The Director of Student Disability Services provides visionary leadership in the management, and strategic planning efforts for the department. The Director works with students, families, instructors, and outside professionals to provide both initial assessment and ongoing monitoring of individual student support requirements; collaborates with appropriate faculty and staff to facilitate student academic success, oversees the delivery of reasonable disability accommodations, programs, and services for students with physical, learning, and psychological disabilities. Responsible for ensuring compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act as related to student issues. Serve as a resource person and liaison on issues related to student disability awareness, accommodations, and campus wide accessibility.
1.Knowledge and understanding of ADA and Section 504 campus compliance with emphasis on students with disabilities in higher education, including, but not limited to intake process, educational assistive technology, study abroad offerings, student housing, and effective communication with students with disabilities.
2.Determine and implement appropriate accommodations for students with learning, physical, and psychological disabilities after meeting with the student and reviewing the documentation of disability. Ability to make appropriate professional referrals when necessary.
3.Oversee the work of the Student Disability Accommodation Coordinator in coordinating and administering exam proctoring, student employee note-taking program, early course registration, implementing accommodation requests and structural accessibility.
4.Provide case management, advisement, and counsel to prospective and enrolled students with disabilities.
5.Write and implement policies and procedures ensuring equal access to all student programs and services. Maintain knowledge of current trends and issues relating to the field of student Disability Services.
6.Have working knowledge of various types of educational assistive technology, software, and other strategies to maintain an accessible learning environment.
7.Collaborate and establish partnerships with academic departments, residential life, public safety, information technology services, Registrar, student life and academic support programs to promote awareness and educate the campus community on student disability issues, accessibility and compliance obligations.
8.Evaluate and assess student Disability Services programs and services in accordance with learning outcomes; in addition to tracking student participation.
9.Participate as a member of the student concussion committee; work with Department of Athletics, Counseling Services, Health Center, and Center for Advising & Academic Success to provide academic support services and reasonable accommodations for student with concussions.
10.Participate and fulfill responsibilities of the Poet Early Alert Program Committee (PEAP); including follow-up with PEAP student cases, and correspondence with faculty and staff members.
The position is based in Whittier, California. To be considered for this position, please submit your cover letter, resume and salary history to: email@example.com or mail to Whittier College, Attn: Human Resources Manager, 13406 E Philadelphia Street Whittier, CA 90608. AA/AOE.
Andrea Villegas, firstname.lastname@example.org
Master’s degree in Psychology, Counseling, Education, or related field. Must have extensive knowledge of the laws related to disability; experience reviewing disability documentation, conducting processes to determine and provide reasonable accommodations; experience with assistive educational technology and software; knowledge of best practices and current trends for providing services and reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities. Excellent verbal and written skills; strong organizational, supervisory skills.
A competitive applicant will have two to three years of professional experience in student disability support services, and at least one year supervisory experience of professional staff who work with students with disabilities in a higher education setting.