Position TitleDirector, Disability Resources Center
Open Internally or ExternallyExternal
Reports to (title)Dean of Students and Assistant Vice President
DepartmentDisability Resource Center-4B5
Starting SalaryBased on qualifications
Job Open Date04/15/2022
Open Until FilledYes
Priority Review Date04/22/2022
The Director of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) provides vision, leadership, and strategic planning to ensure that SLCC is inclusive and accessible for students with disabilities by leading college-wide accessibility initiatives, and ensuring students receive reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (as amended) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (as amended). Co-chairs the college-wide Universal Access Committee to help address accessibility barriers, and help the college view accessibility through universal design perspectives. Directs all aspects of reasonable accommodation service delivery to over 2,000 students with disabilities at all SLCC campuses, including online courses. The Director regularly consults with the Dean of Students, ADA Coordinator, General Counsel, State Risk Management Office, and other legal advisors to ensure that sound decisions are made regarding reasonable accommodations for students at SLCC. Supervises and mentors a team of 50+ caring professionals including two assistant directors, an interpreter manager, an assistive technology coordinator, accessibility advisors, sign language interpreters, and other support staff. Effectively manages a budget of over $1 million, with complex funding sources. This is an at-will position.
Essential Responsibilities and Duties
Strategic planning for the DRC – Articulate a vision for the DRC and set goals and objectives to enhance organizational and institutional effectiveness. Direct administrative, budgeting and financial, planning and operational functions. Recruit, hire, supervise, and provide for professional development of staff. Ensure staffing levels and services at all SLCC campuses are adequate to meet student needs.
Advise DRC staff on complex issues including eligibility determination, accessibility advising, crisis management, and mediation. Provide consultation to the DRC regarding interpretation of laws and regulations, medical documentation, and the provision of reasonable accommodations for students.
Co-chair the Universal Access Committee. Lead college-wide initiatives to address accessibility barriers and promote a universal design approach to accessibility. Promote a campus environment that is inclusive for students with disabilities, and is built upon principles of the social model of disability. Maintain close relationships with Associate Deans and Faculty, and consult on issues related to student accommodations and legal compliance.
Keep abreast of current ADA legislation and case law, changes in the field of disability services, changes of procedural policies of the State Office of Risk Management and Office for Civil Rights; and use this information to advise the institution how to best accommodate students with disabilities.
Resolve complaints and clarify policies by meeting with students, parents, representatives, rehabilitation professionals and legal advocates. Review specific student issues, requirements, decisions and problems, many of which may pose serious legal implications for the College.
Establish, maintain, and promote effective relationships with community agencies, such as the Division of Rehabilitation, Veterans Administration, Mental Health Centers, as well as private rehabilitation practitioners and medical facilities. Coordinate outreach efforts and transition services with area high schools.
Conduct regular assessment and evaluation of DRC programs and services, and prepare annual assessment reports.
Participate in other institutional activities and duties as assigned.
Four (4) years of full time paid work experience in Disability Services in higher education;
Experience in a multi-campus community college setting;
Experience leading college-wide accessibility initiatives or committees;
Relevant professional licensure/certification (CRC, LCSW, NIC, etc);
Bilingual and/or proficiency in American Sign Language.
Master’s degree in Disability Studies, Social Sciences, Rehabilitation Counseling, or closely related field;
Four (4) years of full time paid work experience in Disability Services, ADA Coordination, Vocational Rehabilitation, or Special Education;
Two (2) years of the required experience must include supervisory or managerial responsibilities.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Disabilities, functional limitations, and reasonable accommodations;
Interpretation of disability documentation, medical reports, psychological evaluations, and learning diagnostic testing;
ADA/Section 504 compliance regulations, definitions and current case law;
Fundamental alteration analysis;
Disability Studies theory and practice—especially the social model of disability;
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles;
Intersectionality of disability with other identities including race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.
WCAG 2.0 web accessibility guidelines;
Assistive technologies and adaptive equipment;
Case management software (i.e. Accommodate, AIM, Clockwork, etc.)
Crisis counseling and management;
Organizational theory and practices;
Effective leadership practices;
Budgeting and fiscal forecasting;
Student Affairs administration, policies and procedures.
Computer skills including data base management;
Manage multiple tasks, activities and projects simultaneously;
Mediation skills to help resolve sensitive, confidential student concerns;
Develop and implement new programs, procedures and processes;
Increase efficiency of programs and cost effectiveness;
Anticipate needs for services and respond accordingly;
Work within college structures and policies.
Ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of diverse people, ability, culture, and ethnic background, to maintain good working relationships across the College.
Ability to work with all groups in a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic background of community college students, faculty and staff, including those with disabilities.
- Full consideration will be given to applicants who apply on or before the priority review date indicated above.
- More information about Salt Lake Community College benefits: https://i.slcc.edu/culture/benefits/index.aspx
Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) is fully committed to policies of equal employment and nondiscrimination. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, religion, protected veteran status, expression of political or personal beliefs outside of the workplace, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.
SLCC is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”).
This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check.