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Assistant Director of Student Disability Services

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Swarthmore
Categories: 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 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 Assistant Director of Student Disability Services serves as an integral member of the Office of Student Disability Services. The successful candidate will work with the Director of Student Disability Services to facilitate academic, housing and dining accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Essential responsibilities include working directly with students with disabilities and Swarthmore College faculty and staff to ensure that students with disabilities have access to College programs and services in accordance with relevant Federal and State laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (amended 2008), section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Federal Housing Act. The Assistant Director will work with the Director to coordinate the interactive services process for students with disabilities and will advise faculty, staff and campus partners on disability and accommodations-related issues for students. The position is a 10-month (approximately mid-August-mid-June), full-time position, and is benefits eligible.

Essential Responsibilities:
· Engage in the process of determining eligibility of students for accommodations through review of documentation, consultation with administrators and professionals and intake interviews with students.
· Collaborate with students, faculty and staff to provide academic, housing, dining and any other relevant accommodations for students with disabilities.
· Provide case management and counseling to students registered with Student Disability Services on a semester-by-semester basis.
· Coordinate the administrative process for the department, including accommodations notification, record-keeping, follow-up reviews and data collection.
· Maintain departmental files, statistics and data and maintain confidential materials in accordance with federal and state laws.
· Respond to student-related disability inquiries from faculty and administrators.
· Assist in the development of trainings and workshops for the campus community in order to raise awareness and promote full access for students with disabilities.
· Partner with colleagues in the Dean’s Office, Office of Student Engagement, Counseling and Psychological Services, Health and Wellness Services, Facilities/ADA Program Management, Information Technology Services, the College Library system, Dining Services, Public Safety, Athletics, Off Campus Study and Academic departments to facilitate access and accommodations for students with disabilities.
· Participate in campus events, including orientation events and workshops during the semester.
· Update Student Disability Service website content and other promotional materials.
· Other duties as assigned.

Additional Responsibilities:
· Mentor and coach students in academic study strategies, including time management, note-taking skills, reading strategies and test-taking skills.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
· Supervise student note-takers, exam proctors, scribes, and readers and lab assistants.

Required Qualifications:
· Masters degree in a human services field such as education, counseling, psychology, social work or related field with advanced knowledge in disability services.
· A minimum of two years experience working with students with disabilities in a post-secondary setting.
· Demonstrated experience reviewing clinical documentation, including psycho-educational testing reports and psychological evaluations.
· Demonstrated knowledge of current state and federal law and regulation related to the ADA, Section 504, the FHA, PA state law and of federal regulatory requirements for educational institutions receiving federal financial assistance.
· Superior attention to detail, problem-solving skills, organization, electronic, verbal and written communication skills.
· Excellent judgment, personal maturity, strong interpersonal skills and the ability to remain a neutral party.
· Strong ability to work as part of a team.
· Ability to manage multiple, ongoing and complex caseload of disability-related student matters.
· Sensitivity to issues of diversity and the ability to interact with a diverse population of students, staff and faculty.

Preferred Qualifications:
· Experience working with students with learning disabilities and ADHD.
· Working knowledge of assistive and adaptive software and hardware systems such as Kurzweil, JAWS, Read and Write Gold, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Livescribe pens, FM systems, remote captioning or other technology utilized by students with disabilities.
· Two years experience evaluating eligibility for and arranging ADA accommodations for students with disabilities in a college or university setting.

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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