Accessibility Specialist, Built Environment

Accessibility Services · Richmond, British Columbia
Department Accessibility Services
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Business Unit:           Accessibility Advisory Services         

Reports to:                 Director, Accessibility Advisory Services

Status:                        Full-time, Ongoing

Start Date:                  November, 2021

Location:                    RHF Office in Richmond, BC or Toronto, ON; Hybrid or Remote 


Founded on the legacy of Rick Hansen’s Man In Motion World Tour, the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) is a Canadian registered charity with the vision of creating a fully inclusive and accessible world where people with disabilities are living to their full potential. Through our programs and partnerships, we break down barriers for people with disabilities by changing attitudes, creating accessible spaces and inspiring an inclusive society.


RHF is a dynamic and rewarding place to work. Our success begins with our people. We are committed to building a diverse workforce representative of the communities we serve. If you’re interested in being a part of our innovative team, we hope that you will consider this opportunity with us!


RHF values diversity in the community and the workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates including Indigenous peoples, individuals of all genders and sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, disability, age, and religion and anyone living at the intersection of these identities.



The Accessibility Specialist, Built Environment works closely with the Director, Accessibility Advisory Services on projects to support organizations and clients who want to provide meaningful accessibility and inclusion in the built environment for people of all abilities. 


Accessibility Advisory Services support organizations who are striving for certification under Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) to be recognized as leaders in creating inclusive spaces. This position is responsible for advising on the application RHFAC, best practices in Universal Design in the built environment, developing accessibility manuals, conducting facility accessibility assessments and managing, executing and delivery of projects.



The Accessibility Specialist, Built Environment reports to the Director, Accessibility Advisory Services and works closely with the RHFAC team. 

This position also works with external clients and site managers.


As an integral member of the RHF team and as expected of all staff, this position actively participates with:

  • Strategy
  • Culture
    • Contributes in regular sessions, develops goals, supports and implements action plans.



Works closely with the Director, Accessibility Advisory Services to provide technical expertise to organizations who are focused on improving accessibility in the built environment to achieve certification under RHFAC.


Accountabilities include:

  • attending client meetings with the Director to determine project scope and requirements;
  • preparing and submitting proposals and bidding for projects;
  • advising organizations on achieving best practices in accessibility in Universal Design to achieve certification under the RHFAC program;
  • reviewing project plans for new construction and retrofit projects to ensure accessibility requirements are included early in the process;
  • assessing facilities via onsite visits, review of drawings and planning documents, and discussions with site managers to determine accessibility levels;
  • preparing recommendations and implementation plans for accessibility improvements;
  • conducting presentations;
  • managing projects including preparing scope, scheduling, tracking, delivering and reporting;
  • monitoring status of expenditures, accounts receivable, billable hours, maintaining records and filing reports; and
  • performs other related duties in keeping with the purpose and accountabilities of the job.


Education: Degree or diploma in architecture, architectural technology, engineering or equivalent.

Certification/Designations: RHFAC Professional Designation or has completed the RHFAC Training course preferred.


  • Minimum 5 years of related experience working in accessibility in the built environment;
  • Experience with Word, Excel PowerPoint, SharePoint, a CRM like Salesforce. Preferred experience with industry standard design and building modelling software such and as AutoCAD, Photoshop and InDesign;
  • Knowledge and application of Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC);
  • Technical knowledge and expertise related to accessibility in the built environment including building codes and other relevant legislations;
  • Practical knowledge of commonly applied Universal Design principles;
  • Knowledge of accessible building codes/guidelines and ongoing current understanding of all relevant accessibility standards; and
  • Knowledge or experience working with individuals with disabilities.


  • Strong oral and written communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate highly specialized and technical information to a variety of audiences;
  • Ability to read and interpret high-detail construction documents and architectural drawings;
  • Ability to apply RHFAC rating framework to projects;
  • Effective interpersonal, organizational and problem-solving skills;
  • Highly professional and client-centric;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced collaborative environment;
  • Ability to effectively manage and deliver on projects;
  • Strong attention to detail and analytical mindset;
  • Ability to perform site visits, as needed; and
  • Ability to travel, as needed.


An equivalent combination of education, experience and skills/behaviours will be considered.


If you are interested in being a part of our innovative team and are passionate about making a difference, we hope that you will consider a career with us.


Interested and qualified candidates can apply quoting competition #2021-18 by October 30, 2021. While we thank all applications for their interest, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


*Please note: The Rick Hansen Foundation is committed to providing accommodations to candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Please let us know if you require a specific accommodation (i.e. virtual/web based interview, flexible scheduling, accessibility needs), so that arrangements can be made for the appropriate accommodations to be in place.

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  • Location
    Richmond, British Columbia
  • Department
    Accessibility Services
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience