Chestnut Hill College (CHC) seeks a Director of the Disability Resources Center. Founded by the Sisters of Saint Joseph, CHC is an independent, Catholic institution that fosters excellence by providing a holistic education within a strong liberal arts tradition. The mission of the College is dedicated to serving the Dear Neighbor--student, faculty, staff, the surrounding community, and our global neighbors--without distinction.
Purpose: The Director of the Disabilities Resource Center is responsible for overseeing the office and staff that assists students with disabilities and ensuring that the College complies with best practices and relevant regulations. The Director is responsible for the daily administration of the College’s policy and procedures for serving undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities in all three schools.
- Graduate degree in a relevant discipline from an accredited college or university
- Proven expertise in the evaluation of requests for accommodations for students with disabilities in the context of higher education
- Commitment to the Mission, vision and goals of Chestnut Hill College
- Demonstrated understanding of relevant laws and best practices for fostering an accessible and inclusive learning community
- Administrative experience sufficient to perform assigned responsibilities; exercise authority appropriately; and collaborate effectively with a broad range of students, faculty, staff, and administrators
- Proven ability to manage confidential and sensitive matters
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Coordinate services year-round (12 months) for undergraduate and graduate students in all three schools (School of Undergraduate Studies, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Graduate Studies) from initial contact through implementation of accommodations each semester.
- Supervise a full-time Assistant Director, a full-time Reading Specialist, and one part-time support position.
- Support the Assistant Director in the coordination of college-level program for neurodiverse students. Ideally, the applicant has an understanding, and/or work experience, with the neurodiverse population to support the College’s neurodiversity college and life skills programs.
- Review and evaluate all requests for services, consult with members of the Disabilities Services Committee, professionals with special expertise and legal counsel for the College, as needed.
- Provide support for students with disabilities to develop self-advocacy:
- Explain policy and procedures for making initial requests and for making arrangements for approved accommodations with course instructors, academic support services, and other staff, faculty, and administrators, as needed
- Facilitate processes to address problems and conflicts
- Serve as liaison for the College with professionals providing services to students, (e.g. psychiatrists and psychologists)
- Manage and oversee all communication, correspondence, and documentation related to requests for disabilities accommodations:
- Maintain files on each student, including documentation of contacts.
- Engage in ongoing education and communication with multiple constituencies to arrange for required accommodations and/or to implement disability policy and procedures.
- Develop resources, internal and external, for providing services to students with disabilities:
- Stay informed about relevant laws, regulations, and best practices for assisting students with disabilities and feasible policies and procedures for the College.
- Network with personnel in disabilities offices at other institutions.
- Meet regularly with the College’s Disabilities Services Committee to review policies, procedures, individual cases, and to develop recommendations.
- Facilitate ongoing communication and education on campus in collaboration with the Deans and the Disability Services Committee for administration, adjunct and full-time faculty, and staff.
- Develop and maintain resources regarding disabilities laws, policies, procedures, and sources of assistance for people with a wide range of disabilities.
- Offer education (training, workshops) for administration, faculty, staff, and students (prospective and current) about policies, procedures, and resources available through the College or other sources.
- Collaborate with administrators to address issues of physical plant accessibility.
- Manage budget equitably and fairly.
- Develop measures to assess effectiveness of the Disabilities Resource Center and make improvements accordingly.
Interested candidates may submit a resume and cover letter firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
Chestnut Hill College is an employer committed to a culture of diversity and inclusion as a core value. In an effort to support our diverse student community, we embrace equal access and welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds, experiences, and perspective, and encourages applications from groups underrepresented in higher education. We are committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum.