Associate Director of the Student Accessibility Center

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Assoc Dir of the Student Accessibility Center

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University Staff

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Rogers Park-Lake Shore Campus

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Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties and Responsibilities:
Direct Student Service:
- Evaluates and interprets disability documentation for eligibility determination. Implements reasonable accommodations consistent with current law and identified best practices within the field and maintains confidentiality of records.
- Meets individually with students to discuss current accommodations, assesses need for reevaluation of accommodations, fosters student self-advocacy, and improves communication with instructors/staff throughout their academic enrollment.
- Advocates on behalf of students with faculty and staff to ensure proper facilitation of academic, program, and housing accommodations.
- Provides direct referrals to students for evaluations and on-campus academic and wellness resources.
- Works directly with students with a variety of disabilities including but not limited to Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, visually impaired, learning-disabled and students with medical and mental disabilities.
- In collaboration with Accessibility staff, plans and facilitates accessibility student workshops.
- Facilitates accessibility participation at various campus wide events (Student Organization Fair, Wellness Fair, Orientation Resource Fair, etc.).
- Travels as necessary to work occasionally at the Water Tower Campus, Health Sciences Campus, and other campus locations.
- Works closely with the Department of Residence Life regarding housing and dining accommodation needs for students with disabilities.
- Provides consultation and collaborates with staff in other academic and student affairs units, including but not limited to First and Second Year Advising, all undergraduate and graduate programs, First Year Experience, Office of International Programs, Wellness Center, and Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.
- Works directly with Facilities Management to maintain and improve accessibility on campus.
- Serves as a liaison to the faculty and campus community on issues related to a range of disabilities, classroom and curriculum accommodations.
In collaboration with the Director of Learning and Student Success, this position supports the daily office administration with the following:
- Reviews, develops, and implements policies and procedures for providing individualized accommodations and equal access for students in accordance with legal requirements.
- Recruits, hires and supervises full-time staff, student workers, and graduate assistants. Oversees hiring, training, and payroll services of staff.
- Oversees coordination of accommodated testing, note taking program and alternative text program.
- Coordinates all Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART) and ASL Interpreter services, and Assistive Listening Devices.
- Works directly with Accounts Payable, Purchasing and Information Technology (as applicable) to process payments and purchases for auxiliary aides, program services, and equipment purchases.
- Provides recommendations for annual budget and office expenditures.
- Develops and maintains accessibility program materials, website, and other technology in collaboration with accessibility staff.
- In collaboration with accessibility staff, plans and implements program assessment to ensure quality and effectiveness of services.
- Supports development and facilitation of faculty training.
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge of diagnostic and instructional methods and emerging technologies that help students with access and learning. Learns, applies, and trains others to administer emerging technologies and advances (e.g., computer software applications) as necessary to perform duties in an efficient, organized, and timely manner.
- May be required to teach sections of UNIV courses as needed.
- Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Education and/or Work Experience:

Master’s degree in Higher Education, Educational Psychology, Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, Special Education, or other field. Five or more years of practical experience in a comparable position is preferred.


- A highly specialized combination of knowledge derived from learning theory, curriculum and instruction, and counseling theory, especially those pertaining to diverse learners, is required.
- Experience(s) should demonstrate the ability to work with college age students who have been diagnosed with physical, medical, psychological and learning differences.
- Considerable knowledge regarding learning differences, ADD, physical disabilities, sensory impairments and other conditions; determining and applying appropriate accommodations is necessary.
- Supervisory/managerial experience, high degree of initiative and ability to work with minimal supervision; strong collaborative, problem-solving and planning skills.
- Requires independent professional judgment in the handling and use of highly confidential material and sensitivity to issues of diversity.
- Must have experience with the use and interpretation of standardized test results and psycho-educational evaluations.
- 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; Section 508, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other federal and state laws pertaining to higher education and disability.
- Must have working knowledge of current adaptive technology software programs and assistive technology
- Experience with case management systems for students with disabilities and accommodations
- Excellent written, verbal and electronic communication skills and organizational skills.



Computer Skills:

- Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite required.
- Adept user of Internet, e-mail and other office automation systems.
-Working knowledge of case management databases for students with disabilities.

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Required operation of university owned vehicles:


Does this position require direct animal or patient contact? :


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Irregular Hours

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Posted: 12/22/2020
Application Due: 2/19/2021
Work Type: Full Time