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Director of Disability Services & Resources, #499360

Employer
Lamar University
Location
Beaumont, TX

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Details

Posting Number:

20112291

Position Title:

Director of Disability Services & Resources, #499360

FTE:

1.00

Position Type:

Staff

Department:

Disability Resource Center

Job Summary/Basic Function:

About This Role:

The Disability Resource Center is inviting applications for the position of Director of Disability Services & Resources. The Disability Resource Center provides students with disabilities, accommodations and support services to assist them in the pursuit of their academic, graduation and career goals in compliance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.
The Director oversees and participates in the delivery of all services to students, communications, office operations, outreach, budget management, and consultation with allied offices and the campus at large to meet the needs for support, advocacy, and access for students with disabilities. The Director reports to the Executive Director of Health, Wellness & Accessibility within the Division of Student Engagement. This is a l2-month full-time position.

Position Duties: This position directs, coordinates, implements, and exercises functional authority for planning, organization, control, integration, and completion of projects within the Disability Resource Center. Works closely with faculty, staff, and the community in making available equal access, opportunities, and accommodations for students with disabilities.
Supervise professional staff, undergraduate student workers, and student employees who may be hired as note-takers or in some other service capacity. Supervise the process for students to self-identify with the office, accommodations determined for equal access, notification and communication with students/faculty/staff regarding accommodations, and modification of accommodations plans. This includes evaluation of requests for academic accommodations, accessible campus housing, emotional support animals. Demonstrates deep understanding of the complexities and types of transitioning from secondary to post-secondary educational environments. Consult with the Digital Learning, Facilities Management, and other campus entities to monitor and resolve electronic and physical access issues for students.

Train staff, faculty, and administrators regarding institutional policies and procedures for ensuring equitable experiences for students with disabilities.
Knowledge and familiarity with various assistive and adaptive technologies the students with disabilities use daily within and outside of the classroom environments. Maintain current outreach information regarding DRC and keep the website up to date.

Participate in recruitment and orientation events.

Perform other duties and special projects as assigned

Who We Are:

Lamar University is a diverse and accessible global university for life-long learners with a passion for broad-based community engagement. As a vital contributor to the socioeconomic wellbeing and resilience of the Gulf Coast region, our expertise is recognized locally and beyond. Lamar University is home to more than 17,000 students and is among the fastest growing Texas colleges and universities. LU is a member of The Texas State University System, which is the first higher education system of Texas and maintains the lowest average tuition and fees of any university system in Texas. With more than 100 degree options and a community that cares, Lamar students are always proud to be Cardinals.
Lamar University is committed to fostering a culture of diversity where students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds can learn, work, and serve.

Benefits:

A comprehensive benefits package is offered that includes:

· Health, dental & vision insurance

· Life insurance

· State of Texas Retirement plans

· Tuition reimbursement for employees, spouses and/or eligible dependent

· Paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.

Minimum Qualifications:

What You’ll Need to Succeed

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in Special Education, Counseling, Psychology, Higher Education Administration or related field.

A minimum of three years’ supervisory and administration experience in a disability services office in post-secondary education. Three years’ experience working directly with students with disabilities and compliance in higher education in a disability services office. Knowledge of psycho-educational test instruments; working knowledge of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and other appropriate laws pertaining to higher education compliance and disability; have a working knowledge of the Fair Housing Act; demonstrated experience in, and an on-going commitment to, working effectively with and across diverse communities, ability to work consistently with a high level of professionalism and with discretion; strong written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated experience with working with secondary school districts and with community agencies that service and support Individuals with disabilities.

Key Competencies:

Strong experience working with students with various disabilities in a higher education disability services office. Experience in preparing and managing operating budgets. Must be able to supervise the handling of confidential disability related documentation and records according to federal and state laws. Must be comfortable working with multiple constituencies in a diverse organizational environment. Expertise In training and public speaking as well as skilled in researching and reviewing literature to develop training programs, workshops and webinars. Knowledge and familiarity with various assistive and adaptive technologies.

Physical Requirements:

Sedentary, exerting up to 10 lbs. occasionally or negligible weights frequently, sitting most of the time. Essential functions or requirements listed above may not be performed in every position with this title, and these essential functions may not include all related duties that might be requested and/or performed.

Job Conditions:

Position may require irregular office hours and after-hours to attend student meetings and events.

Employee will support the mission of Lamar by providing high quality, professional services, timely responses and solutions to customer requests.

EEO Statement:

Lamar University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Veteran's Preference Statement:

Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas SB 805, Section 657.003.

Security Sensitive Statement:

This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.

Salary:

Commensurate

Posting Date:

01/13/2022

Open Until Filled:

Yes

Organization

Texas Roots. Infinite Possibilities.

Lamar University students enjoy small classes where they can build lasting friendships with professors and peers. The 270-acre campus is in Beaumont, Texas, located about 90 miles east of Houston and 25 miles west of the Louisiana border. A comprehensive public university, Lamar gives students a chance to explore a variety of interests to prepare them to succeed in whatever fields they choose.

Academics

A member of the Texas State University System, Lamar University offers 63 undergraduate, 47 master's and nine doctoral degree programs. The university has more than 13,000 students enrolled in five academic colleges - Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Fine Arts and Communication. Lamar also offers the College of Graduate Studies and academic programs such as the Center for General Studies.

Students have access to numerous opportunities for scholarships, undergraduate research and study abroad programs. Lamar University students have: 

  • Performed research for NASA and flown experiments on NASA reduced-gravity flights.
  • Presented original research at academic conferences as undergraduates in fields including mathematics, business and sociology.
  • Enjoyed a 73 percent acceptance rate to medical and dental schools in recent years, compared to a 39 percent acceptance rate statewide.
  • Gone on to lead major companies and make a name for themselves in fields from art and music to nursing and engineering.

Athletics

Students can participate in or cheer on their peers in more than a dozen NCAA Division I sports. Last year, the Cardinals were Southland Conference champions in men's golf, cross country and women's tennis. The volleyball and men's basketball teams were regular season co-champs and the women's basketball team was Southland Conference East Division champion. The LU baseball program has produced several major leaguers. The women's soccer program is entering its second season. The golf team has topped national rankings in recent years.

LU is beginning to rebuild a football program. A coach was hired in 2008. The stadium and athletic complex are being renovated, and the Cardinals plan to return to the gridiron in 2010.

Campus Life

A building boom at Lamar University in the past decade has given students access to state-of-the art facilities for learning, playing, dining and living.

Residents of Cardinal Village, the modern residence halls, have private bedrooms, high-speed Internet and amenities including an outdoor pool, basketball courts and community centers. The new dining hall offers a bistro ambience with international and American cuisine.

Working out in the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center is like a trip to an exclusive gym where students have an automatic membership. Features include a 43-foot climbing wall, an elevated jogging track, new cardiovascular and weighttraining equipment, and courts for sports such as basketball, racquetball and indoor soccer. Competitive types can participate in intramural sports ranging from basketball and flag football to dodgeball, cricket and pool.

Making friends and building a social network is easy at Lamar with more than 100 clubs and organizations registered on campus. Through campus organizations, students can:

  • Join a fraternity or sorority
  • Get involved in community service
  • Delve into a cause
  • Nurture spiritual beliefs
  • Start networking in future professions
  • Do all of the above.

LU is a short drive from many outdoor adventures: a day at the beach, canoeing or fishing on area rivers and bayous, hiking in the Big Thicket National Preserve. Shopping and entertainment options also are nearby including theaters, museums and live music venues large and small.

History

Lamar University was founded in 1923 as South Park Junior College a few blocks from the current location. The name changed to Lamar College in 1932 to honor Mirabeau B. Lamar, second president of the Republic of Texas and the "Father of Education" in Texas. In 1951, the school became Lamar State College of Technology, a state-supported four-year institution, the first junior college in Texas to make such a transition. The name changed to Lamar University in 1971. The university joined the Texas State University System in 1995.

Visit/Apply

Visit campus to learn more about all Lamar University has to offer. Guided campus tours normally are scheduled at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To arrange a campus visit, call (409) 880-8316 or e-mail [email protected]

To apply for admission, financial aid and scholarships, go to http://lamar.edu/admissions

 

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