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Director of Student Accessibility and Support Services

Categories: South Central Region 7


Student Success


Emporia State University

Date Posted:

Apr 25 2019 10:00PM

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Position Description

The Director of SASS collaborates with students, professors, staff, and community members to create equitable, accessible, inclusive and sustainable learning environments. The SASS Office is committed to supporting Emporia State University as a non-discriminating campus for qualified students with disabilities as mandated by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its amendments (2008). The Director reports directly to the Assistant Provost for Enrollment Management and Academic Success. This position is a full-time, 12-month (year-round) appointment.


  • Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to Plan and facilitate implementation of accommodations, auxiliary aids, and support services for eligible students who are registered with SASS.
  • Conduct intake interviews, advise and orient students on accessing appropriate support services.
  • Analyze disability related documentation including psychometric testing, medical documentation, psychological assessments, self-reports and/or other relevant information to determine eligibility for appropriate and reasonable accommodations.
  • Review and provide notification of individualized adjustments for students that include but are not limited to testing accommodations, communication access techniques (ex. sign language interpreting services), note-taking approaches, use of alternative formats for print and multi-media, and use of assistive technologies.
  • Support students in resolving disability related issues that may be a barrier to academic success.
  • Refer students to appropriate campus and community resources.
  • Maintain case files and confidential student records in accordance with FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act) and college policy.
  • Interpret and ensure compliance with local, state, and federal laws as they apply to disability and postsecondary educational environments.
  • Serve as a campus-wide resource for disability and accessibility related information, activities and planning.
  • Participate as a member of the Accessibility Task Force, CARE Team and other campus and community committees.
  • Responsible for all aspects of the SASS budgets. Serve as advisor for Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society.

Application Process

To apply, please email a letter of interest addressing the position requirements, resume, unofficial transcript(s), and contact information for three professional references to Ms. Rachael Richardson at Materials also accepted by mail to James Keating, Search Chair, c/o Rachael Richardson, Emporia State University, Campus Box 4016, 1 Kellogg Circle, Emporia, KS 66801. Screening of applications will begin May 2, 2019 and will continue until position is filled. Salary is $49,000 plus comprehensive benefits. Background check required.

Institution Information

Emporia, population 25,000, is located in the beautiful Flint Hills area of Kansas. Emporia combines the attributes of small-town living with easy access to several major metropolitan areas and airports; Lawrence, Topeka, Wichita, and Kansas City are within 100 miles. Affordable real estate prices, a high-quality K-12 school district, low crime rate, numerous lakes and recreational facilities, and cultural events associated with ESU and the surrounding communities contribute to an attractive lifestyle.

Contact Information

Shelly Gehrke


Required Qualifications

Director: Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Education, Higher Education or a closely related field. Demonstrated knowledge of the functional impact of a range of medical and mental health conditions; demonstrated knowledge of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (and amendments), the Fair Housing Act, State of Kansas Information Technology Policy 1210, WCAG 2.0 Level AA, and other applicable laws and regulations; and have experience with adaptive software and other assistive technology.

Preferred Qualifications

Prefer candidates who have at least 2-4 years of experience in assessing, implementing, and overseeing accommodation plans in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines; extensive experience with adaptive software and assistive technology; excellent verbal and written communication skills; strong organizational skills; as well as the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with diverse groups including students, faculty, administrators and external service providers.