Director of Disability Services

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Classification:Student Services Manager 2
Grade:Grade 81
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Student Services
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Administrative/Personnel, Law/Enforcement/Compliance, Other

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is accepting applications for the position of Director of Disability Services (DS). The Director of DS provides leadership and strategic direction for the department. The Director is responsible for providing direct services to students with a wide range of disabilities and serves as a specialist on disability related issues and accommodations. The Director acts as a consultant to faculty and staff to ensure that students receive the accommodations to which they are legally entitled.

Duties:

10Lead trainer for UAF on issues of legal compliance and a variety of disability related issues. Serve as primary campus resource on student disability issues and campus accessibility. Provide consultation and support to rural campuses regarding the provision of accommodations, accessibility and academic support services for students with disabilities. Prepare and participate in disability related training for new student and faculty orientations each year.Essential
30Provide leadership and administration for the office of Disability Services. Develop and implement the department''s strategic plan, annual goals, policies and procedures. Hire, supervise, develop and evaluate department staff. Provide leadership and vision to department staff. Responsible for budget management and oversight for the department. Authorize expenditures, conduct budget projections and report on budget when requested. Serve as a campus resource on disability issues and campus accessibility. Ensure institutional compliance in the provision of support services/accommodations to a diverse population of students with disabilities; develop, administer, implement, maintain and monitor all mandated compliance issues. Develop long range strategic plans and serve as strategic advisor to UAF to include rural campuses, multiple departments and faculty. Apply complex interpretation of ADA rules to ensure institutional compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 for the UAF. Analyze and resolve significant problems concerning complex issues regarding access and accommodations. Independently evaluate complex needs of students and faculty. Serve as advisor to campus planning teams such as facilities management and academic departments. Serve as a liaison with the Department of Equal Opportunity and Diversity and Dean of Students regarding internal investigations of disability discrimination complaints. Promote and participate in the informal and formal resolution of student and faculty compliance on disability issues. Work closely with the federal Office of Civil Rights in compliant investigations.Essential
60Accepts and reviews disability documentation and determines appropriate accommodations. Evaluates, verifies and interprets documentation from various professionals to determine eligibility. Provides interpretation and assistance in implementing the America with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act to faculty, staff and administrators. Advises students, faculty, staff and departments of appropriate and recommended reasonable accommodations. Assess need for accommodations through analysis of documentation and intake interviews with individual students. Arrange for and oversee services for students with disabilities. Maintain records of services provided. Identify and apply current resources for students including new technologies and determinations in case law. Generate appropriate letters of accommodation to satisfy organizational and institutional programs in conjunction with federal legislation and Board of Regents policy. Develop and review new policy and procedures regarding academic access issues for students. Interface with local constituencies such as Fairbanks schools, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Fairbanks Community Mental Health Center, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, ACCESS Alaska, Adult Learning Programs of Alaska, etc. Participate in professional development activities and organizations.Essential

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

Comprehensive and proficient knowledge of federal and state disability laws.  Ability to determine, coordinate, maintain and monitor legally mandated academic accommodations.  Knowledge of range of disabilities and respective support services.  Review current best practices and understanding of relevant case law.

Familiarity and experience with adults experiencing a wide range of disabilities including visual and hearing impairments, learning disabilities, psychological/psychiatric disabilities, orthopedic and other health problems, extensive training in counseling and mediation techniques. Familiarity with ethical professional practices and confidentiality. Familiarity with adaptive equipment and technology. Working knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act an understanding of post secondary education accommodations. Familiar with budget management and fiscal operations.

Required Experience:

A minimum of three years progressive experience working with adults experiencing a wide range of disabilities including visual and hearing impairments, learning disabilities, psychological/psychiatric disabilities, orthopedic and other health problems, extensive training in counseling and mediation techniques. Familiarity with ethical professional practices and confidentiality. Familiarity with adaptive equipment and technology. Working knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act an understanding of post secondary education accommodations. Familiar with budget management and fiscal operations.

Typical Education or Training:

Preferred Master's degree in Clinical Psychology, Counselor Education, Special Education, Psychological or Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, Student Affairs or related discipline; minimum of five years of experience in higher education disability services or similar.

This is a Grade 81; minimum starting pay $30.56.

Application Review Date:  Applications must be received prior to 11:55 PM Alaska time on November 3, 2017 to be considered.  Applications received after this time and date may not be considered for this position.

Special instructions to applicants:

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date.

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and names and contact information (email and phone number) for three (3) professional references.

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check.  Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action:

The University of Alaska is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and educational institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF.  The policy can be located at:  http://www.uaf.edu/chancellor/policy/04.07.010/

Tobacco-Free Campus:

UAF Campus is a tobacco free campus.  For more information, please go to: http://www.uaf.edu/tobaccofreecampus/

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact UAF Office of Human Resources at 907-474-7700.

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