Assistant Director, Student Disability Resources

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 04, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Director, Student Disability Resources

Penn State Harrisburg, a comprehensive College of The Pennsylvania State University, is excited to welcome applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Director of Student Disability Resources.

Reporting to the Director of Counseling and Student Support, the Assistant Director of Student Disability Resources is a new position that will oversee the operations within Student Disability Resources (SDR) at Penn State Harrisburg, including the supervision of SDR staff (1 full-time, 2 part-time, and 8 proctors), assisting in the provision of academic accommodations for students with disabilities, managing of SDR budget, and collaboration with College and University staff. Counseling & Psychological Services, a unit of Student Affairs, is committed to the holistic growth of our students. Inclusion, diversity, and equity are the cornerstones of the mission and goals of Penn State Harrisburg Student Affairs.

The successful candidate is responsible for the direct supervision of disability services staff to ensure that the provision of services to students with disabilities (SWD) conforms to University and College policies and procedures. All College students who identify as having needs due to a disability are served by this office in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), Sections 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998, campus policy, and all other federal and state laws pertaining to persons with disabilities. The Assistant Director of Student Disability Resources works with students and faculty to resolve accommodation-related issues, collaborates with faculty and staff to facilitate student access, provides training and professional development programs for the campus community, oversees the use and implementation of assistive technologies and other strategies to maintain an accessible learning environment, and assists students in developing self-advocacy skills and adapting to the demands of college life.

Typical requirements for this position are a Master's degree or higher in education or a social science field plus 5 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preferred qualifications for the successful candidate include:
  • Strong working knowledge of the relevant state and federal laws associated with accommodations in higher ed
  • Detail oriented and able to work in a face paced, changing environment
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills are essential, in addition to strong organizational, time management, problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Skill in working collaboratively with others and in developing professional networks
  • Experience in communicating with various stakeholders and presenting to large groups in various forums
  • Ability to support the college's broad range of activities and initiatives

Penn State Harrisburg is located in Middletown, near the city of Harrisburg, the state capital of Pennsylvania. The college is easily accessible via interstate and rail routes from Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and New York, and Harrisburg International Airport is located within minutes from campus. The college is the largest and most comprehensive of Penn State's Commonwealth Campuses. An undergraduate college and graduate school, Penn State Harrisburg offers more than 75 associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs and is the only campus, along with University Park, to offer programs from the associate to doctoral levels. The college also offers the first two years of study leading to more than 160 baccalaureate majors offered throughout Penn State. At the transfer level, Penn State Harrisburg serves students from all Penn State campuses and from community colleges and other accredited colleges and universities. The college enrolls 5,000 students in residence. Reputation is Penn State Harrisburg's hallmark - nationally accredited programs, award-winning faculty, and the resources of a world-class research university. We are Penn State in the Capital Region.

The college's academic units are divided into five schools: Behavioral Sciences and Education; Business Administration; Humanities; Public Affairs; and Science, Engineering, and Technology. The college employs approximately 500 full-time faculty and staff, and roughly 500 part-time employees to carry out its mission to be a premier college of The Pennsylvania State University. To learn more about the college please visit

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.