As the Director, Student Disability Services at Vanderbilt University, you will have the opportunity to coordinate and manage the process of providing support services to our students with disabilities. You will oversee compliance with state and federal regulations, develop and conduct campus-wide education and training to increase awareness of disability-related issues, as well as develop strategic planning for the program. This fulfilling role also includes student counseling oversight, and advising and programming to help the students with academic and personal support needs.
About Vanderbilt University:
Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, TN. The university's students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. VU is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #1 in the Princeton Review among 382 top colleges and universities for ‘happiest students’ - as well as #2 for ‘best quality of life’ and ‘great financial aid,’ #5 for ‘best run colleges’ and ‘beautiful campus,’ and #6 for both being in a ‘college city that students love’ and having ‘great campus/city relations.’
Duties and Responsibilities:
Develops and conducts campus-wide education, programming, and in-service training to increase awareness of relevant disability-related issues.
Establishes long-range and short-range strategic planning, program goals, and operating procedures for the unit in alignment with those of the Division and University.
Conducts ongoing program and service assessments and evaluations to identify and eliminate potential and real accessibility issues.
Manages the department's budget and all personnel decisions, including working with vendors to provide appropriate accommodations and other outsourced services.
Responsible for compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act as related to student issues; maintains case files/confidential student records in line with FERPA and University protocol.
Interprets disability documentation submitted by students registering with the office, determines appropriate accommodations, and arranges/coordinates campus responses to access support needs of individual students.
Oversees counseling, advising, and programming related to students' academic and personal support needs.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Extensive knowledge of disability law/compliance in a postsecondary environment.
Experience in preparing and managing budgets.
Knowledge of current technologies including word processing, database, presentation, and spreadsheet software, specifically Microsoft Office applications.
Skilled in strategic planning and developing program goals and objectives.
Demonstrated ability in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, faculty, students and the public.
Communicates effectively, verbally and in writing.
Relates to a diverse population, exhibits professional maturity and maintains composure when faced with difficult situations.
Ability to multi-task, organize, prioritize, and follow multiple projects and tasks through to completion with an attention to detail.
Works well independently while contributing to team environment.
Takes on new challenges, effectively identifies and resolves problems with creative solutions, and maintains strict confidentiality related to sensitive information.
In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, VU offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. After five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview.
For consideration you must include a Word document or PDF cover letter detailing your interest in this position; and how your experience, skills and interests fit the above description.
Internal Number: 1800176
About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.