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March 2014

Position:  Director
Department: Disability Services


The Disabilities Office at Manhattanville College is seeking a Director. The Director manages and coordinates all aspects of learning and physical needs for students with disabilities. Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Director is responsible for ensuring compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), and related federal and state regulations as they pertain to students. S/he will lead, implement, and support efforts to develop policies, procedures and programs, and to coordinate reasonable accommodations, for all students with disabilities. The Director oversees a testing center which provides accommodated tests for students with disabilities, as well as oversight of the Higher Education Learning Program (HELP) Center, a fee-based tutoring program within the department. S/he serves as both direct service provider for students and departmental administrator. The Director also convenes and chairs the ad hoc ADA Committee; works with other offices (e.g, Residence Life, Academic Affairs, Academic Advising, etc.) to ensure a well-rounded approach; and provides disability related information and training to staff and faculty. The Director meets with students and their families as needed to facilitate the transition from high school to college. The Director is also responsible for maintaining the content of the Disability Services page of the College's website, updating the brochures/informational material and ensuring the college community is aware of current trends in assistive technology and other reasonable accommodations.

Responsibilities:

  • Assess individual student's need for reasonable accommodations by detailed review of all disability documentation and interview of student.
  • Determine appropriate reasonable accommodations for each for student with a disability that ensures program accessibility, yet does not compromise the essential elements of the course or curriculum.
  • Collaborate with faculty to ensure that accommodations are being provided, including intervention as needed when disability related issues arise in the classroom.
  • Develop, review and revise eligibility for services, policies and procedures that delineate steps required for students to access services including accommodations.
  • Interprets court/government agency rulings and interpretations affecting services for students in order to maintain compliance.
  • Oversight of HELP Center, including supervision of 8-10 part-time tutors
  • Evaluate the assistive technology needs of the campus community and collaborate with IT to update and add technology as needed.
  • Oversight and supervision of the testing center, including a full-time testing coordinator and all functions of the provision of accommodated testing for all students with disabilities.
  • Foster a strong institutional commitment to collaboration on disability issues among key administrative personnel (e.g., academic advisors, registrar, provost).
  • Assess the effectiveness of accommodations and access provided to students with disabilities (e.g., timeliness of response to accommodation request).
  • Other duties as may be assigned from time to time

Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in rehabilitation counseling, psychology, social work, special education or a related field is required.
  • 3 years experience in disability services, counseling or a related field. Two or more years of experience in higher education administration, related to student academic life is desirable.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively to guide the academic support and disability programs
  • A highly organized and detail-oriented approach to work, with knowledge of changing le-gal issues as they relate to students with disabilities
  • Knowledge of student development and disability issues
  • Knowledge of learning and studying strategies
  • Knowledge of and experience with assistive and/or instructional technologies
  • Ability to collaborate with faculty, staff and students in identifying academic problems and their effective solutions
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience with student information systems and MS Office Suite preferred
  • Demonstrated Interest in student development and dedication to the College's core values

For consideration, send cover letter and resume to humanresources@mville.edu.