Brief Description of Position: Under the direction of the Dean of Student Services, the Director of Disability Services is responsible for provision of services to students with disabilities. The Director will establish, plan, organize and maintain control of all phases of the program. Responsibilities include:
Serve as lead contact person for all students and community members seeking information on accessibility, accommodations, and other aspects of disability services available at WPCC.
Responsible for determining disability eligibility and approving reasonable accommodations based on student disclosure as well as supporting documentation from qualified treatment provider(s).
With assistance from the Disability Services Resource Specialist, oversee selection, placement and supervision of part-time service providers including ASL interpreters, note takers, proctors, readers, writers, etc. including the payroll operations for these part-time providers.
Responsible for promoting awareness of inclusion and accessibility-related issues to faculty, staff, and students (e.g., neurodiversity; ADA compliance, Web/On-line-accessibility, promoting the use of universal design to meet the needs of diverse learners as well as persons with physical challenges, etc.).
Coordinate and/or assist with admission and enrollment procedures of students with disabilities as needed/requested.
Serve as a liaison between persons with disabilities in the community, service agencies, and the College.
Provide individual counseling as required for students with disabilities.
Perform other duties as determined by the Dean of Student Services.
Salary: Hiring Range – Minimum to Midpoint ($3,378 – 4,223/monthly)
Western Piedmont Community College, an equal opportunity employer, values and encourages campus diversity in students, faculty, and staff.
Education, background, and/or training equivalent to a bachelor’s degree required.
Master’s Degree in Special Education, Education, Mental Health, or related area preferred.
Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience working with persons with various disabilities required (Neurodiversity, physical, psychological, and learning disabilities).
Knowledge and experience implementing state and federal guidelines and academic accommodations as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Demonstrated knowledge of needs of undergraduate students in general.
Demonstrated knowledge of strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to adapt communication style and methods to meet individuals’ needs.
Demonstrated case management and intervention counseling skills.
Familiarity with Deaf community and willingness to learn basic sign language skills preferred.
Physical Demands: No substantial physical activity required. The functions of the job are usually performed sitting, but may involve some amount of stooping, kneeling, bending, crouching, lifting, walking, carrying, and other movements may be required. Tasks such as working at a computer keyboard may involve extensive wrist and hand movements. All individuals are required to be able to perform these movements without a significant risk of injury to themselves or others, or to otherwise demonstrate or explain how they can perform the essential functions listed above.
Working Conditions: Noise level is usually moderate and normal for a classroom and office environment.
Hazard Assessment: While on interpreting assignments, employee may be exposed to the following hazards: gases, electrical shock, exposure to chemicals, eye hazards from shaving/dusts during grinding, drilling, sawing, exposure to bloodborne pathogens, anti-neoplastic/chemotherapy agents and mercury from broken thermometers, exposure to ammonia solutions, exposure to high levels of noise, exposure to laboratory chemicals, and UV light.
Western Piedmont Community College’s mission is to provide accessible, high-quality education that improves lives and promotes growth in our community offering over 100 Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates through 40 programs. Our vision is to become Burke County’s educational institution of choice where exemplary faculty and staff offer cutting edge programs of study in an inclusive environment thereby meeting local citizens’ educational needs which will foster regional economic growth. Western Piedmont Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees.