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Director of Access Services - Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Campus
Job Description
Director of Access Services
Date Posted 08/27/2021
Hiring Status Accepting Applications
Location Twin Cities Campus
Position Responsibilities

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is seeking a Director of Access Services to oversee all aspects of Access Services university wide. This position is responsible for ensuring reasonable and effective academic accommodations that address an individual’s unique learning needs are provided to all students university wide. This role will oversee and coordinate the evaluation of documentation, implementation of appropriate accommodations, be a resource and advocate to faculty and students regarding disability needs, implementing and creating (when necessary) appropriate policies and procedures, and advocating for accessibility. The director will serve as a resource to the university to ensure access to all and foster a university community where disabilities are a valuable aspect of our diverse community.

  • Oversee and coordinate all aspects of disability services for the University (College and Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs - SGPP) with a special focus on expanding services to support the needs of SGPP.
  • Supervise the Access Services Specialist.
  • Coordinate and interpret confidential documentation to determine reasonable academic accommodations.
  • Coordinate the maintenance of confidential records and data regarding students with disabilities. 
  • Collaborate with necessary partners (OPM, publishing companies, and faculty) to provide accessible academic content for students.
  • Collaborate with Admissions (College and SGPP) to promote and share services provided through Access Services.
  • Coordinate with Career Services to promote employment opportunities for students with disabilities upon graduation.
  • Oversee implementation, through collaboration with the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), to develop and provide university wide faculty onboarding and continuing development on the needs of students with disabilities.
  • Oversee training for the use of assistive and educational technology to students university wide.
  • Advocate for students as needed with faculty and mediate conflicts if necessary.
  • Leadership in university wide initiatives supporting Accessibility (such as all video, print, and web materials) and Universal Design Learning (UDL).
  • Oversee and ensure assessment and evaluation of Access Services on an annual basis and implement continuous improvement plans.
  • Oversee and manage Access Services budget.
  • Oversee and coordinate university wide Service Animal and Emotional Support Animal policies and procedures and manage the requests from SGPP students.
  • Coordinate and implement retention efforts within Access Services in support of the University Strategic Plan and utilizing industry best practices.
  • Serve as the primary liaison with relevant state and federal agencies, as well as Access Services Directors and coordinators at other institutions and associations.
Essential Skills and Abilities

The selected candidate will have the following skills and abilities:

  • Knowledge of ADA and 504 regulations as they relate to students with disabilities and to know the rights and responsibilities of persons with disabilities as well as those of the university.
  • Current knowledge of law, policy, practice, and literature on a variety of disability services in higher education.
  • Ability to interpret psycho-educational diagnostic reports.
  • Knowledge of Assistive Technology to support students with disabilities on campus.
  • Knowledge of policies and procedures as they relate to students with disabilities (Service/Emotional Support Animal Policy, classroom recording policy) and testing policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated organizational and project management skills.
  • Interpersonal skills, with experience developing strong professional relationships and communicating effectively with diverse groups of people.
  • Strong computer skills: solid understanding and use of the Google Suite, Microsoft office products, and general computer applications.
  • SIS and CRM software experience.
  • Be able to occasionally work evenings and weekends.
  • Be able to travel between campus locations.
  The successful candidate must support, respect, and advance the mission of Saint Mary's University as a Lasallian Catholic institution.
Education and Experience
  • Master’s degree required in education, psychology, counseling, learning disabilities, or related fields. 
  • 3-5 years of experience required providing academic support services to students with disabilities, preferably at the higher education level.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Additional Required Materials Cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references
Application Review Date  
Starting Date  
Contact Alisa Macksey, Dean of Student Success and First Generation Initiative
Contact Email amacksey@smumn.edu
Position Full-time
Contract Length 12 Month
Other Details / Information  
Benefits Full
Work Sponsorship This position is not eligible for work sponsorship
  We encourage members of the protected classes as defined by the federal, state, and municipal law and those persons attracted to a university with a Lasallian Catholic identity to apply.
EEO M/W/D/V
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