Reporting to the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education for Academic Support in Harvard College, the Director of the Accessible Education Office oversees the provision of necessary accessibility accommodations to students in Harvard College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Duties include, but are not limited to:
Accommodations policy leadership in FAS and SEAS: Define and determine standards, processes and procedures for accessible education based on pertinent law and the field's best practices; serve on committees engaged in relevant activities; consult with faculty and administrative departments to provide guidance on accommodation questions; act as primary liaison between the AEO and related Harvard agencies, including University Health Services, the Office of General Council, the Bureau of Study Counsel, and the Office of the President and Provost; serve as subject-matter expert on student accommodations for University Disability Services and other Harvard schools as needed.
Serve as primary liaison for a limited number of high-profile complex cases,: meet with students for whom permanent accommodations have been requested to review their request and documentation; determine student eligibility for services accommodation and then the extent and type of accommodation to be provided.
Office leadership: Provide leadership within the office in decision-making around reasonable accommodations for more than 800 students. Directly manage office exempt staff; overall responsibility for HR and financial decisions, such as hiring, employee discipline, budget priorities, etc.; devise and oversee implementation of strategic plans.
Office oversight: direct and oversee administrative functions of the office; monitor effectiveness of services; intervene when students, faculty, or staff express dissatisfaction with the accommodation process.
All formal written offers will be made FAS Human Resources.
Salary Grade: 059
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Master's degree in related field and seven years' experience in a university or academic setting.
Strong organizational skills and expertise in planning, implementing, and evaluating student service/accommodation program in an academic environment. Demonstrated problem-solving and dispute resolution/mediation skills. Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations; medical, mental health, learning disabilities and ADHD, their functional limitations and appropriate accommodations; professional resources, including industry best practices. Experience interpreting a full range of clinical documentation. Excellent oral and written communication skills with careful attention to detail. Knowledge of and experience with state-of-the-art assistive technology utilization. Experience working in a decentralized institutional environment helpful.
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