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Senior Disability and Inclusion Adviser

Organisation Victoria University of Wellington - Te Herenga Waka
Area, City Wellington
Advert reference 1544
Contact person Rachel Anderson-Smith
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[email protected]

Contact telephone 04 463 6070
Permanent/temporary Permanent
Full/part time Full time
Closing date for applications 06-07-2021


The role of Senior Disability and Inclusion Adviser is to take a guiding role in supporting a best-practice, evidence-based approach amongst the Disability and Inclusion Advisers ensuring the disability and inclusion adviser team proactively supports students with high and complex needs. This includes recognising and responding to students of concern, and escalating risk where needed. This will include consistently improving professional practice and supporting the adviser team contribution to new initiatives that will enhance student success and University wide disability inclusivity.

The Senior Disability and Inclusion Adviser supports the Manager and Assistant Manager to guide the direction, culture and practices of the wider team and plays a key role in maintaining and strengthening close working relationships with fellow practitioners and advisers in other key services. The Senior Disability and Inclusion Adviser will assess the disability related needs of students and provide quality advice, information and coaching to assist them to fulfill their academic aspirations. They also liaise with University staff to increase disability inclusion.


Position location

The Disability and Inclusion Adviser is located within the Disability Services team in Student Academic Services (Retention, Achievement and Equity). The role of Student Academic Services is to provide a range of management, professional and academic services that enhance the student experience and improve academic achievement. Disability Services is the University’s key service provider of disability advice, expertise and support. We work with students to identify their disability related needs, goals, strengths and specific supports. We work with staff to ensure the University is an inclusive education provider and that students receive equitable access to their student experience. Disability Services has a presence across the University’s campuses and while staff are based at Kelburn campus they may need to visit other campuses.

Strategic context

Disability Services has a operational plan which is aligned to University’s Strategic Plan.

Key responsibilities


 Provide day to day guidance for the Disability and Inclusion Advisers on student work that

ensures knowledge and practices are consistent and of high quality.

 Role model to the Disability and Inclusion Advisers best practice in all areas of their role.

 Closely work with the Office Coordinator to provide advice, triaging support, and problem

solve particularly on urgent work.

 Identify, discuss and problem solve issues and innovations in service delivery with the

Assistant Manager and Manager.

 Provide advice to academic staff on specific student work.

 Play an active role in cross service case management work.

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