Towson University is accepting applications for an Assistant Director, Accessibility and Disability Services (ADS). The Assistant Director is part of the leadership team in the Office of Accessibility and Disability Services, the purpose of which is to promote accessibility, inclusion and equity for students with disabilities at Towson University. This position is responsible for ensuring compliance with Federal and state laws relating to students with disabilities, including Section 504, the ADA, FHA and Title IX. This position supports the Director with a variety of responsibilities, supervises the Assistive Technology Coordinator and manages a caseload of students with disabilities.
The Assistant Director, ADS, assists the Director in developing and implementing plans and goals for the department to ensure compliance with regulatory responsibilities and best practices in the field. Supports the Director with coordination of ADS office operations, budget management; recruitment, hiring and training of staff, as well as consultation and training for faculty, staff and administrators. Oversees the operations of ADS and provision of accommodations to Towson University students enrolled at off-campus locations, including TU in Northeastern Maryland (TUNE) and the Regional Higher Education Centers consisting of the College of Southern Maryland, University Center Northeastern Maryland (HEAT), and the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). Ensures that Memorandum of Understanding agreements are met, and students are provided with accommodations and services as needed.
This position supervises the Assistive Technology Coordinator to ensure implementation of best practices in the field, with a focus on students with sensory and learning disabilities. Ensures compliance including timelines for conversion of text material to alternate formats and provision of note-taking technologies. Supervisory responsibilities may grow to include additional staff in the future. Manages non-academic accommodations for the ADS office including housing, dining, parking, transportation, commencement and animals on campus. Serves as a liaison to TU departments and offices in coordinating and implementing these types of accommodations (e.g., Housing and Residence Life, Events and Conference Services, Parking and Transportation, Athletics etc.).
The Assistant Director conducts intake interviews to provide academic accommodations/services for an assigned caseload of students with disabilities. Reviews and interprets student disability documentation (e.g., psycho-educational, psychological and medical evaluations) and determines disability eligibility and appropriate accommodations. Develops ADS memos and follows up as needed to resolve issues. Provides individualized support to students including transition assistance, advocacy support, supplemental academic advisement, academic and behavioral skill-building, etc. Coordinates various ADS programs for students with disabilities including the federal Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP). Provides campus education and training to students, faculty and staff, including diversity and disability awareness events. Keeps abreast of developments in disability-related law, assistive technology developments and current trends in higher education for students with disabilities. Performs other administrative duties as assigned.
Master's Degree in administration, human services, special education, higher education or related field and a minimum of five years of related experience. The selected candidate must have: • Knowledge of Section 504, ADA, and FERPA laws. • Strong oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. • Excellent collaborative, problem-solving, planning and organizational skills. • Experience presenting effectively to diverse groups of individuals.
Preferred: • Higher education experience working with students, particularly students with disabilities and at-risk and diverse populations.
A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.
Salary and Benefits
Competitive salary and full University benefits that include 22 days of annual leave, up to 14 holidays, personal and sick days; excellent health, life, and retirement plans; and tuition remission. To learn more about our benefits, click here.
This position will be open for a minimum of 14 days. Cover letter and resume are requested, but not required.
Internal Number: 2000003L
About Towson University
The largest comprehensive university in the Baltimore area, Towson University is nationally recognized for its excellent programs in the arts and sciences, communications, business, health professions, education, fine arts and computer information systems. Located in suburban Towson, eight miles north of Baltimore, our beautifully landscaped, 328-acre setting offers a pleasant environment for study and a diverse campus life, as well as easy access to a wealth of university and community resources. Towson University's educational experience branches out to off-campus locations throughout Maryland, including a number of online options. Our many interdisciplinary partnerships with public and private organizations throughout Maryland provide opportunities for research, internships and jobs. Towson University is a founding member of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU).