Director, Accessibility Services
Job Description Summary
The Director of Accessibility Services is responsible for the overall leadership, vision, management and program direction for the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS). The Director supervises the OAS staff, serves as a disability subject matter expert for the University, coordinates appropriate accommodations for students in the classroom and in the use of facilities in order to provide equal access to educational opportunities at Saint Leo University. Reporting directly to the Associate Vice President for Student Success, the Director also provides departmental, divisional, and institutional leadership to support the University in efforts to create equitable access to learning.
***In addition to resume, please include the following document(s) for consideration.
1. Cover Letter
2. Reference Letter 1
3. Reference Letter 2
4. Values Statement
Please include a values statement (500 words or less) which highlights how your administrative philosophy and practices fit the Missions and Values of Saint Leo University. The University Ideal 2017, Mission Statement and Values are available on the Saint Leo website.
Duties and Tasks:
- Provide new students with orientation to disability services within the higher education environment by providing information regarding services, resources, rights & responsibilities, and channels for requesting and acquiring assistance.
- Provide disability-related advising, counseling, support, guidance and advocacy to assist students with disabilities in their transition and adjustment to the University.
- Advocates for students as needed regarding possible solutions to academic barriers resulting from disabilities.
- Develop and maintain policies, procedures, and processes for the provision of appropriate accommodations to students in accordance with federal, state, and local laws for the implementation and coordination of a comprehensive program of services to meet the needs of students with disabilities.
- Accept, review, interpret, and verify disability documentation from various professionals (physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, etc.) to determine appropriate accommodations for students in the classroom and other campus activities/facilities.
- Lead programmatic efforts focused on skill development (self-advocacy, time management, communication, etc.) and academic success of students with disabilities and tracks/monitors progress.
- Act as a mediator between faculty and students for disability-related grievances.
- Serve as a resource and provide interpretation and assistance in implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitations Act, and other disability-related topics to faculty, staff, and administrators.
- Work with various administrative departments and faculty and serves on committees across campus as needed.
- Recruit, train, evaluate, supervise and provide strategic leadership to the OAS staff.
- Design all OAS programs and services within the framework of state and federal regulations, currently accepted learning theories, best practices in the profession, and available financial resources.
- Responsible for fiscal management including developing and monitoring the departmental budget accounts and supervising two full-time staff, as well as student employees.
- Provide training and consultation to faculty, staff, and students on disability awareness, diversity, and reasonable accommodations, and other OAS programs and services.
- Develop and implement communication and marketing materials focused on the department's services and programs for students with disabilities.
- Build associations through participation in professional organizations and development activities. Responsible for also facilitating professional development among OAS staff.
- Assure and maintain an effective case management system including case tracking, review and analysis.
- Responsible for the acquisition, maintenance, and coordination of the use of adaptive equipment, technology, and software.
- Collaborate with University Technology Services on the placement of adaptive technology.
- Collaborate with state agencies who provide services to individuals with disabilities.
- Collaborate with designated university committees in response to investigations of any formal complaints made by students with disabilities regarding discrimination.
- Develop and implement assessment measures that provide trustworthy and useful information about services provided; students, faculty, and staff feedback about the services; and the results achieved. Analyze reports and feedback to identify how the services being provided are helping students and opportunities for improving the services.
- Perform other duties as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Master degree in higher education administration, counseling, psychology, college student personnel, special education, or other fields related to the delivery of services to a university student population, from a regionally accredited institution is required.
- Minimum of 3-5 years' experience working with students with disabilities and providing reasonable accommodations in a higher education setting.
- Extensive knowledge of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other appropriate laws pertaining to higher education and disability.
- Supervisory and managerial experience within higher education environment.
- Commitment to the educational development of students.
- Demonstrated organizational skills.
- Experience working effectively with a diverse student population.
- Experience with relevant adaptive technologies to assist with student learning.
- Effective oral and written communication skills.
- Experience in successfully reaching out to students and prospective students.
- Superior negotiation, problem solving, and service skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with key stakeholders and constituent groups and foster a spirit of engagement.
- Ability to use technology to effectively manage case load and work with students.
The work environment characteristics described here are a representation of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The term "qualified individual with a disability" means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of this position.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate professionally in person, over the telephone, through email and other electronic means, move about the office and University, handle various type of media and equipment, and visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds unless otherwise specified in the job description.
The intent of this job description is to provide a representation of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Saint Leo University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and embraces diversity as a critical step in ensuring employee, student and graduate success.
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One of the top-ranked universities in Florida, Saint Leo is a Catholic, liberal arts school serving learners of all faiths.
We are traditional, but we are cutting edge
Established in 1889 by the Order of Saint Benedict of Florida, the university seeks balanced growth in mind, body and spirit for all members of our community. Saint Leo has grown from a peaceful campus in the rolling hills of Central Florida to an institution of international consequence-ranked one of the best regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report
Our Tampa-area campus remains committed as ever to student-centered liberal arts education, and is strengthened by the global reach of our regionally accredited online programs and Education Centers in seven states across the U.S., including on many military bases.
We are Catholic, but we are for everyone
Our determination to make higher education more accessible to all has made Saint Leo a world leader in redefining the 21st century university. Saint Leo now serves more than 16,000 students from 49 states and 86 countries-ranking us among the five largest Catholic higher education institutions in the United States. Saint Leo is also one of the nation's 10 leading providers of higher education to the U.S. military.
While we are proudly Catholic, we teach students not because they are Catholic, but because we are Catholic. And our faith compels us to imagine and contribute to a more socially just society.