Program Manager (4)

Center for Students with Disabilities

Administrative Title: Program Manager (4)
Working Title: Employment Transition Coordinator/Disability Services Coordinator
Percent Appointment: 100%
Reports to: Director or Associate Director

Position Description:
This position will be responsible for creating, establishing and implementing a vision for pre-employment and employment transition services for students with disabilities. This position will work with a wide range of students with disabilities. This position will be responsible identifying institutional and community agencies partners to implement a program. This program would include career counseling, assistance with internships and on campus job placement and job development and placement.  This position will provide outreach and education to regional employers about the value and diversity individuals with disabilities can contribute to the work environment.

Additionally, this position facilitates the provision of reasonable accommodations for university students with learning disabilities, mental health, chronic medical conditions, physical disabilities, sensory disabilities, developmental disabilities and attentional disorders (AD/HD) to ensure equal access to the programs, services and activities of the institution. This position will carry a case load consisting of students with these disabilities. The Disability Services Coordinator assists faculty and staff in developing fair and effective instructional methods and adaptations to provide classroom access for this student population. This position may also participate in campus-wide training activities for students, faculty and staff on disability issues, rights and responsibilities under the law, and advocacy regarding reasonable accommodation in a post-secondary environment.

This position will participate in program development initiatives to serve the primary populations of CSD students including but not limited to teaching for credit courses, developing educational effectiveness programs and promoting community building activities and events. This position may also supervise professional staff, student employees and pre-master’s interns.

Minimum Qualifications
•Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Social Work, Special Education or a related field.
•Five or more years of direct experience working with individuals with a wide range of disabilities.

Preferred Qualifications
•Preference given to applicants who have worked with a college or young adult population, veterans, and returning adults.
•Preference given to licensed/license eligible candidates who can supervise pre-master’s interns from relevant educational programs.  Credentials to supervise pre-master's and master’s students seeking certification or licensure the following areas social work, rehabilitation counseling or counseling.
•Experience with employee relationships, job development and placement, prevocational preparedness, and employment accommodations.

Necessary Skills and Experiences
•Experience interpreting various psycho-educational and psychological assessment batteries used in the diagnosis of learning disabilities, mental health disorders, AD/HD and traumatic brain injury and translating the data from such reports into appropriate accommodations plans in a post-secondary setting. Experience with determining functional limitations in an educational environment.
•Experience with career counseling, assessment of functional skills, and job development and placement.
•Ability to work with community, university, and regional employers and agencies.
•Experience effectively addressing the unique concerns of people with hidden disorders (e.g. stigma, medication management and side effects, executive functioning deficits, etc.).
•Ability to be an effective advocate for reasonable accommodations in the context of a competitive educational environment.
•Ability to foster independence through the development of life long self-advocacy skills and learning strategies.
•Working knowledge of federal and state laws regarding disability rights.
•Strong verbal and written communication and organizational skills in a fast-paced environment. Including billing processes.
•Excellent judgment, decision-making skills, and sense of humor when faced with conflict, competing interests, and/or time sensitive issues
•Ability to work independently as well as contribute to team processes at the unit and division level.

Essential Responsibilities/Duties
Direct Services Employment Transitions – 55%

•Conduct intake and assessment leading to development of prevocational and employment transition plans. Determination and recommendations of reasonable accommodations for employment.
•Proved career and career transitional counseling and supports for students with disabilities, work with colleges and departments on internships and externships.
•Provide prevocational assessment and skills building programs. Assist students in understanding their rights and responsibilities in the world of work.
•Develop new and effective programs to prepare students for the world of work.
•Develop and maintain effective and productive relationships with the university, community/regional employers, and community agencies. Provide outreach and professional development for partners.
•Develop effective recruitment and tracking procedures for participating students.
•Excellent communication skills, a sense of humor, and the ability to navigate difficult situations with tact.
•Travel will be required.

Direct Service DSC – 30%
•Conduct intake appointments leading to a service eligibility determination and recommendations for reasonable accommodations as appropriate.
•Assist students in understanding their legal rights and responsibilities.
•Promote student self-reliance and the development of appropriate self-advocacy skills.
•Facilitate communication between faculty, staff, and students with disabilities on access and accommodation issues and provide on-going consultation and problem-solving assistance to faculty and staff in the provision of appropriate services and accommodations. 
•Develop new and effective methods for resolving complex disability-related accommodation issues.
•Communicate with parents/guardians of student clients respectfully and appropriately in a way that supports the development of student independence and accountability.
•Maintain confidentiality in verbal and written communications as required under the Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
•Create, organize, and maintain up-to-date electronic and paper records.
•Stay abreast of legislation/policy and national, state, and local issues affecting access for individuals with disabilities.

Institutional Support/Outreach-5%
Participate in training and teaching programs for enrolled students with disabilities including but not limited to the Summer Transition Program, New Student Seminar, and Career and Pre Vocational Preparation and related formal and informal and formal groups and individually focused activities.
Develop training materials for university personnel working with students with learning, attentional, mental health and chronic medical disorders. 
Present to University staff and the community on disability-related topics to promote universal design in learning and employment.
Provide consultation/technical assistance on disability issues as needed or requested by individuals and groups at the University and in the community.
Participate in division and institution-wide initiatives to advance opportunities for individuals with disabilities to be equitably represented in the student population, be retained, and graduate from undergraduate and graduate programs.
Assist in advancing the mission and vision of the Division of Student Affairs through targeted projects, initiatives and committees.
Contribute to divisional strategic priorities including campus partnerships, improved climate, etc.
Represent the Division of Student Life at campus events.
Promote and respect the practice of civility in the workplace.
Demonstrate a commitment to organizational success.
Participate in departmental and division-wide quality improvement efforts.
Demonstrate a commitment to diversity.
Other duties as assigned.

Administrative Duties - 10%
Provide management support to CSD units/programs based on skills and abilities.
Contribute to program development for current and emerging populations (e.g. services for veterans, students with autism, unrepresented groups, etc).
Participate in program projects and activities (e.g., search and screen committees and processes, revision of eligibility criteria, outreach and communication practices with parents, etc.).
Recruit, train, and supervise Center for Students with Disabilities staff and interns at a level appropriate to experience and expertise.

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.

For full job description: http://www.uww.edu/employment/index.html
Criminal Background Check Required.
Position: 12 month fixed term academic staff position.
Preferred starting date:  May 1, 2014
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Applications:  A complete application will include a letter of interest, resume, and the names, relationships, addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references.

Electronic applications are strongly encouraged. Applications are to be sent to albertp@uww.edu.  Mailed applications may be sent to Pam Albert, Center for Students with Disabilities, Andersen Library 2002, 800 West Main Street, Whitewater, WI 53190.

Questions about the search should be directed to Scott Ritter, Sr. Associate Director/Center for Students with Disabilities/Chair of Search and Screen Committee, ritters@uww.edu or 262-472-5239.

Priority will be given to complete applications received by March 28, 2014. This position is considered open until filled.

University overview: Founded in 1868, UW-Whitewater is the premier public regional university with an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students in 50 undergraduate majors, 13 master’s degree programs, and one specialist degree program.  It offers high-quality career-oriented programs integrated with a model general education curriculum.  UW-Whitewater is part of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System.  Located in a community of 14,622 residents near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin, Whitewater is within convenient driving distance to the metropolitan areas of Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago .

Affirmative Action Statement: The University of Wisconsin-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.  Names of applicants may be disclosed unless requested otherwise.  Names of finalists will be released. UW-Whitewater conducts criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.