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ADA Specialist (5879U), People & Culture - 59155
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 2, 2023
Title ADA Specialist (5879U), People & Culture - 59155
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department People & Culture
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Human Resources
    Administrative Support/Services

ADA Specialist (5879U), People & Culture - 59155

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit

Departmental Overview

People & Culture is valued as UC Berkeley's proactive people partner focusing on the following key priority areas:

  • One HR: Bringing clarity and efficiency to HR processes and structures through cross- team collaboration and transparent communication.
  • People: Using development opportunities beyond training to create deeper engagement, higher trust and better performance.
  • Culture: Applying Berkeley brand to developing a shared "enterprise contributor" mindset among all.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: October 12, 2023


Consultation/Risk Mitigation

  • Provides proactive management consultation and guidance on disability matters to managers/supervisors, human resources professionals, shared service centers, and Academic Personnel Office for the entire campus.
  • Interprets, analyzes and implements federal and state laws, collective bargaining agreements, and UC policy/guidelines regarding industrial and non-industrial disability issues.
  • Advises on compliance to laws and University policies, reducing risk to the University and guides management to best practices.
  • Provides training and guidance to campus on issues related to accommodations and the interactive process.
  • Analyzes and resolves, with a high degree of autonomy, complex disability/employment situations with high potential for liability risk.
  • Provides analysis for highly complex potential loss areas and determines appropriate type and level of loss protection.
  • Serves on committees and teams with campus-wide impact on disability, ergonomics and leave management.

Case Management

  • Performs end to end case management and coordinate the interactive process for reasonable accommodations, including working with other Human Resources professionals, the employee, their supervisor, candidates, vendors and other stakeholders.
  • Conducts intake interviews; obtains and evaluates information from health care providers to determine eligibility; schedules and leads meetings as part of the interactive process; tracks and documents the steps of the interactive process; analyzes the effectiveness of the accommodations; analyze data and complies reports related to accommodations, compliance and program efficacy.
  • Provides support and guidance while performing activities related to short term and long-term accommodations for employees at work or returning to work for medical based accommodations.
  • Keeps informed of new legislation, legal decisions, policies, and trends in the industry in order to incorporate changes into practice.

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced knowledge in the following areas: knowledge of common organization-specific computer application programs; knowledge of organizational processes and procedures; understanding of organizational rules and regulations.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills, customer service orientation, active listening and critical thinking skills, and effective team leadership skills.
  • In depth ability to concisely present complex risk findings and make recommendations verbally and in writing.
  • Advanced ability to use critical thinking and analytical skills to solve problems.
  • Advanced ability to develop course materials and deliver content effectively to diverse populations.
  • Thorough knowledge and skill in applying and interpreting applicable local, state and federal regulations, collective bargaining agreements, and related standards and guidelines.
  • Experience with principles/practices of disability management and disability laws, including the interactive process for reasonable accommodations (CFEHA, ADAAA, FMLA).
  • Technical knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADAAA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (CFEHA).
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen and skill to communicate effectively in a diverse environment.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of HIPAA Privacy Rules and California State laws regulating privacy and confidentiality of health information.
  • Knowledge of and/or ability to learn common campus-specific computer application programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $95,300.00 - $135,000.00.

  • This is a 22-month, 100% full-time (40 hours per week), contract position that is eligible for full UC benefits with the possibility of extension.
  • This position is exempt and paid monthly.
  • This is a hybrid position, eligible for 50% remote capability.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.

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