Coordinator, Disability Services (170148)|
Polk State College is located in beautiful Central Florida between the metropolitan areas of Tampa and Orlando. It boasts a relaxed lifestyle with affordable housing. Polk County is noted to be one of most affordable place to live in the United States by the National Home Builders Association. With campuses in Lakeland and Winter Haven and centers in Bartow, Lake Wales and Lakeland, Polk State College serves over 20,000 students. We seek diverse faculty and staff with a student-centered focus to support our service excellence mission and our world class vision. Employees at Polk State College enjoy excellent employee benefits, a unique workplace environment, and the opportunity to contribute to the services and traditions that make Polk State great. For additional information on the opportunity, please refer to the Job ad, as well as the Salary Schedule located under “Employment Related Documents” on our “Careers” page.
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY:
At Polk State, our amazing faculty and staff create an inspiring workplace. This Coordinator of Disability Services reports to the Director of Disability and Counseling Services and is an excellent opportunity to provide the guidance and support students with disabilities need to be successful. We offer a collaborative, creative and culturally diverse work environment. If you want to be supported in your efforts to grow professionally and to be recognized for your contributions, then come work for Polk State.
ABOUT THE POSITION:
This position will be responsible for the development, implementation and coordination of a comprehensive program of services for students with disabilities. The position will have primary responsibility for compliance with all applicable federal and state regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as they relate to disability services for students.
- Provides college-wide direct coordination of accommodation services for qualified students with disabilities, including dissemination of accommodation letters. Collects required documents from students seeking disability services. Communicates with students and faculty to ensure reasonable accommodations are afforded to students.
- Monitors compliance with ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Continually reviews federal and state regulations that govern the provision of disability services to students.
- Compiles and prepares reports, evaluations, and surveys of program activities/services for students as required by the state, federal government, or Office of Civil Rights. Monitors and tracks retention rates of students with disabilities.
- Provides training to faculty in developing reasonable approaches to accommodating the needs of disabled students. Ensures awareness of the legal ramifications of compliance failures.
- Collaborates with faculty in the development of instructional support and strategies to ensure compliance with students’ listed accommodations while maintaining standards of academic excellence. Provides updates on assertive technologies, books, videos, and other resources used by students, faculty, and staff.
- Collaborates with the Polk State College Foundation and the Director of Grant Services to seek grant/scholarship opportunities for students with disabilities.
- Collaborates with Director of Disability and Counseling Services and each campus Ombudsman on disability related issues involving students.
This position is a level P14. Please see starting salary range below.
Qualifications & Requirements
- A demonstrated understanding of the legal requirements of the American’s with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, including key differences in the provision of reasonable accommodations in the post-secondary academic environment.
- Ability to communicate effectively with students with varying disabilities.
- Ability to represent the College to a variety of constituents/stakeholders.
- Ability to professionally and routinely handle confidential information.
- Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
- Ability to make presentations to faculty, staff and external groups.
Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university.
Master’s degree in Specific Learning Disabilities, School Psychology, Rehabilitation Counseling, and/or other related fields.
Three years of professional-level, exempt experience in a field relating to disability accommodation, compliance, training or relevant disability services is required.
Experience providing consultation in accommodations for students with disabilities in higher education
We offer an excellent employer-paid benefits package including the following: Medical, Dental, Life, Long-Term Disability, Vacation (except faculty), Holiday and Sick Leave, Retirement (if eligible) and college fee waivers. Other employee-paid, voluntary benefits (vision, short-term disability, etc.) are also available.
- Application Requirements: A completed online application consists of:
- a resume, and
- an electronic job application (all sections completed).
Submissions that do not include all required information will not be considered.
- Background Screening: Reference checks, successful completion of a Level II background check (fingerprinting), and third-party Education Verification for all stated degrees will be required prior to employment.
- Non-Instructional Transcripts: For most professional/salaried positions (P16 and below), uploading of unofficial transcript(s)(with confidential information redacted) during the hiring process is welcomed, but not required. However, please note that education will be verified for all stated degrees.
- Foreign Transcripts: For staff positions where a degree is required, all international degrees must have their coursework evaluated in terms of U.S. "equivalency." Polk State College requires that all international credential evaluations be conducted by one of the companies affiliated with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES®). More information about NACES® affiliatescan be obtained at the NACES® website.
- Submission of official transcripts will be required as a condition of employment following receipt of job offer.
- Veterans’ Preference: Eligible applicants must use the Documentation Form to apply for Veterans’ Preference for positions in qualifying categories. All required documentation (Polk State Veteran’s Preference Documentation Form and the DD-214) must be submitted with the completed application for consideration.
- As a general rule, Polk State College does not provide H1-B visa sponsorship. Exceptions may be made based on the College's need for a candidate with unique skills and expertise and where the College cannot otherwise recruit and hire qualified non-sponsored candidates.
- Relocation: Polk State College does NOT provide relocation assistance for this position.
- This position will close at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.
NOTE: We encourage applicants to provide feedback of their experience or request help at Careers@polk.edu.
Polk State College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, disability, or pregnancy in its programs, activities, or employment. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Valparisa Baker, Director, Equity & Diversity (Title IX Coordinator), 999 Avenue H, NE, Winter Haven, FL 33881, Office: WAD 227, 863.292.3602 Ext. 5378, email@example.com.
Polk State College is a drug-free workplace and participates in E-Verify.
Polk State College is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with disabilities. If you feel you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a position with Polk State, please call 863-297-1070 or e-mail Careers@polk.edu and let us know the nature of your request, along with your contact information. Reasonable accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will receive a response.