The Director of the Disability Resource Center serves as the primary administrator and budget authority for the Disability Resource Center. Reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Director is responsible for the oversight and management of the Disability Resource Center and the implementation of programmatic and administrative policies within a highly confidential service delivery model. The Director has specific responsibility for strategic planning, organization, budget management, assessment, and supervision of the Center's staff and services.
The Director is a resource for the university regarding compliance, accessibility, and inclusion for disabled students and the disabled community generally. This position will direct orientation and outreach initiatives for the Disability Resource Center. The Director will stay up to date with the latest research and methodology in the field, including best practices in determining the appropriateness of accommodations based on relevant information and the evaluation of medical and psychological documentation, knowledge of current assistive technology, as well as relevant legal decisions.
The Director of the Disability Resource Center will have administrative responsibilities over Disability Resource Center. This position reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. The responsibilities of this position will include but are not limited to:
Serves on the Division of Student Affairs Division Directors Group.
Coordinates assessment strategies.
Determines policy and procedures and develops strategic action plans for Disability Resource Center.
Evaluates medical and psychological documentation to determine accommodations for students with disabilities.
Administers budget for Disability Resource Center.
General administration of services.
Supervises and evaluates staff.
Consults with faculty, staff, and administrators.
Provides direct services to students with disabilities.
Serves as the university's primary contact and programmer for student disability issues.
Coordinate's outreach, consultation, training, and public relations activities for the university regarding access issues.
Ensures access and compliance with all facets of ADA and other state and federal laws as they apply to universities.
Maximizes technology in support of department functions.
Serves on university committees.
Supervises the university academic testing center staff and services.
Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
Master's degree in education, counseling, or a related field from an accredited institution. Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience administering programs providing student disability services in a higher education setting.
In-depth knowledge of federal and state laws regarding post-secondary education and disabilities, including ADA as amended, Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and FERPA
Experience supporting students with a wide range of disabilities and exercising authority in determining appropriate accommodations within a university academic environment
Ability to evaluate medical and psychological documentation to determine the appropriateness of accommodations for disabled students
Ability to plan, organize, delegate, and monitor work activities and manage multiple projects within an environment governed by multiple stakeholders and institutional priorities.
Budget and supervision experience
Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; skilled at using tact and diplomacy with all constituents and members of the community.
Ability to work within a highly confidential service delivery model
The ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, administration, and students regarding disabilities, federal and state laws, and university policies is essential.
Doctoral degree in education, counseling, or related field, or terminal degree in other appropriate disciplines, from an accredited institution.
Expertise in developing interactive and dynamic presentations for both expert and non-expert audiences.
Familiarity and experience with assistive technology, accessible electronic information technology for on-line classes, and student disability services management software.
Skill in using quantitative data to analyze, make recommendations and develop subsequent evaluations.
Experience with state budgeting processes.
Involvement in the successful acquisition of grant or advancement funding
Participation in state and national professional organizations for higher education and disability.
Ability to diagnose, clarify, and mediate differences of opinion.
Required Certifications or Licensure:
Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:
Disability Resource Center is charged with providing a central, accessible, and efficient entry for disabled students and with providing a broad scope of services to disabled students interested in advancing their learning strategies and skills. Disability Resource Center determines accommodations for disabled students by evaluating relevant information, including medical, psycho-educational, and psychological documentation.
The DRC establishes comprehensive and timely delivery of appropriate accommodations based on the necessity to ensure access for disabled students. DRC maintains cooperative working relationships with university and non-university constituents.
The Disability Resource Center also provides guidance for the university to ensure compliance with federal and state laws related to disabled individuals, including ADA as amended, the Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and FERPA. It also affirms equal access, equitable treatment, and inclusion of disabled individuals in all university programs and services.
The Division of Student Affairs consists of fourteen functional departments, each of which is responsible for providing a variety of student support, service, and educational programs which are accessible to all members of the university community. The staff members are dedicated individuals known for their passion and commitment to implementing programs and services that affect student development over the course of a lifetime. Student Affairs provides excellent delivery of student services that are responsive to student needs and promotes the quality of life and education both inside and outside the classroom. We build institutional traditions and lifelong affiliations through creative programs, vibrant student organizations, and a living/learning environment built on core values and uncompromising principles. The Division is a leader and primary spokesperson for students.
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