Accessibility Specialist

  • Western University
  • 1151 Richmond St., London, ON, Canada
  • May 10, 2023
Contract Project Management

Job Description

Classification & Regular Hours

Hours per Week: 40

Salary Grade: 15

Please note, this is an 18-month, temporary full time contract opportunity with a comprehensive benefits package.

About Western

Since 1878, Western University has been committed to serving our communities through the pursuit of academic excellence and by providing students, faculty, and community members with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural growth. We seek excellent students, faculty, and staff to join us in what has become known as the "Western Experience" - an opportunity to contribute to a better world through the development of new knowledge, new abilities, new connections, and new ways to make a difference.

About Us

Western University’s mission is to be a destination of choice for the world's brightest minds seeking the best learning experience at a leading Canadian research university. The Office of the Provost provides leadership and direction that enables the University’s faculties and support units to achieve their strategic goals and objectives.


Western is striving to ensure that our community, campus, programs, research, outreach, and self-representation will be more inclusive. The Accessibility Specialist will play a vital role in the development and implementation of initiatives and projects that enhance accessibility across campus. The role will manage projects that focus on supporting and promoting accessibility and on ensuring that individuals have equitable access to services and facilities. The Accessibility Specialist will also manage the consultation and development of a comprehensive project plan, which accounts for all recommendations contained in the Postsecondary Education Standards Development Committee report and will manage its implementation.


  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Courses taken or certificate in Project/Change Management 
  • PMP Designation is preferred
  • 5 years’ experience managing complex enterprise-wide projects in accessibility
  • Project management experience working in the higher education sector would be an asset
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • In-depth knowledge of legislation, regulations, and standards related to accessibility and accommodations for persons with disabilities
  • Expertise in Universal Design for Learning and accessible education 
  • Project management skills to align projects with strategic goals and operational objectives, ensure team roles are clear, milestones are communicated, and deadlines are met
  • Communication skills with the ability to converse with, write reports for, and deliver presentations to all levels of the organization
  • Organizational skills to manage multiple activities that are accurate and thorough, sometimes of a complex nature 
  • Ability to collaborate across internal and external boundaries to meet common objectives, improve outcomes and support work beyond one's own unit
  • In-depth knowledge of techniques for planning, managing and coordinating projects that involve a variety of stakeholders 
  • Knowledge of common project obstacles and necessary controls and contingency plans that will help address them
  • Ability to draw on diversity of skills, backgrounds and knowledge of people to achieve more effective results
  • Ability and willingness to employ a consultative and collaborative approach to addressing issues and making decisions
  • Professional manner, tact, diplomacy and discretion in dealing with various stakeholders and colleagues, including senior management
  • Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite

Western Values Diversity

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.

Please Note:

Interested applicants are asked to visit: for further information and to apply online referencing job #30937 by 11:59PM on June 8, 2023.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.