Reporting to the Director of Student Disability Services, the Deputy Director of Student Disability Services works collaboratively with students and staff across the University to determine and implement reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. The Deputy Director will help lead and manage services, support, and accommodations for students with disabilities and helps to remove barriers so that all students can fully participate in the life of the University. The Deputy Director employs knowledge of current disability services best practices and strategies and works as a resource to campus partners. In collaboration with the Director, the Deputy Director will actively engage in planning initiatives, assessing services, and representing Student Disability Services within the UChicago community.
Provides thought leadership, oversight for various aspects of the Student Disability Services office, and strong support for the goals developed by the Director allowing her to focus on strategic initiatives.
Conducts intake interviews; provides effective communication to students about the student disability accommodation process and resources on campus; and refers students to other appropriate services.
Ensures the effective implementation of accommodations for students, including: insuring note-takers have been assigned for eligible students in a timely manner; insuring proctors have been assigned, rooms have been reserved, and the academic unit has obtained exams for students with special exam arrangements, arrangements have been communicated to all pertinent parties in a timely manner; communicating with instructors, advisers, deans of students, deans and medical personnel regarding the implementation of accommodations and services, as necessary.
Conducts trainings for staff to insure adequate knowledge of accommodating students.
Leads the development, implementation, maintenance and improvement of systems to effectively and efficiently provide texts in alternate formats.
Collects, verifies, and maintains disability documentation and other relevant information; analyzes and interprets students' diagnostic psycho-educational assessments/scores; and forwards all disability documentation to appropriate clinicians for independent review, as necessary.
Provides policy and assistance in implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act to faculty, staff, and administrators.
Determines eligibility for services and appropriately communicates information about disability accommodations and services.
Oversees provision of auxiliary aids and services, including materials in alternate formats, interpreters, and adaptive technology, etc.;
Collaborates with IT, the Library and academic divisions on the placement of adaptive technology; and provides students with resources related to disability issues and accommodation needs.
Collaborates with medical consultants, IT services, University Library Systems, College Housing, Facilities Services, Parking and Transportation, College Programming Office, Environmental Health & Safety and University of Chicago Police Department, Legal Counsel, vendors, area deans of students, faculty, other academic appointees, and other administrators.
Provides technical assistance to faculty, staff, administrators and liaises with other higher education institutions; networks with disability agencies and other community organizations providing services to students, including but not limited to: Chicago Lighthouse, Chicago Hearing Society, CAIRS and Caption First.
Documents communication and events by writing and filing interview notes; assists with the development of policies and procedures which reflect best practices among peer institutions; updates Student Disability Services website; maintains student-tracking database; contributes data for the annual and other reports when necessary.
Supervises a Program Coordinator; hires and supervises student worker staff; provides appropriate student employee development opportunities; establishes job standards and expectations.
Assists the Director in managing the budget, monitoring and reconciling accounts, processing payroll, and preparing financial and/or administrative reports.
Represent Student Disability Services on University-wide committees and at events.
Education, Experience or Certifications:
Bachelor's degree required.
Advanced degree in a relevant field preferred.
Concentration in higher education, disability services, rehabilitation, counseling or related field highly preferred.
Minimum of three years, full-time, progressively responsible work experience in disability services or a related field required.
Prior experience in an educational or university setting is required.
Knowledge of a wide range of disabilities including, learning disabilities is required.
Knowledge of disability accommodations and best practices in the provision of services to students with disabilities in a college setting required.
Familiarity with available software and assistive technologies is required.
Prior experience working with learning communities specifically designed for students with disabilities is required.
Knowledge of best practices and innovations in the field is preferred.
In-depth knowledge of the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is required.
Demonstrated experience communicating effectively in various forms with diverse populations.
Supervisory experience is preferred.
Excellent written and oral communication skills are required.
Good judgment, appropriate discretion and the ability to handle highly confidential material required.
Fast-paced position. Attendance at meetings in various locations throughout the University campus.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
This is a 12-month, full-time position; weekend and evening hours may be required.
This position may require participation in off campus programs.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this job. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with this position.
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
NOTE: The University of Chicago has partnered with Keeling and Associates, LLC (K&A) in this search process. In addition to applying on this site, please send materials, preferably in PDF format, to recruiting@KeelingAssociates.com. The subject line of the email should read, 'UChicago-Deputy Director, SDS. ' While the review of applicants will continue until the appointment is made, the first review of materials will begin immediately. All applications received by June 23, 2018, will receive full consideration.
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