Director of Disability Accommodations and Support Services
PURPOSE OF THE POSITION:
Provides overall management, leadership and program direction for Disability Accommodations and Support Services (DASS). Responsible for ensuring all reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities are offered and implemented in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws as well as California State University Executive Orders, Coded Memorandums, policies and guidelines. Assists the Associate Vice President (AVP) in the coordination, planning, and development of Wellness & Athletics (WA) programs and services.
RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES:
Serves as a member of the WA leadership team and provides the AVP with critical information and feedback on all core matters related to the success of DASS. Develops, implements and assesses the vision, purpose, aims, objectives and strategies for all programs and services within DASS. Develops the overall disability accommodations services' planning, implementation, assessment and quality improvement (PPIAQI Model) of the experience for students, faculty and staff with an emphasis on student development, satisfaction and retention. Provides counseling and guidance to assist qualified students with disabilities in their transition and adjustment to the University. Reviews disability documentation and determines appropriate accommodations in the classroom and for other campus activities. Serves as the administrator, lead trainer, and consultant regarding DASS; develops and implements a series of ongoing workshops to assist students, faculty, and staff regarding providing reasonable accommodation to qualified students including those with mental health conditions. Ensures DASS is in compliance with all Federal, State and local laws as well as all CSU Executive Orders, Coded Memorandums and CI policies, procedures, and guidelines including but not limited to: California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Government Code Section 12920 et seq., the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, (ADA) 42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq., and Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. Section 701 et seq. Executes the preparation, planning, allocation, and management of financial resources for DASS. Advises the AVP on complex and highly sensitive matters related to providing accommodations and support services to students with disabilities. Manages all programs and services provided by DASS including note-taking and testing services. Works closely with faculty and staff within the interactive process in order to ensure the University provides all required accommodations in the classroom. Works closely with Assistive Technology and Alternative Media staff to ensure equitable access to all electronic information and technology, including instructional materials in the classroom. Assists the AVP with the creation and assessment of the WA Business Continuity Plan, Emergency Operations Plan, and Resource Allocation and Management Plan. Serves on Division and University committees as directed by the AVP (e.g., Emergency Preparedness Team, Light It Up Blue, and Disability Awareness Week Planning, etc.). Strategizes and implements best practices in the design, development, and oversight of disability accommodation and educational awareness programs. Assists the AVP with developing and implementing a strong student-centered philosophy within DASS and WA. Assists with the strategic planning process, the overall assessment and quality improvement of all WA programs and services. Creates the annual operating budget and implements fiscal management policies and procedures for the department. Monitors and reports the financial state of the department monthly by providing detail of expenditures, projections, and challenges for DASS. Executes the preparation, planning, allocation, and management of staff resources for DASS. Trains, supervises, and evaluates all staff including student assistants within DASS. Assists the AVP with leadership and facilitation of the area's staff orientation, leadership retreats, on-going training and development of all WA personnel. Assists the AVP in strategizing long-range personnel plans based upon enrollment projections, anticipated revenue, and the strategic plans. Provides consultation/liaison to the University community, particularly in high risk and emergency situations related to student welfare. Prepares annual reports and other reports requested for DASS. Performs additional related duties as assigned.
SUPERVISOR/OTHER WORK RELATIONSHIPS:
Reports directly to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs-Wellness & Athletics. Provides direct supervision for all staff and student assistants within Disability Accommodations and Support Services. Works closely with the ADA Coordinator/Title IX and Inclusion Officer. Serves as a member of the WA leadership team. Forms collaborative relationships with students, WA staff, Division of Student Affairs staff, and other University administrators, faculty, and staff.
REQUIREMENTS OF POSITION:
Master's degree from a regionally-accredited university in counseling psychology, clinical psychology, counselor education, social work, public administration, special education, rehabilitation, law or other closely related discipline required; doctorate or Juris Doctor strongly preferred. At least five years of professional experience effectively managing a program or department with progressive responsibility, preferably in disability services. Must be a forward thinking, innovative leader with analytical ability to create new strategies and solutions for a dynamic and diverse student population. Extensive knowledge of disability issues and the provision of services to students with disabilities in a college setting. Knowledge and experience interpreting and applying Federal Regulation 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act required. Demonstrated ability to create and conduct effective programming for students with diverse abilities required. Knowledge of various assessments and diagnostic tools used to determine accommodation needs and the ability to interpret the results of the assessments is required. Demonstrated and conflict resolution mediation skills required. Ability to communicate in various forms with diverse populations including faculty and staff is a must in this position. Must have abilities and attributes that enable effective representation of disability accommodations and support service issues in the campus community, and effective interaction with, and the ability to gain the respect of faculty, counseling staff, colleagues, administrators, staff, parents and students. The ability to present comprehensive evidence-based information to administration, faculty, staff, and student groups. Knowledge of budgeting and forecasting for purposes of assisting in the development of a student affairs organization. Strong team building skills. Knowledge of National, State and local laws related to providing disability accommodation and support services including FERPA is strongly preferred. Active experience with emergency management and/or intervention activities.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
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