Director of Student Accessibility Services
The Director acts as a strong advocate for students with
disabilities; serves as a campus expert on matters concerning
disability and access in higher education; collaborates and
regularly works with campus constituents and departments (i.e.
students, faculty, and administrators) to develop and improve the
accessibility and usability of the campus through the delivery of
programs and services that reframe disability and promote inclusive
design; and has responsibilities for the research, development,
coordination, and implementation of strategic initiatives.
Some of the essential job functions of this position include:
directing the department’s operations; budget creation and priority
setting/analysis; managing and ensuring the provisions of
accommodation implementation; overseeing the creation and
maintenance of departmental database for confidential student files
and for the use of student analytic data; develop in coordination
with General Counsel, Provost and other appropriate campus
leadership, University policies and procedures in accordance with
Federal disability anti-discrimination laws and most current
relevant developments regarding students with disabilities in
Areas of Responsibility
ASSESSMENTAND PROVISION OF REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS
- Evaluate, verify and interpret disabilities-related
documentation from various professionals to develop reasonable
accommodations under 504/ ADA compliance.
- Determine documentation standards for students with
disabilities in accordance with the Association of Higher Education
and Disabilities ( AHEAD ) guidelines and as required by the
Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA, 1990; ADAAA 2008) and
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and civil rights
- Maintain case files and confidential student records in
accordance with Family Education Rights and Privacy Act ( FERPA )
and institutional policy.
- Provide ongoing assessment and implementation of campus
compliance with 504/ ADA requirements.
- Determine appropriate and necessary academic accommodations,
emotional support animals, and housing accommodations based on
documentation guidelines for individual student needs.
- Coordinate distribution of accommodation letters to students
- Lead, implement, and support efforts to develop policies and
programs around students with diagnosed disabilities, including but
not limited to ADD / ADHD, autism spectrum disorders,
anxiety/depression, physical and sensory disabilities, chronic
illnesses and assorted learning disabilities.
- Meet individually with students in an interactive process to
discuss current accommodations, assess need for reevaluation of
accommodations, foster student self-advocacy, and improve
communication with faculty/staff throughout the student’s academic
- Coordinate services for students with temporary
- When appropriate, refer students to needed evaluations through
the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.
ACADEMIC COACHING & ADVISING
- Meet with students affiliated with the office who need help
with executive functioning skill development, are experiencing
academic difficulties or are on academic probation, and/or who are
seeking advising help around navigating college.
- Advise those students who request to oversee their academic
schedules and help them set up a schedule conducive to their
learning difference or to better accommodate their disability (in
addition to their formal advisors) before registering for classes
or when they are making modifications (dropping/adding) to their
ADMINISTRATION AND SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
- Supervise the Testing and Accessibility Coordinator to ensure
effective and appropriate implementation of testing and assistive
- Determine budget acquisitions for assistive technology and
other necessary support for implementing accommodations.
- Collect and track general demographic data on student clients
for the purpose of directing and allocating resources
- Develop case management of students that is both confidential
and equally accessible for learning partners.
- Advocate on behalf of students with faculty and staff to ensure
proper facilitation of academic, program, and housing
- Provide trainings to enhance institutional understanding of the
rights of students with disabilities and to facilitate and enhance
the integration of students with disabilities into the college
- Develop, review and revise written policies and guidelines
regarding procedures for determining and accessing reasonable
accommodations and institutional rights and responsibilities with
respect to service provision.
- Conduct program evaluations and review.
- Supervise the development and maintenance of our website and
other office information.
- Supervise the Student Learning Differences Club and meet with
student leaders regularly to help with their planning and managing
of the club.
- Coordinate efforts around planning office sponsored or
co-sponsored events such as Autism Acceptance Week (donor
CAMPUS COLLABORATION AND PARTNERSHIPS
- Participate in campus-wide orientation and Admission/Enrollment
programs (Admitted student day, First Look Fridays, Resource Fair)
and meet with prospective students and families/caretakers.
- Collaborate with the Counseling Center, Dean of Students
Office, Campus and Residential Life and other campus partners in
meeting the needs of students with varied mental and health-related
diagnoses and physical disabilities.
- Serve on campus-wide committees
- Engage faculty and instructors in ongoing professional
development that advance inclusive pedagogy and UDL design elements
into curricula. Partner thoughtfully with the Faculty Committees
for Teaching and Learning, the library and learning commons,
academic affairs administration and leadership, and faculty
governance to gain buy-in and develop advocates. Present
information and training for additional campus audiences on various
topics related to disabilities and access.
- Foster a strong institutional commitment to inclusion,
diversity and equity on disability issues and meaningful inclusion
of students with disabilities in campus life.
COMMUNICATION WITH VARIOUS CONSTITUENTS
- Communicate with prospective students and families/caregivers
for on-campus visits, phone calls, email correspondence, and at
- Communicate with students affiliated with the office for
initial interactive in-take process for accommodations,
accommodation letter, and renewal of accommodations each semester,
as well as updates and reminders about finals.
Communicate with faculty about accommodation letters and updates to
procedures/protocols and reminders about final schedules.
Facilitate an interactive process with faculty around reasonable
Juniata College believes in and embraces the liberal arts and
as such, we encourage and seek mutual benefit through diversity of
thought and approach which enriches our academic community, as well
as the lives of our students and colleagues. Juniata College is
committed to creating a welcoming community supported by
relationships based on collaboration and mutual respect. We
endeavor to create an inclusive learning environment where members
with different perspectives and backgrounds can learn, contribute,
and thrive. Please join us…
- Knowledge and capabilities normally acquired through a master’s
degree in management, educational administration, counseling,
and/or a related filed.
- Expertise in the interpretation and application of the
Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA, 1990; ADAAA 2008), Section
504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and civil rights statutes as
they pertain to student disability issues.
- Familiarity with the Association of Higher Education and
Disabilities ( AHEAD ) and its practice guidelines.
- An understanding of and familiarity with assistive technologies
and support systems, including: AIM, Pharos360, Capti, Glean and
- At least three to five years of related professional experience
sufficient to demonstrate competency and capability with
accessibility services, student counseling/advising, student
services program design, implementation and evaluation, staff
supervision, and budget preparation and management.
- Must work collaboratively and cooperatively with diverse
individuals and groups including administrators, faculty, staff,
students, and parents.
- Boundless energy and enthusiasm especially in terms of working
with traditional-age undergraduates.
- Experience with, and a commitment to, the residential liberal
- A collaborative, inclusive and transparent management
- Demonstrable evidence of innovative and progressive thinking
which has effected positive change.
- A well-developed sense of humor.
- Juniata requires the successful completion of background
Reports directly to the Vice President of Student Life and Dean of
Students. Serves as a member of the Health and Wellness team with
frequent direction from the Senior Associate Dean for Health and
Wellness. Receives general direction and guidance from supervisor,
team lead and college counsel while working with independent
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