[Athen] Director Position Opening in Washington, DC

Lucio, Emily Singer LUCIO at cua.edu
Thu Jul 2 08:23:48 PDT 2015

Dear friends and colleagues,

After nine years at The Catholic University of America, I have taken a new position at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore as their Director of ADA Compliance and Disability Services. My current position is now posted. CUA is a wonderful place to work and right in Washington, D.C. The office has a great staff already in place and we are very well received and supported throughout the university. I do hope you will consider this opportunity.


Director, Disability Support Services (full-time, 35 hours/week)
Division of Student Affairs
Position 405505
As the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States, founded and sponsored by the bishops of the country
with the approval of the Holy See, The Catholic University of America is committed to being a comprehensive Catholic and
American institution of higher learning, faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ as handed on by the Church. Dedicated to
advancing the dialogue between faith and reason, The Catholic University of America seeks to discover and impart the truth
through excellence in teaching and research, all in service to the Church, the nation and the world.
The mission of the Student Affairs Division is to promote and facilitate student learning and holistic development in the
Catholic intellectual tradition. In partnership with the academic community and Campus Ministry, meaningful opportunities for
intellectual and personal development are provided in a vibrant, faith-based, values-oriented campus setting. Student centered
programs and services are offered to support and challenge students throughout their educational experience.
The Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) provides programs and services designed to support and encourage the
integration of students with disabilities into the mainstream of the university community. Through partnerships with students,
faculty and staff, DSS assists in creating an accessible university community where students with disabilities have an equal
opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of the educational environment.
Position Summary:
In support of all aspects of the mission of the department, division, and University, the Director provides dynamic leadership
in implementing, coordinating and supporting comprehensive, student-centered initiatives that reflect institutional thinking,
support the formation of community, foster student retention and promote the development of the whole student. The
Director ensures that programs and services are implemented with attention to high standards, quality, collaboration and
fiscal soundness.
The Director oversees the provision of the University’s accommodations for all students with disabilities as legally mandated
by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Director acts to support
the integration of students with disabilities into the student community and services as a resource for faculty and staff
regarding disability issues. In this capacity, the Director works with undergraduate, graduate and Law School students, and
alumnae on an as-needed basis and in accordance with the regulations established under disability law.
As the manger for all aspects of the disability support services program, the Director is primarily responsible for the following:
 Oversight, evaluation and direction of provisions of the University’s accommodations for all students with physical,
medical, cognitive, sensory, and psychological disabilities, including the evaluation and interpretation of
documentation, the creation of academic accommodation plans for registered students with disabilities, and
coordination of all services for students with disabilities.
 Training, supervision and evaluation of professional and paraprofessional staff.
 Development and implementation of orientation and training programs for the University community, including
students, parents, faculty, and staff.
 Coordination of departmental planning to establish short-term and long-range goals and objectives.
This position reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs and represents the Division in a variety of public relations
forums and university events. The director establishes relationships with faculty, academic leadership, enrollment services,
campus life professional and other integral staff throughout the campus community.
Essential Responsibilities Include: Plan, develop, implement and evaluate outstanding educational and developmental
disability support systems and processes which supplement global University and departmental objectives and provide
individualized and holistic support services and program access for students with disabilities. Evaluate and interpret disability
documentation and determine eligibility under ADA. Develop, monitor, adjust and evaluate educational accommodation
plans; ensure proper communication of accommodation plans to the appropriate offices including course instructors and, at
the student’s request, the Dean’s office in the appropriate school, the major advisor and the Dean of Students. Oversee,
evaluate and direct provisions of the University’s accommodations and services for all students with physical, medical,
cognitive, sensory, and psychological disabilities. Develop and enhance a vision for disability support services at The
Catholic University of America that provides and promotes outstanding educational and developmental programs and
services. Manage the recruitment, supervision, retention, training, development and evaluation of all staff resources,
including student staff/interns and contract services. Collect data and disseminate reports and analyses reflecting progress,
trends, and appropriate recommendations for future programs and initiatives. Serve as a resource person for students,
parents, faculty and administrators: Informally counsel students with disabilities regarding accommodations and support
services and adjustment to campus life. Notify faculty and staff of accommodation and access needs and advise and assist
in the implementation of accommodations. Acquire and maintain a strong working knowledge of related university
departments, systems and processes. Maintain a strong working knowledge of the disability services and student
development field. Apply and share knowledge to produce fundamentally sound and creative solutions to critical student
Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree required in Special Education, Counseling, Student Development or related field,
or equivalent experience in disability service provision. At least four (4) years of experience in disability support service
provision, ideally at the post-secondary level, or equivalent in training and experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Ability to translate a mission and vision into successful programs and services. Ability to plan,
organize, set priorities, implement and evaluate programs and services. Strong service orientation and ability to relate
effectively with diverse individuals and groups at all levels of an organization. Ability to work collegially and collaboratively to
develop effective student-oriented services. Ability to communicate effectively and by using a wide variety of tools and
mediums. Proven “hands on” and energetic team leader. Proven analytical, technical and supervisory skills.
How to apply: forward application, salary requirements, resume, and cover letter to CUARecruitment at cua.edu<mailto:CUARecruitment at cua.edu>.
Reference position 405505 in subject line or on application. Positon is open until filled.
The Catholic University of America
Human Resources, 170 Leahy Hall
620 Michigan Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20064
Fax: (202) 319-5802
Tel: (202) 319-5050

Emily Lucio
Disability Support Services
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave. NE
201 Pryzbyla Center
Washington, DC 20064
Phone 202-319-5211
Fax 202-319-5126
Email: lucio at cua.edu<mailto:lucio at cua.edu>

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