Assistant Director of Accessibility

Assistant Director of Accessibility

ABOUT SMC

Spartanburg Methodist College, founded in 1911, is a private residential liberal arts institution serving a diverse student population (38% first generation, 52% minority, 59% Pell) within the United Methodist Connection. Since its founding as the first co-op school in the nation, SMC has remained dedicated to its mission to connect education and employment. After over 100 years as an Associate Degree granting institution, the college launched its first bachelor’s degree in 2019. Today, the college’s emphasis on education and employment includes a unique professional development concentration comprised of eight required courses for students seeking associate and bachelor’s degrees.

Academic Advisor

All employees of Spartanburg Methodist College are entrusted with assisting the College to achieve its vision and mission. Customer focus, college service, and a willingness to assist as needed are expectations of all employees.

Organizational Responsibilities

The Assistant Director of Accessibility Resources position reports to the Director of Accessibility Resources as a part of the Student & Professional Development team.

Position Summary: 

Under the supervision of the Director of Accessibility Resources, this position works with students who have disabilities with particular emphasis on assisting students who need extra one-on-one assistance, such as students who are on the autism spectrum and who have executive functioning issues. The person who holds this position will meet regularly and assist students with disabilities by ensuring that they understand and complete assignments in a timely manner and will include coaching students to be more self-sufficient. In addition, this position will assist with administering tests to students with disabilities and with training students to use assistive technology to mitigate the effects of a disability/disabilities to include the utilization of resources to locate books in audio and electronic format for students with reading-related disabilities.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Conducts regular meetings with a caseload of students with disabilities
  • Assists students with disabilities with managing their workloads
  • Coaches students with disabilities in techniques to become more self-sufficient academically
  • Facilitating the training/use of assistive technology for students with disabilities
  • Assisting with administering tests to students with disabilities Assisting with obtaining books in an alternate format for students who have reading-related disabilities
  • Assists students with housing/dietary accommodations
  • Participate in various trainings and workshops hosted at the college to educate faculty, staff, students, prospective students and families on accessibility resources
  • Process/track/follow up with new students for submission of required health documentation, to include but not limited to immunization forms
  • Serve as a resource to the Office of Admissions, and provide general information about the process to register with the Office of Accessibility Resources to prospective students
  • Work collaboratively with other areas on campus to create/present programs for student success
  • Participate in division-wide programs such as graduation, orientation, open houses, etc.,
  • Assist with the duties of the director, in their absence Other duties as assigned

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Basic understanding of the ADA and Section 504 as they relate to students with disabilities
  • Professional, team-oriented person with a positive attitude
  • Ability to interact with diverse groups of students, parents, faculty, and staff
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task

Working Conditions:

Work is normally performed in a fast-paced office environment under minimal supervision and requires significant contact with faculty, staff and students. Some evening and weekend work will be required.

Physical Requirements:

  • Manual and physical dexterity and visual acuity needed to operate a computer keyboard and handle paper documents.
  • Sufficient near vision acuity to read information appearing on a computer display screen, in hand-written form, and printed on paper.
  • Adequate hearing and verbal abilities to communicate effectively in person and by telephone. Ability to move around campus and access buildings without elevators as necessary.

Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree preferred in special education or related field
  • Preferred 3 to 5 years' experience working with clients in accessibility and disability services.
  • Experience in working with students with special needs, especially students on the autism spectrum and who have executive function skills issues
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

HOW TO APPLY: 

Download SMC's job application, fill out and submit to:

Director of Human Resources
Spartanburg Methodist College
1000 Powell Mill Road, Spartanburg, SC 29301.

Application materials may also be submitted electronically to dunnj@smcsc.edu.

  • Application open until filled.

FLSA: Exempt

Spartanburg Methodist College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any legally protected status in any personnel action regarding the recruiting, hiring, and promotion of faculty and staff members.

This job description provides a representative summary of the nature and responsibilities of the position. It is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of all duties and responsibilities which may be modified at any time. The job description is not intended to imply or to create a contract of employment.

November 2020