UPMC and Achieva — a non-profit organization based in southwestern Pennsylvania aimed at providing lifelong support to people with disabilities and their families — have partnered on a hiring initiative to help qualified candidates with disabilities connect with job postings, navigate interviews and develop long, meaningful careers with UPMC.
“As our country commemorates the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), we are excited about this partnership, which pairs the hiring needs of UPMC with qualified, top talent.” said John Galley, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at UPMC. “We value the significant contributions that workers with disabilities bring to our inclusive environment at UPMC and we are eager to welcome many qualified individuals into our family.”
As part of the initiative, an Achieva inclusion liaison is embedded into UPMC’s departments of talent acquisition and employee relations to help people with disabilities apply for positions and provide the services necessary for candidates to sustain their employment with UPMC. This partnership is supported by the UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion and the UPMC Disabilities Resource Center, as well as the UPMC Center for Social Impact as part of its Pathways to Work portfolio, which aims to expand job training, education and opportunities to underserved individuals and communities.
The inclusion liaison also provides expertise in disability services to UPMC, identifying opportunities to improve the accessibility of hiring processes like recruitment, consulting on resumes, applications and interviews, developing training and education materials, coordinating with relevant departments on assistive technology and accommodations and other relevant workforce services for prospective employees.
“The ADA has removed barriers and opened doors for individuals with disabilities, paving the way for our partnership with UPMC,” said Steve Suroviec, president and chief executive officer of Achieva. “By working together, we prioritize the talent needs of UPMC and work with their existing human resources team to identify and onboard qualified talent and serve as a key point of contact for disability-related hiring.”