Associate Director of Student Disability Resources & Services
Texas A & M University - Commerce
January 3, 2018
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
The Associate Director of Student Disability Resources & Services is responsible for assisting the Director with ensuring compliance and successful operations of the Universityâ™s Student Disability Resources and Services. The position is responsible for coordinating accommodation programs to ensure equal access and successful transition of students with various disabilities in to the University community, as well as, providing guidance, recommendations, and interpretation of disability documentation, policy, and law for students, faculty, and staff while working with various University departments and outside agencies as needed.
Reviews, verifies, interprets and monitors required professional documentation of disabilities and recommends reasonable accommodations for course work, examinations, housing, and meal plans.
Identifies students with disabilities who are eligible for services. Conducts screening/intake interviews with each student requesting services and obtains, verifies and interprets documentation. Evaluates each studentâ™s disability and the effect on learning, academic performance, and participation in campus life in order to provide adequate and reasonable accommodations and services.
Utilizes a variety of software (assistive technology, specialized software programs, etc.) to assist students with disabilities.
Provides on-going service and case management to students with disabilities. This includes direct assistance, individual advocacy, referrals to the appropriate campus services and programs, and outside agencies.
Provides advising services that address the unique needs of students with disabilities and particularly focuses on those strategies needed by those students to succeed at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Works closely with appropriate offices on and off campus such as Texas Workforce Commission, the Texas Commission for the Blind, the Office of Civil Rights, Admissions, Registrarâ™s Office, University Police, Facilities Management, Academic Advising, Residential Living and Learning, Sodexo, and academic departments to ensure that students with disabilities are receiving reasonable and appropriate accommodations. Collaborates with staff members in other administrative services such as Orientation, Student Life, Residence Life, Counseling Center, and Student Health Services in the development of policies concerning the delivery of services to students with disabilities.
Coordinates campus-wide disability awareness, collaborative outreach, and educational activities.
Assists faculty in meeting accommodation requests.
Monitors federal, state and local statutes and regulations and exercise prudent judgment in interpreting the ADA and codes to provide students with the most appropriate services.
Assists Director with developing, implementing, and evaluating programs for students with disabilities.
Conducts educational training with faculty, staff, and students regarding disability related topics.
Assists with supervision and training of support staff.
Serves as âœDirectorâ in the absence of the Director of Student Disability Resources & Services.
Serves as a contributing and effective member of the Division of Campus Life and Student Development.
Participates as a contributing and collaborative team member to Student Disability Resources and Services.
Contributes to the effective team management of all relevant problems, concerns, and opportunities.
This job description shall include, but is not necessarily limited to, the above duties. May temporarily perform other duties assigned to maintain operations and services.
Marginal Functions will vary with the specific assignment and depend on the particular unit or function for which the person is responsible. Consideration will be given on a case by case basis and reassignment of marginal duties will be made when appropriate.
KNOWLEDGE & SKILL REQUIREMENTS:
Required: Bachelorâ™s degree in a human services related field (social work, special education, counseling, etc.) with a minimum of eight (8) years related experience (Masterâ™s degree in a human services related field (social work, special education, counseling, etc.) with a minimum of six (6) years related experience may substitute). Proven leadership skills in the area of ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and/or IDEA. Prior work should entail experience directly serving students with a variety of disabilities at the K-12 and/or collegiate level, extensive knowledge and implementation of ADA/Section 504, and interpretation of documentation to determine reasonable accommodations and auxiliary aids within an academic setting.
Preferred: Masterâ™s degree in human services related field (social work, special education, counseling, etc.). Experience in higher education with an awareness of accessibility standards (WCAG, Section 508, assistive technology, and alternate format production and requests.
SUPERVISION OF PERSONNEL:
Graduate Assistants, note takers, and interpreters.
Texas A&M University-Commerce provides a personal educational experience for a diverse community of life-long learners. Our purpose is to discover and disseminate knowledge for leadership and service in an interconnected and dynamic world. Our challenge is to nurture partnerships for the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic vitality of Texas and beyond.