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Assistant Director

Employer
Boise State University
Location
Boise, ID
Closing date
Jul 5, 2021
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Job Details

Job no: 495739
Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Academic Programs, Education and Training

About Us:

Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at https://www.boisestate.edu/about/boise-and-beyond/. Boise State University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students, and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Boise State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. We are a welcoming campus that supports diversity and inclusion.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

Assists with the daily operations of the department, works directly with students to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations, and serves as unit leader in the absence of the Director. Collaborates with campus partners to proactively advance the principles of Universal Design for Learning and is the campus expert on access technology

Level Scope:

Provides direct supervision typically to professionals or skilled technical employees at the entry or intermediate level. Functions as advisor to unit and administration and sets goals and objectives for team members for achievement of operational results. Analyzes and resolves problems through drawing from prior experiences. Interprets policies (e.g., fiscal management, HR, contracts and grants, resource management in defined areas) and demonstrates solid subject matter knowledge. Exercises judgment within defined procedures and policies to determine appropriate action. Supervises staff to assure accountability and stewardship of campus resources (operational, financial, and human) in compliance with departmental goals and objectives.

Essential Functions:

60% of the time the Assistant Director will:

  • Act as initial contact for student/faculty/campus department questions and concerns regarding accommodations and disabilities.
  • Facilitate training/mentor new and current EAC staff of developments in the field.
  • Work with the Director to create and conduct a yearly assessment plan.
  • Represent the EAC in campus wide events such as Orientation, Bronco Day, New Faculty Orientation.
  • Manage active caseload of students requesting accommodations.
  • Champion campus-wide Universal Design in Learning efforts.
  • Serve as Access Technology expert and point of contact for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Oversee production of braille, tactile graphics, and audio description for blind/visually impaired students.
  • Coordinate with the staff interpreter to track and fulfill captioning accommodation requests.
  • Investigate various note taking technologies and educate students on these technologies.
  • Organize and oversee production of accessible print materials.

35% of the time the Assistant Director will:

Program support, development, and assessment

  • Act as initial contact for student/faculty/campus department questions and concerns regarding accommodations and disabilities
  • Facilitate training/mentor new and current EAC staff of developments in the field
  • Work with Director to create and conduct yearly assessment plan
  • Represent the EAC in campus-wide events such as Orientation, Bronco Day, New Faculty Orientation
  • Serve as the unit leader in Director’s absence

Student Support and Retention

  • Manage an active caseload of students requesting accommodations
  • Champion campus-wide Universal Design in Learning efforts
  • Serve as Access Technology expert and point of contact for students, faculty, and staff
  • Conduct Access Technology needs assessment for students with disabilities
  • Develop and conduct individual and group Access Technology training on appropriate Access Technologies for students with disabilities
  • Resolve student complaints and concerns regarding access technology accommodations
  • Oversee production of braille, tactile graphics, and audio description for blind/visually impaired students
  • Coordinate with academic departments to identify and collect print materials for production into accessible formats
  • Develop audio description processes. Investigate and evaluate potential audio description companies, technologies, and software
  • Coordinate with staff interpreter to track and fulfill captioning accommodation requests
  • Investigate various note-taking technologies and educate students on these technologies
  • Organize and oversee production of accessible print materials
  • Research and determine sources of alternative media including Access Text, Learning Ally, and Bookshare

Supervision

  • Supervise EAC Access Coordinator—Assistive Technology position
  • Hire, train, and supervise access technology student workers and classroom assistants
  • Resolve student worker concerns
  • Supervise student worker team to complete appropriate paperwork with publishers for permission to convert books, receive files, convert files into accessible formats per individual student needs

5% Duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Experience working with post-secondary level accommodations for students with disabilities.
  • Working knowledge of Universal Design in Instruction.
  • Direct experience of various access technologies including, but not limited to: JAWS, Kurzweil, 3D printing, Dragon Naturally Speaking, captioning software.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Education, Social Work, Psychology, or related field
  • Professional experience 2-3 years in same or related field
  • Experience working with post-secondary level accommodations for students with disabilities
  • Working knowledge of Universal Design in Instruction
  • Direct experience of various access technologies including, but not limited to: JAWS, Kurzweil, 3D printing, Dragon Naturally Speaking, captioning software
  • Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Educational Technology, Instructional Design, Disability Studies, Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work
  • Professional level certification from a nationally recognized organization in assistive technology,
  • Experience developing and implementing assessment plans
  • Supervisory experience

Salary and Benefits:

Salary starts at $54,000 depending on experience. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at https://www.boisestate.edu/hrs/benefits/.

Required Application Materials:

Please provide a cover Letter and resume with employment history.

Advertised: June 15, 2021 Mountain Daylight Time
Applications close: July 5, 2021 11:55 PM Mountain Daylight Time

Company

Working at Boise State University

Boise State University has been named one of the most innovative national universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Our university is designated a doctoral research institution with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institution of Higher Education. We are home to more than 25,000 students from every state and more than 60 foreign countries.

Points of Pride:

Boise State University’s College of Education is among the top 30 public universities on the U.S. News and World Report 2020 best graduate schools list. The college has climbed in rankings every year for the last six years and offers two doctoral programs, two educational specialist degrees, 14 master’s degrees and 13 graduate certificate programs training Idaho’s future teachers and educational leaders.

 

Boise State’s College of Business and Economics ranked 127 out of 220 national institutions for its part-time MBA program, jumping more than 40 rankings from its previous year’s ranking of 168.

 

Boise State University’s College of Engineering has been recognized for its dedication to promoting diversity and awarded the Bronze Award for the 2019 ASEE Diversity Recognition Program by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). The

 

Bronze Award is the highest level that was conferred during 2019 and distinguishes colleges who are among the nation’s leaders in inclusive excellence.

 

Boise State University School of the Arts will offer two new degrees in creative writing — a bachelor of arts and bachelor of fine arts — as well as a bachelor of fine arts in narrative arts beginning in fall 2018. Students at Boise State also now will be able to minor in creative writing.

 

Boise State students can choose from more than 200 areas of study in seven academic colleges – including the nation’s only master’s degree in raptor biology.

 

We’ve become Idaho’s largest graduate school through record-setting growth. A recent study showed that Boise State is one of just three universities in the nation that have ranked in the top 5 percent of graduate school growth in both of the past two decades.

 

Expenditures for research projects at Boise State University reached an all-time high of more than $41 million in fiscal year 2018 – an 18 percent increase over the previous year and impressive 64 percent increase since fiscal year 2014, according to data tracked by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Higher Education Research and Development survey.

About Our Community:

Boise State, Idaho’s largest public university, drove $667.2 million of the state’s economy in fiscal year 2015 and created 6,987 jobs across the state.  Our campus is located in one of the fastest growing high-tech cities in the nation and home to several corporate headquarters, state and federal offices, medical centers and media outlets. The city has garnered national recognition from U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and Inc. for being a great place to live, work and study, and has been dubbed one of the hottest cities for entrepreneurs. With stats like these, it’s easy to see why more than 46,000 graduates have chosen to live in the Treasure Valley after earning their degree from Boise State.

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