Director of Student Disability Services





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Director of Student Disability Services

Student Disability Services

Central Connecticut State University invites applications for a Director of Student Disability Services. Under the supervision of the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, the Director of Student Disability Services supervises the delivery of comprehensive and coordinated services for students with disabilities, as defined under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the l973 Rehabilitation Act. The Director serves as the primary liaison with state and private agencies and as a resource to the University and to the public at-large. The Director supervises the professional and paraprofessional staff, manages operating and auxiliary aids budgets, and conducts annual program and service evaluations. The Director researches and remains current on issues related to disability support services in postsecondary education settings.

Supervision Exercised:

Supervises professional and/or support staff.

Position Responsibilities:

Manages, leads, and directs the activities of the office of Student Disability Services and all ADA and Section 504 compliance programs of the University related to student support services.

Serves as a resource to the entire community, including individual faculty, in designing and delivering reasonable accommodations required by the law.

Establishes and maintains collegial and programmatic relationships with student service, academic and administrative departments, including Residence Life, Student Wellness Services, Student Affairs and Academic Affairs.

Supervises and evaluates all professional and support staff of Student Disability Services; selects, trains and supervises all student peer support staff, including graduate interns.

Develops and manages program budgets, including departmental operating budgets, auxiliary aid budgets and funds obtained through grant applications.

Develops and updates, as required, all written policies, procedures and protocols guiding the work of the unit, ensuring policies are consistent with legal mandates related to disability in postsecondary education settings.

Provides training and serves as a resource to all campus constituencies (individual faculty, academic departments, and administrative units) on all aspects of the program, including but not limited to accessibility training, sensitivity to disabilities, emerging trends in disability rights and services.

Engages in collaborative program initiatives with related student service functions, particularly Student Wellness Services.

Coordinates and manages recruitment and pre-enrollment consultations with new students and/or parents to review the IEP and to develop a single coordinated plan of support.

Serves as primary liaison to arrange, manage and evaluate interpreter services, reader services, personal assistant services, TDDs and assistive technologies which are provided by public or private agencies.

Makes referrals to appropriate campus services or community agencies and assists students in assuming the role of self-advocates.

Conducts on-going and end-of-year evaluation activities to assess the effectiveness of the services and satisfactory progress of a student toward his/her academic goal.

Assures highest level of confidentiality for all service providers which reflect the privacy rights of all student clients of the office of Student Disability Services.

May serve as advisor to student organizations which promote University-wide understanding of disability issues.

Serves on committees as authorized by the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, and represents the office of Student Disability Services in meetings, seminars and workshops, both on and off campus.

Performs other duties and responsibilities related to those above which do not alter the basic level of responsibility of the position.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Special Education, Psychology, Counseling, Social Work or related field.
  • Five years of administrative experience with demonstrated ability to relate to students, faculty and staff.
  • Proven ability and experience working with students with disabilities and delivering services to them and recognized and proven ability to coordinate a large, multi-faceted program of student support services.
  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability in utilizing Microsoft Office Suite programs.
  • Knowledge of Assistive Learning Technology/Adaptive Devices preferred.
  • Credentials and/or experience substantially comparable to the above may also be considered.


The University: The largest of Connecticut’s regional comprehensive universities, Central currently enrolls 11,880 students. This includes 7,605 full-time undergraduates, 1,949 part-time undergraduates, 648 full-time graduate students, and 1,678 part-time graduate students. A third of its undergraduates are students of color, the largest group being Hispanic. Ninety-three percent of the students are from Connecticut. An increasingly residential campus, 64 percent of Central’s first-year students live on campus; 24 percent of all undergraduates live on campus. For more information about Central Connecticut State University, please visit www.ccsu.edu .

The Community: Located nine miles southwest of Hartford, New Britain is a city of some 70,000. Part of the Greater Hartford area of 1.2 million residents, New Britain is centrally located in the state and is within easy reach of much of Connecticut and several metropolitan areas in the region. New Britain’s population is characterized by a high degree of racial and ethnic diversity. Known as “Little Poland,” 17 percent of its population are of Polish background. It is the home of three Polish language newspapers and one television station, and annually hosts the Little Poland Festival. Significant portions of its population come from Puerto Rican, Italian, and Irish backgrounds. Currently, 37 percent of its population are Hispanic; 11 percent are African American; 25 percent live below the poverty line.

In addition to all that Hartford provides, New Britain is 40 minutes from Springfield, Mass., two hours from Boston, and two hours from New York City. It is also part of the Hartford-Springfield “Knowledge Corridor” and, therefore, within easy driving distance of a host of private and public institutions of higher education and many cultural opportunities.

Application and Appointment : For full consideration, applications must be received by November 6,2020



To begin the application process, click on the Apply button and electronically submit the following documents:

  • Letter of Interest addressing the qualifications for this position
  • Current résumé
  • Names of three current professional references with title, email addresses and telephone numbers



Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Fringe benefits include personal and sick leave, paid holidays, medical, dental, vision and prescription plans, a multi- plan retirement, retirement health care, deferred compensation, Dependent Care Assistant and Med Flex spending accounts, supplemental benefits such as long term, short term disability, tuition waiver for employee and eligible dependents at any of the Connecticut State Universities (Central, Eastern, Southern or Western).

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Mailed applications will not be accepted.

Please redact any personally identifiable information (i.e., Social Security number, date of birth, marital status, country of origin) from any documents submitted. Please ensure your Social Security Number is not listed on any documents submitted.

For more information, contact Stephanie Reis at 860-832- 1665 or swreis@ccsu.edu.

As an affirmative action employer, Central Connecticut State University actively seeks and encourages applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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