Senior Director of Accessibility Resources and ADA Compliance Officer (DI24003)
Minnesota State University Mankato
Location: Mankato, Minnesota
Internal Number: 2393
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Employment Condition: Probationary
The Senior Accessibility Resources Director and ADA Compliance Officer is a visionary leader responsible for promoting an accessible, inclusive, and equitable campus culture. Reporting to the Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the director interprets, implements, and enforces government legislation, and establishes policies related to campus-wide accessibility and accommodations. The position exists to ensure legal compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, 2008 Amendments to the ADA, Sections 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and other legislation pertinent to persons with disabilities.
The position functions as the primary institutional representative for University ADA monitoring and compliance. Goals for continual improvement in technology, facilities and programs are developed in collaboration with administration, academic departments, building services, online learning and IT. The senior director develops and implements new programs to meet increasing demands related to changes in disability law and evolving best practices.
This position is also responsible for the management, staff supervision and functioning of the Accessibility Resources department including an alternative testing center. The senior director applies advanced and comprehensive knowledge of Title IX, disability law and technical standards to conduct interactive intakes, evaluate documentation (as appropriate) and determine reasonable accommodations in accordance with state and federal mandates.
Administrative duties include budgeting, outreach, training, consultation, and scholarship allocation. The senior director is an institutional representative with state and federal agencies, Office of the Attorney General and the Minnesota State System Office.
Graduate degree in a related field such as social work, behavioral science, counseling & student personnel, disability services, rehabilitation counseling, special education, human resources, psychology, public policy or law plus a minimum of five years of advanced professional experience in a related field; or a bachelor's degree in related field plus six years of advanced professional experience.
Comprehensive knowledge of the complex laws, policies, and best practices applicable to the full range of disability and access services in higher education, such as ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, 29 U.S.C. § 794, Title I, Title II, Title IX, Fair Housing Act and Universal Design principles.
Ability to serve as a recognized authoritative expert in accessibility related areas across multiple functional areas within the University and on behalf of the University.
Demonstrated commitment to students with diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to, students of color, LGBTQ+ students, first-generation students, neurodiverse students, students with disabilities, and international students.
Comprehensive knowledge of accessibility accommodations, such as the use of alternative technologies that enable people with a wide range of disabilities to communicate, participate, and perform tasks.
Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse working and learning environment.
Broad management skills and experience in personnel supervision, program development, policy writing, strategic planning, and budgeting.
Ability to analyze and interpret government-issued advisories, changes in law, and institutional policy updates that have University-wide impact.
Current knowledge of policies, emerging trends and professional literature related to disability services in higher education.
Work safely at all times, which includes but is not limited to, participating and completing all required safety trainings, as well as performing all job tasks in accordance with Minnesota State University, Mankato policies and procedures utilizing appropriate tools, equipment and personal protective equipment.
Telework: A position with a work arrangement that allows an employee to perform work on a regular basis at a telework location that is not the employee's permanent/principal work location. Up to 20% of the time.
Additional information on Minnesota State University, Mankato can be found at: www.mnsu.edu
The salary range denoted above is the contractual range; however, salary upon hire is dependent upon qualifications and experience.
Minnesota State University, Mankato is a member of the Minnesota State system. Minnesota State has established a strategic vision, Equity 2030, which aims to close the educational equity gaps across race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, and geographic location by the end of the decade at every Minnesota State college and university and to provide an opportunity for all Minnesotans to create a better future for themselves, for their families, and for their communities. The focus of the work includes:
· Enhancing access and student success.
· Providing Minnesota with the talent it needs.
· Anchoring the communities and regions we serve.
Equity 2030 seeks to bridge efforts occurring within divisions and institutions, creating an intentional statewide culture of equity-minded collaboration and resulting in equitable practice embedded throughout our institutions. The full Equity 2030 plan is linked here. https://www.minnstate.edu/Equity2030/index.html
Minnesota State University, Mankato has identified five broad themes as our basis for discussion in developing our next comprehensive strategic plan. The themes are Serving Students and Managing Enrollment, Focusing our Resources, Offering an Exceptional Student Experience, Caring for Health and Well-Being, and Ensuring a Welcoming, Equitable, and Inclusive University. We seek to attract teacher-scholars who will be culturally and academically diverse faculty members, and staff with a demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. Minnesota State University, Mankato, is student-centered and focuses on applied research that expands knowledge; improves learning; and serves the region, state, and nation.
Founded as a Normal School in 1868, Minnesota State University, Mankato is now the second largest university in Minnesota with a tradition of combining big-ideas with real-world thinking to find solutions for pressing problems in the state, region, and global society. Mankato, Minnesota, is a community of nearly 44,500 people, about 85 miles southwest of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The University acknowledges the land and the tribal nations upon this land whose work is being accomplished. We acknowledge that we are on Dakota land. We also take the opportunity to recognize that we live, work, and learn in the homeland of the Dakota people, whose language frames our name—Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Serving approximately 14,000 students annually, the University is an applied research institution, with more than 200 academic programs, from bachelor's through doctoral degrees. The University is a diverse and global campus with 18% students of color and 1,175 + international students from 95 countries, cutting-edge information technology solutions and extensive partnerships. With 1,600 faculty and staff, including 700 teaching faculty. The University has additional locations and a growing number of on-line programs to accelerate educational access and opportunity. These locations include partnerships in northern Minnesota's the iron range region. Fast facts about the university can be found here: https://mankato.mnsu.edu/about-the-university/fast-facts/
A complete online application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.
Non-Photo Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Contact Information for three (3) references
Unofficial Transcript(s) of your highest completed degree
A brief (no more than one-page) diversity statement presenting a commitment to or experience working in an equity-minded environment
CONTACTINFORMATION: Mary Dowd, Interim Senior Director Accessibility Resources & ADA Compliance Officer Accessibility Resources Department Phone: 507-389-2825 TTY: 800-627-3529 or 711 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
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Minnesota State University, Mankato is where tireless thought and innovative research bring real solutions to real needs. The University's environment of big ideas coupled with real-world thinking equip Minnesota State Mankato students to go well beyond expectations and into exciting, rewarding futures.A growing international reputation for breakthrough research distinguishes the University, as does the unique quality of life that marks the proud community of greater Mankato.