Assistant Director, Disability Services Program (003047)

University of Denver in Colorado

Deadline February 28, 2014
Date Posted January 28, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The Disability Services Program (DSP) is the office responsible for the administration of the University of Denver's commitment to equal access and participation for all students who have documented disabilities or medical conditions, in academic areas and other programs sponsored by the University. This includes providing appropriate accommodations pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA).

We collaborate with the University of Denver community to foster academic and personal growth in students with disabilities. We partner with our community members to embrace disability within the values of inclusive excellence.

The Assistant Director of the Disability Services Program will provide direct, comprehensive accommodations review and work with academic departments and staff to ensure compliance with ADA law as outlined in the new Academic Accommodations policy. The position will supervise the Testing Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, Sign and CART interpreters. The Assistant Director will help coordinate Assessment and report writing for DSP and coordinate professional and staff development for the department. In the absence of the Director, the Assistant Director will provide leadership and direction for the department on policy issues, interpretation, development and any personnel issues, including supervision of staff. The right candidate will demonstrate a commitment to the principles of inclusive excellence, universal design, and diversity through involvement and participation in university/division-wide projects and initiatives. This is a full-time, 12 month, 37.5 hr/week appointed position and reports to the Director of Disability Services Program.

Essential functions include:

-  Accommodations Review and Support/Compliance with ADA: Has a strong working knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (as amended) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Review disability-related documentation such as psycho-educational assessments; approve appropriate academic accommodations; notify requesting student of approved accommodations; educate/train students in appropriate use of accommodations; prepare faculty notification letter when requested.
-  Campus and Community Collaboration: Partner with DU colleges and programs to provide comprehensive and consistent messaging and services for all constituents. Function as one of the campus experts for the provision and coordination of academic accommodations for students with disabilities ensuring compliance with applicable laws, regulations and policies. The Assistant Director will serve as primary liaison for several disability related organizations and resources including, but not limited to, the Assoc. of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and Colorado/Wyoming Consortium of Disability Service Providers Consortium.
-  Administrative Processes: Assist in managing department communication materials and venues - printed materials (flyers/brochures); website information and development. Manage the language substitution process.
-  Departmental Leadership: Assist the Director in areas of oversight, planning and vision for the Disability Services Program; provide leadership support on policy development, interpretation of applicable laws and mandates, staff supervision and departmental administration.
-  Professional Development/ Assessment/Other Duties as Assigned: Assist the Director in conducting staff meetings and professional development programs for the department. Coordinate research and develop training/professional development programs within the larger AR Cluster (and other departments when appropriate). Support the Director of DSP with departmental assessments - data collection, analysis and reporting and other duties as needed.


-  Knowledge of disability legislation as related to higher education
-  Understand how to interpret diagnostic/psychological assessment used to assess students with disabilities


-  Master's Degree in Higher Education or related field
-  Minimum 1 year related work experience

Preferred Experience:

-  Experience with Universal Design
-  1-2 years supervisory experience


Instructions for candidates:

To be considered a candidate, please complete the on-line application and attach a cover letter and resume ( Only applications submitted online will be accepted.  Once within the job description online, please click "New Resume/CV" at the bottom of the page to begin application.

If you have questions regarding this position, contact the hiring manager, Michele McCandless at

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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