Director of Accessibility & Disabilities Services and Integrative Coach

Job description

Job location: Bertrand Hall


Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2018-08-31
Req: R2146

Dominican educates and prepares students to be ethical leaders and socially responsible global citizens who incorporate the Dominican values of study, reflection, community and service into their lives. The University is committed to diversity, sustainability and the integration of the liberal arts, the sciences and professional programs. Dominican University of California is an independent university offering the best of Liberal Arts combined with a rigorous professional education. Founded in 1890, Dominican enjoys an over century-long reputation for excellence in scholarship, research and community outreach. The University offers more than 60 academic programs that reflect the diversity and creativity of both the faculty and the students. With about 1,900 students and a student to faculty ratio of 10:1, Dominican is able to successfully blend the personal attention associated with smaller schools with the academic resources of a larger university.

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Title:                   Director of Accessibility & Disability Services/Integrative Coach

Department:     Academic Advising and Achievement Center

Division:             Academic Advising and Achievement

Reports To:        Director, Academic Advising and Achievement

Supervises:        N/A

Status:               Exempt, Full time

Position Summary:

Dominican University of California is seeking a dynamic individual for a Director of Accessibility and Disability Services, and Integrative Coach position. Reporting to the Director of Academic Advising and Achievement, this individual is responsible for interpretation and application of the regulations of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and University policies and provisions for accommodation of Dominican students with disabilities. The Director collaborates with other offices on campus, such as Academic departments, Admissions, Student Life, Housing, Information Technology, and Academic Affairs, to support students with disabilities in realizing their academic potential. Furthermore, the Director partners with other offices regarding campus access improvements.

Integrative Coaching is a customized, student-centered program designed to support students in their achievement of Dominican University of California’s Institutional Learning Outcomes:

  • Exploration and Acquisition of Knowledge
  • Development of Intellectual, Professional and Artistic Skills
  • Practice of Civic Skills and Social Responsibility
  • Cultivation of Well-being

As an Integrative Coach, this individual plays an active role in guiding and supporting students’ experiences, paths toward success and their curricular and co-curricular choices. The bond between student and coach begins prior to students’ arrival on campus, develops during New Student Orientation, grows in a first semester class, and remains critical throughout the students’ career at the University. The Integrative Coach acts as a touchstone and “master mentor”, working with multiple student cohorts with the goal of supporting each student in maximizing their learning, engagement, and aspirations.

Responsibilities:

Accessibility and Disability Services Director

  • Verify and review all requests for accessibility and disability accommodations; interpret confidential psycho-educational and/or other documentation and make recommendations.
  • Consult with medical professionals and other specialists regarding referrals for accessibility and disability evaluations and appropriate accommodations.
  • Develop, monitor, adjust, and evaluate individual accommodation plans for students with LD, ADD, Physical Disabilities, Sensory Impairments, Psychiatric and other conditions based on individual documentation, functional needs, and abilities.
  • Consult with University attorney and administration on ADA compliance issues and risk mitigation as related to ADA compliance.
  • Create and maintain a confidential database for student files while maintaining HIPAA compliance.
  • Oversee and monitor progress of students with disabilities, helping students to advocate for themselves and to articulate their unique accommodation needs. Provide letters of accommodation for students to use as communication tools with appropriate staff and faculty.
  • Provide personal growth and disability related advising, and referrals to other appropriate resources.
  • Assess assistive-technology and adaptive equipment needs and collaborate with IT for support, and with Institutional Advancement in seeking grants and additional funding for programs and equipment.
  • Coordinate provision of deaf services such as Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART) for Deaf and Hearing Impaired students.
  • Provide textbooks in alternative format to students with print disabilities in accord with copyright holder Disability Permissions protocols and the federal Copyright Revisions Act of 1976, as amended. Create and maintain Textbook Permissions and End User Agreement files in accordance with Copyright Permissions agreements.
  • Recruit, hire and supervise student works as note-takers, e-text assistants, scribes, and readers for students with disabilities. Support departmental proctoring needs for exams.
  • Direct work study students in the conversion and editing of print material into e-text or audio format; develop project timelines; plan, assign, and direct scanning, advanced editing, and audio recording activities.
  • Provide information to prospective students and parents regarding services provided and disability documentation requirements, as well as respond to public inquiries.
  • Provide liaison services to State Department of Rehabilitation and other agencies as needed
  • Develop and update Accessibility & Disability Services publications.
  • Develop and implement in-service training for staff and faculty. Present accessibility and disability information at campus events for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Participate in launching an integrative advising model and act as an integrative advisor for a unique population of students
  • Evaluate effectiveness of services through a variety of survey and research methods.
  • Serve on campus committees and workgroups as needed.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Integrative Coaching

  • Coach cohorts of students throughout their college experience
  • Guide students as they explore, develop and reflect on realistic academic, education, career and life plans by acting as a sounding board and dedicated resource.
  • Teach/Co-teach 1 unit courses within the advising curriculum: Mastering College, Life Skills, Mentor Training.
  • Connect students with people and other resources to aid them with initial transition and adjustment to University life. Participate in peer mentor training.
  • Assist students in managing relationships with various critical members of the University and local community, including but not limited to faculty advisors, alumni mentors, professionals, professors, and tutors.
  • Refer students to the appropriate specialized staff for such issues as counseling, financial assistance, community engagement, etc.
  • Follow-up with students on any reports of challenges, academic or otherwise.
  • Work with students individually or in intimate groups (triads/quads) to develop their Education and Career Plans based on their unique interests. Assist them in identifying and pursuing relationships needed to reach their goals.
  • Participate in supporting students with Digital Portfolio development by offering guidance and feedback.
  • Assess program effectiveness; develop systems and best practices to enhance and improve the Integrative Coaching program.
  • Collaborate with advising staff and the Dean of the Dominican Experience to support the growth and success of the Dominican Experience.
  • Collaborate with a team of Integrative Coaches to provide uniform and quality experiences for all students.
  • Participate in training sessions for Integrative Coaches.
  • Stay abreast of changing institutional information (academic, education and career plans; graduation requirements; etc.).
  • Maintain detailed records of student interactions. Participate actively in program review and other assessment activities.
  • Monitor student registration activities and recommend solutions for academic difficulties.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • MA or MS degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Special Education, Psychology, Higher Education Administration or related field.
  • 2-3 years work experience with psychological, physical, and learning disabilities; education may be substituted for experience requirement.
  • Strong working knowledge of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990; the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2009;  the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other federal and state laws pertaining to higher education and disability.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and interact effectively with students, faculty, and staff from a broad range of programs and disciplines.
  • Demonstrated compassion, patience, respect, and comfort toward human diversity.
  • Demonstrated understanding of current assistive technologies.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and ability to master student information system, other University administrative systems, Adobe Acrobat OCR, and scanning production.

Additional Position Information

  • Position will be open until filled.
  • Must be willing to consent to a background check

Dominican University of California is an independent, international, learner-centered university, offering both undergraduate and graduate programs. Dominican has a 1:10 teacher-to-student ratio, an average class size of 16, with a small-town feeling in a park- like campus. We blend interdisciplinary core courses, real-world studies, and small classes with close and supportive academic advising and mentoring.

Application Procedures

Dominican University of California is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence through diversity, and takes pride in its multicultural environment. We are committed in thought, word, and deed to recruiting and retaining a workforce that values the diversity of its student body. The University actively promotes an institutional culture that practices equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of all under-represented groups in higher education.

 

 

 

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