Director, Disability Resources
Requested Start Date:
August 1, 2021
Normal Work Schedule:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 p.m., may vary depending on student and department needs
The Director of Disability Resources is a key member of the Student Success Center leadership team responsible for creating usable, equitable and inclusive learning environments for students with disabilities by increasing the assimilation of universal design principles in campus facilities, instructional delivery, programs and activities. Additionally the Director , along with Disability Resources team members, promote academic access and educational opportunities for students with disabilities by ensuring compliance with federal mandates, ADA and Section 504, through the provision of reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities, and by delivering timely training, technical assistance and consultations with faculty, staff and administrators about issues, regulatory updates, cultural trends, research, and other matters related to disability. The Director is responsible for designing and managing the unit budget, directing and evaluating program activities, supervising exempt, non-exempt and student staff, and maintaining a caseload of students, as dictated by needs of the unit.
· Collaborates with students, faculty, staff, and community members to proactively create usable, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable learning environments by advising the senior administrations about universal design, reasonable accommodations, disability rights and responsibilities, technology, architectural and programmatic barriers, and local, state, and federal legislation related to disabilities; developing and recommending policies and procedures that promote inclusion and universal design in programs and facilities; maintaining cooperative working relationships on campus and in the community; recommending student participants for campus committees on which student participation is needed; and coordinating ongoing efforts to have fully accessible and usable learning environments.
· Ensures that students with disabilities who experience barriers in the design of University programs, services, and facilities have equal access through the provision of accommodations such as auxiliary aids and services, materials in alternative formats, sign language interpreters, lab assistants, assistive technology, readers, test proctors, note takers, equal access to facilities, etc. as well as providing information and referral concerning admission, access, and participation in University and community programs.
· Establishes collaborative relationships on campus and in the community by serving on committees, anticipating changes that may create or remove barriers, and advising the campus community as appropriate.
· Provides training and technical assistance to faculty, staff, administrators, and students about universal design, disability studies and issues, reasonable accommodations, technology, barriers to programs and services, as well as local, state, and federal legislation related to disabilities.
· Provides effective administration of the Disability Resources by maintaining student records relating to communications with students, recommended courses of action or accommodations, and documentation provided by the student. Essential Edit Remove
· Advises and assists the Student Success Center and University departments and individual faculty and staff.
· Develops a competent and effective staff of full-time employees, graduate assistants, and student workers (when appropriate) by recruiting and selecting qualified persons to serve as interpreters, readers, test proctors, and notetakers, providing training in the various service functions and orientation on policies and procedures, making work assignments based upon qualifications, and supervising and evaluating work performance.
· Develops a plan of action and/or reasonable accommodation with students who have disabilities by conducting interviews, reviewing documentation, and collaborating with the student and faculty and/or staff.
· Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
· Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the Vice President for Student Success.
· Performs other related duties as assigned.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
· Master’s Degree in Disability Studies, Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling & Human Development, Social Work, or related field or Juris Doctor,
· minimum of three years professional experience providing direct service to students with disabilities within a postsecondary setting and demonstrated effectiveness and experience supervising
· Doctoral degree in Disability Studies, Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling & Human Development, Social Work, or related field
· Juris Doctor, higher education teaching experience or direct service to students with disabilities
1. Cover Letter
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