This full-time, 12 months per year position located in the Division of Student Affairs is responsible for all aspects of leading the Office of Disability Support Services and the ACCESS transition program. This includes providing leadership and oversight to the programs, services and operations of the office. The Director will build strong relationships and collaborates effectively with the DSS staff, across the Division of Student Affairs and with the MSU Colleges and academic departments.
Salary Grade: 17
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Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) is responsible for the assessment, recommendation and provision of academic accommodations for students with disabilities, including those with chronic physical or mental health conditions. In addition, DSS acts as an advocate on behalf of students with disabilities to promote and support inclusive activities and policies in response to federal mandates of non-discrimination. DSS acts as a partner with students, faculty and staff to ensure students with disabilities are afforded an equal opportunity to benefit from, and participate in, all activities and programs sponsored by the university with an emphasis on student success and graduation.
MSU ACCESS is a 100% inclusive, 4-year, non-degree program for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities. ACCESS provides an opportunity for students with IDD to successfully transition into higher education. These students have a desire to continue academics, career training, and independent living instruction in order to prepare for gainful employment. Upon completion of 96 credit hours with a 2.0 minimum GPA, students will graduate with a Mississippi State University Certification of Completion with a concentration on a work specialty area.
• Master's degree in rehabilitation counseling, occupational therapy, special education, disability studies, student affairs administration or a related degree
• Five years related professional progressive full-time experience
• Experience supervising professional staff
• Demonstrated experience with budget development, management, and fiscal reporting
• Strong working knowledge of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its amendments
• Demonstrated experience presenting on, and/or advocate for, a wide variety of disability issues/topics
• Strong interpersonal skills necessary to interact with the public, tactful and diplomatic approach to problem-solving, sensitivity to the needs and concerns for students with disabilities
• Demonstrated experience with coordination, planning and facilitation of social justice educational programming on topics related to intersectionality, power, privilege and oppression across multiple identities i.e., race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, disability, etc.
• Demonstrated experience in identifying learning outcomes and appropriate assessments
• Personal and professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes
• Demonstrated strong verbal and writing skills, including public speaking
• Doctorate in related field
• Three years successful experience working with faculty, staff, and students in a higher education setting
• Ability to build and expand a community of support and advocacy for students with disabilities, accommodations, learning and support services and resources
• Experience working with, and familiarity of the unique needs of individuals with specific disabilities i.e., autism spectrum, head injuries, Wounded Warriors, etc.
• Knowledge of different learning strategies to enhance student success
• Experience in advising, counseling, teaching, and/or supervising individuals from diverse backgrounds, or with a broad spectrum of disabilities, from a perspective that includes the intersections of gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, and other significant aspects of identity
• Demonstrated ability to relate effectively with a variety of constituents including students, faculty, staff, and community
• Ability to translate and effectively interpret the Center's mission and philosophy to all members of the University community, acknowledge the important priorities of education and student development, provision of services and building a sense of institutional community
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Ability to supervising professional staff.
2. Demonstrated experience with budget development, management, and fiscal reporting.
3. Strong working knowledge of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its amendments.
4. Demonstrated experience presenting on, and/or advocate for a wide variety of disability
5. Demonstrated experience with coordination, planning and facilitation of social justice
educational programming on topics related to intersectionality, power, privilege and
oppression across multiple identities (ie: race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, disability,
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
No unusual physical requirements. Requires no heavy lifting, and nearly all work is performed
in a comfortable indoor facility.
Externally imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one’s control; interruptions influence
priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days;
meeting of deadlines and coordination of unrelated activities are key to position; may involve
conflict-resolution or similar interactions involving emotional issues or stress on a regular
Job occasionally requires standing, walking, reaching, handling objects with hands, and lifting
up to 10 pounds.
Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.
Instructions for Applying:
All applicants must apply online at www.jobs.msstate.edu and submit a resume, cover letter, and the complete contact information for at least 3 references.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.