be consider an asset. Proven ability to promote collaboration and build partnerships with demonstrated computer skills including assistive technologies.

A little bit about us

Saint Mary’s University

Founded in 1802, Saint Mary's University is one of Canada's oldest and leading institutions of higher learning and has evolved into a vibrant and engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni from more than 100 countries around the world. Saint Mary's University is home to one of Canada's leading business schools, a Science Faculty widely known for its cutting-edge research, a comprehensive and innovative Arts Faculty and a vibrant Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Saint Mary's University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to the principles of employment equity. Saint Mary's University encourages applications from qualified women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Visit our web site at

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Competition Opens: February 5, 2020 Competition Closes: February 15, 2020

Saint Mary's University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to the principles of employment equity. Saint Mary's University encourages applications from qualified women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

Saint Mary's University thanks all applicants for applying. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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