This position supports the director in campus-wide initiatives, reviews documentation and makes preliminary accommodation suggestions, meets with students for in-take appointments and follow-ups, participates on specific committees as asked by the Director, oversees the note-taking process, the Access Van, reading/alternative format and exam process and hires students to support the development of a more robust assistive technology presence. In support and in collaboration with the director, the assistant director will be involved in the assessment of the department.
Primary Position Responsibilities
Meets with a caseload of students who disclose a disability as well as with others interested in exploring resources for temporary and possible health needs to provide information and advice regarding accessibility services and related resources both within and outside the college.
Review documentation to determine eligibility for accessibility services and accommodations while also providing direct services to students including advising and strategy development.
Serve as technical support for the department’s accommodation management software, AIM, including generation of reports to be analyzed by the director.
Coordinate direct services to students including notetaking, reading/alternative format and testing accommodations.
Assist the director with implementation of practices to ensure that students receive reasonable and appropriate accommodations.
Maintain contact with college constituencies (faculty, administrators, staff, students), professional organizations, and disability agencies in order to take advantage of available resources for continued development of student disability awareness and services on campus.
In collaboration with the Director, the Assistant Director will play a key role in assessment of the program and services. She will assist in collaboration with the Director to ensure that programs and services are the highest quality possible and delivered in a timely manner.
Serve as the primary advisor to student groups with a focus on access and disability issues and topics.
Develop and implement programs and workshops related to disability topics to increase awareness as well as promote better understanding of the department’s role and use of resources to provide access.
Will also learn and support the director in understanding physical and programmatic access issues across the college and when needed filling in for the director in the director's absence.
Supervises work-study students including the Student Access Advocates doing a variety of services and overseas the administrative assistant in providing Access Van, note taker, and testing accommodation services.
Master’s degree in related field such as rehabilitation counseling, special education, disability studies, higher education, counseling, or psychology.
Five to seven years of prior professional experience working with college-age individuals with disabilities, preferably in an accessibility office setting in a college or university
Experience working with federal laws regarding postsecondary education and disabilities, including ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Exposure to and experience working with laws, policies, and practices regarding students with disabilities
Experience working with confidential information
Advising, case management, counseling, and/or programming in higher education or a comparable setting with a comparable population of individuals with disabilities
Skills and Abilities Required
Knowledge of federal laws regarding postsecondary education and disabilities, including ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to build and sustain key relationships with governing agencies, students with disabilities, and all levels of the college community
Solid writing skills and the ability to communicate with a variety of audiences
Excellent organization skills and ability to set priorities and meet deadlines
Excellent computer skills include being able to work with all Microsoft Office products
Experience working with AIM case management software is highly desirable
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