Director of Disability and Access Services

POSITION PURPOSE:

Reporting to the Vice President of Student Services, the Director of Disability and Access Services provides accommodations and services to students with disabilities and ensures compliance in all manners with federal disability legislation, including that of assisting students with educational issues pertaining to physical and mental health and pregnancy.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provides leadership in the development and implementation of services offered by the Disability Services Office to ensure students are efficiently and appropriately advised, registered, and provided reasonable accommodations in accordance with his/her documented disability.
  • Serves as Deputy ADA and 504 compliance coordinator for the district.
  • Promotes and advocates for a warm, welcoming environment that employs access and equity for students and staff with disabilities at all campuses of Navarro College.
  • Provides guidance for deans and faculty concerning student absences and other educational issues pertaining to physical and mental health and pregnancy.
  • Provides reasonable classroom, learning, and testing accommodations as appropriate with a clear focus on the student’s ability to learn.
  • Ensures compliance with federal disability legislation for access to campus programs and facilities, activities, and services for people with disabilities on all campuses of Navarro College through training, collaborative supervision, and frequent communication.
  • Works with students who have disabilities as well as with faculty and staff to facilitate delivery of accommodations across all campuses.
  • Conducts intake interviews with new and returning students requesting accommodations for disabilities.
  • Assists the Vice President of Human Resources in determining appropriate and reasonable accommodations for faculty/staff who have disabilities and request accommodation as needed.
  • Determines eligibility for services based upon documentation provided by students.
  • Maintains updated records regarding students currently receiving services and accommodations.
  • Provides accommodations and services in a timely manner as determined through student meetings, case-by-case review of documentation, individual needs, and course schedules.
  • Reviews provision of approved accommodations by faculty to qualified students in regards to appropriateness and timeliness (including manner of provision as well as access to information and programs).
  • Develops, maintains, and adheres to an updated procedures guide concerning disability accommodation services.
  • Develops and maintains updated informational publications and materials in electronic and hard copy formats (including policies, brochures, forms, and website).
  • Converts textbooks to alternate format for student access needs through use of OCR software and editing software.
  • Provides faculty and staff development training on working with students with disabilities including awareness training, understanding of the accommodation process, and appropriate provision of approved accommodations.
  • Attends regular AHEAD conferences as budgeted to stay abreast of updated legislation and standard of care for the provision of appropriate, reasonable disability services.
  • Serves as chair of Navarro College’s Disability Advisory Committee.
  • Collaborates with other departments (e.g., TRiO, Carl Perkins, Student Guidance, Residence Life, Student Life) to facilitate seamless services and programming for students.
  • Manages budgetary expenditures and requests for provision of accommodations and services as required by federal disability legislation.
  • Provides academic advising, mentoring, class scheduling, and registration assistance for students.
  • Advises students on academic programs so they reach goals such as program completion, graduation, and successful university transfer.
  • Assists faculty/staff on an ongoing basis with the faculty-centered student advising program.
  • Identify, develop, and implement educational presentations, seminars and workshops to meet the academic, personal and career needs of Navarro students. Maintains familiarity with programs and services on and off campus in order to provide students with sufficient resources to appropriate agencies.
  • Sponsors a club or student organization.
  • Assists with other special campus programs such as new student orientation, College Day, Information Sessions, and Career Day programs.
  • Represents the College in the Community at job fairs and other Community events as needed.
  • Maintains communication with other institutions on current information needed to facilitate smooth transitions for students.
  • Responsible for keeping accurate records relating to the Carl Perkins Grant when applicable.
  • Advises and administers to the needs of the Special Population students covered under the Carl Perkins program (e.g., single parents, students with disabilities, displaced homemakers, and LEP).
  • Serves on college committees as assigned/invited.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the College Administration.

REQUIRED EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

Required

  • Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, educational counseling, psychology, or related field.

Preferred

  • Postsecondary experience in disability and access services.
  • Current and maintained licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
  • Current and maintained licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor.
  • Minimum one (1) year experience in an advising or disability services position.
  • Previous work experience in school special education/diagnostics or college disability services.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship, communication, organizational, and promotional skills required.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the community college philosophy.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse groups and individuals coupled with interaction with community leaders, city, county, and school officials, administrators, faculty, staff, and students.
  • Ability to utilize computer technology to access information, to maintain records, to generate reports and to communicate effectively.
  • Collaborate with counselors and advisors on each campus to provide both direct and indirect supervision of full-time and part-time advisors providing disability accommodations for students and staff on each campus.
  • With office on the Corsicana Campus, willingness to travel between campuses on an as-needed basis, typically two-four times a month.
  • Ability to supervise part-time or other assistance.
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
  • Capable of handling multiple responsibilities.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills and the ability to function as a team player.
  • Willingness to work in a busy environment with numerous interruptions.
  • Willingness to work some evenings and an occasional weekend when called upon.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Variances from regular working hours may be necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.
  • Busy working environment with numerous interruptions.

REPORTS TO:  Vice President of Student Services

SALARY:  $60,000.  (This is a 12 month position to be paid over 12 months annually)

APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE:  Open Until Filled