The Point Loma Nazarene University community is, and intends to be, a decidedly Christian community, as exhibited by our shared beliefs, corporate practices, and Christlike character.
The Executive Director for the Disability Resource Center is a professional position that will provide strategic and transformational leadership for all aspects of the PLNU Disability Resource Center to ensure that all PLNU students with disabilities have equal access and opportunity for participation in the educational programs and activities at PLNU. The Executive Director, Disability Resource Center reports directly to the Associate Dean for Student Success & Wellness and ADA/504 Coordinator to carry out the institutional, department and team mission while applying appropriate state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination and denying individuals with disabilities equal opportunity to receive program benefits and services. As part of the highly collaborative and communicative Student Success and Wellness team, the Executive Director for the Disability Resource Center works synergistically within Student Development to provide expertise and support to Academic Departments and Administrative Offices in the development and implementation of effective services and programs to assist students, specifically those students with disabilities and their faculty.
The Executive Director, Disability Resource Center will define, plan, develop, and manage a comprehensive Disability Support program toward the effective facilitation of individual academic achievement and holistic growth.
Design and implement systems, programs, policies, and procedures to support accessibility opportunities for individuals with disabilities on PLNU Campuses.
Direct DRC operations, policies and procedures relating to undergraduates/graduates with disabilities. The scope of responsibility includes Undergraduate Students (Main Campus San Diego and Liberty Station Conference Center), Adult Degree Completion Students (Mission Valley Regional Center and Community College Satellites) and Graduate Students (Mission Valley Regional Center).
Work collaboratively with the Associate Dean for Student Success and Wellness and ADA/504 Coordinator to assure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act, Sections 504 and 508 and other federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities.
Ensure that appropriate processes are in place to provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints and inquiries from students, faculty, staff and parents regarding access, accommodation and discrimination on the basis of disability.
Supply timely consultation to the ADA/504 Coordinator for sensitive disability related issues, informal and formal grievances and disability-related discrimination concerns.
Provide case management for a limited number of high need undergraduate students with complex diagnoses.
Supervise and provide performance evaluations for Disability Resource Center staff.
Coordinate with the Office of the Provost and Associate Dean for Student Success and Wellness to develop and implement a comprehensive faculty training, resource and support program.
Advance current information regarding state and federal laws and regulations as well as the best practices of other universities and private employers concerning the rights of persons with disabilities and ways of providing reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities while maintaining program performance standards.
Manage written materials, websites and other communications to broadly disseminate information regarding the ADA and the University’s policies relating to persons with disabilities.
Implement effective evaluation and assessment programs for all areas of the DRC.
Serve on campus committees to develop institutional policies and procedures regarding academic support initiatives.
Ensure that University-related information is readily available on services, accommodations, policies, and demographics relating to persons with disabilities.
In conjunction with the ADA/504 Coordinator, provide consultation for matters relating to the ADA, Section 504 and Section 508 that facilitates activity and the flow of information among the various University offices with responsibilities relating to disability compliance.
Develop and maintain collaborative partnerships with Academic Leaders and Department Chairpersons.
Design and implement internal measures and/or reports which inform the university administration of the status of ADA compliance and opportunities for people with disabilities.
Serve as a University liaison to relevant state and federal agencies; maintain networking relationships with Disability Support Directors at colleague institutions and associations.
Complete annual budget for departmental activities and expenditures; manage department budget.
Provide disability services, programs and support for planners, presenters and participants of New Student Orientation (Fall and Spring).
Maintain appropriate professional memberships, disability service training and certifications.
Attend professional conferences.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Doctoral degree required in one of the following (or a related field): Special Education, Psychology, Education, Counseling, Social Work, or Student Development.
Minimum 6 years experience with postsecondary disability education, program provision and services, K-12 or higher education administration or combination of education and experience.
Documented knowledge of strategies and best practices in higher education for creating a culture of compliance with the ADA, Section 504 and Section 508 and implementing Universal Design throughout a campus community.
Depth of experience in assessing effectiveness of programming strategies.
Capacity to balance the needs of students with the needs of the institution.
Demonstrated ability to work within a multidisciplinary student services team and office.
Documented ability to work collegially, collaboratively and effectively with colleagues, senior administrators, academic leaders, faculty, students and staff in promoting institutional and departmental goals.
Excellent interpersonal, planning, organizational, written, verbal and presentation communication skills; ability to work independently within a broad strategic framework and institutional priorities.
Understanding of student development theory, commitment to mission and goals of the Student Development department.
Strong grant writing skills.
Ability to learn and consistently utilize educational recordkeeping and reporting, budgeting, staffing and scheduling programs (e.g., CARS/CX, Google Suite, Medicat, Workday, Maxient etc.)
Understanding of, and commitment to the institutional and spiritual mission of Point Loma Nazarene University; willingness to abide by the PLNU Community Living Agreement.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS The work is primarily sedentary and may require sitting for extended periods of time. Use of computer equipment: computer keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Ability to read documents, email and other correspondence, and reports on paper and computer monitor. Hearing and speaking to communicate effectively with others in person and by phone. Ability to stand, stoop, push, pull, and lift up to 20 lbs throughout the day.
BENEFITS Benefits include health, dental, tuition benefits for employee and dependents, competitive retirement matching, vacation and sick time, and 15 paid holidays per year. In addition, we have many opportunities to engage with our community including staff chapel, monthly lunches and a robust wellness program.
Point Loma Nazarene University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices or procedures. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide quality educational and employment opportunities, PLNU actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.
At Point Loma Nazarene University, academics, faith, and community are all vital. Students benefit from this balanced approach to education and leave PLNU prepared to think, act, and contribute to the world. In addition to more than 60 undergraduate areas of study, PLNU offers graduate program regional centers throughout Southern California. PLNU serves more than 3,500 students.PLNU is a community committed to calling. As a result of our mission to provide whole-person education in the context of our Christian faith, our faculty and staff are known for their excellence, regardless of their responsibilities or field.We believe God calls all of us to participate in bringing about His Kingdom in a unique and deeply personal way. We also believe in pursuing calling together. Excellent work and meaningful relationships all belong to what we call vocation. Being part of a community full of individuals engaged in the same endeavor will set you up for a lifetime of weaving calling into who you are and everything you ever do.Be part of something meaningful. Discover and cultivate your true potential. Be part of Point Loma Nazarene University.