Director, Academic Achievement & Access Center

The University of Kansas in Kansas

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted December 26, 2013
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

Position Title: Director

Posting ID:  4446

 Department: Academic Achievement and Access Center, The University of Kansas


Position Overview:

The Academic Achievement and Access Center (AAAC) is a unit in the Office of Undergraduate Studies. The AAAC supports the intellectual development of all individuals by encouraging active participation both in and out of the classroom. The Director of the AAAC has primary responsibility for the management, leadership, and implementation of academic support, transition, and disability accommodation programs and services for currently enrolled University of Kansas students. The AAAC comprises areas of Academic Support programs and services, including Tutoring Services and Supplemental Instruction, and Student Access Services, including Alternate Exam and Print Services. The person in this position is responsible for knowledge of and compliance with Board of Regents and University policies and with NCAA rules and regulations regarding day-to-day job-related activities applicable to the position that could involve contact with student athletes.


Job Duties:


  • Provides overall leadership and direction for the Academic Achievement and Access Center (AAAC) by establishing and assuring implementation of departmental goals and policies. Ensures goals and policies are consistent with the priorities of the University and Undergraduate Studies.
  • Determines short and long range service goals and learning outcomes for programs within the AAAC.
  • Acts as advocate for students with disabilities and learning difficulties. Works with faculty and University administration to assist students experiencing personal and academic difficulties.
  • Establishes and communicates a vision for the overall AAAC.
  • Leverages technology solutions to support service to students and to maximize communication, data collection and management, and efficiency for AAAC.
  • Participates in professional development to remain current on disability and student learning.
  • Provides expertise and leadership to address University needs as requested.



  • Manages overall staff of seven unclassified staff and two university support staff.
  • Directs the activities and evaluates the performance of two associate directors and one university support staff.
  • Gives oversight and direction to professional development for staff, to management and personnel-related issues, and to the recruitment of new staff members.
  • Provides appropriate orientation, training, and support for all staff members to ensure their success.



  • Works with associate directors to establish appropriate learning outcomes for AAAC programs and activities.
  • Develops and implements ongoing assessment of AAAC programs and activities and uses results to ensure program services are meeting the needs of the students, Undergraduate Studies, and the University.
  • Strategically plans programs to increase student retention and graduation.
  • Monitors current trends and developments in disability law, accommodations, and services, as well as new initiatives for student learning regionally and nationally through involvement in organizations and other professional development activities.



  • Administers all aspects of the fiscal operations, including the operating budget and any associated fee income, other restricted funds (e.g., Vocational Rehabilitation funds), and private funds.
  • Works with Provost's Office securing funds to support academic accommodations.
  • Establishes fiscal guidelines to sustain a sound financial status.



  • Serves as a member of the Undergraduate Studies Leadership Team.
  • Provides leadership on various University committees and contributes to university-wide initiatives relating to disability and student learning.
  • Assumes other responsibilities as designated by the Assistant Vice Provost and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies.


Required Qualifications:

  1. Master's degree.
  2. Five years full-time experience in higher education programs providing disability services and/or academic support, including demonstrated experience with budget management and assessment.
  3. Effective written communication skills as evidenced by the application materials.
  4. Minimum 2 years full-time experience supervising professional and support staff.


Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Doctorate degree.
  2. Experience working in a large university setting.
  3. Three years supervisory experience.
  4. Familiarity with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and with the Americans with Disabilities Act as they apply to higher education services for students.
  5. Excellent verbal communication and public speaking skills.
  6. Work experience that required prioritization of complex and competing projects.
  7. Demonstrated ability to conduct program assessment efforts.
  8. Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively interact and work collaboratively with a diverse population of students, staff, faculty, administrators, and other members of the community.
  9. Experience in policy and procedure development.


Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience

Contact Information for Applicants: Jennifer Klute,

Deadline/Review Date: Priority review date is 01/31/14. Position will remain open until filled.

Expected Start Date: 07/01/14


Specific Detailed Applications Instructions for this position:

To apply go to A complete application consists of a cover letter, resume, and three professional references.



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