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Assistant/Associate Dean of Access and Disability Services

Sarah Lawrence College
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jan 24, 2024

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Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
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Full Time

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Assistant/Associate Dean of Access and Disability Services

Job Description
The Assistant/Associate Dean of Access and Disability Services (title commensurate with experience) plays a critical role to advance the accessibility of College programs and services and ensures College-wide compliance with the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), serving the College's goal to advise, program, and collaborate with faculty and staff in support of undergraduate and graduate students. The Assistant/Associate Dean works collaboratively with students to evaluate requests while applying their independent expertise and judgment to address concerns and minimize disability-related barriers at the College. The Assistant/Associate Dean reports to the Dean of Accessibility, and is part of the Student Affairs Division.

Working collaboratively with several areas, including the Dean of Studies Office, Health and Wellness, Provost's office, Human Resources, Facilities, Residential Life, Student Life, Campus Safety, Registrar's office, and Information Technology, the Assistant/Associate Dean will engage in proactive institutional strategic planning and implementation of policies, programs and services for students with disabilities as prescribed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Essential Duties Summary
Manage all aspects of disability services for undergraduate and graduate students including working collaboratively with students seeking accommodations to determine reasonable and appropriate support, maintaining confidential files, evaluating accommodation requests pertaining to various areas of student life (including, but not limited to, academics, housing, meal plans, travel around campus), providing accommodation letters, and managing provided services, supports and assistive technologies. This includes the acquisition of note-takers, interpreters, testing accommodations, etc. Serve as a campus resource for students, faculty, and staff. Evaluate, implement, coordinate, and monitor appropriate accommodations, services, and activities designed to create an accessible educational environment for students. Work to foster conditions for academic access for students with disabilities by working closely with the staff at Dean of Studies Office, Health and Wellness, the Learning Commons, and Residential Life. Review and interpret psycho-educational reports and other documentation and clinical recommendations relevant to determine appropriate academic accommodations and provide letters of accommodation to faculty. Serve as additional and ongoing academic advisor for students receiving accessibility services and collaborate with faculty and staff from various College departments. The Assistant/Associate Dean will play an integral role in shaping and defining the direction of the College’s comprehensive disability compliance and support plan, serving as a leader in all manners related to Access and Disability Services. Interpret, apply, and monitor campus compliance with federal, state and local legislation related to access and accommodations. Implement plans for access and accessibility improvements in collaboration with other administrators, faculty and staff. Consult with College administrators on electronic/web accessibility, provide guidance to managers, supervisors and faculty in implementing accommodations. Provide training and workshops for faculty, staff and students to create better understanding of accessibility services, rights and responsibilities, and universal design principles. Design and facilitate a range of academic support workshops for undergraduate and graduate students, particularly as a component of program strategy for the Sarah Lawrence College Learning Commons. Maintain a working knowledge of current and developing regulations and policies regarding persons with disabilities including, but not limited to, FERPA, the Fair HousingAct, Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the ADA.

Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree required; advanced degree preferred, with a major in education, psychology, social work or related field; 3 to 6 years of experience in the field of accessibility services and working with students, with a strong preference for higher education experience.

  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and leadership skills, working with students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders, at times on complex matters. Demonstrated ability to problem-solve and use critical thinking skills, especially in a fast-past environment and in urgent and highly sensitive situations.

  • An understanding of the purpose of a liberal arts education and the value of a small residential college.

  • A commitment to making the College welcoming to and supportive of a diverse student population.

  • Ability to understand and interpret adolescent and adult psycho-educational, neurological, and psychological testing and medical documentation.

  • Knowledge of civil rights, state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to equal access for individuals with disabilities.

  • Knowledge of a range of disabilities that impact learning, including physical and psychiatric disabilities, neurodiversity and learning disabilities, ADHD, head injuries, and various chronic medical conditions.

  • Commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse population.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and computer skills.

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with a wide range of community constituencies.

Preferred Qualifications

Requirements for Employment

Posting Number: S00361P
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Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
Salary: $80,000-$95,000

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Sarah Lawrence College

Sarah Lawrence is a prestigious, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Founded in 1926 and consistently ranked among the leading liberal arts colleges in the country, Sarah Lawrence is known for its pioneering approach to education, rich history of impassioned intellectual and civic engagement, and vibrant, successful alumni. In close proximity to the unparalleled offerings of New York City, our historic campus is home to an inclusive, intellectually curious, and diverse community.

Talented, creative students choose Sarah Lawrence for the opportunity to take charge of their education. In close collaboration with our dedicated, distinguished faculty, students create a rigorous, personalized course of study and connect their passions across a wide array of disciplines. They graduate knowing how to apply the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking necessary for life after college.

At Sarah Lawrence, students spend more time one-on-one with award-winning faculty than do students at any other college in the country

Sarah Lawrence College occupies 44 wooded acres in Yonkers, NY, near the Village of Bronxville—just north of New York City. A 30-minute train ride from the Bronxville station takes students into Midtown Manhattan. Learn more about the area

The iconic college campus, located just north of New York City, is not the only reason to work at Sarah Lawrence College.

As a Sarah Lawrence employee, you will join a warm, challenging, and diverse community that offers both quality of life advantages and tangible, valuable employee benefits.

When you work at Sarah Lawrence, you:

  • Receive outstanding benefits, such as medical, dental, and vision plans that exceed the standard plans offered by many companies and institutions, and an exceptional retirement plan through TIAA-CREF.
  • Have unparalleled educational opportunities, such as tuition benefits on campus for employees, their spouses, and their children; discounted tuition to the College’s renowned nursery school; and tuition benefit programs for dependent children who attend other colleges.
  • Have continuous opportunities for advancement, as it is College policy to fill vacancies by promotion or transfer whenever possible.
  • Enjoy boundless cultural experiences, including readings, lectures, music, theater, film screenings, dance performances, art exhibitions, and a state-of-the-art library, free to employees.
  • Have free access to the 48,000-square-foot Campbell Sports Center, with a six-lane pool, modern weight/fitness training center, squash courts, gymnasium, indoor track, outdoor tennis courts, and fitness classes, open to employees seven days per week.
  • Have several on-campus options for meals, plus off-campus discounts at local restaurants and stores.
  • Work in a convenient location close to all major highways, easily accessed from the Metro-North Harlem line, and 35 minutes from mid-town Manhattan.
  • Enjoy free parking on campus, a 10% discount at the college bookstore, and a 35-hour office workweek, with flexible summer hours for office staff on Fridays.


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