Under the direction of the Associate Director, develops, implements, and manages the day-to-day activities for the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) Enhanced Services Program, which includes the well-established Beyond Access (BA) and UConn Getting Prepared for Success (GPS) programs. As part of these efforts, this position will create and implement a comprehensive strategic marketing and outreach plan for these programs.
The BA program is an individualized program that provides an opportunity for students to work smarter, not harder, in a competitive academic environment while also preparing for life beyond college. Students enrolled in BA work closely with a trained Strategy Instructor (SI) to design and customize their program based on their individual goals and learning profile, including learning strategies, social skills development strategies, and executive function-related strategies. UConn GPS is an online summer program that provides new UConn students (first year and transfer) an opportunity to learn about the University and facilitate a smooth transition by helping students create an individualized plan based on their needs and assisting them in identifying and navigating campus resources. Given the nature of this work, candidates should be comfortable with ambiguity and possess the ability to thrive in a fluid, dynamic environment.
The UConn Division of Student Affairs is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion; competence in working with culturally and ethnically diverse populations; and awareness of how issues of difference, power, and privilege manifest in higher education environments. The ideal candidate promotes equity and inclusion by demonstrating and supporting an understanding, sensitivity, and appreciation for social justice, cultural humility, and inclusiveness.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Directs the day-to-day activities for the CSD's Enhanced Services Programs, which include the Beyond Access and UConn GPS programs: establishes and evaluates program goals, standards, and priorities.
Provides supervisory oversight to professional staff and graduate students who work in the enhanced services program; assigns tasks and sets work priorities; evaluates performance.
Conducts research and assessment related to the enhanced services programs; collects and analyzes data to further enhance and develop additional programs and services to address changing student needs; provides supervisory oversight to professional staff and graduate students who work in the enhanced services program; assigns tasks and sets work priorities; evaluates performance.
Develops and implements a comprehensive strategic marketing campaign to increase the number of students participating in the enhanced services program, Beyond Access, across the University, including the Storrs, regional and professional schools campuses.
Engages in public relations and promotional activities for the enhanced services program, such as participating in college fairs at high schools or informational sessions for school counselors/special education coordinators/teachers; implements recruiting strategies; creates promotional materials, such as posters, postcards, brochures, and videos.
Oversees the planning and implementation of outreach strategies for the Center's enhanced services program by cultivating relationships with secondary institutions across the country to foster interest in and expand program participation; attends conferences, fairs, and workshops to promote the enhanced services program.
Develops interest-provoking website content that drives students, guardians, and high school personnel to the website.
Serves as a liaison between the enhanced services program and other university offices (such as Admissions), external organizations, and the public; coordinates communications with prospective students and families regarding services offered by the enhanced services program.
Works in close collaboration with Enrollment Management regarding recruitment, admission, and financial aid for students interested in the enhanced services program.
Takes a lead role in working with the UConn Foundation to solicit support for the CSD enhanced services program, including providing scholarships to students interested in participating in the program.
Composes and edits standard correspondence and reports containing information that requires thorough knowledge of Center policies, procedures, and data sources as it relates to the enhanced services program.
May be responsible for special projects or operations, which may be ongoing and require planning, coordination, and supervision.
Master's degree in Communications, Special Education, Rehabilitation Services or related field
Four years of related experience in working with individuals with disabilities
Demonstrated experience developing and implementing marketing plans
Demonstrated ability to communicate information effectively to groups with different backgrounds and experience (i.e. students, parents/guardians, colleagues)
Articulated knowledge of the unique needs of persons with disabilities, including knowledge of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and its amendments, and other relevant state and federal legislation
Experience supervising staff
Demonstrated experience developing and implementing marketing plans for educational programs for targeted student audiences
Three to five years' experience working with students with autism spectrum disorder, students with psychiatric conditions, or students with learning disabilities and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Three to five years' experience working with students with disabilities in higher education
Articulated knowledge of the difference between special education services provided in the K-12 environment under IDEA and accommodations/modifications required at the higher education level under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and/or ADA for students with disabilities
Articulated knowledge of trends and issues in collegiate disability services
Demonstrated understanding of and stated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity issues
Experience working with diverse populations
Demonstrated knowledge of strategies to address functional limitations, including learning strategies, social skills development strategies, and executive function related strategies
This is a full-time position based at the Storrs campus.
Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #495271 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references.
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on June 18, 2021.
All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities. UConn's faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.
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Internal Number: 495271-2276_1622282756
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