Assistant Director Disability Services

Location
Cullowhee, Jackson County
Posted
Mar 05, 2014
Working Title: Assistant Director Disability Services

Posting Information: The Assistant Director of Disability Services will work collaboratively with the Director in leading the Office of Disability Services. The position will manage a caseload of students with disabilities including intake interviews, review of documentation, and provision of accommodations. The Assistant Director will oversee and coordinate accommodated testing for qualified students with disabilities. The Assistant Director will coordinate alternative text and assistive technology for students with disabilities. In the absence of the director, the Assistant Director will provide leadership and direction for the department on policy issues, interpretation of laws and mandates, accommodations, supervision of work study staff, and departmental administration. Essential functions include: * Meet with students new to the Office of Disability Services for intake: reviewing disability documentation such as psycho-educational assessments; reviewing student history of accommodations and current impact of disability; determining with the student appropriate accommodations needed and preparing letters of accommodation to be given to faculty. * Manage caseload of students with disabilities including reviewing schedule of courses and current impact of disability, reviewing accommodations, writing accommodation letters to be given to faculty, and arranging for any accommodations that cannot be provided by faculty. * Follow-up with students and faculty as needed on accommodations issues/concerns. * Coordinate accommodated testing for qualified students with disabilities, maintaining testing calendar and room scheduling; arranging proctoring, readers, scribes, and assistive technology as needed; communicating with faculty and students effectively in order to ensure proper test administration and security. * Coordinate alternate format textbook acquisition, including ordering and downloading books; converting books from print to PDF; maintaining library of alternative textbooks; obtaining permissions from publishers for distribution of alternative text; and maintaining student user agreements. * Maintain and coordinate assistive technology, such as digital recorders and SmartPens; downloading assistive technology (such as screen readers) for students; training students in the use of AT; maintaining student user agreements. *Assist the director with departmental assessments, including data collection, analysis, and reporting.

Minimum Training & Experience Requirements: Masters degree from an accredited institution in Rehabilitation Counseling, Disability Studies, College Student Personnel, Higher Education, Psychology, or a related field. Working knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (as emended) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as each relates to students with disabilities in higher education. Understanding of how to interpret diagnostic/psycho-educations assessments used to determine qualification for disability services. Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse population of students with a wide range of abilities and learning styles. Strong organizational and computer skills. Effective communication and leadership skills

Preferred Qualifications:

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants must apply online. Please attach a letter of interest, resume, and a list of three references (include complete contact information). For questions or additional information, contact Ms. Wesley Satterwhite, Director of Disability Services at 828-227-2716. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. In order to receive educational credit, degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at www.wes.org. Unless otherwise noted, degree must be obtained prior to start date. Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.

Western Carolina University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.