Director of Learning Differences Program

Employer
St. Thomas University
Location
Florida, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 29, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Special Education, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Distance Education Programs, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Counseling, Disabled Student Services
Employment Type
Full Time


**This is an on-site position. Remote workers will NOT be considered.**

ABOUT US

You will be joining St. Thomas University (STU) at an exciting moment! Under the dynamic leadership of President David A. Armstrong, J.D., STU has had four consecutive years of record enrollment and we’ve set fundraising records too. Our campus footprint is also growing. In the past two years alone, we’ve opened the state-of-the-art Gus Machado College of Business, a new weight room for our student athletes, as well as a turf athletic field, residence hall, and a student center. And, we are going to keep growing…more students, more programs, more facilities!

As we mark our 60th Anniversary, we are setting our sights on the future while also honoring our Cuban heritage and celebrating our Catholic Identity. Come be a part of our diverse community! We are seeking energetic innovators who will help us chart the course for the University’s sixth decade of impact! Let’s work together to attract, serve, and inspire a diverse group of students who will leave STU prepared to be ethical leaders and change agents in our global community.

Located in sunny Miami, Florida, St. Thomas University is a private, non-profit university that offers 39 undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate degrees at its picturesque 144-acre campus and through distance learning. Its academic offerings include one of the oldest (and most highly ranked) undergraduate programs in Sports Administration in the country. STU has been ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report in Social Mobility for regional universities in the South, which means it takes students from the lowest financial strata and catapults them to much higher financial strata in only ten years. St. Thomas University is the only Catholic Archdiocesan-sponsored university in Florida, and one of the only eight Archdiocesan universities nationwide.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Director oversees all aspects of the University's Learning Differences program. This person is responsible for the development and implementation of specialized services designed to meet the needs of students with learning differences who are a member of the fee-based program that will include academic coaches and professional level tutoring services.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Plan and direct all department activities and oversee personnel administration and professional development of staff. This includes creating a staffing proposal, leading searches for positions, and providing daily management of staff.
  • Establish department goals, objectives, and strategies; develop and implement department programs and services to accomplish goals.
  • Assist in the recruiting process including outreach to disability coordinators and counselors in high schools.
  • Assist in the retention of students in the Institute.
  • Plan and implement an orientation session for incoming students and parents to the program and University life.
  • Plan, monitor, and maintain department budget and approve operating expenses.
  • Assist with fundraising activities including grant writing.
  • Develop an advisory board for the program and recruit new members in support of its objectives.
  • Advise students, parents, faculty, and staff on disability related accommodations and concerns. Work closely with the ADA Coordinator to develop accommodation plans.
  • Create and facilitate workshops for the University's faculty and staff.
  • Supervise the evaluation of medical and psychological documentation and the recommendations of appropriate accommodations and support for students with learning differences.
  • Interpret state and federal legislation relating to persons with disabilities; assess the impact of legislation on the University's policies, procedures, programs, and services.
  • Review and develop new policies surrounding disabilities on campus, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Fair Housing Act.
  • Oversee disability related complaints including but not limited to, accommodation denials, emotional support animal requests, and physical barriers.
  • Develop programs and presentations regarding disability related issues and the services.
  • Maintain University affiliation with professional organizations related to disability services within higher education and K-12
  • Knowledge of assistive technology and the ability to integrate it into the program services.
  • Other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Master's degree in Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, Psychology, Higher Education or other closely related field.
  • One to three years experience in learning disability related services in higher education related environment.
  • Knowledge of federal and state legislation related to students with disabilities in higher education
  • Knowledge and use of perceptive content/imagenow
  • Budgeting, planning, and computer skills
  • ADA Coordinator certification preferred
Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $55,000.00 - $65,000.00 per year

Benefits:
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance
Schedule:
  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability
Ability to commute/relocate:
  • Miami Gardens, FL 33054: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)
Application Question(s):
  • Please provide contact information for three (3) professional references.
Education:
  • Master's (Required)
Experience:
  • Learning Disability Services: 1 year (Required)
Work Location: One location

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