[Athen] Vacancy at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Shannon Ruth Aylesworth aylessr at uwm.edu
Tue May 28 11:31:54 PDT 2019

Position announcement
Director of the Accessibility Resource Center (100% FTE)

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee<http://uwm.edu/> (UWM) invites applications for the position of Director of the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC). The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is one of only two doctoral-granting institutions in the University of Wisconsin System. UWM is Wisconsin's premier urban research institution and teaches a more diverse student body than any other UW-System school. As Wisconsin's only public urban research university, UWM has established an international reputation for excellence in research, community engagement, teaching and entrepreneurism. Founded more than 60 years ago in the belief that Milwaukee would need a great public university to become a great city, the themes of quality education, excellence in research, and community service guide all University activities. On a budget of $667 million, UWM educates more than 26,000 students and is an engine for innovation in southeastern Wisconsin.


The Accessibility Resource Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, along with its UWM-Waukesha and UWM-Washington County branch campuses, provides comprehensive services and accommodations for students with disabilities as well as outreach and support to faculty and staff. The Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) is committed to creating a highly inclusive and accessible University experience for all students.

The Director of the ARC is responsible for overseeing the following at UWM:

* Ensuring all students with a disability have equal opportunity and access to the academic, social, cultural, and recreational programs offerings of the University;
* Providing guidance to assist students with disabilities in their transition and adjustment to the university, accepting and reviewing disability documentation, and determining appropriate accommodation in the classroom and for other campus activities;
* Recommending learning strategies, adaptive/assistive technology, curriculum modifications, and special test modifications to assist students with disabilities;
* Serving as a liaison to and resource for faculty, staff, administrators, and campus partners;
* Assuring compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines pertaining to accommodating students with verified disabilities;
* Promoting an administrative structure and environment that supports the educational goals held by students, UWM administrators, faculty, staff, and other relevant stakeholders at all campuses and UWM partners;
* Actively seeking grant and scholarship opportunities to secure additional funding sources;
* Continually evaluating trends and advances in technology affecting assistive technology and accommodative service delivery.
The Director of Accessibility Resource Center has the primary responsibility to plan, develop, and administer all aspects of the Center's programs, services, and budget; provide vision in setting priorities and leadership in maintaining the Center's mission.


UWM seeks candidates with an outstanding record of professional accomplishment, management and leadership skills to serve as the new Director.

Minimum Qualifications:

* Master's degree. Degree concentration in one or more of the following areas: Rehabilitation Counseling, Disability Services, Higher Education Administration, Educational Psychology, or a related discipline.
* Minimum of 5 years of experience working with post-secondary students with various disabilities in a higher education or similar setting.
* Deep knowledge of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, in addition to other pertinent federal, state, and local laws.

Preferred Qualifications:

* PhD. Degree concentration in one or more of the following areas: Rehabilitation Counseling, Disability Services, Higher Education Administration, Educational Psychology or a related discipline.
* 7 years, or more, of experience working with post-secondary students with various disabilities in a higher education or similar setting.
* 7 years, or more, of demonstrated strong supervisory, leadership and management experience in a highly engaged department.
* Evidence of ability to successfully collaborate, energetically lead, advise and/or consult with a wide variety of constituents across the University
* Evidence of ability to actively engage department staff with current best practices and maintain an awareness of pertinent emerging issues in disability services, higher education, and student affairs.
* Demonstrated commitment and success in a vibrant and inclusive multicultural environment with a critical understanding of social justice and universal design issues in both student and workplace settings.
* Demonstrated experience in personnel and fiscal management, including the ability to manage a department budget and to hire, professionally develop, and retain outstanding team talent.
* Excellent communication skills, developing digital and analog materials.
* Strong awareness of assistive technologies in higher education.
* Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to exercise a high degree of discretion and diplomacy.
* Proven facility with standard desktop productivity tools, such as MS Office Suite, disability management data systems (Accessible Information Management, for instance), administrative data collection, summation, and reporting.

Salary: This is a 12-month, full-time appointment with excellent benefits. Annual salary rate will be commensurate with the level of education, training, and experience.


The Chair of the Search and Screen Committee, Associate Professor Robert Grame, welcomes all inquiries. Cheryl Andres may be contacted at candres at uwm.edu<mailto:candres at uwm.edu> or (414) 229-2721 and she will forward your inquiries to Associate Professor Grame.

Applications must include a cover letter, a complete curriculum vitae or resume, and contact information for three references (none of whom will be contacted until a later stage of the search and not without candidate permission). The letter should summarize your professional qualifications and the accomplishments that reflect the skills, background, and experience to be successful in this key position. Successful applicants will provide specific examples of past work experience as it relates to the position responsibilities and qualifications. These materials must be uploaded through UWM's Applicant Information Management System (AIMS) at: https://jobs.uwm.edu/postings/28996.
Please direct inquiries and questions to:
Cheryl Andres
candres at uwm.edu<mailto:candres at uwm.edu>
NOTE: The application deadline is June 21, 2019
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