Associate Director, Center for Students with Disabilities

Division of Student Affairs

Working Title: Associate Director, Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD)
Hayes-Hill Title/Level:  Director Education Support Service (6)

Position Summary: The associate director position is a senior staff position. provides direct support and supervision for professional staff and student employees related to support programming and some of the day-to-day activities of CSD services to students with disabilities including, but not limited to: alternative testing, note taking services, determination of eligibility for services, provision of reasonable accommodations, and supervision of the enrichment and summer programs.  The associate director will work collaboratively across the University and with the regional community to implement CSD’s and the University’s mission and goals.

Minimum Number of years and type of experience: A master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling, Communicative Disorders, School Psychology, Psychology, Higher Education, Special Education or closely related field with a minimum of four years of experience in either teaching or working with young adult or college students with disabilities.  Experience with a variety of disabilities including but not limited to: individuals with learning disabilities, mental health, physical, sensory, other health, Autism spectrum, and ADHD.  Experience with interpreting documentation for the previously listed disabilities. Ability to advocate and foster independence. Knowledge of academic accommodations provided in a post-secondary setting. Sensitivity to students’ needs and the ability to communicate and collaborate on many different levels to the diverse student, family, faculty, administrative, and community contacts this position encounters is also essential. Outstanding leadership skills, interpersonal communication, problem solving skill and judgment. Knowledge of ADA, ADAA, Section 504, and other federal and state laws related to disability.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference for individuals with five years or more of higher education experience. Experience with transition programming.  

Characteristics, Duties and Responsibilities:

50% Provide leadership in assessing CSD’s contribution to the learning mission of our university and CSD department.
Lead a team of  professional, classified, and student staff providing support and professional development, assist with assigning tasks related to projects.
Have a primary role and responsibility for the transition and enrichment programming. 
Research, develop, implement and assess programming based on best practices and data driven models.
Develop and capitalize programming that builds on the power of peer to peer involvement and learning and develop appropriate family involvement.
Work collaboratively with student affairs units, academic colleges, departments and units to bridge multiple university agendas and priorities.
Assist with the development, review, and revision of written policies and guidelines for institutional rights and responsibilities with respect to service provisions.
The ability to prioritize, multitask and deal with daily interruptions with a sense of humor.
Have excellent communication skills including interpersonal, written, and verbal.
Be able to problem solve complex situations effectively with tact and a sense of humor.
Provide supervision and support for the adaptive testing center.
Be a partner in developing and delivering outreach, training, and resources to the campus.
Participate in institutional, system, regional and state service opportunities.
Provide and participate in outreach and training to students, staff, faculty and k-12 partners.
Assist with annual reports, data analysis, and other assessment.
Oversee the prospective student process and partner with admissions.
Work with the team of disability staff coordinators to assure individual program quality and consistency.
Assure that student employees adhere to relevant Codes of Ethics and training.
Knowledge of higher education models, student success and retention, and student development.

50%  Disability Services Coordinator
Conduct Intake appointments, evaluate psycheducational and psychological evaluation batteries, medical documentation, and other supporting documentation related to learning disabilities, ADHD, mental health disorders, traumatic brain injuries, and other disabilities to evaluate and recommend appropriate accommodations in a post-secondary setting.
Assist students in developing strategies/skills to advocate for their own academic accommodations and develop their independence.
Meet with assigned students as needed.
Assist students to function independently and develop self-advocacy strategies.
Provide referral, support and information for students .
Communicate with families/guardians of students respectfully and appropriate manner to support independence and self-authorship.
Facilitate contact with Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and other agencies as appropriate.  Participate in pre-enrollment assessments; write up recommendations as assigned.
Complete all appropriate administrative forms and paperwork.
Assure that records are maintained according to FERPA, state, federal, system and university policies.

Supervision Exercised: Functional and/or administrative supervision is exercised over a team of unclassified, classified staff and student workers.

Supervision Received: General supervision is received form the Director of the Center for Students with Disabilities

This description attempts to indicate the kinds and levels of responsibilities given this title and shall not be construed as defining all specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position.  It is not intended to limit or modify the right of the supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of their employees.  Statements of employee duties are not intended to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of responsibility.

UW-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities and all veterans.

A complete application will include a letter of interest, resume, and the names, relationships, addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references. Official transcripts will be required upon hiring. Only complete applications will be considered. Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, lists of applications must be released upon request. Finalist cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. 

Electronic applications (PDF and/or Word) are strongly encouraged. Applications are to be sent to albertp@uww.edu.   2002 Andersen, 800 W. Main, Whitewater, WI 53190

Questions about the search should be directed to Holly McFaul, Chair of the Search and Screen Committee, mcfaulh@uww.edu or 262-472-1767.

Priority will be given to complete applications received by April 5, 2013. This position is considered open until filled.