Director, Disability Resources

Website Palomar College

Position Title Director, Disability Resources
Department Disability Resource Center
Location San Marcos
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Category Administrative
Hours per week Exempt Position
Number of Months 12 month
Work Schedule
Exempt Position
Grade 66
$10,828.65 [step 1] – $13,187.91 [step 5]. Step placement may be negotiable dependent upon education and experience. Administrators that possess earned doctorates from accredited institutions are awarded an annual stipend of $1,842.81.
Salary/Wage Frequency Monthly
In addition​ to a competitive compensation structure, Palomar College​ also offers an extremely generous benefits package.

    • Insurance fully paid for employees and their eligible dependents: four medical plans, dental HMO, and the vision plan (additional plans are available that require employee buy up/monthly contribution)
    • Vacation, sick leave and 25 paid holidays
    • $80,000 employee term life​/accident insurance policy (additional buy up options available)
    • Employee long-term care insurance
    • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) – Free counseling, financial, legal, personal and professional development resources
    • Additional buy up options available for other voluntary insurance benefits
    • Enrollment in CalPERS (California Public Employees Retirement System)
The estimated maximum value of this employer-paid benefits​ package is approximately $41,360 annually.
Primary Function
Responsible for the administration, quality and coordination of the Disabilities Resource Center; planning, organizing and directing services for students with disabilities while ensuring compliance with Federal, State, and College laws, statutes, policies and regulations applicable to educational opportunities and accessibility for students to students with disabilities; develops and maintains a welcoming and professional environment that supports a sense of belonging for employees and students; provides leadership in the development of collegial, supportive on and off campus collaboration in support of students’ needs; prepares and adheres to all federal and state mandates and complies with audits, program review, and reporting as required.
Minimum Qualifications
To be eligible for this position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:

    • Education: A Master’s degree.
  • Experience: Must meet both of the sets of qualifications under (a) and (b) below.
(a) One year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator’s administrative assignment.

(b) Two years of full-time equivalent experience within the last four years in one or more of the following fields listed in (1) through (4) below:
  1. Instruction or counseling or both in a higher education program for students with disabilities.
  2. Administration of a program for students with disabilities in an institution of higher education.
  3. Teaching, counseling or administration in secondary education working predominantly or exclusively in programs for students with disabilities.
  4. Administrative or supervisory experience in industry, government, public agencies, the military, or private social welfare organizations in which the responsibilities of the position were predominantly or exclusively related to persons with disabilities.
  • Only coursework completed at, and degrees awarded by, accredited institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education will be considered as satisfying the minimum qualifications. Coursework and degrees that are completed outside of the United States are required to have transcripts evaluated (evaluation to U.S. equivalency and a course by course analysis) by an appropriate U.S. credentials evaluation service. For a list of credentials evaluation agencies accepted by Palomar College, visit the National Association of Credentials Evaluation Services (NACES) website at, or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) website at
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility and Antiracism (DEIAA) Statement
Palomar College serves over 30,000 students from a variety of backgrounds and we are proud to be a Hispanic Serving Institution. Our student body is rich in its diversity. Click here to see a quick overview of our student demographics on our recent Student Fact Sheet.

Palomar College is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility and antiracism (DEIAA). We are dedicated to empowering students to succeed and are guided by our core values; some of which are the following:

    • Access – We make education possible for everyone.
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – We recognize and respect diversity, seek to foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, and strive to address inequities.
All positions require cultural competency which includes the sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff
Preferred Qualifications
  1. A Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, 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 related field.
  2. Upper division or graduate-level coursework related to people with disabilities.
  3. Experience in teaching or counseling students with disabilities, preferably in higher education.
  4. Experience in managing categorical budgets and grants.
  5. Supervisory experience in the administration of programs for students with disabilities.
  6. Experience with state reporting and requirements such as SSARCC (Student Services Automated Reporting for Community Colleges)
  7. Experience working in an educational setting, preferably in a community college.
Licenses and/or Certificates
Supervision Received and Exercised
Supervision Received From: Dean, Student Success, Equity, Counseling

Supervision Given: Faculty, classified, hourly, and volunteer staff in the Disability Resource Center

Duties and Responsibilities
ESSENTIAL AND MARGINAL FUNCTION STATEMENTS. Essential responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Performs full supervisory activities in accordance with relevant District policies, procedures, and applicable employee contracts/handbooks, which includes selecting and training new employees; planning, assigning, scheduling, and evaluating completed work; approving overtime/compensatory time; preparing and signing employee performance evaluations; recommending reclassifications; responding to grievances and taking appropriate disciplinary action; and performing related supervisory activities.

2. Plans, organizes, directs, and controls the activities, services, and operations of the department; establishes, implements, and enforces departmental goals and objectives.

3. Interprets, applies, and assures compliance with applicable laws, codes and regulations; remains current on applicable legislative decisions and developments.

4. Prepares, submits, and monitors the annual budget for the assigned department; researches and approves expenditures for services, supplies, and equipment in accordance with established policies, procedures, and protocols; solicits and evaluates funding options and requirements; prepares related budgetary and financial reports.

5. Develops and formulates program goals and objectives as well as office policies and procedures to assure optimum efficiency; monitors expenditures and assures the maintenance of adequate audit trails.

6. Assures compliance with State and Federal laws, mandates, and regulations applicable to educational opportunities and accessibility for students with disabilities.

7. Assists in training the College’s Americans with Disabilities Act Officer regarding accommodation provisions for students with disabilities; reviews denials of requested academic accommodations in accordance with District procedures.

8. Directs and evaluates interpretation function operations to assure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and codes.

9. Communicates with District personnel and representatives of government agencies and professional organizations to coordinate services, refer students with disabilities and exchange technical information.

10. Oversees and participates in the preparation of comprehensive and detailed reports related to the operational, budgetary, and service activities for students with disabilities.

11. Develops Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), Service Area Outcomes (SAOs), and Program Review Plans (PRPs) for the Disability Resource Center; monitors assessment of outcomes and develops plans of action for improvement based on the assessment of the outcomes and in accordance with program and District goals and objectives.

12. Oversees the fulfillment of college requests for accommodations related to interpreter services for non-DRC students, faculty, staff and community members.

13. Leads the implementation of campus-wide accessibility efforts as part of the college’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility and Antiracism (DEIAA); provides campus wide accessibility coordination.

14. Oversees the Access Technology Center for students with disabilities including instructional classes.

15. Oversees the Disability Resource Center instructional program, including curriculum development and review.

16. Directs the maintenance of a variety of records and files regarding services provided, student progress, program budgeting and personnel.

Marginal Functions:
1. Participates in/on various committees, task forces, boards, meetings, and/or other related groups to receive and/or convey information.

2. Participates in shared governance through service on planning and/or operations committees and task forces.

3. Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
Knowledge of:
1. Managerial principles and practices.

2. Federal, State, local and District laws, regulations and policies governing individuals with disabilities.

3. Populations of individuals with disabilities.

4. Automated financial systems.

5. Education limitations, and reasonable accommodations in higher education for students with disabilities.

6. MIS reporting systems.

7. Disability classifications and characteristics.

8. Academic and vocational counseling principles and practices.

9. Resources for individuals with disabilities.

10. Curriculum development processes and procedures.

11. Assistive technologies.

12. Post-secondary special education programs.

13. Adaptive physical education principles.

14. Basic research methods and report writing techniques.

15. Budgeting principles and practices.

16. Public relations principles, including the use of tact, patience, and courtesy.

17. Community college organization, operations, policies, and objectives.

Skill in:
1. Supervising, training and directing the work of others.
2. Utilizing a computer and related software applications.
3. Analyzing and troubleshooting difficult situations accurately and adopting an effective course of action.
4. Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; maintaining communication with District and college staff and various agencies to coordinate program services, exchange information, and refer students with disabilities.
5. Establishing and maintaining communication with local community resources, legislative leaders, and organizations.
6. Developing, administering, and maintaining program budget.
7. Interpreting complex data and information.

8. Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

9. Mediating difficult and/or hostile situations.

10. Effectively responding to all situations/incidents using sound judgment and decision-making skills.

11. Compiling and organizing data from a variety of sources.

12. Maintaining accurate and complete records.

13. Maintaining confidentiality and exercising discretion.

14. Maintaining sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, age, cultural, physical or mental disability, medical condition, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, nationality, race, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff.

15. Planning, organizing, directing, and controlling the activities, services, and operations of the Disability Resource Center.

16. Providing technical expertise and guidance to District administrators concerning matters related to students with disabilities.

17. Working with individuals with disabilities to resolve a variety of issues raised by them.

18. Providing counseling and advisement services to students with disabilities.

19. Working independently with little direction.

20. Maintaining accurate and complete records.
Working Conditions
Environmental Conditions:Office environment; exposure to computer screens, noise and electrical energy; extensive contact with faculty, staff, and students.
Physical Conditions:Essential and marginal functions require maintaining physical condition necessary for ambulating for extended periods of time.
Terms of Employment
  • This is a full-time, 12 months per year educational administrator position.
  • The person selected for hire will be required to complete the following pre-employment requirements: live scan/fingerprinting, official transcript(s), and TB risk assessment. Other pre-employment requirements may be required depending on the position (i.e. certifications or licenses; see applicable job posting section for details). Successful completion of all pre-employment requirements is mandatory to be eligible for employment. These requirements are in accordance with the following Administrative Procedures and Board Policies: AP 7120AP 7125AP 7126AP 7127AP 7330BP 7330AP 7336AP 7337, and BP 7335.
Open Date 03/25/2024
Close Date 05/20/2024
Open Until Filled No
Posting Number P0894P
Additional Application Information
  • Supplemental application materials (optional): You may submit letters of recommendation.
  • The hiring committee will decide if interviews will be conducted in person at the College or via Zoom. Travel expenses for first-level interviews are not reimbursed by the College. Second-level travel reimbursement is only available for eligible candidates. HR will notify those who are eligible when second-level interviews are scheduled.

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