Director, Disability Support Services

Director, Disability Support Services

North Orange County Community College District

Position Number: SCM999

Location: Cypress College

Department: SCE Disability Support Services

Percentage of Employment: 100%

Months of Employment: 12 Months/Year

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (However, some flexibility such as evenings and weekends will be required to meet the needs of the department.)

Job Description:

Provides leadership in the administration, organization and development of college support services for students with disabilities (physical, communicative, learning, psychological, acquired brain injured); assures consistency of objectives, policies and procedures with those of the college and the District.

Provides for diagnostic assessment of students with disabilities and determination of eligibility for support services; develops and implements plans and policies to facilitate and improve disabled students services and programs; assures compliance with state and federal laws and regulations applicable to educational opportunities and accessibility for students with disabilities.

Supervises the planning, development and recommendation of new courses; reviews standing courses and recommends the deletion of courses no longer appropriate to the curriculum; maintains current course outlines to accurately reflect the instructional program.

Plans and coordinates services and course offerings; develops and prepares faculty schedules and room assignments; assists in the preparation of the catalogue and class schedules.

Develops and prepares the annual preliminary budget for assigned programs; monitors and controls budget expenditures; directs the preparation and maintenance of detailed and comprehensive reports, records and files regarding personnel, facilities, programs, operations, and activities.

Determines appropriate equipment and supplies for assigned programs in accordance with established policies; submits textbook lists and requests for supplementary materials, audiovisual and other resources; monitors and controls inventories.

Maintains communication with District and college staff and various agencies to coordinate program services, exchange information, and refer students with disabilities; maintains current knowledge of legislation and technology related to disabled students programs and services.

Trains, supervises, evaluates and directs the work of personnel as assigned; participates in selection and hiring processes.

Plans, organizes and arranges appropriate staff development programs and activities for faculty and staff; provides orientation for new employees.

Organizes, attends, or chairs a variety of administrative and staff meetings as required; serves on committees and special projects as assigned; coordinates programs and services as appropriate with other District and college personnel.

Maintains current knowledge of diagnostic and instructional methods and new technologies pertinent to assigned programs; learns and applies emerging technologies and advances (e.g., computer software applications) as necessary to perform duties in an efficient, organized, and timely manner.

Sensitivity to and understanding of the disabilities and diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of students.

Performs related duties as assigned.

In addition to the essential functions, the Director of Disability Support Services may participate in the development and administration of supplemental grants related to assigned programs.

Primary Purpose:
Under the direction of a college vice president or designee, this position is responsible for performing a variety of administrative and supervisory duties related to the development and provision of appropriate educational and support services to students with disabilities and assuring compliance with state and federal laws and regulations applicable to educational opportunities and accessibility for students with disabilities.

Working Relationships:
The Director of Disability Support Services maintains frequent contact with students, with various college and District personnel, and with representatives and service providers from the community and governmental agencies.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of District organization, operations, policies and objectives

Knowledge of state education code and Title 5 requirements

Knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations related to students with disabilities

Knowledge of research project policies, procedures and practices, including data collection and analysis

Knowledge of correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary

Knowledge of record keeping procedures

Knowledge of budget preparation and maintenance

Knowledge of appropriate software and databases

Ability to interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures

Ability to assess, analyze, implement and evaluate research project activities

Ability to analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action

Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work

Ability to meet schedules and time lines

Ability to work independently with little direction

Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions

Ability to communicate efficiently both orally and in writing

Ability to supervise, train and provide work direction to others

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others

Special Requirements:
The award of all degrees must be verifiable on a legible transcript. If degree award date is not posted on transcript your application will be deemed incomplete and removed from consideration. All degrees and course work used to satisfy the required minimum qualifications must be from accredited post-secondary institutions.

Minimum Qualifications:
Possession of a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and at least one year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the assignment.

In addition, the Director serves as the designated DSPS Coordinator and must meet the minimum qualifications for a DSPS counselor or instructor set forth in Section 53414 (a) through (d) OR meet the minimum qualifications for an educational administrator set forth in Section 53420 AND in addition, have two (2) years full-time experience or the equivalent within the last four (4) years in one or more of the following fields:

1. Instruction or counseling or both in a higher education program for students with disabilities

2. Administration of a program for students with disabilities in an institution of higher education

3. Teaching, counseling or administration in secondary education, working predominantly or exclusively in programs for students with disabilities

4. Administrative or supervisory experience in industry, government, public agencies, the military, or private social welfare organizations, in which the responsibilities of the position were predominantly or exclusively related to persons with disabilities.

Commitment to diversity. All applicants must have demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff.

Desirable Qualifications:
Experience in teaching or counseling students with disabilities, preferably in a higher education environment.

Increasingly responsible supervisory experience in the development and administration of programs for students with disabilities.

Experience in managing categorical budgets and grants.

Experience working with computer software and other technologies which are utilized in the provision of educational services to students with disabilities.

Three years of leadership experience reasonably related to the position.

Experience in determining eligibility and reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities.

Experience managing noncredit educational assistance courses.

Experience in managing Title 5 requirements related to MIS student data collection and submission.

Experience in building relationships with community entities including collaborative partnerships, community outreach, and grant
writing/partnership opportunities.

Effective oral and written communication skills.

Working Conditions:
Office environment; subject to constant interruptions and frequent interaction with others; sitting for long periods at a time (up to 2-3 hours); may require some off-site duties and activities.

Salary Range: $111,121 - $140,603 Annually

Number of Vacancies:

Commitment to Diversity:

Posting Number: 201532P

Open Date: 06/26/2017

Close Date: 8/8/2017

Special Instructions Summary: Initial salary placement will be determined by the Office of Human Resources in accordance with Board Policy and is not negotiable. The candidate selected for employment will be required to provide the following: official transcripts and verification of experience prior to the first duty day, identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the Immigration Reform and Control Act, fingerprints and required medical certification pursuant to statue. NOCCCD will not sponsor any visa applications.

The District may choose to fill one or more positions from this recruitment within the same fiscal year or 8 months, whichever is longer.

To ensure consistency and fairness to all applicants, please do not submit materials in addition to those requested. Additional materials will not be considered or returned. Be sure to complete all questions and sections of the application. For questions which may not apply, indicate “N/A” (not applicable). Do not use terms such as “see resume” or “see attached”.

The minimum required number of references for this position is three (3).

All applications will be screened under a process of utmost confidentiality by a committee of representatives from the college community. Possession of the minimum qualifications does not ensure an interview. At the time of the interview a written exercise and/or an oral presentation related to the assignment may be required. Subsequent to the interviews, the screening committee will select candidates for final consideration. A second interview will be required of candidates selected as finalists.

NOCCCD offers reimbursement for candidate travel expenses. Visit to view the administrative procedures - AP 7120-10.

Evaluations of foreign degrees and/or course work are required. See our website at for information regarding evaluation of foreign degrees.

Reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities may be requested by calling (714) 808-4821 at least three business days in advance of the scheduled examination/interview date.

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