Director of Disability Resources

Oberlin College & Conservatory
Oberlin, Ohio
Jan 19, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Oberlin College & Conservatory is a four-year, highly selective liberal arts college that combines a top-ranked college of arts and sciences with a world-renowned conservatory of music. Combined, the two divisions enroll approximately 2,900 students. Founded in 1833, Oberlin College & Conservatory was the first college in America to make interracial education and coeducation central to its mission – traditions that live today within a commitment to positive social engagement.

Located 35 miles southwest of Cleveland, Ohio, Oberlin College & Conservatory has earned a reputation of excellence based on the quality of its richly diverse student body, outstanding faculty, excellent facilities, and academic and technological resources.

Reporting to the Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Center for Student Success, the Director of Disability Resources coordinates support services for students with disabilities, serves as a resource for the campus on disability and accessibility, and serves as a liaison for campus groups, faculty, staff, and administrators. The Director is responsible for improving the leadership, vision, and integrity of and for the Office of Disability Resources through the development of processes that provide timely and effective services for students with disabilities. In addition, this position is responsible for the identification and utilization of appropriate technologies to streamline communications, record keeping, scheduling, adaptive technologies, and other core functions; offers timely, compliant documentation of accommodations to relevant parties and provide robust services including note-taking, group coaching, and other effective strategies; and directs the development, review, and revision of written policies, guidelines, and procedures for determining reasonable accommodations and institutional and student rights and responsibilities. Further, the Director provides consultation for College and Conservatory offices such as Admissions, Facilities, Dean of Students, Academic Advising Resource Center, Residential Life, Registrar, General Counsel, Libraries, CIT, Study Away, Human Resources, and other campus offices to ensure appropriate access and accommodation for all students with disabilities as well as counsel, advise, and instruct students regarding disability issues. The Director will provide representation for the Division of Student Life on relevant campus committees and participate in the divisional project to develop student experience metrics designed to enhance strategic indicators to promote retention, persistence, and thriving.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in an applicable field, including social work, higher education administration, counseling, psychology, special education, or a related area that provides strong experience with student development and a minimum of five years of work experience in higher education providing disability services. A master’s or terminal degree is preferred. The candidate must have demonstrated management experience with budget oversight, personnel supervision, and program development as well as experience in developing relationships with people from different cultural backgrounds. A strong familiarity with applicable state and federal laws, and regulations pertaining to disabilities including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the application of these acts to the college and conservatory setting is also desired. In addition, the successful candidate will be on top of trends and best practices in supporting access for students with disabilities. Previous experience administering a student services office; interest in and engagement with the academic filed of Disability Studies; experience promoting student success and inclusion; and experience in the hiring, training, and management of student staff are all desired qualifications.

Review of applications will begin February 16, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at [email protected]. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Oberlin College & Conservatory – Director of Disability Resources

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Oberlin College & Conservatory is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating an institutional environment free from discrimination and harassment based on race, color, sex, marital status, religion, creed, national origin, disability, age, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, family relationship to an employee of Oberlin College & Conservatory, and gender identity and expression.

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