Bridgewater State University is committed to ensuring that all individuals have equal access to program and service offerings as fully integrated, participating members of our campus community. The Academic Achievement Center (AAC) provides academic support services and programs to undergraduate students enrolled at the university. The AAC is made up of four areas of support including the Haughey First Year Advising Program, Learning Assistance, Testing Services and Disability Resources. Each support area is managed by an associate director. Disability Resources specifically provides a number of services to all enrolled students who have a documented medical condition, are physically challenged, or have psychological or learning disabilities.
The Associate Director for Disability Resources in the Academic Achievement Center is responsible for coordinating efforts to make the University accessible to all students including undergraduates, graduates and continuing education students with documented disabilities, evaluating needs for classroom accommodations, and providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations to students under the mandates of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADAAA) of 2008. The Associate Director will also provide educational training on serving the needs of students with disabilities to staff and faculty members, and manage the daily operations and staff members of the Disability Resources office. This position is also expected to work at admission and recruitment events offered during the evening and on the weekends.
This is an exempt APA unit position and is subject to the terms of that union agreement.
1. Direct the provision of support services to students with documented disabilities, including readers, note-takers, scribes, interpreters, tutors, Braille, large print, books on tape and test accommodations.
2. Lead a team of staff including the Learning Disability Specialist to interpret medical and psycho-educational reports to determine eligibility for services, assess disability related needs, and develop individual academic accommodations and service plans. Review and process disability documentation, and determine appropriate classroom and related accommodations.
3. Develop and manage a process to implement educational approaches and accommodations for students with disabilities within the classrooms.
4. Work in collaboration with other departments including Residence Life and Housing, Veterans Center, Facilities, the Bookstore, Transportation, Wellness Center, Athletics and Recreation, Campus Police, Registrar's Office, Student Involvement and Leadership, and Information Technology to ensure that student accommodation plans are implemented in a timely and appropriate manner.
5. Recruit, hire, train, supervise and evaluate professional staff, graduate assistants, and student employees, who provide support services to students within the Office of Disability Resources.
6. Direct the design and facilitation of educational and disability awareness programming for students, faculty, and staff through seminars, speaker series, workshops, print and web materials regarding accommodation approaches, including adaptive and assistive technology.
7. Oversee the management of the adaptive technology lab and provide supervision to the Assistive Technologist.
8. Provide consultation to faculty, staff and upper level administrators concerning disability related matters.
9. Serve as the key liaison to rehabilitation agencies and community resources; participate in outreach programs to local community colleges and secondary education institutions.
10. Serve as a subject matter resource to the University on policy development regarding students with disabilities.
11. Maintain confidential student medical records and other documentation and files. Manage the process to update and purge these files periodically.
12. Serve as a key leadership member and subject matter expert on the presidentially appointed Disability Resource Advisory Committee (DRAC) and collaborate with its members to define programs and services for students, faculty and staff members with documented disabilities.
13. Work with the Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects to support projects and improvement in current services available to students with disabilities.
14. Work cooperatively with the Director of the Academic Achievement Center in the supervision and delivery of learning assistance and advising services to students with disabilities.
15. Stay current on federal and state regulations to develop and refine appropriate policies and procedures.
16. Manage the tracking of students with disabilities registered with the Office of Disability Resources in the university's Banner student information system; responsible for extracting and analyzing data on student retention in order to identify trends assess their academic support needs.
17. Work with staff, faculty, and appropriate University Offices to develop and maintain and comprehensive needs assessment for students with disabilities; provide leadership and resources for the design of program and strategies to respond to those needs, include student-focused events as well as faculty and staff development initiatives.
18. Assist the Director of the Academic Achievement Center with the management of the direct service budget for service providers and equipment needed to support the Office of Disability Resources.
19. Serve as a representative of the Academic Achievement Center on university wide committees.
20. Function as a team member of the Academic Achievement Center in the development and implementation of processes necessary to accomplish the goals and philosophy of the department and the University.
1. Master's degree in special education, rehabilitation counseling, psychology, education psychology or related field.
2. Minimum of 3-5 years related experience in a leadership role providing academic support services to students.
3. Exceptional skills in the understanding and application of Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, ADAAA and other federal laws and regulations governing access for students with disabilities.
4. Experience interpreting psycho-educational and neuropsychological assessments.
5. Strong knowledge base of all major physical and psychological disabilities and proven success supporting individuals with disabilities.
6. Experience designing and delivering faculty and staff development workshops that increase awareness of the needs of students with disabilities.
7. High degree of personal and professional integrity, respect for privacy and confidentiality, a sense of ethics, and a commitment to educating students.
8. Knowledge of assistive computer technology and other enabling technologies.
9. Effective communication and interpersonal skills; evidence of problem solving skills.
10. Strong computer and analytical skills; ability to work with Microsoft office products and student information systems.
1. At least one (1) year of this experience in a higher education setting is strongly preferred.
2. Experience working with the Banner student information system
3. Experience providing and/or coordinating the delivery of American Sign Language (ASL) services is highly desirable.
Bridgewater State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employee with disabilities.
Office activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and interaction with computer equipment; Occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 5 pounds.
Please be aware that employment at Bridgewater State University is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.
Bridgewater State University (BSU) is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer which actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people.
Salary Range: $65,000-$70,000
Please note the following information is required to complete your application for this position:
*a minimum of one (1) employment history entry.
*a minimum of three (3) professional reference entries.
Internal Number: 13998
About Bridgewater State University
Since its founding in 1840, Bridgewater has remained steadfast in its commitment to empower individuals and instill in its community an abiding desire to advance the public good. Our rigorous and dynamic academic environment encourages students and faculty to develop their strengths and become leaders in their fields. At the same time, we strive to lead by example. As the university continues to build momentum, we continuously reinvest in the success of our students and our region.