Associate Director, Services for Students with Disabilities

Virginia Tech   Blacksburg, VA   Full-time     Education
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Posted on July 18, 2021

Job Description

Building on its motto, Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) assists the university with its mission of promoting students’ academic success, personal growth, and development of life skills. SSD works to ensure that students with disabilities receive equal access to curricular and co-curricular opportunities in the university community, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of qualified candidates to join their community in preparing leaders for the world and encourages individuals across racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and other identities to apply.

Reporting to the director, the Associate Director serves as a full-time administrative/professional faculty member. The associate director works to ensure students with disabilities receive equal access to university programs, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Core Responsibilities:

Supervise, train and evaluate a team of professionals responsible for determining reasonable accommodations in university programs and coordinate accommodations services like note taking, alternate text requests, and furniture coordination.

Independently yet collaboratively determine reasonable accommodations for students in university programs in a clear, well-documented, timely, and effective manner.

Effectively communicate with students, families, campus partners on matters of accessibility and reasonable accommodations through meetings, creation of written materials, trainings and presentations

Support the Director in understanding programmatic access issues across the University and when needed fill in for the Director in the Director's absence.

Required Qualifications

Advanced degree in a human services field like disability services, counseling, clinical psychology, social work, special education, higher education or related field; or bachelor's degree and related experience equating to an advanced degree;

Demonstrated success leading a team of professionals, including the ability to coordinate and assign multiple work schedules;

Experience conducting interviews and interpreting documentation (special education records, audiology reports, psychoeducational tests, psychological evaluations etc.) to assist in determining accommodations and services;

Full understanding of federal regulations including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act and ability to translate these regulations for a lay audience;

Ability to work with confidential, highly sensitive information.

Working knowledge of assistive and adaptive software and hardware systems such as JAWS, Read and Write Gold, Dragon Naturally Speaking, smart pens, FM systems, remote captioning or other technology utilized by students with disabilities;

Excellent verbal and written communication and problem-solving skills.

Ability to maintain effective working relationships with campus partners, characterized by cooperation, attention to detail, flexibility and personal responsibility.

Must be a self-starter with the ability to work in a fast paced, team-oriented environment and meet deadlines in a timely manner.

Computer skills required include word processing, email, internet, and basic spreadsheet skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in a higher education setting.

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About Student Affairs:

Student Affairs’ Aspirations for Student Learning serve as a framework for our roles as educators as we work alongside students to encapsulate their learning into a strengths-based discovery of their talent so they may: commit to unwavering curiositypursue self-understanding and integritypractice civilityprepare for a life of courageous leadership; and ultimatelyembrace Ut Prosim as a way of life. We operationalize these aspirations through ExperienceVT whereby we work alongside undergraduate, graduate and professional students to create a customized plan for their experience designed to accomplish their individual goals. We measure our success by the success of our students. To that end, we will do whatever it takes to support the individual well-being and success of every student at Virginia Tech. 

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Christa Miller at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.