Disability Support Services is a growing campus resource with the Student Affairs Department that supports Students with Disabilities as they navigate life as a RISD student: providing academic and residential accommodations, working as a team to increase campus accessibility, advocating for equality, coaching in areas of organization and time management, and supporting division-wide efforts.
With an understanding of current and pending state and local disability legislation (ADA and Section 504), the Academic Disability Specialist will: provide advocacy and assistance for a diverse community of matriculating and continuing education students who have cognitive, physical and psychological challenges; stay abreast of current and pending disability laws and serve as a resource for others in the RISD community on the same; design, recommend and deliver time management programs and education, evaluating these programs and education and modifying as appropriate; research, recommend and implement, as approved, new technology and program innovations; communicate with and educate students, faculty and staff on these innovations and evaluate appropriateness for use at RISD.
Job Qualifications Required:
Bachelor's degree required, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Solid understanding of ADA and Section 504
Demonstrated success in creating and delivering educational programs which enhance the student experience, elicit engagement and increase learnings.
Knowledge of assistive technology required.
Ability to mentor and guide student workers.
Ability to create and leverage networks and resources.
Requires strong communication, organization, interpersonal, multi-tasking, problem-solving and computer skills.
Demonstrated experience and success working in a multicultural, multi-able environment with a clear understanding of the issues of diversity in both student and workplace settings.
Requires ability to read and interpret testing reports and assessment instruments.
Ability to solve problems and provide creative solutions.
Must be able to handle confidential data.
Job Qualifications Preferred:
2+ years prior work experience working with Students with Disabilities and determining appropriate and reasonable accommodations highly preferred, preferably in a higher education setting.
Master's preferred in the fields of Higher Education, Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or Education, Rehabilitation Services, or related field.
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), founded in 1877, is a fine arts and design college located in Providence, Rhode Island. Enrolling about 2000 undergraduates and 400 graduate students from across the United States and 55 other countries, RISD
offers 16 undergraduate majors and 16 graduate majors, and is ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top art and design schools in t...he United States. RISD’s rigorous education encourages creative experimentation and intellectual
risk-taking, challenging students to question their approach to art making through critical thinking. There are over 90,000 works of art in the RISD Museum, which houses a collection of fine and decorative art objects. The first public galleries opened in 1893. The RISD Library is one of the oldest independent art college libraries in the country with more than 150,000 volumes and 380 periodical subscriptions which offer unusual depth and richness in the areas of architecture, art, design, and photography. The RISD campus is contiguous with the campus of Brown University and the two institutions share social, academic, and community resources.
RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.