Revised - Director of the Office for Students with Disabilities

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Department to which position will be assigned Office for Students with Disabilities
Position Title Revised - Director of the Office for Students with Disabilities
Position Type Management and Administrative
Application Deadline Date
Posting Number 35011002
Salary or Wage Commensurate with Experience
Full-time / Part-time Full Time
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Temporary / Permanent Permanent
Position Start Date
Work Schedule M-F 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Due to the nature of work, there is a potential for 24-hour coverage
Bargaining Unit MANAGEMENT
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Position Summary Information

Job Description

The Director of the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, and provides comprehensive programs that assist students with disabilities with academic and personal success. The Director will manage daily departmental operations so that students with disabilities are fully integrated into the curricular and co-curricular life of the university. He/She will work strategically toward increasing students’ independent functioning in preparation for life after college. The Director will also oversee the assessment of disability accommodations for University employees in cooperation with the Human Resource and Labor Relations office.


Administration and Supervision:

  1. Supervision: Directly train, supervise, and evaluate staff including members of AFSCME, OPEIU, PSSU, and SCUPA collective bargaining units as well as non-union personnel. Indirectly supervise student workers, including scheduling, payroll administration, and on-the-job training, orientation, and evaluation.
  2. Finance and Budget: Develop and manage fee-based and University-funded budgets. Actively seek new funding relationships including but not limited to local, state and federal reimbursement programs, grants and fee-for-service opportunities. Collaborate with the staff of the Finance and Administration division to make necessary budget adjustments in response to revenue and expenditure imbalances. Develop and maintain fiscal monitoring systems including attendant care planning for each student based on state contract reimbursement rates. Serve as the University liaison to families and local, state, and national funding agencies to ensure payment for disability support services. Make decisions as needed to provide quality services to students in a cost effective manner.
  3. Services: Respond to constituent requests and concerns about access to services and accommodations. Oversee/supervise contracted services. Oversee the scheduling of van transportation to ensure students are able to effectively manage commitments, including classes, internship placements, field trips, and personal needs.
  4. Administration: Maintain and track accurate and confidential records of student and employee needs and interactions. Provide on-going program evaluation/assessment, improvement and modifications based on evolving campus and community trends and needs. Develop and implement faculty and student education and enrichment programs in the areas of inclusion, embracing diversity, and proper implementation of accommodations.

Retention of Students:

  1. Support the retention of students with disabilities, including monitoring student learning outcomes, and cooperative programming with the Academic Success Center.
  2. Work collaboratively with all relevant staff to establish independence goals for students receiving attendant care services.
  3. Collaborate with Student Affairs and academic colleagues in support of student academic and personal success.
  4. Evaluate and assess all programs for effectiveness on an annual basis.
  5. Work closely with the Social Equity office to ensure effective learning environments for both students and employees.


  1. Assist in review of documentation to determine eligibility for reasonable accommodation and services. Oversee implementation of academic accommodations for students, including alternative test taking, assistive technology (i.e., books in alternate format, etc.), learning disability and autism spectrum support services (i.e., peer advising). Provide dispute resolution in cases of appeal over proper accommodations.
  2. Serve as a resource within the regional and national community on disability matters.
  3. Serve as the ADA Coordinator and campus resource on issues related to individuals with disabilities, including ADA, Section 504 compliance and other pertinent legal matters. Facilitate university-wide education and professional development as needed.
  4. Work closely with the staff from the Environmental Health and Safety office to develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure safety for both students and employees with disabilities.
  5. In conjunction with university counsel, interpret and implement legal mandates.
  6. Assess the interaction of students with disabilities within the academic environment and develop a plan for the provision of reasonable accommodations to facilitate equitable opportunities.
  7. Assess appropriate disability accommodations for University employees in cooperation with the Human Resource and Labor Relations office.

Other Duties:

  1. Serve as an on-call emergency responder within the division of Student Affairs.
  2. Serve in the Title IX investigation process as directed by the Title IX Coordinator.
  3. Perform other duties as assigned by the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.
Required Qualifications

Master’s in Disability Studies or related field; 8-10 years of successful higher education supervisory experience; experience interpreting Title II, Section 504, ADA, IDEA and other related disability education acts; experience with determining appropriate accommodations and coordinating services for individuals with physical and psychological or mental health disabilities including ASD; current knowledge of assistive technologies; demonstrated effective interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills; and budget management experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated experience working with diverse student populations.

Specific Duties
Physical Demands
Diversity Statement

Edinboro University is committed to ensuring compliance with all Title IX, the Clery Act, and CampusSaVE requirements in order to provide safe and equitable educational opportunities for all students. Edinboro University is an equal opportunity educational institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, veteran status, sex and disability in its activities, programs, or employment practices as required by Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504, ADEA and the ADA. For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures and for inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulation, contact the Title IX Coordinator, 219 Meadville Street, Edinboro, PA 16444; Phone: (814)732-2167; Email: Additionally, inquiries concerning Title IX and its implementing regulation can be made to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, Region III, The Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East – Suite 505, Philadelphia, PA 19107; Phone: (215) 656-6010; Fax: (215) 656-6020.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Application review will begin on September 18, 2017, and continue until a candidate is identified.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a credential verification and all Act 153 criminal background investigations to include: a report of criminal history information obtained from the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), clearance from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (formerly Department of Public Welfare), and the Federal fingerprint-based criminal history report and credential verification. Finalists will be required to complete an interview and/or demonstration.

Position start date is November 1, 2017 or as soon as possible, but no later than January 2018.

Posting Specific Questions

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  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Chronicle Vitae
    • Edinboro University Website
    • Erie Times News
    • PASSHE website
    • Other PASSHE school
    • Regional newspaper - Cleveland Pittsburgh Buffalo
    • HERC
    • Higher Ed
    • the Career Services Office on my campus
    • HBCU Connect
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Inside Higher Education
    • Insight into Diversity
    • Diversity publication (not listed)
    • Academic Careers Online
    • Facebook/LinkedIn
    • Monster/Indeed
    • Equal Opportunity Council
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  2. * Please indicate the highest level of education you have completed:
    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Associate's Degree
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • ABD
    • PhD, Ed.D, DBA or J.D.
  3. * How many years of successful higher education supervisory experience do you have?
    • less than 8 years
    • 8 years to 10 years
    • More than 10 years

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Graduate Transcripts (Official required if hired)
  2. Undergraduate Transcript (Official required if hired)
  3. Unofficial Transcripts (copies acceptable initially)
  4. Supplemental Information