Saint Mary's College of California
Director, Student Disability Services
Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.
As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.
Serve as the Saint Mary's College Director of Student Disability Services who is a change agent and visionary leader and possesses strong academic credentials and leadership ability in the field of disabilities. Reporting to the Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success, the Director is responsible for the oversight and management of Student Disability Services (SDS), which provides support services and reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities. The Director provides leadership and advocacy and consults with the campus community to promote a welcoming College environment and to facilitate equal opportunity for students with disabilities in their academic courses, campus services, and all student programs and activities. The Director collaborates with SDS staff and the campus community to identify and eliminate potential and real barriers for students to accessibility by promoting inclusive design, providing reasonable accommodations, and assessing effectiveness. The Director will act as a campus leader to promote inclusive design and practices and serve as a primary resource/consultant to the campus community regarding programmatic access as mandated by state and federal laws, especially regarding digital accessibility. The Director will serve as the College's Student Services ADA Compliance Officer (section 504 student services coordinator). A successful Director brings unique qualities, demonstrates multicultural awareness and competence, and has the ability to work in a diverse environment and serve constituents from a wide variety of backgrounds.
1. Strategic Leadership
2. Collaboration and Consultation
- Establish long-range and short-range strategic planning, program goals and operating procedures for SDS in alignment with the mission and vision of the College and Student Success Office.
- Provide direction, leadership and advocacy that ensures equal access and opportunity for students with disabilities in all College programs and services.
- Set policy and procedures governing operations, programs, and services as it pertains to disability services.
- Support a developmental and strengths-based, success model that includes teaching life skills, multicultural competence, personal and professional development, and advocacy.
3. Student Certification and Registration
- Collaborate with campus partners to identify and remove barriers and establish supports to foster an inclusive campus.
- Collaborate as a member of the Student Success leadership team with Assistant Vice Provost and Directors of other SSO units.
- Provide institution-wide advisement, interpretation, consultation, and training on disability-related topics including academic accommodations, application of policy and laws, legal and regulatory compliance.
- Serve as a campus leader, advocate, and service provider for all matters related to accessibility and disability issues relevant to creating and promoting a healthy campus environment for students with disabilities.
- Establish good communication, clear expectations and availability of services, as well as the documentation requirements, with prospective and current students, their parents and families, staff and faculty.
- Collaborate on decision-making, policies, architectural and environmental barriers, and coordination of services with other departments, including Legal Counsel, Health & Wellness, Facilities, Residential Experience, Student Success Office, and Dean of Students
- Provide guidance on academic accommodations to faculty and serve on faculty committees and other university committees related to accessibility and diversity.
- Lead a campus wide accessibility services team to review college wide policies and procedures so as to develop these to best serve students; this includes maintaining current knowledge of trends and applications of assistive technology and training students and staff as needed.
- Clearly articulate the responsibilities of the institution for providing accommodations, aids, or services and the rights and responsibilities of students identifying as being disabled and seeking accommodations.
4. Administration and Assessment
- Oversee process for student eligibility and registration for services in accordance with federal and state regulations and College policies to establish appropriate services and accommodations necessary to help students meet their educational goals.
- Develop, direct and coordinate service delivery components including documentation of all policies and procedures in the form of manuals and record keeping of student case management.
- Respond to student appeals to accommodation determinations
- Review requests for assistance and make determinations of approval and appropriate action.
- Review and interpret student medical/clinical documentation, make key decisions on provision of services to students with disabilities, and advise and counsel students.
5. Professional Development and Outreach
- Lead, motivate, and develop 3 direct reports plus undergraduate student employees, graduate student interns and multiple outside service providers; utilize strengths and goal-based performance evaluations to move forward the department's strategies and objectives.
- Manage overall operations and budget of the department; review and identify cost effective and efficient utilization of department resources.
- Establish a culture of evaluation and assessment in order to adjust and enhance strategy and operations and to illustrate outcomes, which includes setting yearly goals, identifying metrics and learning outcomes, collecting data, and creating reports.
- Oversee major department improvements and projects, including those related to technology, website design and marketing.
- Represent the department and participate in various campus events including admitted student events, orientation, workshops as needed.
- Serve on division-wide and/or campus-wide committees as appropriate/assigned.
- Stay current, read and research best practices and further develop professional knowledge and skills.
- Attend national and regional conferences and maintain active membership, leadership and involvement in regional and national professional organizations.
Experience and Qualifications:
- Desire to work in a mission-driven college.
- Knowledge of federal, state and local laws, regulations and standards pertaining to the operation of a student disability services program.
- Training in and demonstrated ability to interpret educational, psychological, and medical documentation for students with varied learning, behavioral, physical and medical disabilities.
- Working knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and experience in the application of these laws to accommodation requests in the academic setting.
- Knowledge of current and emerging environmental, regulatory and legislative issues and trends impacting the delivery and financing of student disability services.
- Knowledge and understanding of budgeting and financial management principles and practices related to the provision of student disability services in a higher education institution setting.
- Familiarity with both current and future uses of technology in the provision of student disability services.
- Experience in assessment and evaluation of student disability programs/services, including demonstrated experience with or understanding of the implementation of quality assurance.
- Strong leadership and supervisory skills; ability to effectively lead a department to deliver programs and services that support the mission and goals of the College, Student Success Office and SDS.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with current and prospective students, parents and families, faculty, and staff from culturally diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to exercise discretion and apply initiative and independent judgment to address problems; ability to resolve actual and potential problems from a broad perspective and discern underlying causes of problems.
- Excellent computer skills and proficiency with a variety of computer applications including word-processing, spreadsheets, databases, on-line systems, internet, and online calendaring and email.
- Excellent communication skills including written, oral and interpersonal skills; and
- Demonstrated ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
Application Instructions: Please apply on-line at http://jobs.stmarys-ca.edu
In applying for a position, candidates sign a consent authorizing a broader inquiry which may include reference checks, a motor vehicle check, and a third party background check.
- Include a cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications and are prepared to support the mission of the College
- A resume
- The name and contact information for three (3) professional references.
Saint Mary's is an equal employment opportunity employer. We support inclusive excellence and are committed to creating a safe and welcoming community for all.
College policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, gender stereotyping, and gender identity, taking a protected leave (e.g. family medical or pregnancy leave), or on any other basis protected by applicable laws.
Saint Mary's College annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Saint Mary's College Report, please go to the Public Safety website at http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/public-safety/annual-security-and-fire-safety-report-0. To request a paper copy please call Public Safety at (925) 631-4284. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.
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