Position Title:Coordinator of Student Disability Resources & Services
Department:Student Access and Success, VP for
Reports To:Associate Vice President of Student Access and Success
Purpose of Position
Responsible for directing the operation of Student Disability Resources and Services including supervising support staff, developing and supervising service policies and procedures and managing appropriate budgets. Reviews, verifies, interprets and monitors required professional documentation of disabilities and recommends reasonable accommodations for course work and examinations,. Coordinates accommodation programs to integrate students with various disabilities in to the University community. Resolves ADA issues identified by students with disabilities. Provides counseling advice and interpretation of disability policy and law for students, faculty and staff, works with various University departments and outside agencies as the need dictates.
- Identifies students with disabilities who are eligible for services. Conducts screening/intake interviews with each student requesting services and obtains, verifies and interprets documentation. Evaluates each student’s disability and the effect on academic performance and participation in campus life in-order to provide adequate and appropriate services.
- Provides on-going service and case management ot students with disabilities. This includes direct assistance, individual advocacy and referrals to the appropriate campus services and programs.
- Provides advising services that address the unique needs of students with disabilities and particularly focuses on those strategies needed by those students to cope and succeed at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
- Works closely with academic deans, department heads, faculty, and staff to identify and arrange appropriate accommodations and that students are receiving appropriate academic accommodations. Provides faculty and staff with training, individual consultations and appropriate interventions to encourage and ensure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.
- Works closely with appropriate offices on and off campus such as Texas Department of Assistance and Rehabilitation, the Texas Commission for the Blind, the Office of Civil Rights, Admissions, Registrar’s Office, University Police, Facilities Management, Academic Advising and academic departments to ensure that students with disabilities are getting appropriate accommodations. Collaborates with staff members in other administrative services such as Orientation, Student Life, Residence Life, Counseling Center and Student Health Services in the development of policies concerning the delivery of services to students with disabilities.
- Serves on University task forces and ad hoc committees that address disability issues.
- Coordinates annual campus wide disability awareness and educational activities.
- Monitors federal, state and local statutes and regulations and exercise prudent judgment in interpreting the ADA and codes to provide students with the most appropriate services.
- Drafts policies and procedures to ensure equitable treatment of students with disabilities.
- Develops, implements and evaluates programs for students with disabilities.
- Conducts educational training workshops with faculty, staff and students on disability issues.
- Hires, schedules and supervise interpreters, note takers, readers, and other persons to provide accommodations for students with disabilities/
- Serves as contributing and effective member of the Division of Student Affairs team.
Contributes to the effective team management of all relevant problems, issues and opportunities.
This job description shall include, but is not necessarily limited to, the above duties. May temporarily perform other duties assigned to maintain operations and services.
Marginal Functions will vary with the specific assignment and depend on the particular unit or function for which the person is responsible. Consideration will be given on a case by case basis and reassignment of marginal duties will be made when appropriate.
Knowledge & Skill Requirements
Requires MasterÔ??s degree and two years related experience. Doctorate degree with three years preferred. Requires prior work with students with variety of disabilities at the collegiate lever; knowledge of ADA, disabilities and accommodations. Understanding of auxiliary aids and reasonable accommodations to students in higher education. Ability to interpret documents related to disabilities and accommodations preferred.
Supervision of Personnel
Administrative assistant, student workers, note takers and interpreters.