Director of Disability Cultural Center

New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jun 17, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Posting Details

Job # 037123 Department Code 00000 Department Enrollment Management & The Student Experience (ESE) Job Title Director of Disability Cultural Center Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with experience Staff Level S6 FLSA Status Exempt Hours

Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

The Director of the Disability Cultural Center will work collaboratively with diverse constituents to coordinate educational, cultural, and social activities on disability. The Director is a full-time professional staff member responsible for the overall management of the Center. The position includes administrative, program development/student engagement, outreach/education, managerial, and organizational functions, which support the function of the Center and the broader commitment to inclusivity and social justice at Syracuse University. The director supervises at least one other staff member, as well as GA’s and any student volunteers. Additionally, the director works in collaboration with student affairs, academic affairs (including the Office of Disability Services), and administrative units across the University to promote a supportive and inclusive campus environment for people with disabilities.


The candidate must have three or more years of successful post-master’s experience in program development, management, and leadership. The individual should also have experience in supervising, training, group facilitation, program implementation, and/or individual advising of students with disabilities in a non-therapeutic context.

Experience in a higher education setting is preferred. Sensitivity and understanding of complex and diverse needs of students with disabilities and the disability community, including experience assessing evolving needs and addressing them is required. The individual must be experienced in the realm of disability advocacy, disability/human rights, social justice, and/or disability culture. In addition, the individual will have demonstrated their ability to multi-task without compromising quality of work, must have some experience in management and budget administration, and must have an understanding of college student development.

The individual must have confirmed skills in problem solving, decision-making, collaboration, and the ability to remain focused under pressure. Grant writing experience is helpful.

Job Specific Qualifications

Competency with Microsoft Office Suite.

Understanding of current developments, best practices, and resources in the field of disability services.

Exceptional oral and written communication skills.


Administrative Duties:
Facilitate the development of goals and objectives, strategic planning, forecasting, fiscal oversight, and program management of the Disability Cultural Center. Collaborate with students to implement, execute, and assess events, programs, and services provided by the Disability Cultural Center.

Program Development & Student Engagement Duties:
Guide and support persons with disabilities and allies who are interested in disability issues by providing support in academic, social, and cultural matters; providing a space for empowerment and (self) advocacy; and, by providing referrals to other campus or community resources as needed. Collaborate with an advisory committee that includes undergraduate and graduate students as well as other constituents campus-wide, and engage with the advisory committee in long-term planning for the Disability Cultural Center. Coordinate undergraduate, graduate-level, and campus-wide social, educational, and cultural activities on disability issues for students with and without disabilities, including programming related to disability culture, such as film series, lecture series, speakers, adaptive athletics, and recreational activities. Program in conjunction with various stakeholders.

Outreach/Education Duties:
Provide training sessions and resources for staff, faculty, and students about disability as community, culture, or identity. Develop relationships with other cultural centers on and off campus, locally, nationally, and internationally. Serve as a resource to local and state organizations on issues related to disability culture.

Managerial Duties:
Facilitate the day-to-day management of the center with the goal of ongoing programs and service development to meet the ever-changing and diverse needs of the centers community to promote community, diversity, inclusion, and student, faculty, and staff retention.

Organizational Duties:
Communicate and collaborate with the Disability Studies Program and student organizations on matters of common interest and concern. Represent the Center by serving on various University, divisional, and community-wide committees, task forces, and projects related to disability and inclusion. Confer with others to make recommendations on University policies and procedures in line with the University’s non-discrimination policy and to ensure access for individuals with disabilities in all aspects of campus life; and work with representatives to develop and implement cooperative initiates to support multicore competency and diversity. Develop an environment that actively encourages the nurturing of a diverse student population and fosters a dialogue on those needs. Exhibit a strong commitment to the recruitment, selection, and development of a diverse full-time and student staff.

Physical Requirements




Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

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