Assistant Director of Access
Oklahoma City University is seeking an experienced leader in disability and access services to support the campus community in its efforts to provide necessary support to students. The Assistant Director for Access serves as the primary individual responsible for coordinating and managing student university disability and access support programs and resources, including assessing student disability accommodation requests, providing direct services to students based on disability, engaging in the interactive process with faculty members in order to facilitate appropriate academic accommodations, maintaining awareness of and determining responses to disability support needs across campus, including workshops and learning opportunities.
The Assistant Director is housed within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and reports to the Vice President, while working closely with other departments including, but not limited to the Library, Housing, Student Affairs, and facilities.
Review of applications will begin on Friday, October 2nd.
- Demonstrate an attitude and behavior that reflects the core values and the mission of the university and the department.
- Design, develop, and maintain a comprehensive program of services to meet the needs of students with disabilities within federal regulations, currently accepted best practices, available financial resources, and thoughtful practices centering diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Interpret various diagnostic reports including neuropsychological, psychoeducational, clinical assessments, and supporting documentation provided by licensed providers, to determine eligibility Advise student, faculty, staff, administrators, and departments on appropriate and reasonable accommodations.
- Create and lead educational and informative workshops on topics focused on access and accessibility.
- Provide interpretation and assistance to student, faculty, staff, administrators, and departments in implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitations Act.
- Monitor and facilitate alternative testing accommodations
- Work closely with Vice President to create and implement policies and advise university departments on up-to-date guidance to revise existing policies.
- Oversee and assist the progress of students admitted on probation and students with disabilities. Provide student success resources and guidance to students who may require additional academic support, including development for learning strategies, self-advocacy, organizational skills, time management, and communication skills.
- Researches and evaluates best practices and trends in postsecondary accessibility.
- Collects, compiles, and analyzes program data to support assessment and other reporting needs.
- Participate as a member of committees and councils as needed.
- Responsible for high-level, independent decision-making, sometimes including authority to act on Vice President’s behalf.
- Serve as a facilitator, resource and collaborator as appropriate for matters related to the ADA and compliance to university offices, including Office of the Provost, General Counsel, Department of Human Resources, Facilities, Housing, and Diversity and Inclusion.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Constantly operates a computer and other office machinery.
- Constantly visually identifies, observes, and assesses.
- Frequently communicates with university constituents.
- Frequently remains in a stationary position (standing and/or sitting).
- Occasionally moves to accomplish tasks and/or to get from one worksite to another.
- Occasionally moves common office materials.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
- Work is primarily indoors but requires the incumbent to be in an outdoor environment when traveling between campus buildings or off campus.
- Standard office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Some off-campus, state and regional travel may be required.
- Attendance at some evening and weekend events may be required.
- Incumbent will be exposed to frequent noise caused by telephones and office machines.
- Knowledge of trends, issues, and accepted practices relevant to the position
- Demonstrated mastery of Americans with Disabilities Act and Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504
- Strong and quick analytical and problem-solving skills
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Ability to adapt and be responsive to student needs
- Ability to exhibit a detail-oriented focus and a demonstrated high level of service to faculty and students
- Ability to work independently with high-ability for initiative-taking and organization
- Ability to concentrate on tasks at hand amid frequent interruptions from phones, students, faculty, and the general public
- Ability to maintain strict confidentiality
- Excellent computer skills, with proficiency in Office Suite
- Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects
- Familiarity with Accessible Information Management (AIM) platform
- Familiarity with higher education contexts and/or ability to learn quickly
- Familiarity with universal design
- Experience making accommodation decisions at the post-secondary level.
- Knowledge of or experience with reviewing requests for housing accommodations and/or emotional support animals in consultation with staff in Housing and Residence Life
- Required: A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required in addition to a minimum of two years of job-related experience working with individuals with disabilities and/or in academic support areas.
- Preferred: A master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling, Special Education, Higher Education, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, or related field with emphasis on supporting students with disabilities in post-secondary educational setting.
- Required: A minimum 2 years of job-related experience working with individuals with disabilities is required.
- Preferred: 4-6 years of direct or strongly related experience with disability and access services is preferred.
A suitable combination of education and experience may be substituted for minimum qualifications.