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Director of Services for Students with Disabilities

Binghamton University, State University of New York
Binghamton, NY

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Job Details

Category:: Professional
Department:: Services for Students with Disabilities
Locations:: Binghamton, NY
Posted:: Dec 15, 2021
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time
Ref. No.:: 00374
Position ID:: 140553

About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by outstanding academics, facilities and community life - promotes extraordinary student success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 18,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration and community service.

Job Description:

Budget Title: Senior Staff Associate (SL-5)

Salary: Commensurate with experience

The Director of the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) reports to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and involves multiple areas of responsibility, including:

  • Supervisory management and direct involvement in a wide range of services supporting equitable access, inclusive participation, independence and educational development by students with disabilities (population of approximately 1400 students).
  • Oversight of operations and direct supervision of professional and support staff. Responsibility for overseeing SSD budget and all personnel decisions, including graduate assistants and student employees providing Academic Access Services.
  • Interpretation of disability documentation submitted by students registering with SSD, determination of appropriate accommodations, and arrangement or coordination of campus responses to access support needs of individual students.
  • Consultation, advocacy, in-service training and collaboration with faculty and staff across the University to ensure equitable access/opportunity for inclusive participation by people with disabilities.
  • Counseling, advising and programming related to students' academic and personal support needs. Research and development of programs/services to address emerging issues and enhance student growth and independence per premier practices.
  • Manage and maintain disability software system Accommodate, to ensure effective and efficient delivery of services.
  • Consultation, advocacy and crisis intervention with faculty, staff and outside agencies regarding student needs.
  • Consult/advocate with campus units regarding actions to improve overall physical and program access.
  • Chair or serve on various university, local, state and national committees and task forces to ensure inclusion of disability access considerations and identify and address emerging issues and practices.
  • Develop and conduct campus-wide education and in-service training to increase awareness of relevant disability-related issues, and institutional policies and procedures for ensuring equitable experiences for students with disabilities.
  • Provide consultation and referral services for faculty and staff with disabilities, and/or their supervisors, regarding workplace accessibility and reasonable accommodation.


  • Master's Degree in Disability Services, School Psychology, Special Education, Mental Health Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, Clinical Psychology or a related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience working with adolescents or college-aged students with disabilities in a secondary or higher education setting.
  • Demonstrated experience interpreting disability documentation (including psycho-educational evaluations) and determining equal access accommodations appropriate to the individual and the setting.
  • Professional experience administering and coordinating educational support services in a secondary or higher education setting.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated experience and success in collaborative problem-solving and collegial relationship building.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in crisis intervention, diplomacy, and ability to handle difficult and delicate situations tactfully.
  • Strong commitment to student centered advocacy.
  • Excellent organizational and written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong proactive analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to evaluate experiences, programs, processes and look for continuous improvement opportunities.
  • Working knowledge of equal access laws pertaining to disability access in higher education.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the ways in which assistive technology can facilitate and support student independence and academic success.
  • Commitment to diversity and serving the needs of a diverse community.


  • Terminal degree.
  • Experience working with students with Autism in higher education.

Additional Information:

Offers of employment may be contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check and verification of degree(s) and credentials.

Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at [email protected]

Payroll information can be found on our website

Cover letters may be addressed "To the Search Committee."

Postings active on the website, accept applications until closure.

For information on the Dual Career Program, please visit:

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

As required by Title IX and its implementing regulations Binghamton University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities which it operates. This requirement extends to employment and admission. Inquiries about sex discrimination may be directed to the University Title IX Coordinator or directly to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and OCR, as well as the University's complete Non-Discrimination Notice may be found here.

Application Instructions:

Deadline for Internal Applicants: 12/29/2021

Deadline for External Applicants: Open until filled

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the vacancy is filled.

Persons interested in this position should apply online.

Please submit:

  1. Resume,
  2. Cover letter, and
  3. Contact information for three professional references

You may add additional files/documents after uploading your resume. After you fill out your contact information, you will be directed to the upload page. Please login to check/edit your profile or to upload additional documents:


Working at Binghamton University

Message on working at Binghamton University from President Harvey Stenger    


Binghamton University opened its doors as Triple Cities College in 1946, to serve the needs of local veterans returning from service in World War II. Originally located in Endicott, N.Y., five miles west of the present campus, the fledgling school was a branch of Syracuse University.

Four years later, the college was incorporated into the State University of New York (SUNY) and renamed Harpur College in honor of Robert Harpur, a Colonial teacher, patriot and pioneer who helped settle the area west of Binghamton.

In 1961, the campus moved across the Susquehanna River to Vestal. Growing enrollment and a reputation for excellence soon led to the selection of Harpur College as one of four doctorate-granting University Centers in the SUNY system.

In 1965, the campus was formally designated the State University of New York at Binghamton, and in 1992, Binghamton University was adopted as our informal name.

Mission Statement

Binghamton University is a premier public university dedicated to enriching the lives of people in the region, state, nation and world through discovery and education and to being enriched by partnerships with those communities.

Vision Statement

Binghamton as an institution is dedicated to higher education, one that combines an international reputation for graduate education, research, scholarship and creative endeavor with the best undergraduate programs available at any public university.

We are an academically selective community that shares ideas across departments, disciplines and borders. We encourage faculty, students and staff to ask unexpected questions, foster open dialog and develop innovative solutions to important problems.

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