Position Description 

Position Title: Graduate Assistant for Student Accessibility Services

Reports to:     Tiffany Dodd ( Assistant Dean of Students - Student Accessibility Services)
tiffany.dodd@uni.edu - 319-273-2332

General Terms of Employment:

  • For the Fall semester 10 hours per week, beginning August 26, 2024 and ending December 20, 2024. These dates might vary upon approval of the academic calendar.
  • For the Spring semester 10 hours per week, beginning January 21, 2025 and ending May 16, 2025. These dates might vary upon approval of the academic calendar.


  • Graduate Assistantship stipend is $3,000.00 for half-time per semester and may be prorated depending on start date.
  • Graduate Assistants and their spouses may qualify for in-state tuition.
  • Graduate Assistants may receive University holidays and do not work during the interims between semesters.
  • For more information regarding Graduate Assistantship procedures review https://grad.uni.edu/funding.

Background Information: 

The role of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is to coordinate services and accommodations for students with disabilities. In doing so, we review disability documentation, meet with students to determine appropriate accommodations, and work with other areas on campus to implement the accommodations. 

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) views disabilities as a naturally occurring aspect of humanity’s diversity and as an integral part of the University community and the greater community at large.  SAS strives to work collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to provide an equitable, accessible, and inclusive educational experience for all students.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • This position will entail three primary components including working individually with students to provide skills-based education, provide solution-focused problem solving, support and develop executive functioning skills, provide campus and community resources and assist with the disbursement and training of assistive technology provided through Student Accessibility Services.
  • This position will also support the Student Accessibility Services Testing Center as a reader/scribe for students with disabilities.  Readers and scribes verbally read tests aloud to students and/or type student responses to test questions as indicated in their accommodations letter.  This portion of the position is based on the needs of students but would fall within the 8:00am-4:30pm workday with the possible exception of midterms and finals week.
  • This position will also assist in the implementation of alternative text for students which entails navigating specific online resources to obtain digital textbooks and placing them in the screenreader software, Kurzweil.  This portion of the position may also work to obtain braille materials, enlarged materials, or other alternative text.
  • In addition to the three areas mentioned above, there may be other duties as assigned.  Specific information related to expectations for customer service, confidentiality, attitude, communication, and teamwork is provided through training and the onboarding process.

General Qualifications:

  • Must be a full-time, degree-seeking student in a UNI's residential graduate program. 
  • Be regularly admitted without provisions to degree status in a graduate degree program.  
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00. First semester graduate students must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75.
  • Have an official transcript on file in the Office of Admissions and be fully declared in their graduate major.
  • Must meet UNI's HRS employment eligibility.

Application Process and Deadline:

To apply, submit the Assistantship application form. Attach: resume and a cover letter. Direct your application to Tiffany Dodd (tiffany.dodd@uni.edu).

 Anticipated position for 2024-2025

UNI is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and protected veterans. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.