Assistant Director, Student Disability Services

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Work type: Limited Term Full Time
Location: Swarthmore
Categories: Administration, Staff

Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility.  Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance in the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community.  As one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and world.  The 425-acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods.


The Office of Student Disability Services and Learning Resources is seeking an Assistant Director of Student Disability Services to join the director in providing meaningful access to College programs and services for students with documented learning, perceptual, sensory, physical and psychological disabilities.  The Assistant Director will collaborate with the director and campus partners to facilitate academic, housing and dining accommodations in accordance with federal and state laws.


Responsibilities include conducting intake interviews, advising students and families, reviewing documentation, determining eligibility for accommodations, writing accommodations letters, training students on learning software and assistive technology, coordinating electronic course material accommodations and advising faculty and staff on the implementation of accommodations.  The Assistant Director will also collaborate with the residential life staff to coordinate housing accommodations.  The Assistant Director will support a caseload of students and will collaborate with a diverse range of campus partners, including Information Technology Services, Library services, ADA Program Management, the Dean of Students Division, the Health Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, Off Campus Study, Public Safety, Dining, Athletics and others to facilitate equal access to College programs and services. The Assistant Director will assist the director with overall program management, including updating and overseeing the file management system, compiling data and statistics, and developing campus programs and workshops to raise awareness of disability issues.


Required Education and Experience

  • Masters degree in a field relevant to disabilities and higher education, such as social work, counseling, psychology, education, rehabilitation counseling or related field.
  • Advanced knowledge of disability services and the reasonable accommodations process.
  • At least two (2) years of experience working with students with disabilities in a postsecondary setting.


Required Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated experience reviewing disability documentation, conducting interactive/iterative processes for determining academic, housing and dining accommodations and providing such accommodations.
  • Knowledge of current federal and state laws and regulation related to the ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the FHA, PA state law, and of federal regulatory requirements for educational institutions receiving federal financial assistance.
  • Experience using assistive and adaptive software and hardware systems and/or interest in learning and training others on commonly used programs (e.g., Read and Write Gold, Kurzweil, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Livescribe pens, FM systems, remote captioning and other technology utilized by students with visual, hearing and print disabilities).
  • Excellent judgment, personal maturity, strong interpersonal skills and ability to work sensitively and diplomatically to address multiple, complex needs.
  • Superior attention to detail, problem-solving skills, organization, electronic, verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Sensitivity to issues of diversity and the ability to interact with a diverse population of students, faculty and staff.


This is a one year limited term, 10-month per year position spanning mid-August through mid-June.  The position offers a full-time competitive benefits package and paid time off.


Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world.  Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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