Interim Coord of Disability Services
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
Under general direction of the Director of Educational Support, the Coordinator of Disability Services provides coordination of the reasonable accommodations necessary to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to GCC programs, activities, and services. Performs administrative, instructional, and communications work. Responsible for developing a network of academic support services & resources for students with disabilities, ensuring institutional compliance with the provisions of the ADA Amendment Act of 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 coordinating appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities, promoting disability awareness, coordinating grant programs, and assisting in the development of curriculum and workshops. Also responsible for coordination of contracted employees and assigned staff. Performs related work as directed.
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Coordinates program activities for the Office of Disability Services and develops a comprehensive network of academic support services, including alternative learning and testing methodologies.
- Develops programs, policies and procedures to ensure equal access to all college programs and courses of study for students with disabilities.
- In collaboration with faculty, helps develop innovative pedagogical practices to support learning for all students across the college in support of students with disabilities.
- In collaboration with the Director of Educational Support identifies and/or establishes program goals, objectives, and long term plans for department programs and communicates program activities, services, and outcomes to relevant constituencies.
- Evaluates program services and provides input/recommendations on instructional, assessment and curricula issues impacting students with disabilities.
- Compiles annual reports on program activities/services.
Interprets relevant court/government agency rulings and interpretations affecting services for students with disabilities
Provides services directly to students or acts on behalf of students with members of the campus community
- Interacts with students with disabilities to determine program eligibility for services based upon documentation of a disability
- Develops/implements individual strategic learning plans to provide reasonable accommodations.
- Provides information to students regarding their legal rights as a student with a disability.
- Monitors and assesses student’s progress; Interprets and coordinates relevant data and recommendations from outside diagnostic, treatment, educational, vocational, and funding agencies.
Provides education and conducts classes/workshops for college students, faculty and staff to promote disability awareness and understanding of universal design for learning.
Coordinates institutional compliance with provisions of ADA Amendment Act of 2008 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Oversees assistive technology resources and services, provides training & support to students, faculty, & staff regarding assistive technology.
Coordinates development and provision of services of federally funded grants.
Performs administrative tasks associated with department activities.
Consults with other departments regarding the needs of students and with state, local, or community resources.
Collaborates with physical plant to ensure accessibility to campus facilities as needed.
Coordinates work of any temporary and individual contractors/consultants.
Instructs assigned personnel in performance of duties according to established standards.
Maintains professional knowledge in applicable areas:
- Maintains a working knowledge of assigned area and state, federal, and local laws/regulations.
- Researches new technologies, products, methods, trends, and advances in the profession.
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge of assistive adaptive technology.
- Attends conferences, workshops, and training sessions to build professional knowledge base.
Greenfield Community College requires that all cover letters, resumes, and contact information for five professional references be submitted online at http://web.gcc.mass.edu/hr/careers/apply. Official copies of all academic transcripts will be required at the time of hire.
When preparing your cover letter and resume, please refer to the minimum and preferred qualifications and, if applicable, include an equivalency statement.
Applications must be submitted via our online application system by March 24, 2014.
Additional applications MAY be considered until the position is filled.
RANK AND SALARY: Grade 6. Salary range is $57,330 - $69,047. The appointment salary is based on one’s education and experience as dictated in the collective bargaining agreement classification compensation structure. Candidates are therefore advised that it is unlikely the offered salary will be at or near the top of the range
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: One-year, fully benefited position runs from May 2014 through May 2015
- Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, Education, Counseling, and/or Rehabilitation Counseling or a closely related discipline.
- Six (6) years experience that includes disabilities assessment and program coordination, ADA compliance, vocational rehabilitation, diagnostic testing, or adaptive/assistive technology; or an equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience.
REQUIRED PERFORMANCE APTITUDES:
Ability to evaluate and/or assess data to guide decision making about reasonable accommodations & program evaluation.
Ability to inform and guide others by applying principles of professional coaching in addressing specific situations.
Ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, advisory and/or design data and information.
Demonstrated excellence in:
- supporting the values of diversity and experience working effectively with a diverse community of learners,
- working with people with a variety of different kinds of disabilities,
- organizational and interpersonal skills,
- oral and written communication skills.
- Experience working with students on the autism spectrum and/or students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in higher education.
- Experience in a community college with open enrollment practices.
- Knowledge of technological applications such as Banner, web-based student support software or databases.
Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above should put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this position.