Director, Disability Support Services
Southwestern Community College District
900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Disability Support Services
Incumbents in District positions are expected to exhibit an
equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity to and
understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural,
gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of
community college students, and employees, including those with
physical or learning disabilities, and successfully foster and
support an inclusive educational and employment environment.
The Director will contribute to the strategic plan and advance the
equity goals and objectives identified in the strategic plan of
Southwestern College. Under general direction from the Dean of
Student Support Programs or designee: plans, manages, directs and
coordinates a variety of district wide instructional services and
programs to provide quality educational opportunities for students
with disabilities; directs services provided by the District's
Disability Support Services (DSS) Department; supervises and
evaluates assigned faculty and staff; supervises the preparation
and maintenance of required records and reports; assumes
responsibility for procurement, expenditure and accounting for
funding in compliance with applicable law and policy; assure proper
college wide implementation, monitoring and maintenance of assigned
programs; and performs related work as required.
REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES: Management reserves the
right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of
different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that
qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the
Manages, coordinates, and provides equity-minded
leadership for a variety of services that enhance and facilitate
learning opportunities for all students with disabilities.
Knowledge and Abilities:
MUST HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF:
- Plans, organizes, directs, and provides administrative
leadership for the programs and operations of the DSS Department;
directs all aspects related to the planning, staffing, delivery,
and evaluation of DSS programs; provides overall supervision of DSS
programs and services, faculty, and staff functions, and related
activities that serve the academic and student affairs needs of
students with disabilities; analyzes curriculum and offered courses
and recommends modifications as needed; ensures the academic
integrity of DSS Department programs and courses.
- Participates in the development and implementation of goals,
objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned activities,
programs, and operations; within District and program policy,
recommends appropriate service levels and resources; recommends and
administers policies, procedures, and programs for students with
disabilities; participates in long-range planning activities.
- Oversees and participates in the development and administration
of the department budget; participates in the forecast of funds;
monitors and approves expenditures; implements adjustments; assumes
responsibility for reporting and accounting for categorical funding
of programs and related reports.
- Through supervision of faculty and staff and participation in
and facilitation of work groups, develops, and standardizes
procedures and methods to improve and continuously monitor the
efficiency and effectiveness of DSS programs, service delivery
methods, and procedures; assesses and monitors workload,
administrative and support systems, and internal reporting
relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement and makes
recommendations to the Dean.
- Reviews academic and student affairs programs, student learning
outcomes, services, activities, and expenditures for compliance
with applicable federal and state laws, regulations, and
guidelines, District policy and procedures, and responsiveness to
the needs of students with disabilities.
- Responds to student complaints about program services, faculty,
or staff; resolves problems related to student eligibility,
acceptance, utilization of programs, and delivery of programs and
- Provides leadership in the evaluation of offered courses;
collaborates with the Dean and other departments to design class
schedules to meet the learning needs of students and to ensure that
facilities are used to their potential; provides consultation to
the Dean in scheduling courses and services at other District sites
with concurrence from the Center Deans.
- Performs related duties as assigned.
MUST HAVE ABILITY TO:
- Organization and development of programs and services for
students with disabilities including an action plan to serve the
- Organizational and management practices as applied to the
analysis and evaluation of projects, programs, policies,
procedures, and operational needs.
- Applicable federal, state, local, and District laws, including
ADA, regulations, ordinances, policies, and procedures relevant to
students with disabilities programs, projects, and operations.
- Principles and practices of curriculum and course
- Contemporary issues of inclusion, social justice, diversity,
access, and equity as related to higher education.
- Methods and techniques for the development of presentations,
business correspondence, research and reporting, and information
- Modern office practices, procedures, technology, and computer
equipment and applications, including word processing, database,
and spreadsheet applications.
- English usage, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and
- Techniques for effectively representing the District in
contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, and various
business, professional, educational, regulatory, and legislative
- Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by
effectively interacting with students, staff, faculty,
representatives of outside organizations, and members of the
public, including individuals of diverse academic, socioeconomic,
ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, physical ability, and
Education and Experience:
Minimum Qualifications: (Faculty and Academic Administrator
- Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse
academic, socioeconomic, cultural, physical ability, and ethnic
backgrounds of community college students.
- Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with
applicable federal, state, local, and District laws, regulations,
ordinances, policies, and procedures.
- Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods,
procedures, and techniques.
- Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies,
procedures, and other written materials.
- Gather and analyze data, evaluate alternatives, and make sound
- Effectively manage priorities in complex and diverse
- Effectively use computer systems, software applications
relevant to work performed, and modern business equipment to
perform a variety of work tasks.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing,
using appropriate English grammar and syntax.
- Understand scope of authority in making independent
- Use tact, initiative, prudence, ethics, and independent
judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal
- Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working
relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
- Provide leadership and work collaboratively and productively
with all stakeholders, including faculty, students, administrators,
support staff, unions, and the community.
A Master’s degree AND
one year of formal training,
internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the
administrator’s administrative assignment; AND
(2) years of full-time experience or equivalent within the last
four (4) years in one of the following fields: (1) Instruction or
counseling in a higher education program for students with
disabilities; (2) Administration of a program for students with
disabilities in an institution of higher education; (3) Teaching,
counseling or administration in secondary education, working
predominantly or exclusively in programs for students with
disabilities; (4) Administrative or supervisory experience in
industry, government, public agencies, the military, or private
social welfare organizations, in which the responsibilities of the
position were predominantly or exclusively related to persons with
Master’s degree in rehabilitation
Master’s degree in Counseling,
Guidance Counseling, Student Personnel, Clinical or Counseling
Psychology, Education Counseling, Social Work, Career Development,
Marriage and Family Therapy, Marriage, Family and Child Counseling;
a Bachelor’s degree in Marriage and Family
Therapy or in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling and possession
of a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)
either fifteen or more semester units in upper
division or graduate level course work specifically related to
people with disabilities, or completion of six semester units, or
the equivalent of a graduate level counseling practicum or
counseling field work courses, in a post-secondary Disabled
Students Programs and Services (DSPS) Program or in a program
dealing predominantly or exclusively with people with disabilities,
or two years of full-time experience, or the equivalent, in one or
more of the following; (A) Counseling for students with
disabilities, or (B) Counseling in industry, government, public
agencies, military or private social welfare organizations in which
the responsibilities of the position were predominantly or
exclusively for persons with disabilities, or the equivalent.
Master’s degree in physical education, exercise
science, education with an emphasis in physical education,
kinesiology, physiology of exercise or adaptive physical education;
Bachelor’s degree in physical education,
exercise science, education with an emphasis in physical education,
kinesiology, physiology of exercise or adaptive physical education
AND Master’s degree in any life science, dance, physiology, health
education, recreation administration or physical therapy;
fifteen (15) semester units of upper division
or graduate study in adapted physical education.
Master’s degree in speech pathology and
audiology, or in communication disorders; AND
licensure or eligibility for licensure as a speech pathologist or
audiologist by the Medical Board of California. OR
Master’s degree in the category of disability, special education,
education, psychology, educational psychology, or rehabilitation
fifteen (15) semester units of
upper division or graduate study in the area of disability, to
include, but not be limited to learning disabilities, developmental
disabilities, deaf and hearing impaired, physical disabilities, or
adapted computer technology.
Two (2) years of full-time supervisory experience or equivalent
working predominantly with programs and services supporting
students with disabilities in higher education.
Range 42, $10,977.92-$13,343.83 plus additional $2,090.00 annual
stipend for earned Doctorate Degree. An excellent benefits package
which includes medical, vision, dental, retirement, vacation,
generous sick leave package, and life insurance is available for
the employee and eligible dependents.
As soon as the successful candidate is identified and following the
subsequent governing board approval.
All application materials must be received on-line at https://jobs.swccd.edu
. Position is
open until filled. Applications received by the first screening
deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2022 are
guaranteed to be reviewed by the selection committee. Any
application received after the deadline is not guaranteed a
Successful candidate may be assigned to any of the campus sites
(Chula Vista, National City, Otay Mesa, and/or San Ysidro).
We regret we are unable to accept faxed, e-mailed, mailed, or hand
delivered application materials. Only complete application
materials submitted through SWC online system will be accepted. To
complete and submit your application for this position, please
visit our online employment website at https://jobs.swccd.edu
. All required
information must be submitted online before the review date and
time indicated on the job posting.
A confirmation number will be assigned if your application packet
has been successfully submitted. Assistance with the online
application process is available through the Human Resources Office
at 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910; telephone: (619)
482-6395 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all
application materials are received by the review deadline date. A
separate, complete application packet is required for each position
for which you are applying for. All materials included in your
application packet become District property, will not be returned,
will not be copied, and will be considered for this opening
Candidates selected for employment with Southwestern Community
College District must be fingerprinted by an electronic
fingerprinting service (i.e. LiveScan) within 10 days of
employment; provide clearance of tuberculosis (dated within the
past 4 years and renewed every four years as a condition of
continued employment) within 60 days of employment; provide proof
of eligibility to work in the United States.
In addition to the above, for Faculty/Administrator positions
(only), successful candidate must submit official (sealed) college
transcripts confirming date degree conferred and/or a valid CA
Community College Credential.
Reasonable accommodations will be provided to candidates with
verified disabilities. Accommodation requests should be made at the
time the interview appointment is scheduled.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer and in compliance with the
Americans with Disabilities Act, Southwestern Community College
District will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with
The Southwestern Community College District shall not discriminate
against any person in employment or in any program affiliated with
the District on the basis of age, ancestry, color, ethnic group
identification, national origin, religion, race, sex, sexual
orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or on
the basis of these perceived characteristics, or based on
association with a person or group with one or more of these actual
or perceived characteristics.
Notice of Availability of the Annual Security Report - Southwestern
College is committed to assisting all members of the community in
providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security
Report is available on the SWCPD website at https://www.swccd.edu/student-support/safety-and-security/jeanne-clery-act/
If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Annual Security
Report, which contains this information, you can stop by the SWC
College Police Department or you can request that a copy be mailed
to you by calling (619) 482-6390.
The report contains information regarding campus security and
personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention; public
safety authority; crime reporting policies; programs to prevent
dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking;
the procedures the College will follow when one of these crimes is
reported; and other matters of importance related to security on
campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics
for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes
that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or
property owned or controlled by the College or a recognized student
organization; and on public property within, or immediately
adjacent to and accessible from the campus.
This information is required by law and is provided by the SWC
College Police Department.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Plan (DAAPP) - More information
about the DAAPP, including the Drug Free Environment and Drug
Prevention Program Policy and Procedure and Biennial report can be
found in the Health and Safety Section of the campus Consumer
Information page ( http://www.swccd.edu/index.aspx?page=1084
To apply, visit: https://jobs.swccd.edu/postings/3883