Under the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Student Accessibility Services (OSAS) at Oberlin College and Conservatory is the campus resource for providing academic and programmatic accommodations to students with disabilities. OSAS works directly with students, faculty and staff to assist with all aspects of the student accommodation process on campus. OSAS acts as a liaison to multiple departments on campus that impact academic, housing, dining and campus accessibility. Frequent communication occurs between campus stakeholders to assure compliance with Federal and State statutes relative to individuals with disabilities. Committed to equal opportunity for students with disabilities, OSAS cultivates a caring environment that values personal and academic integrity and responsibility.
The Director of the Office of Student Accessibility Services will lead a team that provides comprehensive support services to students with disabilities and serve as a chief liaison for campus groups, faculty, staff and administrators. The focus of the position will be the oversight and complete institutional responsibility for implementing and ensuring compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act for students. The Director will oversee educating newly registered students on the process for accessing approved accommodations, as well as providing coaching skills such as self-advocacy, executive function, and essential skills for students with disabilities in the higher education setting. Additionally, the Director will develop programs to increase the visibility of the department on campus.
• Lead an extremely busy, high paced office with a very large caseload of students, by providing coaching, including self-advocacy skills, executive function support, and interacting with Faculty, Students, Families, and Staff
• Complete review of documentation and render decisions related to student requests for disability accommodations related to courses and, perhaps, other campus services.
•Conduct student accommodation meetings to review the steps the student needs to take to access approved accommodations.
• Utilize AIM or similar system to manage delivery of student accommodations, and educate students on the use of AIM to set up accommodations. Participate in sufficient self-directed training on the system and provide training to other users as needed
• Assist faculty in creating alternative formats of materials including enlarged print and acquiring accessible format material
• Meet with students for coaching appointments, teaching strategies for time management and studying, and providing academic support
• Maintain timely and accurate case notes for all student contacts
• Serve as a designee for OSAS on campus committees as assigned and as an active member of the Student Affairs staff
• Maintain confidentiality in compliance with FERPA and College policies.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Bachelor’s degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, Higher Education, Rehabilitation Studies, or related field
• Three (3) years of progressive experience working directly with individuals with disabilities
• Direct experience determining eligibility for disability related accommodations
• Demonstrated knowledge, training or experience interpreting federal and state laws e.g. ADAAA, FHA, regarding disability rights and responsibilities, and their application to higher education including substantial knowledge of Tiles I, II, and III of the Americans with Disability Act
• Demonstrated application of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
• Demonstrated strong organizational and administrative skills, advanced computer skills, ability to thoroughly document conversations and actions regarding case management, excellent written and verbal communication
• Ability to respond to daily urgent matters and to manage a staff in a supportive and collaborative way.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
• Master’s Degree in a human services field such as Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, Special Education or related field.
•Five (5) or more years of progressive experience working directly with individuals with disabilities, preferably in the higher education setting.
• Demonstrated knowledge of understanding of disability rights and disability culture, universal design for instruction, and the social justice model of disability
• Experience working in a college or university disability services office or similar educational setting.
• Ability to balance meeting Federal mandates while upholding College and course policies
• Familiarity with various neuropsychological, psycho-educational and psychological assessment batteries used in the diagnosis of learning disabilities, mental health conditions, AD/HD and traumatic brain injury, and interpreting the data from such reports into appropriate accommodations for the higher education, residential institution setting.
Oberlin College & Conservatory is a four-year, highly selective liberal arts college that combines a top-ranked college of arts and sciences with a world-renowned conservatory of music. Combined, the two divisions enroll approximately 2,900 students. Founded in 1833, Oberlin College & Conservatory was the first college in America to make interracial education and coeducation central to its mission-traditions that live today within a commitment to positive social engagement. Located 35 miles southwest of Cleveland, OH, Oberlin College & Conservatory has earned a reputation of excellence based on the quality of its richly diverse student body, outstanding faculty, excellent facilities, and academic and technological resources. Learn more at http://new.oberlin.edu/about