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Director of Disabilities Resources

Employer
Elon University
Location
North Carolina, United States
Salary
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 5, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Disabled Student Services
Employment Level
Executive
Employment Type
Full Time
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Director of Disabilities Resources

Requisition Number: 20122415
Type of Employment: Full-Time Regular
Number of Months:
Months Employed: June through May
Number of Hours per Day/Week: 8/40
Daily Hours:

Summary Position
The Director of Disabilities Resources provides administrative oversight and operational, programmatic, and fiscal direction for the Office of Disabilities Resources. The primary function of the department is to ensure that the programs, curricula, and facilities of the University are accessible to all students of the University Community. This is accomplished through department functions of academic accommodation, as necessary, support services, and University and external consultation within the context of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended (2008). The Director works in conjunction with other members of the Disabilities Resources team to provide appropriate accommodations and support services to students with disabilities as needed and required by law. The Director provides leadership, directs planning and assessment for the Office, develops appropriate policies and procedures, supervises professional and support staff, and collaborates with campus administrators, faculty, and staff members to provide appropriate access for persons with disabilities throughout the campus.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Oversee daily operations of Disabilities Resources team/area.
  • Supervise professional and support staff members of the Disabilities Resources team.
  • Support diversity and inclusion efforts on campus through committee membership, outreach, and policy development.
  • Provide strategic planning for the area; develop action and assessment plans in accordance with the University's current strategic plan.
  • Collaborate with Admissions and other key University offices in recruiting new students, providing information and orientation to prospective students and their family members.
  • Develop and implement department-specific policies and procedures.
  • Consult and collaborate with offices on campus that provide modifications for students with temporary issues, medical conditions, and disability-related needs.
  • Remain up to date with legal and technological developments related to accessibility for persons with disabilities, particularly in higher education settings.
  • Maintain familiarity with reviewing and interpreting disability-related documentation and related materials.
  • Provide consultation, information, resources, and training workshops to faculty, staff, and students.
  • Other duties as assigned.

    GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIESAccess and Accommodations
  • Lead and direct matters involving accessibility barriers with accessibility. Provide oversight for disability-related services. Establish department priorities, fiscal management, and department policies.
  • Develop educational and direct service activities. Obtain assessment data and ensure these measures are used to create meaningful changes (closing the loop).
  • Oversee the interactive process of self-identification and evaluation of requests for accommodations and services, including coordination of approved accommodations and services with appropriate University personnel to maintain compliancewith Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act and its amendments.
  • Oversee eligibility determinations for accommodations based on review ofpsychological or medical documentation/evidence.
  • Oversee coordination and direct implementation of accommodations and assess effectiveness, when appropriate. Compliance and Regulatory Requirements
  • Maintain a working knowledge of changing federal and state regulations and policiesaffecting persons with disabilities, including: FERPA, Section 504 of the RehabilitationAct, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, including ADA standards and regulationsand other disability-related civil rights law and regulations.
  • Maintain responsibility for technical consultation and expertise working closely with University personnel and Counsel (as needed) to identify and clarify legal mandates that support University departments, programs, policies and activities, to ensure equal access to students and other members of the University community.
  • Monitor and coordinate Disabilities Resources (DR) compliance activities that identify trends, potential areas of compliance, vulnerabilities, and risk.
  • Maintain a confidential secure database and filing system with medical, psychological,and educational documentation related to accommodations and services provided by DR.
  • Lead and direct planning and training activities with academic departments,administrative programs, and offices on Universal Design for Instruction principles.Collaboration and Technical Consultation
  • Collaborate with faculty to identify academic educational barriers and the development of accessible learning opportunities, both in‐and‐outside of the classroom.
  • Provide direct support to faculty and instructional staff regarding accessibility andprinciples of Universal Design for Instruction.
  • Serve on University committees to provide ongoing training and technicalconsultation on matters of access involving the health, safety, welfare, and needsof students.
  • Serve in a consultative role with faculty, staff and students throughout the University toidentify barriers that limit access to programs and services in the residential and ''virtual''(electronic) campus.Supervision and Administration
  • Provide direct oversight and leadership for Disabilities Resources, including all disability-related access, departmental initiatives, and budgetmanagement.
  • Provide direct supervision and evaluation for the members of the DR staff.
  • Ensure all employees have access to tools and information related to career developmentopportunities, and actively participate in employee growth and development.


    Education Requirements
    Master’s Degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education Administration, RehabilitationCounseling, Disability Services, Counseling Psychology, Educational Psychology, or otherrelated fields. Doctoral Degree strongly recommended.

    Degree/Major:
    Length of Experience: · Seven to ten (7-10) years of progressive administrative leadership experience inDisability/Accessibility Services.· Five years of experience implementing legally mandated accommodations and addressing the needs of students with disabilities in a higher education setting.
    Supervisory Experience: Yes

    Supervisory Experience Detail


    Special Skills or Experience
    Required Skills and Competencies· Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of all relevant legislation related to disability law, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973), the Fair Housing Act and related standards as applied to the higher education setting.· Demonstrated knowledge of all categories of disabilities and appropriate accommodation in a post-secondary setting. Ability to provide consultation with faculty and staff on best practices for implementation of accommodations for students with disabilities.· Administrative skills required to direct daily operations, including supervision, planning and setting goals that accomplish the mission of the department and complement the mission of the University community.· Highly developed verbal communication skills and written language skills. Experience with public speaking and training groups.· Highly developed organizational, critical thinking and analytical skills.· Knowledge of FERPA and demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality at a high level.· Excellent interpersonal skills and the capacity to make timely decisions in the interest of the student, DR, and the University, in conjunction with applicable laws. · Demonstrated ability to work in a diverse work environment. · Experience with compliance and regulatory issues.· Working knowledge of AHEAD standards and previous involvement in professional development within the higher education setting.· Experience using Microsoft Suite products, including One Drive and Teams.Preferred Skills and Competencies· Demonstrated experience with managing fiscal resources.· Demonstrated experience with assistive technologies. · Experience developing and implementing assessment plans and reports. · Demonstrated experience implementing a developmental approach in supporting andengaging students with multiple intersecting social identities including but not limited to disability, race, LGBTQ, international, etc.· Experience with Accommodate.· Experience with Glean.· Experience with other technologies (Learning Ally, Bookshare, Screen-reading software, etc.).

    Special Instructions to Applicants
    Please submit a cover letter and resume to apply for this position at the end of the application process.

    Posting Date: 12/01/2022
    Closing Date:
    Open Until Filled: No

    General Purpose of Position
    The Director of Disabilities Resources provides administrative oversight and operational, programmatic, and fiscal direction for the Office of Disabilities Resources. The primary function of the department is to ensure that the programs, curricula, and facilities of the University are accessible to all students of the University Community. This is accomplished through department functions of academic accommodation, as necessary, support services, and University and external consultation within the context of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended (2008). The Director works in conjunction with other members of the Disabilities Resources team to provide appropriate accommodations and support services to students with disabilities as needed and required by law. The Director provides leadership, directs planning and assessment for the Office, develops appropriate policies and procedures, supervises professional and support staff, and collaborates with campus administrators, faculty, and staff members to provide appropriate access for persons with disabilities throughout the campus.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities
    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES· Oversee daily operations of Disabilities Resources team/area.· Supervise professional and support staff members of the Disabilities Resources team.· Support diversity and inclusion efforts on campus through committee membership, outreach, and policy development.· Provide strategic planning for the area; develop action and assessment plans in accordance with the University’s current strategic plan.· Collaborate with Admissions and other key University offices in recruiting new students, providing information and orientation to prospective students and their family members.· Develop and implement department-specific policies and procedures.· Consult and collaborate with offices on campus that provide modifications for students with temporary issues, medical conditions, and disability-related needs.· Remain up to date with legal and technological developments related to accessibility for persons with disabilities, particularly in higher education settings.· Maintain familiarity with reviewing and interpreting disability-related documentation and related materials.· Provide consultation, information, resources, and training workshops to faculty, staff, and students.· Other duties as assigned.

    GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIESAccess and Accommodations· Lead and direct matters involving accessibility barriers with accessibility. Provide oversight for disability-related services. Establish department priorities, fiscal management, and department policies.· Develop educational and direct service activities. Obtain assessment data and ensure these measures are used to create meaningful changes (closing the loop).· Oversee the interactive process of self-identification and evaluation of requests for accommodations and services, including coordination of approved accommodations and services with appropriate University personnel to maintain compliancewith Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act and its amendments. · Oversee eligibility determinations for accommodations based on review ofpsychological or medical documentation/evidence.· Oversee coordination and direct implementation of accommodations and assess effective-ness, when appropriate. Compliance and Regulatory Requirements· Maintain a working knowledge of changing federal and state regulations and policiesaffecting persons with disabilities, including: FERPA, Section 504 of the RehabilitationAct, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, including ADA standards and regulationsand other disability-related civil rights law and regulations.· Maintain responsibility for technical consultation and expertise working closely with University personnel and Counsel (as needed) to identify and clarify legal mandates that support University departments, programs, policies and activities, to ensure equal access to students and other members of the University community.· Monitor and coordinate Disabilities Resources (DR) compliance activities that identify trends, potential areas of compliance, vulnerabilities, and risk.· Maintain a confidential secure database and filing system with medical, psychological,and educational documentation related to accommodations and services provided by DR.· Lead and direct planning and training activities with academic departments,administrative programs, and offices on Universal Design for Instruction principles.Collaboration and Technical Consultation· Collaborate with faculty to identify academic educational barriers and the development of accessible learning opportunities, both in‐and‐outside of the classroom.· Provide direct support to faculty and instructional staff regarding accessibility andprinciples of Universal Design for Instruction.· Serve on University committees to provide ongoing training and technicalconsultation on matters of access involving the health, safety, welfare, and needsof students.· Serve in a consultative role with faculty, staff and students throughout the University toidentify barriers that limit access to programs and services in the residential and ’’virtual’’(electronic) campus.Supervision and Administration· Provide direct oversight and leadership for Disabilities Resources, including all disability-related access, departmental initiatives, and budgetmanagement.· Provide direct supervision and evaluation for the members of the DR staff. · Ensure all employees have access to tools and information related to career developmentopportunities, and actively participate in employee growth and development.



    Education and Experience
    Education Requirements: Master’s Degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education Administration, Rehabilitation Counseling, Disability Services, Counseling Psychology, Educational Psychology, or other related fields. Doctoral Degree strongly recommended.
    Length of Experience: Seven to ten (7-10) years of progressive administrative leadership experience in Disability/Accessibility Services. Five years of experience implementing legally mandated accommodations and addressing the needs of students with disabilities in a higher education setting.

    Does this position require driving for the university? Yes

    Additional Information


    To apply, visit https://elon.peopleadmin.com/postings/9096

    Elon University is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body and welcomes all applicants.

    Elon University has built a national reputation as a premier student-centered arts and sciences university that values strong relationships between students and their faculty and staff mentors. Elon is ranked among the top-100 National Universities by U.S. News & World Report, with a No. 1 ranking for excellence in undergraduate teaching and No. 9 for innovation. Global engagement is central to Elon’s experience and the Institute of International Education has ranked the institution No. 1 in the nation for study abroad for 16 straight years. In addition, Elon is the only university in the nation ranked in the top-20 by U.S. News for excellence in all eight academic programs “Focused on Student Success.” Elon’s more than 7,000 students prepare to become the resilient, ambitious and ethical leaders the world needs, putting their knowledge into action on campus, in the community and around the globe.




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