Director of the Academic Success Center

Chicago, Illinois
Jun 20, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Summary:

The Director of the Academic Success Center is responsible for the coordination of a comprehensive academic support services for students with disabilities, including learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder, neurological disorders, auditory and visual impairments, and psychiatric disorders that impact the learning process. This position provides leadership for and visibility to the University’s efforts to ensure an accessible learning environment for students with disabilities. Operations also include oversight of a social skills group for students with autism and the Learning and Support Services Program — a fee-based program for students with learning differences that focuses on compensatory skills, executive functioning and academic support.

The Director is responsible for implementation and evaluation of program goals and objectives for all programs and services that include budget analysis, policy development, and supervision and training/development of an Associate Director, a part-time clinician, one clerical staff and a part-time coordinator. The Academic Success Center serves students at both the Chicago and Schaumburg campuses.

This is a full-time administrative, exempt position located on the Chicago campus and reporting to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students.

Minimum Qualifications: See Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.

Job Type: Full-Time

Working Hours:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required: 

5 years professional full-time relevant experience in disability services in an educational or social work setting.

Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Social Work, Education Counseling, Special Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, Health and Wellness or a closely related field.

Demonstrated public speaking ability and excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Previous supervisory and budgetary skills and experience.

Preferred Qualifications: 

Experience reviewing disability documentation and associating the appropriate disability accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

Demonstrated expertise in working with persons with disabilities; their personal and/or academic skill development and providing counseling and guidance.

Previous experience in understanding, applying, and interpreting legal guidelines for ADA, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other pertinent federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Particularly, knowledge of developmental challenges faced by college students who are on the spectrum; ability to provide training and education to faculty, other students, and staff on best practices for working with these students.

Current knowledge of and demonstrated adherence to ethical, legal, and University guidelines.

Professional experience in an institution of higher education.

Clinical licensure

Technical experience and knowledge of online case management systems.

Supervision of full-time professional staff.


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