Director of Student Accessibility Services
Nebraska Wesleyan University is seeking to hire a Director of Student Accessibility Services. This full-time 12-month position reports to the Dean of Undergraduate Program, in the Academic Affairs Office.
The Director serves a critical role in the implementation of accommodations that meet the needs of students with disabilities within the framework of federal regulations, university policy, and learning theories. This position is also responsible for providing leadership in the areas of accessibility training for campus-wide programs.
NWU offers a competitive wage and comprehensive benefits plan including Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Disability benefits, Retirement, seven weeks of paid time off per year as an exempt employee through vacation and holidays, and 100% undergraduate tuition discount for dependents after one year of service.
- Ensure that students with disabilities who experience barriers in the design of University programs, services, and facilities have equal access through the arrangement, implementation, and facilitation of accommodations. Provide information and offer referral concerning admission, access, and participation in University and community programs.
- Review and determine student eligibility for reasonable accommodations for both permanent and short-term disabilities based on documentation and interactive processes. Conduct intakes (interactive interviews), evaluate academic, experiential (clinical, internship, practicum, student teaching), housing, physical, and student employee accommodation requests, and enact their implementation.
- Serve as a resource and advocate for students with disabilities while promoting independence, responsibility, and self-advocacy. Work with students, families/support systems, and providers to assist students seeking disability related accommodations and supports.
- Collaborate, communicate, educate, and consult with faculty and staff on implementation of accommodation plans. Assist in oversight and supervision of Student Accessibility Services Professional Staff. Lead and collaborate with campus partners to develop and facilitate faculty & staff training, workshops, and outreach to create universal design learning spaces, increase inclusive practices and an understanding of working with students with disabilities.
- Coordinate scheduling, obtaining, and administering exams for students.
- Attend training to stay current on best practices and methods for academic intervention/coaching and learning strategies.
- Over summer, provide quality academic advising and registration assistance to incoming students through participation in on-campus registration events, summer orientation, email, and phone communication, and in-person appointments with incoming students and their families.
- Research, evaluate, recommend, and maintain hardware and software, in collaboration with campus technology staff, to support accommodations and accessibility needs to meet Digital Access, Section 508, WCAG standards, and ADA Title III requirements.
- Minimum: Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree preferred) in counseling, psychology, education, social work, or related field.
- Significant experience working with a diverse population at a secondary, post-secondary, or professional level.
- Direct experience advising students.
- 3+ years of experience working in a disability/accessibility accommodations environment at a post-secondary or secondary level.
- Knowledge and awareness of ADA laws, policies, and regulations, and how they impact higher education.
- Commitment to confidentiality.
- Appreciation and understanding of the needs of diverse groups of students.
- Effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communications skills to work effectively with a diverse campus population.
Diversity is a core value of Nebraska Wesleyan University’s mission and we embrace it as a source of strength. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate how they enhance and embrace this University core value in a diversity statement submitted as part of their application materials.
Nebraska Wesleyan University provides equal educational and employment opportunities to qualified persons in all areas of university operation without regard to religion or creed, age, genetic information, gender identity and expression, disability, marital status, race, or national or ethnic origin, in compliance with state and federal laws, including but not limited to Title XII, Title IX, and the ADA. E-Verify, EOE.
To apply, please upload a letter of application addressing qualifications, resume, a diversity statement, and the names of three professional references at the following URL: https://nebrwesleyan.applicantpro.com/jobs/ Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.