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Director of Student Accessibility and Support Services

Apply now Job no: 492768
Work type: Exempt Staff
Location: Gambier, OH
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Kenyon College is conducting a search to fill the position of Director of Student Accessibility and Support Services. The Director of Student Accessibility and Support Services is a member of the Academic Division of the college and reports directly to the Dean for Academic Advising. 

In collaboration with the Academic Division and Student Affairs, the Director of Student Accessibility and Support Services works to facilitate program accessibility within all aspects of the student experience; including classroom, residential and extracurricular life. Primarily, the Director supports the mission of the College by planning, designing, and administering appropriate advising and support programs, policies and services for students with disabilities. The Director reviews documentation, engages in interactive discussions and oversees the assignment of academic, housing and dining accommodations for students, as well as providing support for faculty and staff with disabilities. The Director advises students with disabilities or connects them to appropriate advisors, overseeing a staff of two professional positions in the Student Accessibility and Support Services office. The Director works with offices across campus to ensure equity and access for all students and compliance with relevant laws. Working with the Center for Innovative Pedagogy, the Director provides training and resources to faculty to ensure the accessibility of classroom technology and digital media. The Director works with the Operations division to identify and remove barriers to access in college facilities and consults on new construction and renovation.  

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The responsibilities of this position fall into three general areas:

A.  Advising and Support Programs, Policies and Services for Students with Disabilities

B.  Administrative

C.  Facility and Program Accessibility

The specific responsibilities within each of these areas include the following:

A.    Advising and Support Programs, Policies and Services for Students with Disabilities.

  • Provide information and services to assist students with disabilities as they make the transition from high school to college; disperse information regarding services to incoming students and coordinate general education programming in this area.
  • Review and interpret documentation with the student to determine appropriate classroom and program accommodations on a case by case basis.  Provide guidance to students in securing reasonable accommodations and support services.
  • Facilitate accommodation in collaboration with faculty members in their roles as faculty advisors and course instructors, and notifying faculty members about the College’s responsibilities in this area.
  • Serve as the liaison with campus offices in facilitating services to students with disabilities in partnering with staff across campus including the following:  Admissions, Campus Safety, Career Development, Dean of Students, Health and Counseling, Housing and Residential Life, The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Provost and Associate Provosts office, the Registrar and Facility Operations.
  • Serve as liaison with appropriate state and community agencies.
  • Serve as the on-campus resource on accessibility, disability information, related issues, concerns and training. 
  • As necessary, serve as advisor and support person for students with disabilities.  Initiate personal conferences with and provide special support for students with disabilities or connect students with disabilities to other resources.
  • Work with the Center for Innovative Pedagogy, ACCESS Kenyon and the Faculty Committee on Academic Standards to promote equity and equal access for students regardless of age, race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, cognitive and physical differences.
  • Facilitate support group(s) for students with disabilities.
  • Assist the Dean for Academic Advising in the provision of academic support services for all students.  Present or coordinate workshops on issues such as time management, note taking, and other study skills.

B.    Administrative

  • Revise and update or assist the relevant committee in revising and updating policies and procedures related to accessibility, services and supports for students with disabilities on campus.  
  • Serve on related Academic committees (Committee for Academic Standards).
  • Work with the VP for Student Affairs and student affairs staff in conducting in-service training programs for coaches, professional staff and student staff members.
  • Provide sound financial management for the Student Accessibility and Support Services office, including authorization of all departmental expenditures, evaluation and presentation of department needs which have budgetary implications, and preparation of department budget proposals as requests by the Provosts’ office.
  • Assist in the preparation and editing of SASS publications.
  • Maintain website presence for SASS.
  • Coordinate Baldridge Reading and Study Skills Program.
  • Provide the Provosts’ office with a year-end report and other reports as requested.
  • Assist the Dean for Academic Advising with special projects and responsibilities within the Academic Division of the College.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Provost and Dean for Academic Advising.

C.    Facility Access

  • Serve as advocate for principles of universal access on campus master planning process.  Proactively identify barriers to access to promote inclusion and minimize the need for individual accommodations.
  • Consult on building and renovation projects to ensure access and ADA compliance. 
  • Coordinate campus wide program and facility access reviews as needed.
  • Work with Building and Grounds staff to coordinate readily achievable barrier removal projects such as installation or automatic door closures and ramps.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field, plus demonstrated success working with individuals with disabilities in an educational setting. 
  • Knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
  • Experience providing academic accommodations through an interactive process.
  • Experience working with people with a range of diagnoses and backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to collaborate with staff, faculty and students. 
  • Prior experience with software management, particularly Accommodate. 
  • Strong cultural competency and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors.

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Staff Handbook.

Kenyon is a unique place to live and work. To discover why it should be your next home, click here.

Kenyon College is an equal opportunity employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Kenyon College has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. Please visit our Diversity at Kenyon website.

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