associate director office of disabilities

Associate Director, Resource Office on Disabilities

General Purpose:

Under the limited supervision of the Director of the Resource Office on Disabilities, comply with applicable federal laws on disability and guard the University’s commitment to students with disabilities by facilitating individual accommodations for students with disabilities enrolled in Yale College.  Counsel and direct students, Deans, faculty, teaching assistants and staff on matters related to disability accommodations.

Essential Duties of Position:

1. Review and analyze medical and psychological evaluations to determine eligibility of Yale College students with disabilities.  Decide on reasonable accommodations that maintain essential course requirements and are consistent with the course of study and policies at the College.

2. Collaborate with the Office Director and Yale General Counsel, as needed, to develop plans for the delivery of individualized services.  Direct faculty, Deans, program administrators and facilities personnel on specific action(s) necessary for student accommodations.   

3. Implement, direct, supervise and adjust disability support services, technologies and processes within the organization’s allotted financial resources.  Recruit, organize, and supervise human resources required to provide the support services.  Recruit other University or community and state services as needed to provide services. 

4. Maintain a case management system that supports accurate and confidential record keeping for each student including information related to eligibility and provision of services.  

5. Provide current information about disability related services, documentation requirements and campus accessibility to current and prospective students, parents, university administration, faculty, staff and high school teachers and counselors.

6. Promote an understanding of and support for persons with disabilities; help institutional leadership consider disability issues when setting policy and when making management decisions; and communicate to faculty, staff, students, parents and guests of the campus this support for programs and policies. Provide on-going disability related information through written materials and presentations, symposia and conferences to educate the Yale community.

7. Develop written publications on subject specific disability topics for distribution to Yale personnel to raise the visibility of the Office and promote disability awareness.  Actively solicit Yale publications to present disability related articles during the academic year. Organize and host talks, seminars and symposiums to highlight information about disabilities.

8. Maintain high level of visibility and influence and show support for students with disabilities within the University community by serving on committees and participating in appropriate extra curricular activities.

9. Represent the Director and the Office to constituencies on and off campus. Act on behalf of the Director when in absentia.

10. Other duties as assigned. Serve on various University committees.

Experience and Training:

  1. Bachelor's degree and five years of professional experience, preferably working in an academic disabilities resources environment or vocational rehabilitation program or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
  2. Preferred:  Master’s degree.

Skills and Abilities:

1. Advance knowledge of disability law.

2. General knowledge of primary physical, cognitive and psychological disabilities and the knowledge of essential services needed and utilized by students with disabilities 

in a residential college environment.  

3. A thorough current and ongoing knowledge of laws and building codes addressing disability issues relevant to a University environment. 

4. Excellent professional written and verbal communication skills and analytic skills with careful attention to detail.

5. Excellent interpersonal skills in working with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds and in occasional emotionally charged situations.

6. Excellent planning, problems solving and organizational skills with the ability to triage, establish priorities and meet tight deadlines and conflicting demands.

7. Ability to balance varying demands of office activities and handle pressure and conflicting demands calmly and professionally.

8.  Knowledge and basic use of Microsoft Office.

9. Flexible time allowance on the job to cover required activities that may fall outside of a traditional work day (evenings, occasional weekends).