Reporting to the Executive Director, Disability Services (DS), the Assistant Director for Campus Access and Accommodations has campus-wide responsibilities and requires expertise in federal, state and local disability laws. The Assistant Director for Campus Access and Accommodations identifies needs, develops long-range plans and initiatives, provides strategic planning and advice, and recommends new policies, procedures and practices in the areas of: disability access and accommodations; maps and way finding; access and accommodations for students, staff and faculty attending campus events; access and accommodations for guests, visitors, alumni and other members of the public attending campus events; University-sponsored off-campus programs and activities; and housing accommodations for students with disabilities. The Assistant Director for Campus Access and Accommodations will work closely with other offices, including the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (ADA and Section 504 Compliance Office), the Office of the General Counsel, Facilities, Public Safety, the Libraries, and the Registrar and other venue-scheduling offices.
Manages access and accommodations for programs and activities open to guests, visitors, alumni, and members of the Public, working with sponsoring offices and departments; engages in outreach efforts with event sponsors to ensure they understand their obligations to provide access and accommodations.
Manages access and accommodations for University Commencement, Class Day ceremonies, Alumni weekend, and Parents weekend.
Manages non-academic access and accommodations for students, including housing accommodations.
Works with student groups to ensure that student events are held in accessible venues.
Monitors disability law and consults with the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action and Office of the General Counsel to ensure that Columbia's policies and practices are in accord with current laws, including those governing barrier removal, access and accommodations for students, faculty, and staff; public access and accommodations; disability discrimination; equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities; and affirmative action obligations for individuals with disabilities, including veterans; Proposes and drafts changes in University's policies to correspond with changes in the law.
Serves as clearinghouse for all disability access complaints and concerns, investigating where appropriate and offering solutions.
Works with Facilities and other offices to ensure that Campus wayfinding maps and signage identify all disability access points, including pathways, entrances, elevators, and public restrooms.
Reviews building plans and related documents upon the request of colleagues.
This position serves as a key member of various committees representing Disability Services/Columbia Health.
Performs other duties as needed.
Bachelor's degree required.
Minimum of 4-6 years relevant working experience including experience working with individuals from cross-disability backgrounds on accommodations in diverse settings required.
Experience with the application and interpretation of Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Acts, and other federal, state and local laws and regulations governing disabilities.
Knowledge of ADAAG and other technical requirements relating to disability access, including state and local laws.
Must possess strong counseling, negotiating and communication (oral and written) skills as well as superior administrative and organizational abilities.
Must be able to exercise sound judgment, discretion, and tact, set priorities and work both independently and collaboratively.
Flexibility in scheduling (including some evening and weekend hours).
Advanced degree in relevant field preferred
experience with physical and technological access issues strongly preferred
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
Internal Number: 499789
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