Associate Director, Office of Accessibility Services (Partially Remote) - Simmons University
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 9587
Located in Boston?s historic Fenway area, Simmons has a strong tradition of empowering women and challenging traditional gender roles. Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual?s community experience. You?ll find that people who work here are truly committed to our mission of preparing students to become champions of social justice and leaders in their professions and their communities. This commitment and pride make for a dynamic workplace.As a university that prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion, we encourage applications from all under-represented groups and are focused on inclusive hiring practices?at all levels, for all positions?ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer. Job SummarySimmons University is looking for an Associate Director to join the Office of Accessibility Services team located within the Center for Student Success. Reporting to the Director of Accessibility Services, the Associate Director will interpret documentation to determine appropriate accommodations for academic, residential, and clinical accommodations, provide academic coaching, consult with faculty on issues related to accommodations and inclusive course design, and help to reduce barriers to learning for students. The Associate Director will perform other tasks as assigned by the Director. This is a 40 hours a week position. This position may be eligible for partial remote work. Essential Responsibilities: Review and interpret psycho-educational reports and other documentation to determine appropriate accommodations and services for academic, residential, and clinical and field placement accommodations. Ensure accommodation requests are fulfilled in a timely manner.Meet with students to conduct intakes, review accommodation requests, and address specific needs.Meet with students to provide academic coaching, self advocacy skills, and strategies for effective communication with faculty and staff.Ensure the implementation of accommodations in the classroom and partner with faculty and departments on best practices.Collaborate with stakeholders to promote Universal Design for Learning and equal access to learning, programming, and events on campus.Assist with the development and implementation of department policies and procedures.Create and maintain relationships with working partners across campus.Collect and synthesize departmental data and statistics.Collaborate with campus partners and serve on committees across campus.Other responsibilities as needed.QualificationsBachelor?s degree in related fields such as rehabilitation counseling, special education, disability studies, higher education, counseling, or psychology plus a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience.Master?s degree preferred.Experience working with federal laws regarding postsecondary education and disabilities, including ADAAA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.Ability to manage and maintain confidential information.Understanding of Universal Design for Learning.Experience with case management, counseling, and/or programming in higher education or a comparable setting with a comparable population of individuals with disabilities.Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to build and sustain key relationships with students, faculty, staff, administration, and with governing agencies.Ability to work as a member of a team in a dynamic and fast paced environment.Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.Excellent organization skills and ability to set priorities and meet deadlines.Commitment to working with and fostering an inclusive environment with a diverse population of campus members.Salary GradeS07Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the Application Materials box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual?s community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices?at all levels, for all positions?ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.
Colleges of the Fenway is a collaborative effort of five neighboring Boston-based colleges in the Fenway area. This collaboration was created to add value to student academic and social life while seeking innovative methods of investing in new services and containing the costs of higher education. Collectively, the colleges represent more than 12,000 undergraduate students, comprising 16.2% of the total Boston population of undergraduates attending four-year colleges, more than 700 full-time faculty, and 2,300-course offerings.