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Accessibility Specialist 


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Central Campus

Open Date


Job Type

Equal to 12 Months - Pen Memb

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Equity and Inclusion Office

Salary Grade/Band

Band K

Salary Range

$69641.00 - $104462.00 (annual)

Contract Duration

12.2 Months

Hours per Week


Job Description


Department, Unit or Project Description:

McMaster University is committed to building an inclusive and welcoming campus community and seeks continual improvements in its equity and accessibility practices.     The Equity and Inclusion Office plays an important and dynamic role by working in partnership with campus members to ensure that all service provision, employment and academic activities are compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and further McMaster’s goal of building an inclusive community.  


Job Summary:

The Equity and Inclusion Office seeks a highly skilled and knowledgeable candidate to fill the role of Accessibility Specialist on a one-year contract.  Reporting to the Senior Program Manager, the Accessibility Specialist will have frontline responsibility for facilitating, monitoring and evaluating the University’s Accessibility Policy and maintaining AccessMac, the University’s Accessibility Program.

Key objectives of the role are to advance issues of accessibility as integral to the core principles and service provision of the University; promote inclusion of persons with disabilities from a range of intersecting social identities as integral to the core principles and activities of the University; update and deliver accessibility-related educational workshops for staff, students and faculty members; work collaboratively to implement policies and processes for responding to accessibility concerns in all areas of campus life; and, act as an information resource of promising practices related to promoting and enhancing accessibility in all areas at McMaster University.



- engage in policy analysis and interpretation of University policy and relevant accessibility legislation and their attendant requirements;

- consult with the McMaster Accessibility Council (MAC) and the President's Advisory Committee on Building and Inclusive Community (PACBIC) with respect to the development of accessibility initiatives and responses;

- work closely with diverse campus stakeholders, in general, and persons with disabilities, specifically, to identify, discuss and clarify policy/program matters related to the creation of an inclusive campus community;

- coordinate program responses to accessibility issues and the implementation of accessibility initiatives across the campus community as they relate to the University's 3rd strategic goal of "building an inclusive community with a shared purpose";

- develop and maintain effective working relationships with campus and community partners and with other University and institutional counterparts with specific accessibility portfolios in order to exchange information about promising practices related to accessibility issues and processes;

- outreach to the diverse campus population to ensure broad-based and inclusive awareness-raising and educational opportunities that inform campus members of their rights and responsibilities under University policies and which develop knowledge and skills in order to foster accessible, diverse and equitable processes and environments;

- work with relevant campus offices to plan and coordinate faculty-specific workshops on the creation and maintenance of inclusive pedagogy and classrooms;

- develop promotional and awareness-raising tools, including use of social media, in order to enhance accessibility and to heighten the visibility and inclusion of persons with disabilities across campus;

- design and coordinate special events and workshops that are relevant to the intersecting realities of diverse student, staff, and faculty groups and individuals;

- coordinate and/or prepare various compliance reports and HRES communication vehicles;

- other duties and responsibilities, as assigned.






The successful candidate will hold a post-secondary degree, or equivalent, in a related field such as Critical Disabilities Studies, Adult Education and Community Development, Human Rights Law, Public Policy and Administration and will be familiar with relevant legislation including the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code and will be knowledgeable in the application of a social justice/anti-oppressive framework as it relates to disability.



They will have at least 3 years’ experience managing short and medium term projects at a post-secondary institution or other diverse corporate or non-profit entity in the areas of legislative compliance, accessibility and equity-related training and education. 

Project management experience is an asset.



The successful candidate will possess a wide variety of skills and abilities including:

  • Previous experience managing projects directly related to AODA and human rights legislative compliance.
  • Strong ability to provide subject-matter expertise to the McMaster Accessibility Council (MAC) in order to support the University to meet its AODA legislative obligations.
  • Consulting with and advising campus constituencies by recommending mechanisms or programs to resolve issues related to AODA compliance and accessibility. 
  • Knowledge of and experience working with diverse communities, generally, and persons with disabilities, specifically.
  • Ability to supervise and provide support to a small team of work/study students involved in a variety of AODA-related projects.
  • Capacity to coordinate and work closely with diverse stakeholders to implement short and medium-term projects related to AODA compliance and to the creation of an inclusive and accessible campus environment for persons with disabilities.
  • Capacity to develop and use a range of promotional and awareness-raising tools, including workshops, posters, FAQs and social media in order to enhance accessibility and to heighten the visibility and inclusion of persons with disabilities across all facets of campus life.
  • Highly effective interpersonal and communication skills and enthusiasm for outreaching to and actively engaging with faculty, staff, students, managers and administrators in order to promote accessibility for persons with disabilities.
  • A well-developed understanding of relations of power and historical marginalization;
  • Demonstrated ability to apply intersectional theories in relation to disability issues;
  • Strong interpersonal, team-building and facilitation skills.


Leadership Effectiveness:

McMaster’s core leadership capabilities are designed to nurture employee engagement through best people practices.  All leaders will demonstrate these Leadership Capabilities by:  Taking a Strategic Approach; Communicating and Collaborating; Developing People; Investing in Relationships; Championing Change and Innovation; and Driving Results.


How To Apply


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Employment Equity Statement


McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities and LGBTQ-identified persons. If you require any form of accommodation throughout the recruitment and selection procedure, please contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247).