Director of the Disability Resource Center
Open Until Filled: Yes
Job Summary: The Director of the Disability Resource Center position entails significant responsibilities for the promotion of learning through the management of personnel, facilities, and budget relative to providing equal educational opportunities. The Director advocates to ensure a welcoming academic, physical, and social environment for students with disabilities according to the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. As a department director, this position reports to the Dean of Students.
I. DRC Responsibilities
* Provides leadership for the Disability Resource Center by developing and administering an operational and educational mission and vision consistent with those of the Division of Student Affairs and the University of Georgia. Directs the development of short and long range strategic plans for the department based on the needs of the populations served and to enhance organizational and institutional effectiveness.
* Provides direct supervision to the Senior Assistant Director, Assistant Director, and Budget Manager in the Disability Resource Center and works collaboratively with the Associate Director in University Testing Services as departments share some resources.
* Directs a staff of approximately 30 professional and support staff and numerous part-time employees in the Disability Resource Center. Develops and leads a Leadership Team composed of senior staff to provide direction for their respective departments. Recruits, hires, supervises, evaluates staff, and promotes professional and personal growth of employees.
* Oversees Disability Resource Center departmental and auxiliary aid budgets to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations regarding academic and programmatic support for students with disabilities. Monitors implementation of revised budgets and ensures sound fiscal operations of the department. Develops and implements long range financial planning to accomplish departmental goals.
* Works collaboratively with the Student Affairs director of development and regional development directors to create strategies to secure private funding for leadership programs, other supplemental programs, and scholarships to be administered through the Disability Resource Center. Meets with potential and existing donors to foster relationships and create affinity with the department. Oversees the development of proposals for presentation to potential donors and the creation of documentation, contracts, and other paperwork required to manage donations. Manages existing funds and distributions through the University of Georgia Foundation.
* Provides primary oversight regarding disability-related accommodations for more than 1850 students at the University, including those at UGA extended campuses in Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. Promotes a campus environment that results in equal access to opportunities for student learning and development. Provides leadership to ensure that policies and procedures and legislation guiding the delivery of services to students are adequate in scope, represent state of the art knowledge in the field, and can be easily accessed by professional staff. Keeps abreast of current legislation, including case law. Keeps up with any changes in documenting disabilities and trends in secondary special education so that the University can respond accordingly. Continuously improves programs and services in response to the changing needs of students and evolving institutional priorities.
* Promotes equal access to technology and use of assistive technology to increase access for University of Georgia students and community members. Oversees staff in the creation and maintenance of a state of the art assistive technology lab in the Disability Resource Center for use by students and as an example of assistive technology for reference by the community. Directs staff to act as a resource for other University of Georgia departments regarding the accessibility of technology including websites and digital media as required by Section 508.
* Oversees registration of emotional support animals as required by the Policy Regarding Service and Emotional Support Animal Access to University of Georgia Facilities, Programs, Services, and Activities. Develops processes and documentation needed for registration. Collaborates with other campus departments as needed to assist with the development of policies and procedures needed to ensure service animal access as required by state and federal legislation and to resolve issues regarding access. Oversees maintenance and distribution of records regarding student registrations.
* Educates, consults, and collaborates with the campus community to increase awareness regarding disability topics, appropriate classroom accommodations, the University of Georgia's policy in support of students with disabilities, and faculty and staff responsibilities. Develops and maintains current knowledge of appropriate referral resources on campus and in the community for students. Works collaboratively with administrators and providers in other campus departments and community agencies, ensuring effective working relationships for appropriate referrals.
* Participates in regional and national organizations on disability and accommodated testing services to stay abreast of the industry and advance the reputation of the Disability Resource Center. Represents the University at regional and national conferences through presentations and publications. Encourages staff to participate in these activities as well.
* Develops and maintains cooperative working relationships with various departments on and off campus (e.g. Equal Opportunity Office, Admissions and Orientation, Online Learning, Legal Affairs, University Housing, Athletic Association, University Architects, Facilities Management Division, Counseling and Psychological Services, State ADA Coordinator's Office, Student Care and Outreach, etc.).
II. Other Responsibilities
* Serves as a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team.
* Serves as a member of the Behavioral Assessment and Response Council (BARC).
* Advises students, faculty, and staff on university policies and procedures.
* Serves on various Division of Students Affairs and university-wide committees.
* Other duties as assigned by the Dean of Students and/or the Vice President for Student Affairs.
The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. As such, the University of Georgia is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. We not only strongly encourage women, minorities and other diverse candidates to consider applying for this position, but we also maintain that all candidates should share our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Minimum Qualifications: * Completion of a doctorate or terminal degree preferred. Completion of a master's degree from an accredited college or university in a related field required.
* At least 5 years of experience in a disability related field.
* A minimum of three to five years of experience in a large, comprehensive college setting.
Preferred Qualifications: * Completion of a doctorate or terminal degree preferred.
* Working knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
* Effective verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, and the ability to work well with multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural groups.
* Skill in planning for and managing change.
* Working knowledge of performance improvement processes and principles.
Faculty Rank: Administrative Faculty
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Employee Percentage: 100%
Location od Vacancy: Athens Area