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Williams College seeks a collaborative and engaged professional to serve as the Assistant Director of the Office of Accessible Education. The Williams College Office of Accessible Education has two key areas of responsibility relating to Accessibility: legal compliance and the development of a culture of accessibility. The Office of Accessible Education serves as an important campus resource for all segments of our community, playing an essential role in the development of policy and institutional norms.

As the Assistant Director, you will be responsible for supporting our ongoing compliance with all relevant laws related to accessibility. You will work one-on-one with students and faculty to address questions and provide guidance. Ideally, you will be a campus leader in the ongoing effort to create a culture of accessibility at Williams College and to integrate issues of accessibility, ability and disability into the larger campus discourse.

You will also provide support and guidance in the creation of programs and policies that enhance equitable access to the College and its educational opportunities. To this end, you should build strong partnerships and collaborate with colleagues across the institution in the interest of students’ needs. We are looking for applicants who are advocates for equity and who can represent and serve the diverse constituencies that make up the Williams College community. We value people who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the intersection of identities and experiences that inform our expression of ability.

Responsibilities
  • Conducts intake interviews with students and provides information about the accommodation process, specific accommodation options and services. Will also communicate determinations about appropriate accommodations to faculty and staff.
  • Collects, verifies, and maintains documentation in support of accommodation requests.
  • In consultation with members of the Accessible Education staff, ensures the effective implementation of accommodations and auxiliary aids and services for students.
  • Provides technical assistance and training support to students, faculty and/or staff when necessary.
  • Provides oversight of special projects conducted by student Accessibility Coordinators
  • Assists with the development of policies and procedures which reflect best practices among peer institutions.
  • Acts as a key resource for students, identifying appropriate campus resources and services.
  • Other duties as assigned, such as contributing content for the Accessible Education website, preparing data for reports, and other projects in support of the Office of Accessible Education mission.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree plus at least two years relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience required
  • Educational background with a focus in disability studies, rehabilitation, counseling or a social science discipline and experience with supporting academic success in higher education preferred
  • Knowledge of the ADA and its 2008 Amendments(ADAAA), Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, FERPA, WCAG 2.0AA, and Assistive Technology
  • Experience interpreting clinical documentation and determining reasonable accommodations in a small liberal arts college environment
  • Professional experience working with and advocating for diverse student populations; a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion; strong understanding of complex issues as related to ableism, equity, diversity, and social justice
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing within a professional context
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff
  • Ability to maintain a high level of discretion and confidentiality for work with sensitive materials
Application review will begin on November 29, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Pay range is from $65,000 to $75,000, commensurate with experience. Job band 2-E. Please visit https://staff-careers.williams.edu/ to apply - all applications will be reviewed by the search committee.

This position is eligible for up to one day per week remote work from locations in NY, MA, CT, or VT; subject to review and revision as policy evolves.

Conditions of Employment

Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable. COVID-19 vaccination with booster or approved exemption and compliance with COVID-19 related policies are required as a condition of employment at Williams.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-2681 or email at hr@williams.edu.

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