Position Full time, twelve-month Disability Resource Center Director position at the Crookston campus of the University of Minnesota with a negotiable starting date of May 15, 2021-July 1, 2021. Anticipated salary range of $45,000-60,000, commensurate with educational qualifications and experience. A competitive fringe benefits package is offered.
Position Overview: Reporting to the Dean of Student Engagement and Wellness, the Director of the Disability Resource Center (DDRC) provides direction and supervision for the Disability Resource Center and contributes to creating a vibrant campus community characterized by a strong commitment to equity, inclusion, and belonging for students with diverse identities with special focus to students with disabilities and learning differences. The DDRC provides leadership for the design, development, and implementation of disability services and programs for students. The director works collaboratively with other campus constituents to ensure an accessible campus environment for students and campus visitors. The director promotes an equitable and inclusive learning environment by facilitating reasonable and appropriate accommodations, reviewing and implementing ADA requirements and access for the physical campus, empowering students to become self-advocates, and educating the campus community. The director provides supervision and training to professional staff and student workers within the Disability Resource Center.
Functions, Duties, and Responsibilities: Leadership (10%) â— Demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and belonging by creating and establishing practices that are appropriate for students' individual needs and identities. â— Demonstrate self-awareness of one's own cultural beliefs, perspectives, and privileges as a part of meeting the needs of all students in a fair, caring, and non-discriminatory manner. â— Remain current and involved with comprehensive student affairs professional associations and emerging trends in the field. â— Supervise staff and foster their professional development, including growth in the area of equity and diversity. â— Hire, supervise, and train temporary staff to fill semester by semester needs including sign language interpreters and educational assistants, graduate interns from within the University of Minnesota System and neighboring universities, and student employees. â— Manage the budget of the Disability Resource Center, consulting with the Dean of Student Engagement and Wellness as needed. â— Consult with human resources professionals regarding disability-related issues in terms of recruitment, hiring, developing, and evaluating university employees. â— Develops and updates, as required, all written policies, procedures, and protocols guiding the work of the unit, ensuring policies are consistent with legal mandates related to disability in postsecondary education settings. â— Coordinate the fulfillment of the center’s strategic plan and provide oversight for advancing the mission and vision of the department.
Disability Services (70%) â— Demonstrate self-awareness of one's own cultural beliefs, perspectives, and privileges as a part of meeting the needs of all students in a fair, caring, and non-discriminatory manner. â— Demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by creating and establishing practices that are appropriate for students' individual needs and identities. â— Apply strong interpersonal techniques including active listening, empathetic responses, and questioning through in-person and virtual interactions to develop trusting relationships with students in order to promote their sense of belonging to campus. â— Critically apply various student development theories and advising practices to assess readiness and then appropriately challenge and support students with diverse assets, needs, backgrounds, and talents to make informed decisions about personal, academic, and career goals. â— Create and utilize a network of relationships with faculty, and student affairs educators to effectively deliver support services. â— Oversee the review of student documentation of disabilities, determination of reasonable accommodations, and concerns or petitions. â— Conduct intake and structured student interviews to determine the impact of limitations and develop a plan for reasonable and appropriate accommodations; conduct follow up meetings for students. â— Keep accurate, comprehensive, and up-to-date notes/records related to students. â— Review documentation and evaluative reports, evaluate eligibility for services, and prepare letters of accommodation. â— Organize reasonable accommodations, services and auxiliary aids for students. â— When necessary and appropriate, make determinations regarding provisional accommodations for students while they receive necessary evaluations and/or diagnoses required for the assignment of long-term accommodations. â— Monitor student progress in order to proactively and, when necessary, intrusively intervene, advocate, and recommend resources and solutions to academic difficulties and barriers student experience in policies and processes. Counsel students using independent judgment and problem-solving skills. â— Provide support services beyond the assignment of accommodations as appropriate for students with disabilities, including advising, advocating, referring to campus and regional resources. â— Engage in proactive problem-solving meetings with Disability Resource Center staff, faculty, student affairs educators, and staff to ensure that equitable access is being provided via the implementation of appropriate accommodations based on the needs of students. â— Participate on the CARE team and Campus Bias Response Team as needed when discussing students of concern or disability-related bias incidents. â— Provide oversight to ensure compliance with the ADA and other applicable state and federal laws and University accessibility standards. â— Provide leadership for the design, development, and implementation of disability services, programs, events, and trainings for students, faculty, student affairs educators, and staff. â— Collaborate with Admissions to register eligible new incoming students with the Disability Resource Center to facilitate accommodation needs. â— Establish relationships and serve as a resource to faculty and the greater campus community on issues related to a range of disability and accessibility issues. â— Maintain membership in campus committees, as well as local and national groups related to the field of disability in higher education. â— Counsel university stakeholders on trends and best practices in disability services. â— Serves as a resource to the entire campus community, including individual faculty, in designing and delivering reasonable accommodations required by the law.
General Programming and Initiatives (20%) â— Participate in the planning and implementation of initiatives, workshops, orientations, and other programs. â— Offer new, creative, and innovative approaches and practices to deliver educational programs and support including the use of group modalities. â— Makes referrals to appropriate campus services or community agencies and assists students in assuming the role of self-advocates. â— Provide input on the development, evaluation, and continuous improvement of DRC systems and processes. â— Contribute toward program development and evaluation metrics. â— Develop and oversee the implementation of strategies to raise awareness of the Center’s services to students. â— Act as a consultant to analyze project specifications to create universal design for the on-campus physical and both the on-campus and online instructional environments. â— Perform other duties as assigned. â— Create community partnerships and present outreach workshops. â— Conducts ongoing evaluation to assess the effectiveness of services and satisfactory progress of students toward their academic goals.
Bachelor’s degree in student affairs, counseling, or a closely related area.
Six years of related professional work experience in disability services, student affairs, or a closely related field.*
Demonstrated self-awareness, cultural competence, and achievement in working with diverse student populations.
Strong knowledge of disability, access, and reasonable accommodation for program and physical access.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Proven ability to work collaboratively with faculty, student affairs educators, and students.
Final job offer is contingent upon a completed background check, receipt of official college transcripts and authorization to work in the United States.
Demonstrated commitment to the land-grant mission of the University of Minnesota Crookston, especially as related to access and student success.
Master’s degree in higher education, student affairs, counseling or a closely related field.
Experience interpreting and applying the Americans with Disabilities Act and other access-related laws/policies.
Six years of experience in higher education providing service to college students with diverse identities including first-generation college students; students of various racial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds; students from low-income families; students from rural communities; LGBTQ students; and non-traditional adult learners.
*Note: This position is classified in a manner that requires the selected candidate to have 6 or more years of relevant experience. While 6 years of experience is desirable, UMN Crookston will consider additional classifications that require fewer years of experience for an otherwise qualified candidate who does not have 6 years of professional experience.
Internal Number: 339411
About University of Minnesota, Crookston
The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMN Crookston) is one of five campuses comprising the University of Minnesota system. UMN Crookston is a four-year public university with an enrollment of 1,800 students, approximately half on campus and half in online degrees. The student body is diverse and comes from over 40 states and over 30 countries. Thirty-four baccalaureate degrees are offered, 15 of which are also offered online. UMN Crookston proudly carries on a tradition of over a century of educational service to northwestern Minnesota, beginning in 1906 as a regional residential high school, changing to a two-year college in 1966 and to a four-year college in 1993. UMN Crookston is a small student-centered community of learning and scholars known for providing personal attention to every student. UMN Crookston makes a commitment to each individual student’s achievements and offers a hands-on approach and experiential learning that put students ahead of the competition. Integral to the university's statewide land-grant mission, UMN Crookston provides applied, career-oriented learning programs including internships and connects its teaching, research, and outreach to local, co...unty, and regional economic development agencies in support of the global economy. UMN Crookston delivers world?class University of Minnesota degrees in an affordable, close?knit campus setting where faculty and staff personally invest in the success of each student. UMN Crookston has been recognized for its quality programs by such organizations as U.S. News & World Report, which ranked the campus as #1 in the category Top Public Regional Colleges–Midwest for 2020. U.S. News has ranked UMN Crookston among the top four in this category for the past 23 consecutive years.