The Director of Student Access and Accommodations serves as Campus Compliance Officer, ensuring the College satisfies the requirements of the American’s with Disabilities Act, its amendments, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and other related Acts including the Fair Housing Act for students. The Director serves as a resource for other College personnel concerning disability issues and policies. The Director is responsible for the leadership and operational direction of Student Access and Accommodations consistent with the NEC mission and will lead institutional efforts to promote best practices in disability resources. This position has the primary responsibility to evaluate student’s request for support, examine their documentation, and recommend appropriate academic and physical accommodations for undergraduate, graduate and online students. The Director meets with students and their families; interacts with high school counselors, faculty, independent counselors, and disability agencies.
• Ensures the College’s compliance with the American’s with Disabilities Act and its amendments, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Fair Housing Act regarding students. Monitors current case law for guidance on providing accommodations; • Interpret Psychosocial and Medical reports to determine eligibility for accommodations, assess barriers to access, and develop individual academic accommodations; • Collect and analyze data to assess accommodation effectiveness and to aid in planning and to prepare periodic reports and updates; • Coordinate and facilitate educational and disability awareness programming for students, faculty and staff through seminars, speaker series, workshops, print and web materials regarding accommodation approaches, including adaptive and assisted technology; • Provide training for faculty and staff about NEC policies and procedures for meeting ADA and 504 requirements; • Promote instructional strategies to best engage students with learning disabilities in the classroom; • Advise students on effective strategies for using academic and institutional resources including navigating judicial or academic hearings, job searches and graduate school applications, applying for resources through Vocational Rehabilitation Services, applying for accommodations on PRAXIS exams, information about policies and procedures, and the problem-solving process for life issues. Provide referrals to appropriate college resources for academic, health, and student life issues; • Collaborate with other departments to develop programs and services as needed. Specifically, interact regularly with Residence Life & Housing, Admissions, Mentoring, Tutoring, and Student Development—and occasionally with Student Financial Services, the ESL Program, and the NEC judicial system.
Education • Masters degree in Education, Counseling, Psychology.
Experience • Ability to work with a variety of constituencies: Students, parents, faculty and staff; • 5-7 years’ experience working in College Disability Support Services in a leadership position; • Teaching experience in Higher Education; • Program management experience in higher education; • Experience with providing auxiliary services and assistive technology.
Skills and Knowledge • Knowledge of pertinent mental health issues essential; • Strong Research skills; • Strong budgetary skills; • Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills; • Excellent Interpersonal skills; • Thorough knowledge of ADA/504 and FERPA including relevant case law; • Program management skills; • Excellent knowledge of Learning development.
About New England College
New England College is a private, non-profit college, located in the quintessential New England town of Henniker, New Hampshire dedicated to providing exceptional education for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students from all over the world.