[Athen] Hudson, NY: Bard College hiring Director of Disability Resources and Accessibility

Lydia X. Z. Brown lydia at autistichoya.com
Wed Apr 29 15:22:01 PDT 2020

Hello Everyone,

Bard College is hiring for a new position that comes on the heels of a call
to action between our MFA class, and 2019 founded Disability Student Union
within the undergraduate program. There was an Accessibility Working Group
formed last semester to get the ball rolling. I believe this is a new
position within the school.

Please feel free to circulate the link below:
Director of Disability Resources and Accessibility

All best, Josephine

Director of Disability Resources and Accessibility. The primary role of
the Director is to work with students who self-identify as having a
disability (learning, psychological, physical) and are requesting
accommodations in order to have access to the programs and services of the
College. The Director will employ a dynamic, iterative process to
coordinate academic and non-academic support services and programs. This
includes reviewing and assessing documentation; determining eligibility for
services and reasonable accommodations; arranging classroom, testing, and
other accommodations for qualified students and collaborating with faculty,
staff of the Center for Student Life & Advising and the Learning Commons,
and other campus constituencies to implement support strategies for
students. This is a full-time, 12 month per year position. Bard College is
an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from individuals
who contribute to its diversity.


- Review and assess student paperwork and documentation
- Meet with students to develop reasonable accommodation plans and
provide accommodation letters each semester at student request which
includes providing verification letters for study abroad programs and
graduate school exams
- Advocate for students to help ensure appropriate accommodations are
available both in and out of the classroom
- Communicate and clarify accommodation parameters with faculty and
campus departments to help ensure student access
- Develop innovative practices to create services for students in
collaboration with campus constituents
- Support students in connecting to other support resources on campus,
as well as help them practice and hone their self-advocacy skills
- Obtain and create accessible format course materials for qualified
students with print-based disabilities
- Maintain a lending library of assistive technology and provide
training to students on assistive technology
- Collaborate with the 504 Coordinator on compliance and grievance
- Keep up to date on changing disability law, developments in assistive
technology, and appropriate responsiveness to emergent trends to apply best
practices and keep campus constituents up-to-date
- Organize proctoring services for students who qualify for accommodated
- Work with Residence Life and Housing for disability-related special
circumstance housing requests
- Meet with prospective and accepted students and their families
- Organize pre-arrival visits for incoming students who may need extra
transition support
- Manage institutional reporting
- Consult with graduate programs and international programs

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

- The successful candidate will have 3-5 years’ experience in disability
service provision in a college setting, and a Master’s Degree in Education,
Psychology, or a related field is preferred. Candidate should have
familiarity with Social Model of Disability, as well as ability to meet the
guidelines provided by AHEAD.
- Strong interpersonal, organizational, problem-solving, written, and
oral communication skills;
- In-depth knowledge of disability, the Americans with Disabilities Act
of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and awareness of
updates and changes to the law;
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a range of
individuals across the college; proven ability to provide training to
students, faculty and staff;
- Attention to detail and ability to understand complex legal matters
and maintain confidentiality;
- Knowledge of small, liberal arts institutions preferred.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references
through Interfolio.com at: http://apply.interfolio.com/71948.

Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications
from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will
receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation,
gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or
genetic information.

Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable
accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services,
programs, and activities.

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