University of St. Thomas
Director of Access and Disability Services
The University of St. Thomas (UST), a private Catholic University committed to the liberal arts and the religious and intellectual tradition of Catholic higher education, located in Houston, Texas, near the vibrant central business district, Texas Medical Center, and museum district, is seeking applicants for a full-time Director of Access and Disability Services. The Director reports directly to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.
The Director of Access & Disability Services is responsible for interpreting and applying the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as it pertains to students and, in partnership with human resources, employees. The Director oversees the assessment of all disability services requests and the implementation of the agreed upon accommodations. The Director is principally responsible for the development of policies and procedures which ensure compliance with mandates of the Americans with Disabilities Act as reauthorized via Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act. This position will spearhead efforts across campus to support our students working closely with students, managers, and employees in meeting the identified needs. Additionally, this position will actively contribute towards furthering our Student Affairs Board of Trustee charges to strengthen UST’s (a) student success efforts and (b) Catholic mission and faith integration efforts.
Essential duties and responsibilities:
Create a culture of proactive and agile support for students requiring accommodations;
Spearhead all campus efforts to reasonably accommodate students who have a documented disability;
Interprets federal/state laws and regulations to develop and implement policies, procedures and forms to achieve compliance with the ADA;
Assesses student requests for accommodation and develops appropriate accommodations to students;
Ensure the effective implementation of all agreed upon accommodations;
Reviews and investigates complaints and grievances relating to accommodations;
Consults with medical professionals, vocational rehab counselors, occupational or technical experts as needed to ensure accommodation decisions are appropriate and reasonable and work to clarify information related to ADA claims;
Communicate and interact with all constituents within and beyond campus regarding complex questions surrounding disability-related issues;
Provides direction and guidance regarding high profile, sensitive and ambiguous accommodation cases
Researches best practices and stay up-to-date on industry standards and areas of new development surrounding accommodations
Spearhead the development of a formal training program for faculty, staff, and student leaders so that such constituents have the appropriate competencies surrounding students with documented disabilities
Collaborates with the Dean of Student Services and Human Resources to resolve employee related ADA issues;
Ensures appropriate documentation is received to support accommodation claims and associated decisions; reviews and investigates complaints and charges regarding ADA-related issues to include student initiated facility complaints;
Follows up with students and employees to ensure that ADA accommodations are being provided, and works with college administration to correct deficiencies
Responsible for the management of data and other related communication and documentation.
Prepares reports for each ADA claim/request for accommodation
Knowledge and skills:
A Master’s degree in psychology, law, counseling, social work, or a related field is required. A doctoral degree highly preferred.
A minimum of five years of professional experience in disability services, assessment, and ADA compliance required preferably in a college or university setting
Extensive knowledge of ADA/Section 504 is required
Previous supervisory and budgetary experience is preferred.
An intermediate level of proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook is required
Able to communicate effectively both in writing and orally, including making presentations to groups of various sizes is required
The ability to serve and support a diverse student body is required
Demonstrated understanding of the Catholic Church’s teaching on the dignity of the human person and the expectation of service
Willingness to support and advance the Catholic mission of UST is required
Position may require irregular office hours including after-hours and weekend work to attend student meetings and events. Office hours will be established in consultation with the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and may include virtual components. Physical requirements are those of a typical office.
The University of St. Thomas is an
Equal Opportunity Employer
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