The Accessibility Services Office (ASO) is responsible for providing accommodations for students with documented disabilities enrolled in the programs and Schools of Continuing Education at Harvard University. The provision and determination of eligibility for accommodations, Accessibility Services Office fulfills the university's legal responsibilities under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amended Act (ADAAA). A sampling of accommodations might include alternative-format textbooks, note-takers, exam accommodations, academic counseling, and various forms of assistive technology. The ASO serves as a single entry point for students within the Division of Continuing Education who require accommodations in their academic courses and, when appropriate, co-curricular student life, including housing and residential life accommodations. ASO collaborates with other Harvard offices and schools to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to facilities and activities on campus.
Position Overview Reporting to the Manager of the Accessibility Services Office, the Assistant Director will be an integral part of the Accessibility Services Office team. The Assistant Director has direct responsibility to determine disability status, eligibility for accommodations, and decision-making regarding reasonable and appropriate accommodations for individual students.
The position will support the ASO through direct decision making and direct service to (approximately 600 traditional and non-traditional) students annually, through in-person and technologically assisted meetings.
Duties include but are not limited to:
Develop appropriate curricular and co-curricular accommodation/modification plans based on functional limitations created by individual conditions, a subset of approximately 600 students per academic year.
Participate in the interactive process for new students.
Reviews student documentation, synthesize information to develop reasonable accommodation plans; ensures documentation meets standards established by DCE; makes decisions related to accommodation requests; monitors services and re-evaluate as needs and courses change.
Hires, supervises and trains exam proctors in collaboration with the Accessibility Coordinator(s)
Collaborate with faculty and departments in the effective, required, and timely delivery of academic materials; confirm accommodation implementation and effectiveness throughout each course
Support the ASO team and Director through on-going student support, development of policy and procedures, and overall office functionality.
Other duties as assigned
Harvard Extension School manages over 30,000 course enrollments for approximately 15,000 students per year. More than 930 open enrollments online and classroom courses are offered to our communities and across the world. Harvard Summer School offers approximately 300 courses on the Harvard Campus to 9100 secondary school, college and adult learners and more than 45 international study abroad programs for up to 600 students each summer. The Division also includes the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement with approximately 550 active members and Harvard Professional Development Programs offering about 60 two-day, noncredit courses annually.
All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree in higher education, education, psychology, or other field related to disability services and at least five years of professional experience in higher education disability service provision or a related field.
Master's Degree strongly preferred. Experience with disability service provision in higher education 5-7 years strongly preferred. Knowledge of and experience working with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973), FERPA, WCAG 2.0AA, and Assistive Technology. Experience interpreting clinical documentation for a full range of disabilities and operationalizing into reasonable accommodations in the college environment for traditional and non-traditional learners. Strong organizational skills with expertise in planning, problems-solving, and, the ability to prioritize in a fast-paced environment. Ability to communicate professionally both verbally and in writing with careful attention to detail. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
About Harvard University Division of Continuing Education
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. T...he University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.