The position reports to the Director of Student Disability Services. The Associate Director administers the provision of services, as appropriate, to students receiving reasonable accommodations under the Rehabilitation Act Section 504 and ADA including; liaisoning 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, vendors, area deans of students, faculty, other academic appointees, and other administrators. The Associate Director will analyze and interpret diagnostic and psycho-educational assessment reports, ensure accessibility of texts for students with print limitations and consult with Director and experts reviewing documentation in determining appropriate accommodations for eligible students. The Associate Director will train and supervise staff members; assist the Director in managing the budget, monitoring and reconciling accounts; and processing payroll; prepare financial and/or administrative reports.
This is a 12-month, full-time position; weekend and evening hours may be required.
Conducts intake interviews; communicates to students the student disability accommodation process and resources on campus; and refers students for 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 when students being accommodated for chronic, episodic conditions need to make up work due to symptoms..â‹
Conducts trainings for staff to insure adequate knowledge of accommodating students.
Leads the development, implementation, maintenance and improvement of system 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.
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.; provides students with resources related to disability issues and accommodation needs.
Manages Injured Student transportation and/or other accommodations.
Provides technical assistance to faculty, staff, administrators and other Ivy+ 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 case 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.
Hires and supervises student worker staff; provides appropriate student employee development opportunities,
Assists the director in managing the budget, monitoring and reconciling account; and processing payroll. Prepares financial and/or administrative reports.
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.
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.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
This position may require participation in off campus programs.
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application
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