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Position: Director of Educational Accessibility

Department: Student Affairs

Reports to: Assistant VP for Academic Support Services

Job Summary:
 The Director of Educational Accessibility is responsible for establishing and facilitating appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities and for providing advising to students registered with the Office.  The Director of Educational Accessibility manages accommodation disclosure, accommodation requests, residential living and meal plan exceptions, and maintains all records for students with disabilities. The Director of Educational Accessibility acts as a liaison between faculty, staff, and students with disabilities and works closely with Counseling Services, Health Services, the Advising Center, and the Title IX & Diversity Coordinator to provide equal access to students with disabilities. The Director of Educational Accessibility participates in admission programs, new student orientation, and new faculty orientation.  The Director of Educational Accessibility keeps abreast of best practices and provides leadership and vision in the areas of educational accessibility for the University community.

The Director supervises the Accommodations Specialist (12 month) and work study students and assigns workload.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
●    Communicates and meets with prospective students and families to address questions regarding educational accommodations
●    Evaluates and interprets documentation to determine eligibility for accommodations
●    Maintains documentation of disabilities and provides recommendations for accommodations for courses, testing, residential living or meal plan modifications/exceptions
●    Communicates approved accommodations and policies to students, staff, and faculty
●    Provides oversight for all accommodation matters as well as technical assistance to the campus community concerning the provision of accommodations for students
●    Works with faculty and professional staff across campus to identify and respond to changing needs related to student learning and disability support services, provides training as needed
●    Maintains electronic communications and appropriate electronic forms for submitting documents, making appointments and scheduling testing 
●    Oversees test-taking accommodations and processes
●    Serves as an information and referral source for students, staff, and faculty.
●    Oversees training and supervision of graduate and work study students
●    Serves as a member of the student behavioral intervention team (CARE Team)

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions.  Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary. 

Education and Experience:
●    Minimum, master’s degree in a related discipline: education, psychology, counseling, or social work
●    Experience working with students with disabilities in a post-secondary setting
●    The successful candidate must possess knowledge of applicable laws that ensure equal access to students, including Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) and ADAAA (2009) and their application to higher education disability services
●    Excellent advising, interpersonal, and communication skills
●    Comprehensive understanding of the university academic environment and the challenges faced by students with disabilities in such an environment. 
●    Strong computer skills, including experience with databases and student information systems.

The University of the Arts—a leader in developing visual and performing artists and designers since 1876—is the only university in the United States that allows its students to collaborate across traditional lines. With more than 30 majors, 30 minors and 13 graduate programs in visual arts, performing arts, design and liberal studies, UArts develops alumni who are not only leaders in their disciplines, but also creative thinkers able to succeed in any path they choose. Our nearly 1,900 students study and create on our campus in the heart of Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts, the city’s cultural center, within walking distance of hundreds of galleries, museums, theaters and other performing arts venues.

TO APPLY: Interested, qualified applicants should submit letters of application and resumes to the Human Resources Department via email to jobs@uarts.edu. Please ensure job title is in the Subject line. 

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