Title of Position: Learning and Accessibility Specialist
Department: Office of Student Success
Reports to Supervisor: Director, Office of Student Success
Holy Cross College's Mission: The Mission of Holy Cross College is to educate and form global citizens with the competence to see and the courage to act. Holy Cross is a Catholic college that advances the apostolic mission of the Brothers of Holy Cross. Our practical, experiential, liberal arts curriculum applies timeless truths to contemporary life and leads people to wholeness in the image of Christ.
Our hiring practices reflect this missional commitment to being a Christ-centered institution.
Typical Schedule: This is a full-time staff position M-F.
Holy Cross College offers an inclusive campus community by providing equal access to students with disabilities. On a case-by-case basis and with appropriate documentation, Holy Cross College provides reasonable accommodation both in and outside the classroom.
Purpose: The Learning and Accessibility Specialist ensures reasonable accommodation in compliance with the ADAAA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. This position organizes and coordinates the College's disability services which includes recruitment, enrollment, screenings, and coordination of specialized services.
Essential Job Duties:
• All administrators, faculty and staff are called to assist students in their formation to be Christ-like students and thus must embrace and advance the Holy Cross mission of the College in all professional activities.
• Design and maintain systems and procedures described below to provide timely accommodation for students with disabilities in coordination with the Director of Counseling.
• Welcomes and reaches out to current and prospective students having a protected disability, inviting such students to request reasonable accommodations in the classroom, residence hall, and other educational experiences.
• Evaluates documentation for a student regarding disabilities and determines the scope of potential reasonable accommodations.
• Meets one-on-one with students seeking accommodation plans and works collaboratively with students to determine how these plans will be implemented.
• Acts as liaison for disability coordination among faculty, staff, residential staff, and other points-of-contact.
• Corresponds with necessary academic advisors and faculty, residential life staff and parents, regarding accommodations in the classroom, residence hall, and other educational experiences.
• Ensures that faculty and staff are knowledgeable in ADAAA compliance.
• Responsible for the public/student components of the College website which provides information about accommodations the College typically can provide as well as academic resources of particular benefit to students with disabilities.
• Ensure that up-to-date information is contained in the Student Handbook, Faculty Handbook, and syllabus statements.
• Ensure record keeping of all student-related grievances regarding accommodations in areas associated with compliance, academics, financial aid, student employment, and other student areas.
• Receive and provide ongoing training through organizations such as Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI), and other organizations.
• Help obtain external funding for education and prevention programs through federal, state, and local agencies by working with the appropriate administration office to request funding.
• Contribute to student satisfaction, success, health, and safety by performing other duties as assigned by the Director of the Office of Student Success.
Minimum Education, Skills, and Ability:
• Master's Degree required in a relevant area of higher education, such as Rehabilitation, Special Education, Social Work, Psychology, Higher Education, or Law, that provides the background and expertise to evaluate disability documentation.
• Accurate and current knowledge of applications of ADAAA, Section 504 or the Rehabilitation Act, Title III, the Fair Housing Act, and other local, state, and federal regulations on providing disability accommodations to post-secondary students.
• Dynamic leadership, engaging and effective interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to effectively serve a diverse college population.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Word and EXCEL.
• Must be able to organize and prioritize work assignments with minimal supervision.
• Must be able to demonstrate ethical decision making, excellent listening skills, fairness in dealing with people, assessment skills, the ability to make decisions in a timely manner, accuracy in daily work, and the ability to motivate staff to excellence and treating all persons with respect.
• Able to balance competing deadlines, quickly changing priorities, and significant comfort in responding to unexpected demands and emergency situations, with minimal supervision.
NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills and physical demands required of personnel so classified. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Employment at Holy Cross College is 'at will' meaning that either the College or the employee can end the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice. Holy Cross College is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are based on qualifications and are made without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, or any other legally protected status. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and three references (names and contact information) via email to Human Resources [email protected]. Position open until filled.