Director, Access & Ability Center

  • Director
  • Visalia, CA
  • May 7, 2021

Website College of the Sequoias

Director, Access & Ability Center

Salary: $105,761.00 – $156,256.00 Annually

Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: 5952-m-02/21

Closing: 5/7/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

Location: Visalia/Tulare/Hanford, CA

Department: Access and Ability Center

Division:

General Description

Under the direction of the Dean of Student Services, the Director of the Access & Ability Center is responsible for the management, leadership, and coordination of district wide services to provide quality educational support opportunities for students with disabilities; assure proper district wide implementation, monitoring, and maintenance of assigned programs and services.

The Director provides vision and leadership to the district’s community by building networks that ensure understanding, support, and responsiveness to the development of effective policies and protocols pertaining to students with disabilities. Additionally, the director will provides support services and reasonable accommodations to students, provide training to district employees, as well as supervise and evaluate certificated and classified staff while providing direct oversight to a complex budget.

Sequoias Community College District is a Hispanic-Serving Institution, reflecting the great responsibility that the District has to the educational attainment and economic well-being of the surrounding community. In Fall 2019, we enrolled approximately 13,493 students in which:

  • 66.5% identify as Latinx;
  • 2.4% as Asian/Pacific Islander;
  • 2% as Black/African American;
  • 19.7% as White;
  • .1% as Pacific Islander/Filipino; and
  • 5.7% as multiracial

COMMITMENT TO EQUITY:

Sequoias Community College District values the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, abilities, genders, gender identities, and orientations. The District prioritizes applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits a diverse student population brings to a community college and seeks managers who are equity-minded, collegial, committed to helping all students achieve their educational goals, and value mentorship. Ideal candidates will share the Sequoias Community College District’s commitment to student-centered practices and to creating inclusive learning environment that will benefit our racially and socioeconomically diverse student population.

Job Duties

  • Plan, develop, direct, and evaluate district services, including instructional support services, instructional programs and physical facilities to meet the education and accessibility needs of disabled students.
  • Develop program policies and procedures.
  • Identify and recruit eligible disabled students who need specialized assistance or instructional support.
  • Develop and maintain liaison with local high schools and with area agencies, which provide services to the disabled.
  • Develop appropriate inreach and outreach recruiting strategies for students who may benefit from program resources.
  • Provide in-service training for faculty and staff to promote an awareness of the needs of disabled students.
  • Identify architectural barriers and submit accessibility suggestions.
  • Prepare and administer the Access & Ability Center budget plan and final expenditure reports.
  • Ensure students are provided academic, vocational, and personal counseling to disabled students.
  • Administer strategic retention strategies for Access and Ability students to remain in their courses with appropriate support.
  • Oversee hiring of student employees for program components.
  • Coordinate and chair advisory committee meetings for the Access & Ability Center; provide advocacy and coordination for the college’s reasonable accommodations process.
  • Respond to public inquiries regarding the Access & Ability Center.
  • Maintaining knowledge of the legal responsibilities regarding students with disabilities participation in the educational process.
  • Ensure high quality student data is accessible for MIS reporting.
  • Plan, organize, and conduct workshops, seminars, and training meetings relating to instructional services for students with disabilities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Education and Experience

[Title 5: §53414 and §56048]

The candidate must meet the following criteria. Required Education from a U.S. Department of Education recognized accredited organization and licensure qualifications. In accordance with Ed Code Title V for DSP&S, the following requirements are required:

  • Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, OR
  • Master’s degree in counseling, guidance counseling, student personnel, clinical or counseling psychology, education counseling, social work, career development, marriage and family therapy, marriage, family and child counseling, or a Bachelor’s degree in marriage and family therapy or in marriage, family and child counseling and possession of a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT); and either fifteen or more semester units in upper division or graduate level course work specifically related to people with disabilities, or completion of six semester units, or the equivalent of a graduate-level counseling practicum or counseling field work courses, in a postsecondary Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) Program or in a program dealing predominantly or exclusively with people with disabilities, or two years of fulltime experience, or the equivalent, in one or more of the following;

A. Counseling for students with disabilities; or

B. Counseling in industry, government, public agencies, military or private social welfare organizations in which the responsibilities of the position were predominantly or exclusively for persons with disabilities, or the equivalent. OR

  • Master’s degree in other closely related fields and two years full-time experience or the equivalent within the last four (4) years in one or more of the following fields:
  • Instruction or counseling or both in a higher education program for students with disabilities;
  • Administration of a program for students with disabilities in an institution of higher education;
  • Teaching, counseling, or administration in secondary education, working predominately or exclusively in pro- grams for students with disabilities; or
  • Administrative or supervisory experience in industry, government, public agencies, the military, or private social welfare organizations, in which the responsibilities of the position were predominately or exclusively related to persons with disabilities.

AND

  • Demonstrated sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic, social, economic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students. AND
  • Experience providing accommodations to students with a wide range of disabilities in post-secondary, degree-granting institutions. AND
  • Working knowledge of Title 5, Section 504, the ADAAA and other disability-related mandates. AND
  • Experience providing specialized, disability-related academic counseling.

Desirable Qualification

  • Have direct or related experience in managing and supporting staff teams serving students in higher education or similar settings.
  • Experience in diversity, equity and inclusive pedagogy with an application to student services.

Licenses and Other Requirements

  • Valid California driver’s license.
  • An incumbent must be insurable at the “standard rate” by the employer’s insurance carrier at all times while employed in this classification by the College of the Sequoias.

Working Conditions

Environment

  • Office.
  • Drive vehicle from site to site to conduct business of the District

Physical Abilities

  • Ability to operate a computer and office equipment.
  • Ability to read documents (with or without accommodation/assistive devices).
  • Ability to sit and stand for extended period of time.
  • Ability to reach in all directions.
  • Ability to lift objects weighing up to 30 pounds.
  • Ability to exchange information on the telephone or in person (with or without accommodation/assistive devices).

Application Procedure

  • Application for Academic or Administrative Service.
  • Diversity Statement (included in application packet).
  • Statement which addresses how the applicant’s experience and/or education enables him/her to be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities.
  • Current resume.
  • Transcripts—Copies of transcripts of college/university work may be sent with the application package. Official transcripts are required for employment..

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Linda Reis at (559) 730-3867 or mailto:lindarei@cos.edu

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COLLEGE OF THE SEQUOIAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The College of the Sequoias Community College District is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. It is the District’s policy to ensure that all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunity and are not subject to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, gender, color, language, accent, citizenship status, ancestry national origin, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, transgender, parental status, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability or medical condition, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics.

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