Assistant Director of Disability Services and Wellness Promotion Georgetown University Law Center
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Assistant Director of Disability Services and Wellness Promotion - Georgetown University Law Center
Georgetown University Law Center is committed to ensuring equal opportunity in its educational programs and services. Central to that mission, the Office of Disability Services works in partnership with Law Center faculty, staff and students to create academic and co-curricular environments that are accessible to and inclusive of individuals with disabilities.
The Assistant Director serves in two important roles - as a disability support professional, working directly with students with disabilities, and where appropriate with their professors, to ensure the students receive equal access to programs and facilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and University policy and protocol; and as partner with staff within and outside the Office of the Dean of Students to produce programs, communications and services that promote a healthy lifestyle and attention to personal well-being as a core professional skill, primarily for students but also for the entire Law Center community.
Reporting to the Director of Disability Services, the Assistant Director has responsibilities that include but are not limited to:
Support of Students with Disabilities
Engage in an interactive process with students to evaluate requests for disability-related curricular and co-curricular accommodations
Interpret medical, psychological, neuropsychological and educational documentation in order to determine eligibility for requested disability-related accommodations
Manage caseload of 100+ students
Document student interactions and provide direct support to students with disabilities, including but not limited to resolving conflicts related to accommodations and referring to appropriate campus and community resources
Schedule and coordinate the implementation of semester auxiliary aides, including sign language interpreters, transcription services, and alternative format requests
Implementing various accommodations (course recordings, recruiting and hiring peer note-takers, and managing the distribution of notes to approved students)
Plan and coordinate many aspects of testing services for students with disabilities, including scheduling of exams, proctoring exams and ensuring security and integrity of the testing process
Collaborate with the Director of Academic Success and other members of the Office of the Dean of Students to assist law students with disabilities in thriving in law school
Assist in planning and implementing broader wellness programming for all law students, including Law Student Mental Health Day, Lawyers in Balance, and other Office of the Dean of Students well-being initiatives
Assist in developing effective communications for, and branding and distribution of, wellness initiatives
Research, evaluate and stay abreast of wellness best practices for law students and the wellness initiatives of other law schools, law firms and the American Bar Association
Administrative and Other Duties
Play a key role in assessment of the program and services, collaborating with the Director to ensure that programs and services are the highest quality possible and delivered in a timely manner
Document and maintain appropriate electronic records of verbal and written communication with students, staff, faculty and others as it pertains to students with disabilities
Research, evaluate and stay abreast of best practices in postsecondary accessibility
Assist the Director in developing strategies, partnerships and initiatives to further the mission of the Office of Disability Services to maximize campus access for all persons with disabilities
Perform other job-related duties as assigned, including broad collaboration with campus partners
Bachelor's degree required - Master's and/or JD preferred, preferably in rehabilitation counseling, special education, counselor education, community counseling, human services, social work, psychological counseling, higher education administration, law or other related discipline
2 to 3 years of relevant experience - preference for 1+ years' experience working with people with disabilities (note: relevant work experience may substitute for direct disability services experience and/or relevant professional degree(s))
Familiarity with strategies for assisting students with disabilities and facilitating accommodations in complex environments
Familiarity with the application of Section 504 and the ADA in the higher education setting
Ability to interpret medical, psychological, neuropsychological and educational documentation or to develop that ability through intensive training
Availability and willingness to work some evenings and weekends during the final exam periods (typically, two weeks in December and two weeks in May)
Familiarity with strategies and programming to support personal wellness and thriving
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Excellent judgment and discretion, with the ability to manage highly confidential information
Ability to communicate and interact with people of diverse ages, backgrounds and experience and to collaborate with a broad range of personality types
Highly organized with ability to manage and prioritize multiple responsibilities, and to successfully adapt to unpredictable events
Natural compassion, resilience and emotional intelligence
Computer skills in either Macintosh or Windows platforms - ability to use spreadsheet, database, and presentation software
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