Assistant Director of the Academic Resource Center: Disability Support Services

Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
May 11, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Director of the Academic Resource Center: Disability Support Services
Whitman College


Located in the historic community of Walla Walla, Whitman's beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually dynamic, diverse, and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty and 1,500 students. With an endowment exceeding $500 million, fiercely loyal alumni, exceptional students, and accomplished faculty and staff, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence ranking as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.


The Assistant Director is responsible for supporting the academic mission of Whitman College by providing access to Whitman's educational program for students with disabilities. Under the supervision and guidance of the Associate Dean of Faculty, the Assistant Director of Disability Support will advise, counsel, and help disabled students access the totality of the curricular and co-curricular experience at Whitman.

  1. Oversee and coordinate Disability Support Services, which includes meeting with prospective students and families, arranging disability support services for incoming and returning students, including evaluating documentation and identifying and implementing accommodations as appropriate.
  2. Coordinate note-taking services for students with disabilities including hiring, training and supervising peer note-takers.
  3. Coordinate test proctoring for students with testing accommodations including working with faculty in order to schedule, acquire, and proctor exams.
  4. Coordinate acquisition and accuracy of alternative format texts and ensure all alternative texts are in a readable format for the student.
  5. Coordinate, maintain, and troubleshoot the inventory of assistive technology available for students with disabilities including training students with disabilities on how to use specific equipment. Stay abreast of emerging technology for potential acquisition.
  6. Provide individualized tutoring for disabled students (with an emphasis on first-year students) related to the writing process.
  7. Create and present training for faculty and staff in collaboration with other campus offices and departments as appropriate
  8. Consult with faculty and staff colleagues on issues of physical and digital accessibility as needed
  9. Serve as a member of CARE team
  10. Perform other tasks as assigned by the Associate Dean of Faculty.


Individuals must be able to explain and/or demonstrate that they possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to safely perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • An understanding of and a commitment to maintaining confidentiality
  • Experience working with disabled students
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the ADA and other pertinent federal and state laws that provide for an accessible higher education experience for disabled students.
  • Knowledge of reading disability documentation and coordinating appropriate accommodations
  • Knowledge of assistive technology and alternative format textbooks
  • Excellent listening and communication skills
  • Ability to work well with a team

  • An advanced degree in a field relating to higher education, counseling, student personnel, or related experience.
  • Experience providing academic support and advising services for disabled students and students from diverse/underserved backgrounds, preferably in a rigorous academic environment at the college/university level (or equivalent experience in another setting).
  • Candidates who identify as disabled or neurodiverse are especially encouraged to apply.


We will begin reviewing applications on May 24 and will continue until the position is filled.


July 1, 2021

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