Classified title: Disability Officer Working title (if applicable): ADA Compliance Officer Role/Level/Range: ATP/4/PF Starting Salary Range ($): Commensurate with Experience Employee group: Full time Schedule (hours/days): 37.5/ 8:30am – 5pm Employee subgroup (FLSA Status): Exempt Location: Homewood Campus Department name: Office of Institutional Equity Personnel area (School): University Administration – UN10
Johns Hopkins University Office of Institutional Equity is seeking an experienced professional to provide leadership for a comprehensive Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Program for faculty, staff, and students at the University. The ADA Compliance Officer will serve as the campus authority and primary resource on all ADA issues, help ensure compliance with the ADA and provide information, expertise, leadership and guidance to the University on disability related issues. The ADA Officer will also assist in the resolution of complaints that arise out of the accommodations process for students, faculty and staff and in response to disability discrimination concerns.
The successful candidate will have a demonstrated knowledge of disability services and compliance in a dynamic higher education or other complex environment. Responsibilities include collaborative leadership on disability issues and broad oversight for disability compliance across the institution. The ADA Compliance Officer also serves as a central resource for the disability service coordinators embedded in each of JHU's 10 schools. The ADA Compliance Officer interprets and applies federal/state legislation related to access and accommodations for students, employees and visitors. Reporting to the Vice Provost for Institutional Equity, the Director will play an integral role in shaping and defining the direction of a comprehensive disability services and compliance program for the university.
Specific duties & responsibilities:
Develop strategic plan for monitoring campus compliance with state and federal legislation and implement plans for improvement in collaboration with other administrators, faculty and staff.
Monitor and coordinate compliance activities, including identifying trends, potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk, and develop relevant policies and procedures.
Collaborate with university partners to address electronic/web accessibility and the need for architectural changes; advising on compliance with technical requirements under the ADA guidelines regarding building and facility accessibility.
Develop and maintain a communications plan for providing important information on ADA compliance and support broadly through the maintenance of the disability website.
Develop and coordinate educational programs and professional development for students, faculty, and staff regarding relevant disability issues, policies, procedures and best practices.
Provide guidance and assistance to campus departments in implementing accommodations and developing best practices with an emphasis on universal design.
Maintain a working knowledge of changing regulations and policies regarding persons with disabilities, including FERPA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, including the ADA Standards for Accessible Design.
Serve as the University's Section 504 Coordinator, collaborating with university leadership to ensure adherence with legal requirements.
Provide consultation to the local community on disability issues and participate in community or national committees, task forces and networks to promote disability access.
Minimum qualifications (mandatory):
J.D. or a graduate degree in an appropriate field, (i.e., Master's Degree in Higher Education, Disability Services, Rehabilitation, Counseling, etc.) required.
Five years related experience required with experience in higher education working with people who have disabilities preferred. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
In-depth knowledge of key legislation (Rehabilitation Act, ADA, state regulations) related to disability and of the functional impact of various disabling conditions.
Exceptional interpersonal skills, communication skills and emotional intelligence.
Ability to manage and work with conflict, including meeting with individuals who may be experiencing high levels of stress and who feel they have not been appropriately served or have be subject to discrimination.
Ability and desire to work actively, collaboratively and creatively as part of a team
Any specific physical requirements for the job:
Position requires the ability to travel to various university campuses and locations in the Baltimore-Washington area.
Johns Hopkins University remains committed to its founding principle, that education for all students should be grounded in exploration and discovery. Hopkins students are challenged not just to learn but also to advance learning itself. Critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and entrepreneurship are all encouraged and nourished in this unique educational environment. After more than 130... years, Johns Hopkins remains a world leader in both teaching and research. Faculty members and their research colleagues at the university's Applied Physics Laboratory have each year since 1979 won Johns Hopkins more federal research and development funding than any other university. The university has nine academic divisions and campuses throughout the Baltimore-Washington area. The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Education and the Carey Business School are based at the Homewood campus in northern Baltimore. The schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing share a campus in east Baltimore with The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Peabody Institute, a leading professional school of music, is located on Mount Vernon Place in downtown Baltimore. The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies is located in Washington's Dupont Circle area.