Associate Director of Student Disabilty Services
Student Disability Services:
To ensure the intellectual richness of research and education, the University of Chicago seeks to provide an
environment conducive to learning, teaching, working, and conducting research that values the diversity of its
community. The University strives to be supportive of the academic, personal and work related needs of each individual and is committed to facilitating the full participation of students with a disability in the life of the University. The University is committed to complying with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The position reports to the Director of Student Disability Services. The Associate Director administers the provision
of services,as appropriate, to students receiving reasonable accommodations under the Rehabilitation Act Section 504 and ADA including;liaising with medical consultants,IT services, University Library Systems, College Housing, Facilities Services, Parking and Transportation, College Programming Office, Environmental Health & Safety and University of Chicago Police Department, vendors, area deans of students,faculty, other academic appointees, and other administrators. The Associate Director will analyze and interpret diagnostic and psycho-educational assessment reports, ensure accessibility of texts for students with print limitations and consult with Director and experts reviewing documentation in determining appropriate accommodations for eligible students. The Associate Director will train and supervise staff members; assist the Director in managing the budget, monitoring and reconciling accounts; and processing payroll; prepare financial and/or administrative reports.
Principle Duties & Responsibilities:
1.Conducts intake interviews; communicates to students the student disability accommodation process and resources on campus; and refers students for other appropriate services.
2.Ensures the effective implementation of accommodations for students, including: insuring note-takers have been assigned for eligible students in a timely manner; insuring proctors have been assigned, rooms have been reserved, and the academic unit has obtained exams for students with special exam arrangements, arrangements have been communicated to all pertinent parties in a timely manner; communicating with instructors, advisers, deans of students, deans and medical personnel when students being accommodated for chronic, episodic conditions need to make up work due to symptoms.
3. Conducts training’s for staff to insure adequate knowledge of accommodating students.
4. Leads the development,implementation, maintenance and improvement of system to effectively and efficiently provide texts in alternate formats.
5. Collects, verifies, and maintains disability documentation and other relevant information; analyzes and
interprets students’ diagnostic psycho-educational assessments/scores; and forwards all disability
documentation to appropriate clinicians for independent review.
6. Determines eligibility for services and appropriately communicates information about disability accommodations and services.
7. Oversees provision of auxiliary aids and services, including materials in alternate formats, interpreters, and
adaptive technology, etc.; provides students with resources related to disability issues and accommodation needs.
8. Manages Injured Student transportation and/or other accommodations.
9. Provides technical assistance to faculty,staff, administrators and other Ivy+ institutions;networks with
disability agencies and other community organizations providing services to students,including but not limited
to:Chicago Lighthouse, Chicago Hearing Society,CAIRS and Caption First.
10. Documents communication and events by writing and filing case notes; assists with the development of policies and procedures which reflect best practices among peer institutions; updates Student Disability Services website;
maintains student-tracking database; contributes data for the annual and other reports when necessary.
11. Hires and supervises student worker staff and provides appropriate student employee development opportunities.
12. Assists the director in managing the budget, monitoring and reconciling account; and processing payroll. Prepares financial and/or administrative reports.
A Bachelor’s Degree required. A Master’s degree preferred.
Concentration in higher education, disability services, rehabilitation, counseling or related field highly
preferred. Minimum of five-years, full-time, progressively responsible work experience in disability services or a
related field required. Prior experience in an educational or university setting is preferred. Knowledge of a wide
range of disabilities including, learning disabilities is required. In-depth knowledge of software and assistive
technologies is required. Prior experience working with learning communities specifically designed for students with
disabilities is required. Knowledge of best practices and innovations in the field is preferred. In-depth knowledge of
the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is required. Supervisory experience is required. Excellent
written and oral communication skills are required.
Good judgment, appropriate discretion and the ability to handle highly confidential material.
Fast-paced position. Attendance at meetings in various locations throughout the University campus.
This is a 12-month, full-time position; weekend and evening hours may be required. This position may require
participation in off campus programs.
Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Chicago offers an extensive benefits package.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people
assigned to this job. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with this position.
The University of Chicago is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
- One accessible office accommodating the diverse needs and interests of student with disabilities
- Access to space which accommodates scanner and other assistive technologies
- This position needs to be in close proximity to the Director, Administrative Assistant, Student Employees and
other staff members.
Education: Master’s Degree Preferred
Work Experience: 5-7 Years