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Assistant Director, Student Disability Services

Butler University

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Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job no: 494898
Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: Indianapolis
Categories: Academic & Student Services

The Assistant Director, as part of the Student Disability Services (SDS) leadership team, works closely with the director and SDS team members to help ensure SDS students receive the appropriate accommodations and services. The Assistant Director serves as supervisor for the Disability Specialist, works directly with students and families to provide disability-related supports, and collaborates with colleagues across campus to help maintain compliance and create a campus environment that is inclusive and welcoming for people with disabilities. This position is based on-campus. Hybrid and remote work arrangements are not available. Please include a cover letter with your application.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Review and interpret disability related documentation, for all areas of disabilities, to determine reasonable accommodations.
  • Conduct intake interviews and meetings with families and students. Document interactions with prospective and registered students.
  • Work with SDS team members and other relevant individuals on campus to coordinate and implement accommodations/support services.
  • Provide leadership and oversight for the organization, planning, and implementation of all departmental based programming. This includes, but is not limited to, New Student Registration, Welcome Week, and disability awareness raising events. Serve as Faculty Advisor to the Delta Alpha Pi student organization.
  • Provide direct support and services to SDS students including academic coaching, training on assistive technology, monitoring and tracking progress in support of student retention efforts, and responding to student and professor concerns. Support students in securing accommodations for off-campus study programs or high-stakes exams. Make referrals as needed.
  • Serve as supervisor of the individual holding the Disability Specialist position.
  • Develop SDS policies, procedures, and departmental objectives under the direction of the Director. Assess department as required by the University.
  • Support faculty, staff, and other university personnel in their work with students with disabilities through critical thinking, problem solving, effective and timely communication, and a collaborative customer service approach.
  • Collaborate with community and campus resources to enhance internship and future employment opportunities for students with disabilities.
  • Participate in campus-wide committees and working groups as directed.
  • In absence of Director, oversee departmental operations, make eligibility decisions, and work towards resolution of problems and concerns.
  • Manage and maintain private information in a confidential manner including documenting and case-noting interactions as directed

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in higher education, counseling, social work, or other related fields
  • Experience working with people with disabilities
  • Ability to interpret disability related documentation with a high level of accuracy
  • Experience supporting students from underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and a professional understanding of intersectionality of identities in disability services
  • Demonstrates strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrates excellent judgment and decision-making skills, even under pressure

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience supervising professional staff members
  • Previous experience in a disability services office on a higher education level
  • Training, certifications, and demonstrated knowledge of best practices related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility
  • Experience and certifications in crisis and mental health management

BU Benefits and Perks

Please check out Butler’s Total Rewards website to learn more about our benefit offerings, which include:

  • Paid Time Off and Holidays:
  • 18 days of paid time off (vacation and PTO days)
  • 8 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Winter Break between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day
  • Paid Parental Leave (after 1 year of full-time employment)
  • Health:
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans including disability and life insurance programs
  • Retirement:
  • 10% employer contribution after 1 year of full-time employment
  • Tuition Assistance:
  • Remission of tuition for classes taken at Butler for employees, spouses, and dependent children.
  • Eligibility after 9 months of full-time employment
  • Employees & spouses- undergraduate/graduate degrees
  • Dependents (under age 26)- undergraduate degree
  • Covers tuition only
  • Tuition Exchange Program for Dependents
  • Butler Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks:

  • Access to Butler’s on-site fitness facility and libraries for full-time staff and faculty
  • LinkedIn Learning Courses
  • Free premium subscription to the Calm App
  • Free subscription to the WSJ and NYT
  • Discount at the College Bookstore
  • Discount on select Athletic and Arts/Events Center Performances
  • About Butler

    Butler University is a private, nationally recognized comprehensive university encompassing six colleges: Arts, Business, Communication, Education, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Approximately 4,500 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate and doctoral students are enrolled at Butler, representing 46 states and 24 countries.

    Join us at the crossroads of tradition & transformation. A career at Butler University means so much more than a job. Join the dedicated, innovative, and supportive community of faculty and staff that is moving Butler Beyond.

    Butler University is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees. We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sex, race, religion, color, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.

    Advertised: August 24, 2023
    Applications close: Open until filled

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