Director of AccessAbility Services
Date: December 5, 2014
Title: Director of AccessAbility Services
Description: Hartwick College invites applications for a full-time, 12-month position as Director of AccessAbility Services. Reporting to the Dean of Student Success, the Director of AccessAbility Services is responsible for reviewing and managing student requests and required documentation to make determinations regarding student accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 (ADA) and section 504. The Director also is responsible for developing and maintaining strategic planning for AccessAbility Services and makes recommendations to establish and amend policies and procedures that will enhance services to meet federal, state and county guidelines. The Director supervises the Assistant Learning Specialist and together they develop and implement academic support programs designed to foster effective learning for all students. In addition, the Director teaches ‘Wick 101 and Success Strategies 101 and oversees and manages the College's "Star Out Academics Right" summer academic program.
Master's degree in counseling, higher education administration, special education, social work or a related field from an accredited college or university and three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in a closely related position; or, any equivalent combination and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved; thorough knowledge of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other appropriate laws pertaining to higher education and disability; and experience in teaching.
Master's degree in counseling, higher education administration, special education, social work or a related field from an accredited college or university and seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in higher education working with college students with learning and other disabilities and academically at-risk students; thorough knowledge of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other appropriate laws pertaining to higher education and disability; demonstrated knowledge of the principles, concepts and methods of Universal Design and assistive technology and its applications across the higher education environment; demonstrated experience in supervision of professional staff; experience in teaching and academic support services (i.e. tutoring, study strategies, and workshops); experience in developing and delivering specialized professional presentation and training programs on disability issues; and evidence of effective verbal and written communication.
- Evaluates documentation to determine disability status and accommodation eligibility.
- Assesses disabled students' interaction with learning environment; develops integrated plan to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equitable opportunities.
- Documents and maintains current and accurate case records/notes of appropriate information in both electronic and paper files; maintains strict confidentiality of all communication in compliance with applicable federal laws.
- Conducts on-going and regular reviews of all case files to ensure progress towards established objectives and outcomes.
- Develops and maintains strategic planning for AccessAbility Services; makes recommendations to establish and amend policies and procedures that will enhance services to meet federal, state and county levels.
- Provides training /presentations throughout the College to increase awareness and understanding of universal design concepts and other disability-related topics.
- Works collaboratively with the campus community to identify opportunities, and to develop and implement appropriate measures to further improve the accessibility of the learning environments through the application of universal design principles (i.e. assistive technology, curriculum design, etc).
- Maintains data for state reporting and student records.
- Identifies, develops and maintains community partnerships that further the mission and vision of AccessAbility Services.
- Performs program assessment.
- Teaches ‘Wick 101 and Success Strategies 101. Assist in the development of the curriculum and training of instructors and peer leaders.
- Participates in the Center's signature new student programs (i.e. New Student Orientation, Welcome Weekend, True Blue Weekend, etc.).
- Oversees and manages the Center's SOAR summer program. Provide on-going academic and personal support to the students for their years at the College.
- Supervises the Assistant Learning Specialist.
- Serves in the role of Associate Director for the Center for Student Success.
An independent, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1,500 full-time undergraduates, Hartwick embraces the teacher-scholar model, with teaching excellence as the first priority. Located in the scenic Susquehanna River valley in Oneonta, NY, near the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, the College features a Liberal Arts in Practice general education curriculum and aspires to "be the best at melding liberal arts education with experiential learning."
Hartwick College is committed to provide a safe and secure educational environment. As such, employment at Hartwick College is contingent upon a successful background check on every new employee. Candidates to whom an offer of employment is made will be required to sign a Release of Information Form authorizing the College to conduct a thorough background check.
Hartwick offers health benefits to domestic partners of employees, and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and gender identity/expression. Hartwick is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.
Review of complete applications will begin on August 20, 2014 and continue until filled. Interested candidates should send complete applications consisting of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references, in one document (pdf or MS Word preferred) to Kimberley Lindsley, Human Resources Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications may also be mailed to The Office of Human Resources, Hartwick College, P.O. Box 4020, Oneonta, NY 13820 or faxed to 607-431-4329.