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Director of Access and Disability Services

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Job Details
Job Order Number
Company Name
McHenry County College
Physical Address
8900 Us Highway 14
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Job Description

Position Requisition

Job Title
Director of Access and Disability Services
Access & Disability Services
FLSA Status
Job Type
Position Grade
Employee Type
Full Time
Hiring Range
Commensurate with experience
Grant Funded
Work Year
12 Months
Work Year-Other Information

Typical Work Schedule 40 Hours | Flexible schedule to meet department needs to include evenings and/or weekends as needed Bargaining Unit Eligibility No Work Week 40 Hours Work Week-Other Information Special Instructions to Applicants

Position Introduction
Oversees the Access and Disability Services Office and works collaboratively across all levels of the institution to ensure students with disabilities have equal access to college programs, services, and facilities. See the screen shot below.
Position Summary
The Director of Access and Disability Services works collaboratively across all levels of the institution to coordinate services and ensure that students with disabilities who experience barriers in the design of College programs, services, and facilities have equal access through the provision of accommodations and universal design techniques. Using a comprehensive, student-centered approach, the Director provides leadership and vision for the Office of Access and Disability Services through the development of programs and procedures that provide timely and effective support and advocacy for students with disabilities. The Director is responsible for interpreting and applying the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and coordinating institutional compliance with federal and state laws requiring equal access to education for individuals with disabilities.
Reports to
Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs
Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and direct the operations of Access and Disability Services (ADS). This involves hiring, training, motivating, and managing so the team performs at the highest level possible
  • Ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Amended of 2008
  • Interprets federal/state laws and regulations to develop and implement policies, procedures, and forms to achieve compliance with the ADA
  • Review, plan, develop, and implement policies, services, accommodations, and procedures in collaboration with faculty and staff to ensure equal access and opportunity for students with disabilities and other special needs
  • Determine appropriate accommodations for students consistent with their documentation during an initial intake appointment and throughout the time the students attend MCC. Arrange for the implementation of these accommodations
  • Provide disability awareness and professional development training for faculty, staff, and administration
  • Provide consultation with faculty, staff, and administration regarding academic accommodations, compliance with legal responsibilities, as well as instructional, programmatic, physical, and curriculum modifications
  • Collaborate with faculty, staff, and administrators in the development and implementation of innovative practices to improve instruction and academic support of students with disabilities
  • Partner with faculty, staff, and administration to refer and engage with students to ADS through retention initiatives
  • Recruit, hire, train, provide direction, and coordinate assessment of all tutors, test readers, and student employees
  • Through a collaborative approach, lead efforts in maintaining College-wide compliance with accessibility regulations and mandates, including, but not limited to, facilities, technology, instructional design/materials, purchasing, communications and procedure development
  • Coordinate student success programming for students with disabilities, including orientation activities
  • Keep up-to-date on assistive technology needs, recommend the purchase of appropriate equipment and software, and arrange for training of staff and students on the use of such technology in collaboration with Information Technology Department
  • Oversee the acquisition of alternative textbook formats and conversion of audio files for students requiring taped textbooks
  • Develop appropriate education plans and advise students on selection of courses, primarily for students with disabilities
  • Assist with the facilitation of New Student Orientation by presenting college information and advising students on selection of courses
  • Disseminate information through departmental and institutional publications and web pages regarding ADS and community resources
  • Prepare and manage reports, surveys, analysis, and assessment of ADS programs, including but not limited to Perkins III reports, Underrepresented Groups reports, and Program reviews
  • Prepare and manage budgets for the department, funding from the Perkins III Special Populations Grant related to academic assistance for students, funding from other grants or resources related to students with disabilities
  • Serve as liaison to high schools, social service agencies and appropriate MCC staff to recruit and retain students with disabilities
  • Work collaboratively with others (e.g. colleagues, stakeholders, vendors) to accomplish functions and responsibilities
  • Assume additional duties as assigned by immediate supervisor
    Required Education
    Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution
    Other Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution in Special Education, Counseling, Education, or related field
  • Five years’ experience working with special populations in higher education or other related experience in education or social services
  • Two years of leadership experience either in directly managing employees or project management
    Desired Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution in Rehabilitation Counseling, Education, Counseling, or related discipline
  • One year working with disabilities assessments, program coordination, vocational rehabilitation, diagnostic testing or other related work with individuals with disabilities
  • Demonstrated commitment and experience in working with students with disabilities at the post-secondary level
  • Community college experience
    Skills and Specifications
  • Working knowledge of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and other associated regulations
  • Proficiency with assistive technology (AT), auxiliary aids, and related supports for individuals with disabilities and willingness to remain current with changing AT related to disability accommodations, as well as instructional technology and its implementation in the educational setting
  • Expert knowledge of physical, mobility, medical, psychological, sensory, learning, and developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder.
  • Commitment to a seamless educational experience for students
  • Effective supervision in guiding, leading, and motivating a team
  • Ability to manage competing commitments and understand the nature of student-centered and success work is imperative
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to grow with technology and philosophical directions implemented by the College
  • Ability to work independently, yet have a strong team orientation and to develop productive working relationships at all levels of the organization, including community members, faculty, staff, and students
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to problem solve and meet deadlines, manage multiple tasks, prioritize, and be flexible
  • Willingness to share knowledge, learn from mistakes, and develop multiple competencies
  • Ability to work under pressure with composure
  • Strong collaboration skills and a collegial style which encourages and values open discussion in decision making
  • Sensitivity to students whose cultural and educational experiences differ from his/her own
  • Ability to develop and institute departmental policies that will ensure the success of the department
  • Commitment and respect for diversity and the MCC Behaviors of Excellence
  • Understanding of and commitment to the College mission, vision, values, and goals


  • Coordinator of Accommodations
  • Administrative Assistant I, (Access and Disability Services)
  • Student Access and Deaf Support Specialist
  • Academic Support Coach
    Main Campus

McHenry County College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color sex, national origin, or disability.
See Nondiscrimination Statement for details.

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