University of Alaska Director of Disability Support Services in Anchorage, Alaska

Director of Disability Support Services

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Classification:Student Services Manager 2

Grade:Grade 81

Work type:Staff Full-time

Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage

School/Business unit:VC, Student Affairs


Categories:Student Affairs/Services

Position Summary:The Director of Disability Support Services (DSS) is responsible for providing leadership, administration, and oversight for the unit and reports directly to the Dean of Students. The Director will supervise the Senior Disability Accommodations Director, the Testing Lab Manager, the ASL Coordinator, an ASL Interpreter, the Adaptive Computing Specialist, and Office Manager, as well as several student workers. A highly visible member of the UAA community, the Director will interact regularly across unit lines to support student academic and personal growth. The Director represents unit goals to senior university administration while leading a respected team whose mission is to ensure equal access to facilities, communication systems, and curricular content, as well as to promote awareness of disability and understanding of accessibility throughout the institution. The Director will also work closely with campus stakeholders to ensure accessibility and inclusion in programs, services and other university related activities.

The successful candidate will be a creative professional with demonstrated proficiency in incorporating best practices into organizations. Further, the Director will possess the skills necessary to articulate a clear vision for the unit, initiate collaborative relationships across campus, promote universal design, and oversee compliance with federal, state and local laws relevant to campus programs and services.


15Budget: Provide budget management and supervision for the department, conduct budget forecasts and projections. Facilitate unit resource allocation. Provide administrative supervision and training of the department''s office manager to ensure that all budgetary functions are handled efficiently.Essential

15Responsible for legal interpretation and articulation of evolving case law and Office for Civil Rights compliant investigations as applicable to the policies, procedures and practices of Disability Support Services and provide consulting expertise as to the accessibility of campus facilities, systems and communication. Serve as a campus resource on these legal issues for administration, faculty, staff, and students.

Responsible for the development and review of legally compliant policy and procedure including co-authorship of statewide/system wide policies on services for students with disabilities.

Serve as liaison with Office of Equity and Compliance and Dean of Students Office regarding internal investigations of disability discrimination complaints. Participate in mediation and conflict resolution as needed. Promote and participate in the informal and formal resolution of student and faculty compliance on disability issues and campus barrier removal.Essential

20Training and Outreach: Provide consultation and direct support to members of the campus community regarding the provision of accommodations, accessibility and academic support services for students with disabilities.

Outreach: Maintain active, cooperative relationships with state and federal agencies and corporate entities (e.g., Office for Civil Rights, Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Veteran Affairs, Anchorage School District, and Native Corporations) that serve individuals with disabilities.Essential

50Administration: Provide leadership and administration for Disability Support Services (DSS). Develop and implement unit''s strategic plan and annual goals. Hire, supervise, develop, and evaluate unit staff.

Leadership: Serve as a member of the Student Affairs Leadership team. Collaborate with Academic Affairs and Administrative Services in meeting the accommodation needs of students with disabilities and serve as a primary resource on disability/accessibility concerns (physical, digital, communication, and procedural).

Daily Compliance Responsibility: In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (and amendments), ensure institutional compliance in the provision of academic adjustments or other programmatic accommodations to a diverse population of students with disabilities--develop, administer, implement, maintain, and monitor all aspects of this department. Makes substantial decisions and advises the University on legally mandated compliance matters (inclusive of accommodations and campus accessibility).Essential


The Director of DSS will work in close collaboration with the Directors within that sphere of the Dean of Student Office (Department of Residence Life, Student Conduct, Multicultural Affairs, Native Student Services, CARE Team, Student Health and Counseling Center) as well as the Office of Equity and Compliance. The Director has primary responsibility for leadership of all aspects of the DSS unit. Specific areas of responsibility include oversight and guidance for the development and implementation of comprehensive services for students consistent with CAS Professional Standards for Disability Resources and Services including:

-Demonstrated knowledge of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA).

-Broad knowledge of disability law/compliance in higher education as well as current issues/trends in these areas.

-Demonstrated knowledge of diversity, inclusion, access, and multicultural issues in educational environments as well as proven background using multicultural competency.

-Experience working with diverse populations of students, parents, staff and university community members to create inclusive environments as well as demonstrated ability to promote effective communication among diverse populations.

-Experience in organizational leadership, personnel management, decision-making, budget management, and conflict management.

-Experience in assessment of services activities and proven knowledge of the use of information to improve functions, services, and programs.

-Demonstrated ability to perform and lead in a team environment, build consensus, and lead organizational change.

-Proven ability to evaluate and interpret disability documentation to implement reasonable accommodations.

-Ability to manage sensitive and confidential student records/information.

-Experience with assistive and accessible information technologies/best practices.

-Experience working collaboratively with faculty.

-Knowledge of program standards and performance indicators from the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).

Required Experience:

Applicants must possess progressively responsible experience in directing, managing, supervising, a coordinating disability services preferably in a university setting.

Minimum five years of experience working in a disability services role or a closely related area with significant student contact. Work experience must include comprehensive personnel management and supervision, strategic long-range planning and implementation, leadership in the interpretation and analysis of federal, state, and institutional requirements associated with disability services, development of effective professional and student staff training programs, and management of complex budgets.

Typical Education or Training:

Master's degree or higher required. Preferably in Counseling, Psychology, Special Education, College Student Personnel, Disability Studies, or related field.

Position Information:

Regular, Grade 81, Exempt

Application Instructions:

Please attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three professional references.

Review Date:

May 29, 2018

Advertised:09 May 2018Alaskan Daylight Time

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