Director Disability Support Services

Newark, New Castle County
Jan 14, 2014
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Counseling
Deadline: January 31, 2014 Pay Grade: 32E The University of Delaware seeks a Director of its Disability Support Services (DSS) Office. The Director oversees University-wide disability support services for faculty members, staff, and students; ensures compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and related federal and state regulations; provides leadership and administrative management to the Office of Disabilities Support Services; manages the office’s budget; supervises and coordinates the work of the office’s personnel; and works collaboratively with the University community to foster academic and professional success for individuals with disabilities. The Director is responsible for the review, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all accommodations processes and plans for students and employees with disabilities; consultation and outreach with faculty, staff, and students regarding the needs of individuals with disabilities; and individual counseling, referrals, and other support services to assist persons with disabilities. The Director also works in consultation with the Office of Employee Labor Relations and the Office of General Counsel on any issue that involves statutory or regulatory compliance. The Director supervises a staff of six, with additional support from graduate students, interns, and others, as needed. Reporting to the Office of the Provost, DSS is a significant part of the University Diversity Initiative. The Disability Support Services office is housed in newly renovated, state-of-the-art facilities in a central location on campus. Founded in 1743, the University of Delaware is a state-assisted, privately governed institution, enrolling approximately 17,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students. The main campus of the University of Delaware is located in a vibrant college town with convenient access to the major cities of the East Coast, being situated one hour from Philadelphia and Baltimore and midway between New York City and Washington, DC. Qualifications: • Master’s degree in education, social behavioral science, human development, special education, education, rehabilitation counseling, counseling or other job related field and five years of progressively responsible experience and leadership in disabilities services, counseling or a related field, with strong preference given to candidates with experience in a college or university setting. • Strong planning and problem solving skills; demonstrated effectiveness with diverse groups and persons with disabilities. • Knowledge of construction and physical plant issues in an academic setting. • Extensive knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and related discrimination laws is essential. • Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information. • Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments. • Knowledge and understanding of a range of academic and student life issues and concerns. • Effective interpersonal and communication skills; excellent written and oral facility; and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in an academic community that values diversity. Application Process: Applications should be submitted as a single PDF File to including (in order): Cover letter (addressed to Chair, Search Committee, Disability Support Services; vita/resume; names and contact information for three (3) confidential letters of reference. The committee will begin reviewing applications on January 31, 2014. Equal Employment Opportunity Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment. The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer, which encourages applications from Minority Group Members and Women. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at