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Director, Disability Support Services

Southwestern Community College District
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jul 12, 2022

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Disabled Student Services
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Director, Disability Support Services

Southwestern Community College District

Work Site: 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Department: Disability Support Services

District Values
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 job. Manages, coordinates, and provides equity-minded leadership for a variety of services that enhance and facilitate learning opportunities for all students with disabilities.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 services.
  7. 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.
  8. Performs related duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities:
  • Organization and development of programs and services for students with disabilities including an action plan to serve the entire district
  • 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 development.
  • 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 distribution.
  • Modern office practices, procedures, technology, and computer equipment and applications, including word processing, database, and spreadsheet applications.
  • English usage, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Techniques for effectively representing the District in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, educational, regulatory, and legislative organizations.
  • 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 sexual orientation.

  • 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 recommendations.
  • Effectively manage priorities in complex and diverse operational units.
  • 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 decisions.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, ethics, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • 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.

Education and Experience:

Minimum Qualifications: (Faculty and Academic Administrator Positions Only)
A Master’s degree AND one year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator’s administrative assignment; AND two (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 disabilities.ORMaster’s degree in rehabilitation counseling. OR 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; OR 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) AND 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. OR Master’s degree in physical education, exercise science, education with an emphasis in physical education, kinesiology, physiology of exercise or adaptive physical education; OR 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; AND fifteen (15) semester units of upper division or graduate study in adapted physical education. OR 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 counseling; AND 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.

Desirable Qualifications:
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. 

Start Date

As soon as the successful candidate is identified and following the subsequent governing board approval.

Screening Deadline
All application materials must be received on-line at 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 review.

Work Schedule:
Successful candidate may be assigned to any of the campus sites (Chula Vista, National City, Otay Mesa, and/or San Ysidro).

Additional Information:
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 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

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 only.

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 disabilities.

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">

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 (

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