Assistant Director, Services for Students with Disabilities
Job no: 494310
Location: Moon Campus
Position Department: Center For Student Success
Position Type: Staff Full-Time
The Assistant Director, Services for Students with Disabilities provides equal opportunity to students with disabilities to ensure equal access to education programs, services, benefits, and to promote a welcoming campus environment for students requiring accommodations. The Assistant Director advocates for students with disabilities and seeks to empower them to become their own and best advocates. The Assistant Director provides technical assistance and guidance to faculty about providing accommodations to students. The position also provides personal counseling, education and professional programming, providing services and resources for students with disabilities to create inclusive learning environments. Serving as the main disability representative and voice on campus, the Assistant Director’s primary focus will be the education of students, parents, faculty, and staff centered around standards, practices, letters of accommodations, and appropriate services provided through programs, workshops, and personal meetings.
- Coordinate and maintain records and services for students with disabilities and provide the necessary academic, well-being, and residential accommodations in compliance with university policies and applicable law.
- Consult with students, families, and third-party providers about reasonable accommodations for self-identified students with disabilities on a case-by-case basis in accordance with Robert Morris University (RMU) policy and procedure; independently review and understand medical documentation and individually meet with students and families in accordance with RMU policy and procedure.
- Coordinate ongoing supports for all students who receive accommodations: - Supervise the Test Center, managing proctor schedules, exam flow, and educating faculty on utilizing testing services; - Manage RMU’s Transportation Assistance Service; hire, train, and supervise work study students, coordinate schedule, build out new service; - Conduct Note Sharing Service, recruiting and managing volunteer note sharers, organizing notes for students who need this level of note support; Locate accessible book formats for students; - Coordinate services for students with temporary disabilities and inform faculty, administrators, and key campus departments regarding the needs of students.
- Meet with incoming and prospective students and parents to promote services offered and help ease the transition from high school to post-secondary education.
- Maintain clear and accurate records for students requesting accommodations and active students receiving accommodations; maintain communication logs for all meetings and keep student information organized, secure, and current; regularly evaluate and report on services for students with disabilities.
- Mentor students with disabilities in every aspect of their collegiate journey; teach students self-advocacy skills and personally connect them to academic, career, financial, and other resources available on campus.
- Consult and partner with Academic Affairs (Provost, Deans, Academic Administrators, Faculty), Admissions Office, Facilities Department, and the Division of Student Life to provide assistance and reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities; promote a universal design for online and on-ground learning.
- Adhere to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Fair Housing Act regulations, as well as other applicable federal and state law, in engaging in the interactive process to determine reasonable accommodations.
- Engage with the offices of Academic Affairs, the Office of General Counsel, Residence Life, and Dining Services, and other departments as deemed appropriate to properly implement accommodations in compliance with university policies and applicable law.
- Provide disability awareness training for campus constituencies and advocate for systems change through participation on inclusion and disability-related councils, committees, and planning meetings.
- Use online programs, computer applications, and other technologies to assist students with reasonable accommodations.
- Perform administrative duties to gather, manage, and evaluate data to make informed decisions pertaining to student success.
- Assist with University events, including Admissions, Advancement, Athletics, and other departments as needed.
- Participate in First Year Orientation programming and teach the First-Year Experience and Study Skills Course each semester.
- Serve as advisor to one or more student organizations.
- Serve on campus-wide and department committees.
- All other duties as assigned.
- Master’s degree in counseling, education, human resources, student personnel, or a related field is required.
- Minimum of two years’ experience in disability services required.
- Minimum two years’ experience in counseling and advising, preferably in a higher education environment.
- Thorough knowledge of university student development theory, and academic advising, retention and persistence programs and services.
- Knowledge of FERPA, Section 504, of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Housing Act, and other applicable state and federal laws, accessibility standards, as well as legal decisions related to assistive technology in post-secondary institutions.
- Consistently display a high degree of independent judgment, composure and confidentiality when leading students, faculty, staff, and community members to create usable, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable learning environments.
- Ability to understand and interpret disability documentation.
- Ability to work with diverse populations including sensitivity to the needs of individuals with disabilities.
- Proven ability to safeguard sensitive and confidential information.
- Knowledge of current trends in higher education and technology, experience with student management database systems, and the ability to enhance the use of technology and other resources to meet students’ educational and personal needs.
- Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills with a high energy level.
- Detail-oriented with strong organizational, time management, and public speaking skills.
- Ability to work a varied schedule with flexible hours; weekend/evening hours may be required.
- Ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, and follow through on assignments.
- Ability to drive or have reliable transportation to travel on behalf of the University.
- Reliably and confidently interact with a wide array of campus constituents, including but not limited faculty, academic administrators, and students.
- Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds.
- Experience working with underrepresented college students, first-generation students, and high-risk students.
- Ability to develop and deliver effective personal, social, career, and student development programs to individuals and groups.
- Customer-service oriented and student-focused with the ability to work with diverse populations.
- Collaborative approach and ability to understand, articulate, and promote core values of the institution.
- Ability to collect, analyze, write and interpret statistical data and departmental reports.
- Valid driver’s license or reliable transportation to travel on behalf of the University is required.
Act 153 Clearance Required: No
Required To Pass a Motor Vehicle Report Check (If driving on behalf of the University): Yes
Required to Pass a Credit Check: No
Additional Posting Information: None
Special Applicant Instructions: None
Commitment to Diversity:
Robert Morris University is committed to increasing diversity in our community and actively pursues individuals from all backgrounds. Additionally, RMU complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws and provides equal opportunity in all educational programs and activities, admission of students and conditions of employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or national origin.
Reasonable Accommodation Notice:
Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (412) 397-6270 if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job.
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