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Accessibility and Equity Specialist, City of Hamilton

Job Title: Access & Equity Specialist
Job ID:    5515
Location:     Corporate Services

Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

CITY OF HAMILTON

CORPORATE SERVICES DEPARTMENT
(CUSTOMER SERVICE, ACCESS & EQUITY DIVISION - ACCESS & EQUITY - LOCATION - 120 KING ST. W, 9th FLOOR)

ACCESSIBILITY & EQUITY SPECIALIST
(1 PERMANENT FULL TIME POSITION)

SUMMARY OF DUTIES

Reports to the Access and Equity Coordinator.  Provides expertise in the area of Accessibility and Equity particularly pertaining to disabilities in the Access and Equity Unit.  Primarily responsible for the preparation and implementation of the actions of the Annual Accessibility Plan and the ODA and AODA Standards legislations into the day to day operations of the City.  The Ontarians with Disabilities, 2001 and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities, 2005 mandates fully accessible services, programs and opportunities for persons with disabilities.

GENERAL DUTIES

Coordinates updates and assists with the preparation of the annual Accessibility Plan and the AODA Standards requirements.

Ensures organization is complying with ODA and AODA legislation.

Provides support to staff and monitoring of departmental initiatives to ensure effective implementation into day to day operations and making progress towards commitments within the Accessibility Plan and AODA Standards.

Provides monthly reports to the Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities.

Assists in providing, preparing and updating relevant Access and Equity resource materials for the staff and public.

Receives inquiries and requests for information and responds by providing appropriate materials and/or referrals to appropriate community resources.

Must keep accessibility and equity resource materials updated and disseminated to staff.

Provides advice to staff on interpretation and application of relevant policies, legislation, standards, methods and procedures.

Conducts accessibility audits and identifies barriers and makes recommendations to remove and prevent further barriers.

Develops and maintains good working relationships and partnerships with people with disabilities, organizations representing persons with disabilities and community groups.

Collects and maintains ODA/AODA regulations, Standards, supplementary materials, correspondence and documentation of the compliance procedures.

Conducts workshops on accessibility to staff as needed.

Participates on various internal and external committees with respect to accessibility and equity

Serves as a back up for receiving accessibility complaints from the public.

Assists with processing confidential Access and Equity Complaints.

Assists with the development, implementation and review of the guidelines and forms to process Access and Equity complaints in a timely and proper manner as prescribed by Human Rights, ODA/AODA legislations and other relevant policies.

Works in accordance with the provisions of applicable Health and Safety legislation and all City of Hamilton corporate and departmental policies and procedures related to Occupational Health and Safety.

Performs other duties as assigned which are directly related to the normal functions of this position with minimal supervision and direction.

QUALIFICATIONS

1. Developed understanding of Access and Equity normally acquired by obtaining post secondary education in Organizational Development, Change Management, Community Development, Public Administration, Business, Social Sciences and/or equivalent experience and education in a related field.  Post-degree diploma in disability studies is preferred.

2. Sound knowledge of disabilities and demonstrated background in dealing with accessibility and equity issues.

3. Good understanding of the Ontarians with Disabilities 2001 and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities 2005.

4. Progressive experience in accessibility, equity and human rights work.

5. Analytical and research experience.

6. Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communications for consensus building, working effectively, communicating diplomatically, tactfully and sensitively with a racially, ethnically, religiously diverse community.

7. Demonstrated working experience with diverse communities including racial, cultural, linguistic, gender, age and persons with disabilities.  Demonstrated experience and/or working knowledge of anti-oppression issues and equity principles.

8. Must have strong organizational skills and a high level of accuracy and timeliness in the preparation of written communication, reports and completion of work.

9. Demonstrated experience in preparation of high quality reports.

10. Experience in a computerized environment.  Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office XP (Word, Excel, Microsoft Outlook and PowerPoint) and web tools.  Working knowledge of PeopleSoft would be considered an asset.

11. Experience in a related environment would be an asset.

12. Must relate to internal contacts, the community and outside agencies in a courteous and respectful manner; demonstrate initiative and the ability to carry out instructions without detailed direction.

13. Must be able to work independently on complex projects and co-ordinate activities with other parts of the organization to promote smooth and efficient communications and information flow.

SALARY:

Salary Grade 4

$56, 398.16 - $66, 351.74 per annum

HOURS:

35 per week

NOTE:

Flexibility to work extended hours when necessary.

THE INCUMBENT SHALL COMPLY WITH ALL HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR THIS POSITION AND THE WORKPLACE
   
Apply online on the City of Hamilton website

    Please apply on or before:     
    09/10/2008