Director, Spectrum Support Programs 7879BR Student Affairs Spectrum Support Program
Detailed Job Description
Provides strategic direction to the operations of the Spectrum Support Program, Neurodiverse Hiring Initiative, and related programming and initiatives.
Leads the development of new initiatives or adjusted strategies aimed at creating an inclusive campus culture, positively impacting the retention and graduation of RIT's autistic student population, and increasing cooperative education and post graduate employment opportunities for students with autism and related neurodiversity.
Establishes and maintains relationships with various internal and external partners and utilizes those relationships to strategically enhance and improve the work of SSP and NHI.
Use best practices to recruit, support and retain a team of staff with expertise in providing the highest level of service to students and the university.
Oversees the allocation of resources to ensure that the operations of the department are effective, efficient, and in line with best practices.
Acts as the budget authority for departmental budget, revenue, and special project accounts.
Coordinates with University Advancement to develop funding proposals to ensure the continuous delivery and growth of the Spectrum Support Program, Neurodiversity Hiring Initiative and related initiatives.
Acts as Gift Program Administrator to manage donor gifts in collaboration with RIT Advancement Office.
Pursues research and scholarship opportunities through collaborative relationships with internal and external partners as well as through presentations, publications, conferences, meetings, and other venues.
Provides consultation to external constituents regarding the development of support structures for college students and job seekers with autism and other related neurodiversity.
Department/College Description The Student Affairs division affirms the University's mission by leading RIT in developing a thriving and inclusive learning environment that empowers students to invent and reinvent their goals and aspirations. The success of every student is our highest priority.
Masters required in higher education, counseling, social work or related field.
Must have 5-7 years of substantial, relevant, and progressively responsible experience in a higher education leadership position focusing on neurodiversity and/or disability services.
Minimum of 5 years experience with program development and supervision of professional full-time staff.
Ability to set strategic goals and express a strategic vision.
Ability to cultivate strong and authentic relationships with a range of partners, both internal and external, to achieve department objectives.
Oversee the development and implementation of programming that meets the unique needs of RIT's neurodivergent student population, such as social events, support groups, and workshops.
Experience creating an inspiring team environment, ensuring staff are challenged and supported to thrive in their work, maintain a strong team culture of student-centered professionals.
Experience distributing responsibility to others and implementing professional development plans for a diverse team of staff.
Strong commitment to a culture of student-centeredness, innovation, collaboration, and continuous improvement.
Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.
Experience with grant writing, program development, curriculum development.
Must have strong analytical skills, the ability to prioritize workflow, and manage competing priorities, complex problems, and tasks.
Strong relationship-building, public speaking, and presentation skills.
Ability to evaluate and utilize research to make program improvements.
Specialized knowledge, skills and expertise related to working effectively with students with autism spectrum disorders and related neurodivergent identities.
A demonstrated track record of enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility and improving the culture and climate for students and staff.
Effective interpersonal, written, and electronic communications skills, including the ability to convey complex information in accessible terms to diverse or multicultural audiences.
Ability to establish, build and maintain effective working relationships based on respect, empathy and honesty with diverse groups and individuals.
Ability to manage and maintain confidential and private information; uses confidential, sensitive and/or private records and information, protects information appropriately.
Knowledge of Deaf culture, American Sign Language (ASL), or willingness to learn.
Professional Area: Employment Category: Fulltime Staff Job Function:Wage Band: 121A
How to Apply In order to be considered for this position, you must apply for it at: http://careers.rit.edu/staff. Click the link for search openings and in the keyword search field, enter the title of the position or the BR number.
Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process with preference given to complete applications received by June 1, 2023.
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