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Assistant Director - Student Learning

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Aug 2, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Education Administration & Leadership, Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Disabled Student Services, Other Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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Posting Details

Working Title

Assistant Director - Student Learning

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Location of Workplace

Main UNCW Campus


Disability Resource Center - 40250


Student Affairs - 40000 Division

Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The Assistant Director – Student Learning:

• Supports Director in overseeing day-to-day operations
• Serves as a designated spokesperson/liaison in the absence of the Director
• Contributes in development, and implementation, of programmatic and administrative policies and procedures
• Assists the Director in the maintenance of the department budget and other program reports/proposals
• Assists in review of disability documentation, validating eligibility, and recommending appropriate accommodations
• Assists with campus and community presentations, publications and meetings to promote Disability Resource Center ( DRC ), supports available for UNCW students with disabilities, and criteria for eligibility of DRC service
• Supports the transition needs of students with disabilities as they prepare to enter, as well as matriculate from, UNCW
• Maintains confidential student files, records and correspondence while tracking and compiling student disabilities services usage information
• Provides guidance to, and serve as advocate for, registered students with disabilities
• Facilitates communication between faculty, staff, and registered students with disabilities regarding access and accommodation concerns
• Informs, instructs, and supports UNCW faculty, staff, and administration in their provision of, and responsibility to provide, equitable access for students with disabilities
• Develops (independently and as part of the DRC team) ideas for assessment, research, and grant opportunities as appropriate
• Contributes to the knowledge base of field of disability support services by identifying important topics and proactive practices, and develops presentation and proposals for presentation at the local, regional, and national level
• Furthers DRC’s evolution of best practices by staying abreast of current legislation, emerging research, national trends, and resources for students with disability in higher education
• Participates in ongoing training needs of DRC student employees, graduate assistants, and interns
• Serves as DRC Learning Specialist, coordinating DRC’s strategies for success workshops, designs and facilitates small group and one-on-one trainings for strategy enhancement and academic preparedness training
• Leads in developing workshops and programs to assist students with disabilities address their academic and educational weaknesses
• Assists in designing and facilitating self-advocacy support services for students within DRC
• Consults with University Learning Services, acting as a liaison with their various services to support their tutors, consultants, and mentors in supporting students self-identifying with disabilities
• Promotes Principles of Universal Design (UD) in instruction and campus environments, liaising with Environmental Health and Safety, Randall Library, Student and Academic Affairs, and other campus partners as appropriate to serve this mission
• Coordinates hiring, and assists in supervision, of DRC student employees, graduate assistants, and interns
• Facilitates DRC’s training program for its student employees under supervision of Director, develops learning objectives, meeting schedule, and itineraries for student employee training
• Assists Director in the day-to-day operations of the DRC as well as provide leadership, direction and guidance to promote inclusiveness and support for students with disabilities and ensure equal educational access
• Oversees DRC outreach within the University community to promote inclusive practices and proactive planning with regard to individuals with disabilities
• Ensures compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504, including maintaining confidential records pertaining to accommodations
• Assists in the development, design and implementation of procedures, forms, and materials required for successful departmental operations
• Acts as a campus and community resource to identify and address architectural and accessibility related concerns at the university
• Coordinates DRC student newsletter, and publication of DRC material in University media including SWOOP, FLASH, and various department and program communications

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

•Masters degree in Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, Clinical Counseling or related field, or Higher Education Administration/Leadership
•3-4 years of experience providing direct student service in a college or university disability or K-12 support setting
•Experience and relative expertise in the interpretation of disability-related documentation for the purpose of verifying disability and identifying appropriate accommodation plans
•Employee must be able to demonstrate working knowledge of ADA as amended and Section 504 Federal Rehabilitation Act, and policies and procedures associated with the provision of disability compliance within higher education
•A practical knowledge of Assistive Technology and experience supporting individuals with technology-access issues
•Familiarity with educational data bases and reporting tools
•Strong communication, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving skills

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience

•Direct supervisory experience within a college or university disability support setting
•Ability to work independently, in a team, and with or without direction
•Demonstrated excellent written/oral communication skills, technical documentation skills, user liaison skills, and personal interaction abilities
•An inclination toward, and ability to define, goals and assess outcomes
•Expertise with various software and hardware platforms and programs, such as: Banner, Clockwork, Read & Write Gold, Kurzweil, JAWS, Microsoft Office Suite, and Canvas
•A commitment to student-centered service working within a collaborative, team-based, environment

Required Certifications or Licensures

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

The Disability Resource Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington strives to create an inclusive campus environment as reflected in the overall mission of the university.

The Disability Resource Center office works to promote diversity by ensuring an equal educational opportunity for all qualified students.

College/School Information

The Division of Student Affairs consists of fourteen functional departments, each of which is responsible for providing a variety of student support, service, and educational programs which are accessible to all members of the university community. The staff members are dedicated individuals known for their passion and commitment to implementing programs and services that affect student development over the course of a lifetime. Student Affairs provides excellent delivery of student services that are responsive to student needs and promotes the quality of life and education both inside and outside the classroom. We build institutional traditions and lifelong affiliations through creative programs, vibrant student organizations, and a living/learning environment built on core values and uncompromising principles. The Division is a leader and primary spokesperson for students.

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to- BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington ( UNCW ), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Eligibility for Employment

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Number of Openings

Single Incumbent

Special Notes to Applicants

To receive full consideration, please be sure you have completed the ‘Work History’ section of the application before you apply for this position. Also, please provide a cover letter that describes which specific skill set you are interested in and your work experience that will support being successful in this role. 3 or more professional references are required.

For more info/to apply visit Applications must be submitted through the online application system to be considered. NOTE : All application materials must be submitted by 11:59pm ET on the close date.

Months Per Year

12 Months

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Applicant Documents
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  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of 3 Professional References
Optional Documents Posting Specific Questions

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  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity with UNC Wilmington (2021)?
    • UNCW Website
    • UNCW Facebook Page
    • UNCW Linkedin Page
    • UNCW Twitter Account
    • UNCW Employee Referral
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Craigslist
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Glassdoor
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • Hispanic Outlook
    • Indeed
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • North Carolina Job Network
    • Women In Higher Education
    • Other

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