University of Wisconsin-River Falls Student Affairs Student Ability Services
Student Services Program Manager II Working Title: Student Ability Services Program Manager
The University of Wisconsin River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located in scenic west central Wisconsin, 30 miles from the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. Year-round arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible from River Falls. UWRF's 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Education and Professional Studies; Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; and Business and Economics.
The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued. More information about UWRF can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu/workhere/.
The Manager of Student Ability Services (SAS) primary role is to ensure that qualified students with disabilities are provided programmatic as well as physical access to all programs as mandated by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and amendments to the ADA. This position assists students with disabilities in becoming integrated into the campus community and maximizing their independence. The manager is also responsible for instituting activities designed to increase the awareness and responsiveness of the campus community to the needs of students with disabilities. The Manager reports to the Assistant Chancellor for Student Affairs for day to day operations and regarding significant student disability services issues. Anticipated Appointment date: January 2, 2018
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Assist current and prospective students through the process of acquiring appropriate documentation and registering for accommodations.
Assist in determining eligibility for students with disabilities.
Direct coordination of reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities; working directly with the SAS Accommodations Coordinator, University Faculty and Staff (including but not limited to: Human Resources, Residence Life, Dining Services, Facilities, Campus Planning, Parking, International Education, (including but not limited to: alternative test taking, alternative text, Braille, Interpreter services, physical accessibility, and note taking).
Communicate with prospective and enrolled students and their parents regarding disability related services and accommodations.
Administration and Campus Compliance and Education
Provide education to faculty and staff regarding higher education laws pertaining to students with disabilities and accommodations.
Serve as a consultant to faculty members regarding accommodations in the classroom environment.
Lead, support, direct, and supervise the daily work of the SAS staff engaged in all aspects of direct student service delivery: the interactive student-staff process; determination of reasonable documentation and accommodations, implementation of accommodation process and problem solving.
Coordinate the Ability Services interaction with University academic and administrative departments and offices, as well as University committees and governmental agencies. Provide consultation and compliance to insure compliance with federal and state mandates.
Provide direct service to students with disabilities as needed.
Develop and interpret goals, priorities, policies and procedures for the Ability Services office.
Responsible for budget development, expenditures and management of SAS accounts.
Provide support to campus events for other events that require accommodations, i.e. Commencement, conferences, etc.
Participate in campus-wide accessibility issues (recommendations and follow-up for classroom and facility modifications, parking authorizations, assistance/therapy animals, personal care workers, etc.
Serve on the Faculty Senate ADA committee.
Assess and provide appropriate assistive technology.
Provide training to students on how to implement accommodations and use assistive technology provide by the university.
Ensure compliance with FERPA, University policies, and department guidelines.
Bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, social work, psychology, special education or a related field.
4-6 years of experience working with and advocating for individuals with disabilities.
Demonstrated experience working with diverse groups and individuals.
Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, counseling, school psychology, psychology, higher education, special education or closely related field.
Knowledge of universal design and the ability to utilize and incorporate assistive technology to support students with disabilities.
Experience working with adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, and ADHD in an educational setting.
Demonstrated knowledge of project planning, transition programming and problem solving techniques.
Letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience (cover letter)
Diversity Statement (a statement describing your philosophy, knowledge, and/or belief in serving students with differences)
An unofficial transcript (official copies of transcripts will be required if hired).
Provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references who can specifically comment on your ability, experience and professional preparation to manage an office to serve students with disabilities (references).
Inquiries should be addressed to: Karen Smolarek Director, Student Support Services email@example.com
Deadline to Apply: Initial review of applications will begin upon receipt. For full consideration, applicants should submit all required materials by November 30, 2017. A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
UW-River Falls does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources at 715-425-3926.
UW-River Falls Diversity Statement: We declare that diversity and inclusivity are core values. We dedicate ourselves to build a culture grounded in principles of equity, social justice, and excellence. We fundamentally affirm and embrace the multiple identities, values, belief systems, and cultural practices of all individuals and communities. We will address fundamental issues of bias, discrimination, and exclusion.
The University is committed to creating an educational community which enhances student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures and identities which actively supports tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics or beliefs. Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse ethnic and cultural heritages are especially sought in applicants.
UWRF is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer subject to all state and federal regulations pertaining to non-discrimination based upon sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, age, arrest and/or conviction record, veteran status, and membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or the State of Wisconsin. All persons, especially women, persons of color, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of your identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
For a copy of the UWRF campus safety information, see http:www.uwrf.edu/Police/CampusRecordsCrimes.cfm or call University Police at (715) 425-3133 for a paper copy. This material includes crime statistics (Annual Security Report) and information on crime prevention, sexual assault, and drug/alcohol issues.