Assistant Director of the Student Office for Accessibility
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Assistant Director of the Student Office for Accessibility
Student Office for Accessibility Resources
The Assistant Director of the Student Office for Accessibility
Resources is an integral part of the daily operation of the Student
Office for Accessibility Resources (SOAR) within the Division of
Student Life. The mission of the Student Office for Accessibility
Resources is to create an accessible, inclusive, sustainable
learning environment, where disability is recognized as an aspect
of diversity that is integral to the campus community and to
Under the supervision of the Director of the Student Office for
Accessibility Resources, the Assistant Director provides leadership
and support for the programs and services related to the
University's students with disability, and specifically coordinates
the provision of alternative formatted materials for students and
works with students and faculty to create Course Policy
Accommodation Agreements. In addition, the Assistant Director will
review documentation for eligibility and conduct student intake
The Assistant Director collaborates with colleagues across campus.
In so doing, the Assistant Director supports the mission of the
Student Office for Accessibility Resources to create a vibrant
campus in which students enjoy a broad experience within a
close-knit community. Finally, the Assistant Director supports the
learning outcomes of the Division of Student Life.
Alternate Format Materials
Oversees the production of braille, tactile graphics, and audio
description for blind/visually impaired students as well as
alternate format materials for other students with
Researches, orders, assigns, and individually tracks all requests
for course materials that require conversion to accessible
Hires, trains, supervises and monitors the work of staff and
student workers who assist with converting materials into
accessible formats for students with visual or print related
Meets individually with students to provide training in the
effective selection and use of assistive technologies.
Performs accessibility checks on documents of various formats
(Word, PDF, PowerPoint) and remediate documents accordingly.
Based on analysis of course materials, determines the most
efficient digital conversion method/technique.
Prepares books/documents for scanning and organized the electronic
Develops audio description processes. Investigates and evaluates
potential audio description companies, technologies, and
Coordinates and conducts assessments related to alternate format
Reviews documentation for accommodation eligibility and conducts
Determines reasonable accommodations and coordinates program
services and student accommodations with faculty and staff.
Assists student with accommodation requests for graduate school
Coordinates Course Policy Accommodation Agreements between faculty
Serves as the unit leader in Director's absence.
Assists in developing and evaluating assessment planning, strategic
thinking and planning, learning outcomes, and goals and objectives
coordinated with the mission and vision statements of the
University, the Division of Student Life and the Student Office for
Works closely with the Student Office for Accessibility staff in
the implementation of strategic initiatives and departmental
Serves on other campus committees as assigned.
Conducts professional development activities, with approval by the
Director, and maintain volunteer activities with a chosen
professional association as appropriate.
Completes performance review process with supervisor to understand
job performance expectations and how they fit into the department
and University goals.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Director in support of the
goals and objectives of the department and the Division of Student
Life. The intent of this job classification description is to
provide a representative summary of the types of duties and
responsibilities that will be required of positions in this
classification and shall not be construed as a declaration of the
specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position.
Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than
those specifically present in this description.
Daily contact with members of own work unit, immediate supervisor,
faculty, students, and student workers to plan, coordinate, problem
solve, present information related to mutual goals.
Frequent contact with other departments to plan, coordinate,
problem solve, present information related to mutual goals.
Routinely handles confidential information.
Routine contact with parents and the general public to exchange
factual information and explanation of rules, regulations,
practices or functions.
Responsibility for Final Decisions
Reviews work to ensure compliance with procedures and
Tasks involve multiple procedures with interrelated processes or
steps. Work involves choosing the appropriate option or procedure
to follow and applying established rules and procedures.
Errors may be detected within the department or section in which
they occur, but may affect the work of others within the unit to
trace errors and make corrections.
: Director of the Student Office for Accessibility
Work is performed independently on routine work, non-routine issues
or questions are referred to the supervisor.
Master's degree in Education, Student Affairs, Higher Education
Administration, Counseling or other related field required.
1-3 years of professional experience in working with students with
disabilities in a higher education setting.
Understanding of student development, ADAAA and Section 504 is
essential. Demonstrated knowledge of trends, uses and accepted
practices relevant to documentation conversion is also essential.
Demonstrated interest in diversity, equity, and inclusion issues is
Experience with VoiceDream, Natural Reader, JAWS, Voiceover and
NVDA is preferred.
Must have excellent organizational skills.
Must have strong communication skills, including written and verbal
interpersonal skills and comfortability facilitating in front of
Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks.
Customer service oriented.
Ability to interact with a diverse population and maintain a
positive attitude in time of crisis.
Understanding of the importance of student learning outcomes and
Work is performed under usual office conditions.
Job Posting End Date (if date is blank, posting is open
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