Director, Disability Resource Center

Northern Illinois University in Illinois

Deadline February 14, 2014
Date Posted December 20, 2013
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

The Director for the Disability Resource Center (DRC) provides administrative direction and supervision for the DRC, in order to assure that proactive university services are provided to students with disabilities to decrease barriers for access and inclusion, support the educational mission of NIU, and ensure compliance with federal and state mandates. The Director for the DRC will develop, implement, and interpret goals, priorities, and policies for the DRC. The Director will also develop, implement, and coordinate programs which facilitate the academic progress of students with disabilities, facilitate the participation of students with disabilities in the co-curricular life of the university, and facilitate a commitment to disability as a tenet of diversity. The Director will oversee departmental staff, including professional, clerical, graduate, and student staff and have budgetary responsibilities. The Director will work under the supervision of the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management. This is a full-time, 12-month position.


The successful candidate is required to possess a Masters degree in a field related to Student Personnel work, including but not limited to: Disability Studies, Counseling, Vocational Rehabilitation, Social Work, Student Affairs, or related areas. Additionally, the successful candidate will have a minimum of five years of experience working with persons with disabilities, preferably in a University or College setting specifically related to Disability Resources; a minimum of three years of administrative experience including supervision and budget management; demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse students; and demonstrated education, training, and/or experience that establishes competence in each of the following areas: models of disability; universal design and the social model of disability; organizational skills; communication skills including public speaking; educational, adaptive, and assistive technology; development of presentations on topics related to disability services in higher education; and comfort with desktop computer applications.


A letter of application, résumé/vita, and names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references must be submitted to: Tricia Fisher, Search Coordinator, Office of Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, Altgeld 208, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois 60115. E-mail: Electronic applications must be submitted in Word format. Complete applications must be received by February 14, 2014. Position start date is negotiable.

In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check. 

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues.