UW DRS: Communications Assistant

Communication Assistant

Job Description

The Disability Resources for Students (DRS) Office seeks a student employee to provide direct accommodation services. This includes but is not limited to performing specific tasks for a DRS student to have full access to course work and participation opportunities in the classroom setting. DRS is seeking candidates that are resourceful, reliable, engaged, professional, and have experience with classroom settings.

Project Persistence

As part of our commitment to the student experience, Disability Resources for Students and the Division of Student Life will review each student employee’s academic progress via GPA reviews. The intent of these grade checks is to offer our student employees holistic support and connect students to resources and academic support services should the need arise. These reviews will begin after you complete your first quarter of employment. GPA reviews have no impact on your selection for the position or your standing as an employee once you begin employment.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote access, opportunity and justice for all.


This position will report to Valerie Hamilton, Associate Director DRS.

Job Hours and Pay for Temp Hourly Employee

10+ hours a week, $15.65 per hour. Work hours vary upon a given student’s class schedule. Schedules are based upon workload. Ideal candidates can give at least 6 month commitment.


  • Attend all classes and exams of student assigned to, when needed arrive early.
  • Take notes during course lectures.
  • Scribe for student on exams and in class course assignments.
  • Voice written student responses or questions during courses.
  • Read as directed by the DRS student from the coursework in class.
  • Receive instructions verbally and/or electronically.
  • Perform related duties as assigned by DRS Counselor or Associate Director.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ability to collaborate with staff and work one-on-one with another student.
  • Ability to follow and give instructions with attention to detail.
  • Computer skills to include word processing.
  • Communication skills; oral and written.
  • Competency in working with a diverse population.
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting.


  • Experience working with students and or adults with disabilities.
  • Experience in and familiarity with higher education.
  • Knowledge of assistive technologies for people with disabilities.
  • Pattern of excellent attendance and punctuality in prior positions.

For more information and to apply, please contact Access Coordinator, Britt Neff at (206) 543-8924.