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Director of Disability Services

Colgate University

This is a Contract position in Hamilton County, NY posted February 25, 2020.

Posting Details Position Information Job CategoryProfessional/AdministrativePosition TitleDirector of Disability ServicesFull Time/Part TimeFull TimeDivisionDean of the FacultyDepartmentCenter for Learning, Teaching and ResearchDepartment Statement The Director of Disability Services reports to the Faculty Director of the Center for Learning, Teaching, and Research, a unit within the Dean of the Faculty Division.

The Director provides leadership and oversight for the administration and coordination of accessibility services, facilitates implementation of appropriate accommodations, and works as the primary resource to educate and train faculty and staff in understanding campus-wide responsibilities around disability access and universal design.

The Director will work across campus to promote awareness of the availability of services for students and to develop a plan for ongoing education and training.

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated understanding of the needs of university students and extensive knowledge of disability compliance, relevant policies and laws as they relate to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 & 2008 (ADAAA).

Preference will be given to candidates who have previous experience managing a comprehensive disability support program in a postsecondary setting.

Accountabilities The Director will be accountable for providing effective leadership of Colgate University’s disability services program, including annual planning, establishing goals that are reflective of best practices and emerging trends, regularly assessing the effectiveness of programs, services, and operations toward achieving stated objectives, and engaging in continuous improvements.

The Director will develop, monitor and oversee the departmental budget; communicate with supervisors about expenditures, programmatic efforts, needs for additional resources, and changes in operations.

The Director is accountable for providing disability-related services for students, such as conducting intake appointments with new and current students to determine reasonable accommodations, facilitating access to services for students, and collaborating with faculty and staff on providing individual accommodations and relevant education for implementation.

The Director must be a strong partner to faculty, residential life, and other faculty and staff colleagues within the Dean of the Faculty and Dean of the College Divisions and will work closely with Information and Technology Services on assistive technologies for students with disabilities and as they relate to universal design.

The Director ensures relevant policies, procedures and guidelines are clearly articulated, reviewed and revised periodically, implemented, and appropriately disseminated such that they are easily accessible to prospective students, current students, faculty and other campus stakeholders; ensures compliance with ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other pertinent state and federal regulations.

The Director must provide consultation, information, resources, and training workshops to faculty, staff, students, prospective students, and parents/families; ensure stakeholders understand their roles, rights, and responsibilities for supporting accommodations and understand how accommodations are determined.

The Director is responsible for promoting awareness and advocacy of disability/access-related issues and opportunities; actively pursuing barrier removal; consulting on universal design questions, and advocating for creative solutions to ensure accessibility.

The Director is responsible for the effective supervision of staff as assigned including job evaluation and development and continued professional growth of all direct reports (Learning and Accommodation Specialist and Accommodated Testing Center Monitor).

Ensures selection and hiring of competent, committed employees; ensures appropriate distribution of work assignments and high quality of employee work product; ensures fair, accurate and timely performance assessments and feedback to include identifying areas for professional development and documenting and conducting disciplinary measures, as needed.

Responsible for ensuring fair and accurate decisions regarding employment status (hire, promotion, salary increases, termination); ensures the creation of effective opportunities and programs for employee mentoring, development and sustained performance.

This position has been designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA), in accordance with the federal statutory requirements of the Jeanne Clery Act.

CSAs are required to and responsible for reporting allegations of crimes they receive from students and employees to the Campus Safety Department.

Technical Competencies NameDisability Services ExpertiseDescription Demonstrated knowledge of the application of laws and regulations pertaining to disability accommodations including ADA and Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Fair Housing Act, etc.

Demonstrated knowledge of emerging technologies and best practices in the field of disability services.

Technical Competencies NameAcademic ProgramsDescription Ability to develop, implement, and assess programs and services designed to support students with disabilities and more broadly with universal design efforts.

Technical Competencies NameAdministrationDescription Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, allocate, and steward resources in relation to program needs.

Demonstrated knowledge of key university policies related to area of expertise.

Demonstrated ability to effectively use and assist others in the use of tools, technologies, and data related to the disability services.

Competence and experience with efficient record keeping and platforms associated with data management.

Technical Competencies NameOutreachDescription Demonstrated ability to cultivate productive relationships and partnerships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation, and mutual respect with faculty, students, staff, and family members.

Demonstrated ability to deliver compelling presentations and effectively engage key constituencies in order to raise awareness and advance program goals.

Technical Competencies NameCounseling/AdvisingDescription Demonstrated proficiency in interpreting disability-related documentation, conducting needs-assessment interviews with students, discerning essential course requirements, and generating creative accommodation solutions through an interactive process that involves faculty; and where appropriate, ensure students, faculty, parents, etc.

are aware of and have access to university and other appropriate external resources/opportunities.

Technical Competencies NameManagerial SkillsDescription Demonstrated knowledge of Colgate managerial processes and requirements, to include: -Demonstrated ability to fairly and accurately assess employee performance in accordance with university practices.

Demonstrated understanding of federal and state regulations, as they apply to the university policies and guidelines related to human resource s sufficient to effectively select new employees, recommend pay actions, determine employment status and initiate or approve employee changes in status.

-Demonstrated ability to select, develop and retain high performing work teams, to include: Demonstrated ability to develop employee skills, performance, and behaviors.

Demonstrated ability to effectively coach and communicate with employees on issues of pay, performance and development.

Behavioral Competencies NamePersonal Accountability for ResultsDescription Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback.

Behavioral Competencies NameEffective CommunicationDescription Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.

Behavioral Competencies NameProblem Solving and Decision MakingDescription Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems; generates solutions to improve efficiency and quality; involves others in solving problems and making decisions; factors organizational goals into decisions; makes clear, transparent, and timely decisions.

Behavioral Competencies NameChange ManagementDescription Responds positively to changing university initiatives and readily adapts behavior to maintain effective performance; understands the long-term direction of the university and can relate this to departmental area; adapts to new methodologies; identifies and acts on areas where change is appropriate.

Behavioral Competencies NameLeadership and TeamworkDescription Applies skills and knowledge to provide a climate to achieve departmental and organizational success; balances individual and department goals; helps others perform at their best; builds productive relationships to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness; treats others with respect; resolves conflicts among team members.

Behavioral Competencies NameCreativity and InnovationDescription Generates, explores, encourages, and implements innovative ways of creating strategic value for the university, division, department, and individual level; critically assesses the effectiveness of new initiatives.

Behavioral Competencies NameDiversity and InclusionDescription Demonstrates respect for people and their differences; understands the benefits of a diverse workforce; earns the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspective of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within our community.

Behavioral Competencies NameSustainabilityDescription Understands the impact of decision making and personal behavior in achieving the university’s commitment to a sustainable and carbon-neutral campus; supports and advances the university’s sustainability initiatives; influences others to use sustainable practices.

Requirements Professional Experience/ Qualifications Five to seven years of progressive professional work experience working with people with disabilities.

Advanced knowledge of the legal framework involving ADAAA, Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Fair Housing Act, and legal guidance pertaining to these legal mandates.

Proficiency in interpreting disability-related documentation, conducting needs-assessment interviews with students, discerning essential course requirements, and generating creative accommodation solutions through an interactive process that involves faculty and staff.

Familiarity and facility with a diverse array of assistive technology and experience with arranging services such as captioning/transcription, ASL interpretation, etc.

Solid understanding of web and technological accessibility guidelines and common issues.

Preferred Qualifications Higher education experience preferred.

Prior supervisory, budget and networking skills strongly desired.

Education Bachelor’s degree or preferred Master’s degree, in rehabilitation/disability studies, counseling, psychology, special education, educational administration, or a related field required.

CertificationsPhysical RequirementsOther Information Posting Detail Information Requisition Number2020S011PostingTemporaryNoWork Schedule Weekdays with Occasional Weekends Job Open Date01/27/2020Job Close DateOpen Until FilledNoSpecial Instructions SummaryEEO Statement It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law.

Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Clery Act CAMPUS CRIME REPORTING AND STATISTICS The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgate’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1.

crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2.

fires that occurred in student housing facilities.

The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters.

To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at .

You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at: .

Supplemental Questions Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

Are you currently a Colgate employee?

Yes No Have you ever been a Colgate employee?

Yes No Are you at least 18 years of age?

Yes No Please indicate the highest level of education that you have completed.

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