Assistant Director of Academic Services and Coordinator of Accessible Education

Job description

Roanoke College is seeking highly qualified candidates for the position of Assistant Director of Academic Services and Coordinator of Accessible Education. Working in the Division of Academic Affairs and reporting to the Director of Academic Services in the Goode-Pasfield Center for Learning and Teaching, the Assistant Director is part of the leadership team focused on helping students realize their academic potential as independent and resourceful learners, and serves as a proxy in the Director’s absence. The Assistant Director determines eligibility of services and facilitates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and collaborates extensively with campus partners, including Residence Life and Housing, Student Health and Counseling, the Writing Center, Subject Tutoring, academic advisors, and faculty, to ensure inclusive access to the College’s educational environment. The Assistant Director serves as an academic advisor to pre-major students. The Assistant Director adheres to the mission of Roanoke College, which is to develop students as whole persons and prepare them for responsible lives of learning, service, and leadership by promoting their intellectual, ethical, spiritual and personal growth.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Serve as initial point of contact for students with disabilities;
  • Evaluate medical, psychoeducational, and psychological documentation to identify reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities; plan and implement those accommodations;
  • Refer students for testing or evaluation, as needed;
  • Advise and orient students with disabilities to relevant support resources on campus;
  • Maintain confidential files in accordance with FERPA and Roanoke College policy;
  • Ensure that all accommodations are recorded with precision in the Colleague database, with clear notes documenting all interactions regarding students;
  • Develop, review and revise written policies and guidelines, in accordance with state and federal law—including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act—regarding procedures for determining and accessing “reasonable accommodations”; student rights and responsibilities with respect to receiving services; confidentiality of disability information; and emotional support and service animals;
  • Assist with the development, review, and revision of policies and guidelines for settling a formal complaint regarding the determination of a “reasonable accommodation”;
  • Develop and maintain a working knowledge of alternative learning technologies and strategies, as well as accessible instructional materials for students who might make use of them;
  • Inform faculty regarding academic accommodations, compliance with legal responsibilities, as well as instructional, programmatic, and curriculum modifications;
  • Provide disability awareness training for campus constituencies such as faculty, staff, and administrators, including providing information about services available to students with disabilities;
  • Evaluate and assess services in accordance with learning outcomes, including tracking student participation;
  • Serve as the coordinator for requests for housing accommodations, requests for emotional support animals, and meal plan exemptions submitted to the Accommodative Housing Committee, which consists of representatives from Residential Life and Housing and Student Health and Counseling;
  • Work closely with the Coordinator for the Center for Learning and Teaching and the Coordinator for Subject Tutoring and retention programs to ensure efficient delivery of services offered by the office;
  • Contribute to the refinement and advancement of the strategic vision for the Center for Learning and Teaching;
  • Serve as an academic advisor to pre-major students who are academically at risk or who are receiving accommodations;
  • Conduct academic workshops, including those in study skills and time management;
  • Advise incoming freshmen and transfer students during summer, fall, and spring pre-registration;
  • Perform additional duties as needed.


Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, special education, learning disabilities, or equivalent experience;
  • Minimum 3 years of experience working with students with disabilities in an educational setting (post-secondary strongly preferred);
  • Demonstrated expertise in interpreting a wide range of psychoeducational testing and other clinical documentation and determining appropriate and reasonable accommodations based on knowledge of disabilities and their functional limitations;
  • Thorough knowledge of all applicable laws and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act;
  • Knowledge of and experience with state-of-the-art adaptive technology utilization;
  • Demonstrated ability to encourage students with disabilities to develop independence;
  • Demonstrated commitment to working as part of a team;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with discretion and professionalism, including timely response to students, families, faculty and staff;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated experience engaging respectfully in challenging situations highly desirable;
  • Excellent organizational skills.

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience serving as an academic advisor to academically at-risk students;
  • Expert knowledge of best practices in working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder;
  • Demonstrated experience developing training materials and/or programs to support faculty working with students with disabilities, particularly students with Autism Spectrum Disorder;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products and student database software, e.g., Ellucian, Maxient.

Review of applications will begin January 22 and continue until the position is filled.