Director of Disability Resources

Director of Disability Resources

Southern Oregon University


Position Number: A00361

Rate: $56,971 - $65,485 (@1.0FTE, non-reduced)

Position Summary:
The Disability Resources office collaborates with the university community to increase awareness, remove barriers, and promote an inclusive environment for students with disabilities. The Director will provide overall leadership and management of Disability Resources, including Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, and University Coaching and Academic Mentoring and is responsible for identifying the need for, envisioning, developing, and implementing programs, policies, and systems that will allow members of the university community to enjoy equal access in all educational opportunities, programs and services. This position acts as the liaison with administrators, faculty, and professional staff to ensure Southern Oregon University is in compliance with all disability-related policies, regulations, and legislation, and is fulfilling its mission as an inclusive campus. This position reports directly to the University Registrar and serves as a key member of the senior leadership team in the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, Rehabilitation Counseling, Education, Psychology or a related field. • Five years related professional experience working with students with a variety of disabilities in a postsecondary setting and assisting students with disabilities in the process of conflict resolution and academic concerns. • Thorough knowledge of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973: the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974: and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended; the Fair Housing Act, and how they apply to postsecondary settings. • Experience leading collaborative projects and applying expertise to complex programs and/or administrative specialties. • Experience in delivering presentations and conducting and evaluating training for a variety of group sizes, purposes, and ability levels. • Experiencing in creating and managing budgets • Experience in managing personnel, including selection, training, staff development, and termination processes

Preferred Qualification:
• Earned doctorate in a relevant discipline • Strong curriculum development and assessment skills • Knowledge of Oregon-specific disability laws

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Strong problem solving skills and the ability to make recommendations and justifications based on sound research; applicable laws, policies, and procedures; and input from appropriate stakeholders.
• Demonstrable initiative and ability to multi-task and perform work in various situations, where diverse demands are involved; ability to organize and plan work and projects including handling multiple priorities.
• Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within and outside the work group and serve as a liaison for the organizational unit.
• Familiarity with technology issues and trends relevant to higher education; experience evaluating information technology products and services.
• Thorough knowledge of assistive technologies, information and instructional material accessibility issues.
• Knowledge of and experience in evaluating psycho-educational evaluations, approving reasonable academic accommodations and services at the post-secondary level.
• Excellent communication skills; ability to effectively communicate information in a clear and understandable manner verbally and in writing.
• Ability to work with a high level of productivity and accuracy/attention to detail.
• Excellent organizational and time management skills.
• Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere in and outside the University with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds.
• Demonstrated customer service experience requiring a very high level of diplomacy and professionalism to effectively handle a broad range of sensitive interpersonal situations.
• Commitment and ability to providing students with the information, skills, confidence, and assistance necessary to complete a post-secondary education.
• Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of computer applications including word-processing, spreadsheets, databases, online systems, social media platforms, Internet as well as online calendaring and email.
• Ability to adapt to and work effectively in a heavily bureaucratic environment which requires regular interaction with a number of levels within the organization.
• Working knowledge, or ability to quickly learn, university infrastructure, policies and procedures.




Special Instructions to Applicants:
Each applicant is required to provide (as attachments to the online application) the following supplemental documents: (1) cover letter providing some detail of the applicant’s qualifications and interest in the position; (2) current resume/CV; (3) the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references should be included in the application or as an attachment. If you are unable to attach the supplemental materials to the online application please contact Human Resources for assistance.

For inquiries and additional information, please contact: Human Resource Services via email at or by phone at (541)552-8553.

Special Conditions



•Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
•Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
•Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check.
•Under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA):
-Position classification defined as “exempt” are not subject overtime
-Position classifications defined as “non exempt” *are *subject to overtime
•The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the Oregon Revised Statues and is required to comply with the requirements set forth by the Oregon department of Human Services.


Notice to Prospective Employees
Section 485 of the Higher Education Act, and The Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (now referred to as the “Clery Act”),requires that prospective employees be notified of the availability of SOU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report provides the annual statistics and campus policies for the reporting of and responding to campus crimes and fires; access to campus facilities; conduct code and campus policies on use, possession and sale of drugs/alcohol; and educational/information programs to inform the campus community about campus security procedures and crime prevention.

An electronic copy of the Annual Security Report (ASR)can be accessed at the following link: A physical copy of the ASR is available at no charge upon request. To request a copy please visit the Campus Public Safety Office at 382 Wightman Street, Ashland OR 97520. For more information call 541-552-6258, or email


All applicants must apply online at

Diversity Statement
Southern Oregon University is a welcoming community committed to inclusive excellence and the celebration of diversity. Without diversity, our educational process is diminished. Working together in support of our commitment to diversity, we strengthen and enrich our role as learners, educators and members of a tightly connected global community. We encourage those who share in our commitment to diversity, to join our community and we expect all our employees to demonstrate an ability and desire to create an inclusive campus community.

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