ADA and Section 504 Director

New York City, New York (Manhattan) County
May 14, 2014

As a direct report to the Associate Dean for Equity, the ADA and Section 504 Director will ensure College-wide compliance with the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), serving the College’s goal to support people with disabilities within its campus community.

Essential Duties Summary

1. Working collaboratively with the President’s Council, the Offices of the Provost, Human Resources, Public Safety, Facilities Services, Residential Life & Housing, Student Life, Information Technology, General Counsel, and the Associate Dean for Equity, the Director will engage in proactive institutional strategic planning and implementation to assure access and compliance with the Rehabilitation Act and theADA.

2. Interpret and apply federal, state and local legislation related to access and accommodation for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Monitor campus compliance with federal, state and local legislation. Implement plans for access and accessibility improvements in collaboration with other administrators, faculty and staff. Consult with College administrators on electronic/web accessibility, provide guidance to managers, supervisors and faculty in implementing accommodations and ensure that ADAarchitectural guidelines are met with respect to building and facility access. The Director will play an integral role in shaping and defining the direction of the College’s comprehensive disability compliance plan.

3. Evaluate requests for accommodations and services based on the needs of self-identified students, staff, faculty, and visitors and to coordinate accommodations, auxiliary aids, services and access with appropriate College personnel to maintain compliance with the Rehabilitation Act and ADA. Coordinate or implement directly, where appropriate, accommodations and assess their effectiveness.

4. Establish, enforce and review policies to maintain compliance with the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as all federal, state and local legislation and regulations related to access and accommodation for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

5. Provide oversight and leadership for all disability related access and programming initiatives, as well as departmental budget management.

6. Chair the College’s 504/ADA Access Committee made up of staff and faculty charged with identifying and making recommendations to resolve any barriers to the implementation of accessibility programming and support.

7. Maintain a working knowledge of current and developing regulations and policies regarding persons with disabilities including, but not limited to, FERPA, the Fair Housing Act, Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the ADA.

8. Supervise department staff and student volunteers, readers/scribes, sign language interpreters and other staff and service providers as assigned.

9. Develop and update ongoing strategic plans that serve to facilitate and increase accommodation services and program accessibility. Maintain records and compile information for reports on services provided.

10. Develop and coordinate training and programs for students, faculty and staff regarding disability access, rights and responsibilities

11. Serve as compliance officer for the College regarding Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the ADA.

12. Serve on College committees to provide information regarding policies and procedures for the disabled.

13. Coordinate services with Columbia University.

14. Other projects and duties assigned by the Associate Dean for Equity.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Thorough knowledge of Rehabilitation Act, American with Disabilities Act and current access issues required.
• Ability to coordinate activities with other College offices or organizations that impact on or relate to performance of responsibilities. 
• Ability to effectively collaborate with others.
• Knowledge of assistive technology and web access. 
• Excellent skills in critical analysis, problem solving, and communication.
• Ability to synthesize a wide variety of data and compile appropriate reports using spreadsheets and other appropriate software.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
• Ability to be flexible and work with minimal direct supervision.

Required Qualification Summary

• Master’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in relevant field such as counseling or education.
• Experience (5+ year required) coordinating educational and work accommodations.
• Experience effectively educating a wide variety of constituencies, including faculty, staff and students.

EEO Statement

Barnard College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Barnard does not discriminate due to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, or any other legally protected basis, and to the extent permitted by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.