Assistant Director, Services for Students with Disabilities

Northwestern University in Illinois

Date Posted February 5, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

About Northwestern University:


Northwestern University is a private research university located on lakefront campuses in both Evanston and downtown Chicago, Illinois. Northwestern was founded in 1851. In fall 2008, Northwestern opened another campus in Doha, Qatar offering bachelor’s degrees in journalism and communications in partnership with the Qatar Foundation.  


The university employs approximately 7,100 full-time faculty and staff members among its 11 schools and colleges. NU offers over 130 undergraduate programs and 70 graduate and professional programs to the almost 16,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students enrolled full time.


Northwestern University is committed to excellent teaching, innovative research, and the personal and intellectual growth of its students in a diverse academic community.


Northwestern Opportunity:


Northwestern University seeks to employ a varied and diverse range of dynamic people who understand the importance of our mission and vision. When you consider a career at Northwestern University, you know that you are joining an institution with a deep history of academic, professional and personal excellence.


Currently, we have a career opportunity as an Assistant Director, Services for Students with Disabilities.


The Assistant Director is responsible for providing services for students with disabilities on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University. This includes reviewing disability documentation, evaluating requests for accommodation, administering educational screenings, and providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations and services for undergraduate, graduate/professional, and continuing studies students.


This critical role:


  • Evaluates accommodation requests;
  • Interprets disability documentation provided by students, including educational, medical and psychological assessment instruments;
  • Conducts intake interviews with students with disabilities to gather additional information in order to determine reasonable accommodations and complete intake summaries;
  • Provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations for a caseload of 200+ undergraduate, graduate, professional and nontraditional students with disabilities;
  • Determines appropriate testing and classroom accommodations;
  • Collaborates with faculty and staff to allow for the provision of testing and classroom accommodations, which includes proctoring exams at the SSD Office;
  • Provides guidance to directors, deans and faculty on the implications of modifying technical requirements;
  • Determines program-specific technical and practical requirements that may be modified to allow for the participation of students with disabilities;
  • With Northwestern University academic program administrators, and as appropriate, with practical supervisors outside of the University, develop student, program and site-specific accommodation plans;
  • Generates creative and practical solutions to address current and emerging needs, 'including accommodating students in online learning environments;
  • Provides referrals to other University offices as appropriate (e.g., University Health Services, Parking, and Counseling and Psychological Services, etc.);
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of accommodations and/or educational adjustments for students on an ongoing basis;
  • Provides academic coaching and assist in the identification and refinement of study strategies to students at all stages in their academic careers;
  • Provides individualized assistance to students with disabilities and serve as an advocate in resolving issues and concerns;
  • Serve as a resource regarding disability services for members of the University community, prospective students, parents and others who interact with the University;
  • Develops and disseminates educational/informational materials for faculty, staff and students on the Evanston campus to promote awareness of needs and capabilities of people with disabilities and the shared obligations to appropriately accommodate students;
  • Presents information to faculty and staff on providing appropriate academic accommodations in compliance with University policy and federal equal access laws;
  • Promotes concepts and implementation of universal design for learning to faculty;
  • Provides information about the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) and receiving accommodations to all students on the Evanston campus through participation in orientation events and small-group presentations;
  • Assists the Director of SSD with overall program management;
  • Identifies mechanisms to assess needs of students with disabilities on the Evanston campus on a regular basis;
  • Participates in other division-wide activities, staff development programs, and professional development opportunities;
  • Develops long-term goals and annual objectives for the Evanston Office of SSD;
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • A master's degree in rehabilitation counseling, disability studies, special education, psychology or related field or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired;
  • Minimum three years’ experience in comprehensive management and delivery of services for students with disabilities in a college setting.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Knowledge of ADA, Sections 504 and 508, disabilities and appropriate methods of accommodation, including assistive technology and adaptive equipment as well as creative programmatic adaptations;
  • At least one year of training from an accredited coaching program;
  • Training and experience working with students with psychological, physical, and sensory disabilities;
  • Experience working with graduate, professional and nontraditional students;
  • Experience developing accommodations for professional students working in clinical and clerkship settings.

Working at Northwestern University:


Beyond being a place to learn and grow professionally, Northwestern is an exciting and fulfilling place to work! Northwestern offers many benefit options to full and part-time employees including: competitive compensation; excellent retirement plans; comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage; dependent care match; vacation, sick and holiday pay; professional development opportunities and tuition reimbursement.


Northwestern greatly values work/life balance amongst its employees. Take advantage of recreational, cultural, and enrichment opportunities on campus. Employees also receive access to childcare solutions, retail discounts, and other work/life balance resources.


Northwestern University is an equal opportunity employer and strongly believes in creating an environment that welcomes students, faculty and staff of all races, nationalities and religions. In doing so, we offer our students the opportunity to learn and grow in diverse communities preparing them for successful careers in an increasingly global and diverse work force.


For consideration, please click on the link below. You will be directed to Northwestern University's electronic recruiting system, eRecruit, where you will search and apply for current openings. To apply for this position in eRecruit, enter the Job Opening ID number in the appropriate search field. Once you apply, you will receive an email confirming submission of your resume. For all resumes received, if there is interest in your candidacy, the human resources recruiter or the department hiring manager will contact you. Job Opening ID number for this position is 22651.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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