The purpose of this position is to serve as the primary compliance officer for University of Detroit Mercy with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and in doing so to ensure equal access and provide direct services to undergraduate and graduate/professional students with a range of disabilities, including (but not limited to) ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety/depression, physical and sensory disabilities, chronic illnesses, and assorted learning disorders.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
(1) Serves as primary coordinator for university compliance with disability laws relating to students and as the central intake for matters relating to students with disabilities, and coordinates the delivery of disability accommodations and support services for students on the McNichols, Corktown, Law School, and Novi campuses;
(2) Ensures that university-related information is readily available regarding services, accommodations, and policies relating to students with disabilities;
(3) Meets with students, parents, and other student-advocates to discuss the procedure for requesting and receiving accommodations;
(4) Requests, receives, and evaluates documentation of disability in order to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations;
(5) Creates and maintains confidential files for students with disabilities within Accommodate;
(6) Maintain electronic disability service monitoring system Accommodate;
(7) Coordinates with the Testing Center on activities including monitoring of testers;
(8) Liaison with other SSC staff to coordinate comprehensive student support;
(9) Provide students official notifications of disability accommodation each semester;
(10) Provides faculty official notifications of disability accommodation each semester with each semester, as well as consultation for accommodating students in the classroom;
(11) Provides training and ongoing support for faculty, staff and administrators regarding disability issues and federal legislation;
(12) Provides direct service to self-identified students with disabilities, including trouble-shooting and crisis management;
(13) Directly contracts and coordinates services, such as sign language interpreters, CART transcription, accessible textbooks, and course materials;
(14) Completes accounting process tasks (such as check requests, creating purchase orders, establishing contracts with vendors, and approving payments) relating to the purchase of required products and equipment, or payment to service providers;
(15) Identifies and purchases assistive technology, and adaptive equipment required by law to ensure accessibility for students with disabilities;
(16) Provides professional consultation regarding disability issues to major divisions of the university including Title IX, Academic Affairs, Business and Finance, Human Resources, Legal Affairs, Student Affairs, all Colleges and Schools, and Athletics;
(17) Works with facility operations to ensure compliance of facilities with disability standards to meet the needs of currently enrolled students;
(18) Make appropriate referrals to internal and external resources;
(19) Serves as an advocate when student’s accommodations are not being met by faculty, and helps students to understand their rights and responsibilities;
(20) Serves as an advocate for faculty when students are not in compliance with the law;
(21) Maintains current information regarding state and federal laws for students with disabilities.
(22) Ensures that appropriate processes are in place for prompt, equitable resolution of complaints and inquiries from students, faculty and staff;
(23) Consults with all involved parties regarding allegations of discrimination and non-compliance with laws regarding discrimination on the basis of disability;
(24) Maintains records of disability and accommodation issues and the resolution of each;
(25) Provides reports to internal and external entities regarding students with disabilities enrolled at Detroit Mercy;
(26) Serves on university committees;
(27) Performs other related duties as needed
Education: A college degree and a professional certificate or graduate degree Experience: Six months to two years
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Strong student-centered orientation • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills • Knowledge of current ADA and Section 504 and related standards. • Knowledge of psycho-social dynamics of disabilities. • Knowledge of physical, medical, psychological, sensory and learning disabilities. • Knowledge of reasonable accommodations for specific disabilities. • Knowledge of counseling and advising techniques. • Knowledge of budget and related policies. • Knowledge of adaptive equipment and technology.
Job may require lifting light weight objects (1 to 10 pounds) with no repetitive bending or stooping. Occasionally lift average weight objects (1 to 10 pounds).
Regular exposure to favorable conditions such as those found in a normal office.
The University of Detroit Mercy has one goal - to help our students realize their dreams and ambitions. We fulfill that goal by offering challenging academic programs taught by talented, committed professors and supplemented by hands-on research, co-op, and internship opportunities.