Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking an ADA/504 Compliance Coordinator to join University Ethics & Compliance (UEC). The ADA/504 Compliance Coordinator is responsible for coordinating University programs and activities to help ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other requirements pertaining to students with disabilities. This position plays an important role in upholding the standards of an exemplary compliance program to maintain an environment of appropriate support and accommodation at the University. Additionally, the ADA Compliance Coordinator will play an integral part in helping to ensure an effective compliance program university-wide.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Functions as the ADA/504 Compliance Coordinator for the University with respect to students and works in conjunction with a variety of other University functions in making final determinations regarding allegations of discrimination and non-compliance under the ADA and other applicable federal and state laws regarding discrimination on the basis of disability.
Provides ADA program and facility interpretation and advice on compliance to University community in collaboration with other Rutgers offices. This includes chairing the Facilities Access Council and working in conjunction with the University Facilities and Capital Planning to develop and review ADA facility plans and standards for new and existing construction.
Serves as the central intake for matters relating to the ADA with respect to students and facilitates activity and the flow of information among the various University offices with responsibilities relating to compliance.
Functions as one of the primary Rutgers University liaisons with relevant state and federal agencies as the University ADA/504 Compliance Officer.
Ensures that appropriate processes are in place to provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints and inquiries from Rutgers University personnel regarding compliance with the ADA and other applicable federal and state laws regarding discrimination on the basis of disability.
Monitors and Coordinates compliance activities and identifying trends, potential areas of compliance vulnerabilities, and risk.
Implements corrective action plans for resolution and provide general guidance on how to avoid or mitigate similar situations in the future. This includes assisting in developing appropriate policies and procedures related to state and federal laws relating to persons with disabilities, filing all necessary reports, and providing consultative services to all Rutgers units and offices.
Collaborations with various University offices, including the Office of Disability Services, the Office of Employment Equity, Academic Labor Relations, and General Counsel as appropriate and with respect to students.
Develops and maintains written materials and other informational pieces to broadly disseminate information regarding the ADA and the University's policies relating to students with disabilities.
Designs and participates in the development of training and education programs and professional development activities related to relevant disability issues and keep personnel apprised of current policies, procedures, and best practices.
Assists the office of University Ethics and Compliance in instituting and maintaining effective compliance communication for the organization, e.g. use of the compliance hotline, heightened awareness of the Standards of Conduct, and understanding new and existing compliance issues and related policies and procedures.
Assists other units within UEC, such as Title IX, Ethics, and Healthcare Compliance.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Requires a Bachelor's Degree in counseling, higher education administration, psychology, law, or other related field.
Minimum of 5 years' work experience in ADA compliance in higher education or government.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Recent experience providing guidance on compliance requirements related to Titles I and II of the ADA, Section 504, and related disability laws in a complex institutional environment.
Requires knowledge and expertise in the field of disability compliance with particular application in public higher education.
Demonstrated leadership in ADA/504 compliance and the ability to effect institutional change to enhance the experience of people with disabilities.
Ability to analyze legislation, regulations and policies regarding federal and state laws pertaining to individuals with disabilities in higher education and implement appropriate monitoring and support procedures.
Experience working with individuals with various disabilities in a higher education setting.
Experience in the handling of confidential disability-related documentation and records in accordance with privacy requirements.
Must be comfortable working with multiple constituencies in a complex and diverse organizational environment.
Experience in training and public speaking a must in order to enhance education and awareness among all members of the University community.
Knowledge and familiarity with various assistive and adaptive technologies.
This position requires advanced knowledge of the federal Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 and how these laws directly impact what services may be provided and how those services may be delivered.
In addition, working knowledge of other federal and state guidelines for buildings, facilities, such as the ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) and the NJ state IBC laws.
A successful candidate will be self-driven, curious, diplomatic, flexible, and highly organized.
Graduate Degree in counseling, higher education administration, psychology, law, or other related field.
Knowledge and experience in understanding accessibility of facilities such as ADA Standards for Accessible Design
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was ...at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.