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Company name : Alvernia University
Location : Reading, PA 19601
Position : Director of Office of Accessibility Services
The Director of the Office of Accessibility Services will be a change agent and visionary leader, with strong academic credentials and leadership ability in the field of disabilities. Additionally, the Director will use his/her working knowledge of a full range of disabilities to advocate for the welfare of students and coordinate the provision of appropriate accommodations and support services, as well as provide administrative leadership to the Office of Accessibility Services and the Academic Success Center. The Director of the Office of Accessibility Services will work in coordination with the ASC Departmental Directors, oversee all operations and provide leadership and direction for the Academic Success Center. The Director will work with the ASC team to design strategies to enhance the learning environment for students, faculty, and staff.
Promote Franciscan ideals and adherence to the Mission of the University as demonstrated by the University Ideal Characteristics. As we are an equal opportunity employer committed to Franciscan values, all employees share responsibility for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the performance of their roles while demonstrating: service orientation, respect for all, intellectual curiosity, solution focus and innovation, and mutual accountability.
Evaluate and interpret disability documentation for eligibility determination. Implement reasonable accommodations consistent with current law, identify best practices within the field and maintain confidentiality of records.
Review, develop, and implement policies and procedures for providing individualized accommodations and equal access for students in accordance with legal requirements.
Meet individually with students to discuss current accommodations, assess need for reevaluation of accommodations, foster student self-advocacy, and improve communication with instructors/staff throughout the student’s academic enrollment.
Coordinate services for students with temporary disabilities.
Advocate on behalf of students with faculty and staff to ensure proper facilitation of academic, program, and housing accommodations.
Plan and facilitate accessibility student workshops.
Work closely with the Department of Residence Life, Health and Wellness, Information Technology and Food Services regarding housing and dining accommodation needs for students with disabilities.
Work directly with Facilities to maintain and improve accessibility on campus.
Serve as a liaison to the faculty and campus community on issues related to a range of disabilities, classroom and curriculum accommodations, and compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Fair Housing Act.
Oversee coordination of accommodated testing, note taking program, alternative academic material formats and texts, assistive technology, etc.
Develop and maintain accessibility program materials, website, and other technology.
Plan and implement program assessment to ensure quality and effectiveness of services.
Maintain up-to-date knowledge of diagnostic and instructional methods and emerging technologies that help students with access and learning. Learn, apply, and train others to administer emerging technologies and advances (e.g., computer software applications) as necessary.
Meet with prospective students, current students, and family members to consult, review documentation, and discuss eligibility for accommodations.
Working knowledge of assistive technology software and hardware and their use
Develop and conduct campus-wide education, programming, and in-service training to increase awareness of relevant disability-related issues.
Establish long-range and short-range strategic planning, program goals, and operating procedures for the unit in alignment with those of the Division and University.
Conduct ongoing program and service assessment and evaluation to identify and eliminate potential and real accessibility barriers.
Manage the department’s budget and all personnel decisions, including working with vendors to provide appropriate accommodation and other out-sourced services.
Interpret disability documentation submitted by students registering with the office, determine appropriate accommodations, and arrange/coordinate campus responses to access support needs of individual students.
Oversee counseling, advising, and programming related to students’ academic and personal support needs.
Facilitate equal opportunity for students with disabilities in their academic courses, campus services, and overall engagement with the university
Work closely with the Chief Diversity Officer/Title IX to ensure compliance and that student disability concerns are addressed in a timely manner.
Participate in national and regional conferences and maintain active membership, leadership and engagement in relevant professional organizations.
Represent the division, campus, University on committees and at meetings, as required.
Provides administrative oversight, visionary leadership and broad direction for all aspects of a unit supporting students with special needs.
Develop a comprehensive program serving students with disabilities to ensure their retention and academic success
Serves as the primary resource related to campus student disability issues and works collaboratively to identify, facilitate, and implement a vast array of student support services
Ensures compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies
Manage program and administrative support staff, including professionals such as Academic Learning Specialists, work study students and Graduate Assistants
Prepares long- and short- range plans and budgets, and monitors and reports performance related to retention goals.
Develop and implements program assessment plan to evaluate program delivery of services, student learning outcomes, and student satisfaction and retention.
Generates campus-wide programming for students with disabilities and to increase sensitivity throughout the college community
May manage other student affairs programs serving a variety of student communities
Performs related duties as assigned.
Participation in campus wide activities such as open houses, Connection Days, Orientation and Commencement activities.
Represent the university at academic and community events.
Provide services as needed at all Alvernia University satellite campuses.
Commitment to the mission statement, core values and goals of Alvernia University.
Master’s Degree in special education, disability services, rehabilitation or counseling.
Previous significant work experiences in secondary education and or college setting providing or assisting with disability services.
Significant knowledge in assistive technologies including but not limited to screen readers, texts in alternate formats, CART systems, and Speech to Text Software.
Excellent written and oral skills.
Knowledge of key legislation (Rehabilitation Act, Fair Housing Act, Title IX, ADA, state regulations, IDEA, and FERPA.)
Commitment to maintain relationships with community Disability Services partners such as The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), Blind and Visual Services (BVS) and Berks Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services.
Attendance is required in order to perform the duties of this job.
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