Coordinator, Disabilities Resource Center (DRC)
Overview: Santa Fe College (SF) has been recognized as one of the top-rated community colleges in the United States. Santa Fe College is a student-centered institution with a commitment to open access, academic excellence, and cultural and ethnic diversity. Santa Fe College is a comprehensive public college that offers a range of Bachelor’s degrees, Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degree options, as well as Certificate and Non-Degree programs. A high quality of life, temperate climate, proximity to the University of Florida, diverse cultural events, and plentiful recreational opportunities make SF and Gainesville an ideal community to work and live. SF enrolls over 16,000 students each semester, retains and completes over 60% of students every academic year, while over 10% transfer into the University system.
Focusing on social justice, the Disabilities Resource Center (DRC) at Santa Fe College is committed to providing equal access and equal opportunity for students with disabilities to ensure full participation in all aspects of SF College life. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it is the mission of the Disabilities Resource Center to provide comprehensive information for students with disabilities, establish and facilitate reasonable academic adjustments for qualified students with disabilities, and serve as a college-wide resource on disability related matters. The DRC is seeking a Coordinator to provide leadership in the planning, development, evaluation and improvement of the DRC to ensure smooth and efficient operations. This position ensures equal educational opportunities and promotes learning through the management of the Disabilities Resource Center’s personnel, facilities and budget.
The Coordinator advocates to ensure a welcoming academic, physical and social environment for students with disabilities by providing college-wide oversight, reporting and coordination of services for qualified students with disabilities, including the administration of the case management program for self-identified disabled students.
Responsibilities and Duties:
• Promote and support the college’s strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusiveness throughout the SF community.
• Supervise the development and implementation of policies and procedures related to disability services in compliance with SF values, college rules, as well as state and federal laws.
• Work with the college to review, develop, refine, and implement college policies and procedures related to disability services and accessibility.
• Work with campus departments to ensure that all academic programs, student activities and facilities are accessible for students with disabilities.
• Lead, supervise, and evaluate the DRC staff and facilitate opportunities for staff professional development.
• Develop and manage department budget and other fiscal resources.
• Provide leadership in the development and implementation of campus wide events and programs designed to educate and inform the community about disability access and inclusion.
• Serve as a resource for the college regarding accessibility, accommodations and other disability related issues; provide information on court/government agency rulings and interpretations affecting services for students with disabilities, interpret mandates, and make recommendations/decisions relative to issues.
• Maintain an active presence in the disabilities services community to build and maintain collaborative partnerships.
• Develops community partnerships to enhance fulfillment of project objectives and promote opportunities for the students served in the project.
• Remain current regarding national trends, issues and literature related to students with disabilities and disability related services, including participating in professional development activities, researching best practices and addressing transition issues for students with disabilities entering postsecondary education.
• Evaluate services and prepare reports to assess and communicate DRC program activities, services, and outcomes.
• Administer and develop program services necessary for meeting the reasonable accommodation requests generated by students with disabilities and others identifying as needing services (alternative testing, interpreter and notetaking services, alternative format material production, and adaptive furniture/equipment).
• Serve on campus committees, work groups, and initiatives to further support the mission of the DRC and SF College.
• Comply with all College policies and procedures, as well as pertinent state and federal regulations.
• Strictly honor the privacy, security and confidentiality of student records and other sensitive information according to appropriate state, federal and college regulations, policies and procedures.
• Provide service excellence through courteous, informed, accessible and professional engagement.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
Reports to: Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs
Required: A Master’s degree in special education, rehabilitation counseling, school psychology, higher education leadership or a related human services field with two (2) years of related supervisory and management experience.
Additional Requirements: A criminal background check will be conducted.
Preferred: A working knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, as well as other legislation relevant to accessibility and serving students with disabilities at the postsecondary level is strongly preferred, as is demonstrated experience working with disability documentation requirements and determining reasonable accommodations from a social justice perspective. Five (5) years or more experience in disability services.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Communication – able to effectively communicate in a professional, diplomatic, empathetic and tactful manner using preferred method and level as applicable to the job.
• Critical Thinking & Judgement - able to make well-reasoned, sensible, and timely decisions based on careful, objective review and informed analysis of available information, considerations, and other factors.
• Relationship Management – able to personally provide high level of interactive service to others, building relationships and addressing identified needs.
• Leadership – has demonstrated success as an entrepreneurial, high energy, driven, hands-on leader. Possess expertise in selecting, training, developing, coaching, mentoring, and retaining a highly motivated workforce.
• Team Orientation & Interpersonal – highly motivated team-player with ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with all levels within and external to the organization.
• Problem Solving – proven skills in identifying issues, determining their cause, developing creative solutions, and following through with implementing resolutions.
• Multi-Cultural- ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
• Adaptability to Change – able to be flexible and supportive, react swiftly to and able to positively and proactively assimilate change in rapid growth environment.
Application Process: All applicants must create an Applicant Profile to complete the SF Employment Application, submit a letter of intent, an up-to-date resume, well as college transcripts to be considered for this position. Unofficial transcripts are only accepted for review purposes, official transcripts are required prior to any offer of employment being made.