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Director, Disabled Student Services
Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California
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Date Posted 03/12/2018
Admin-Disability Services
Salary $95,071.00 - $126,350.00  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline 04/06/2018


Plans, organizes, manages, and participates in developing comprehensive services, access, programs, and support systems for students with physical, communications, learning, psychological, acquired brain injured, and other disabilities and/or difficulties with access to higher education.  

Distinguishing Career Features
The Director of Disabled Student Services is a first-level manager, directing and advocating for services and program support to students including those with a disability, and may also direct those activities for potentially disadvantaged students of an ethnic minority group, low income, first generation college, or veterans.  The Director administers specific programs that contribute to the academic and social growth of disabled students and others at risk of not completing educational goals.  The Director requires the ability to assess learning disabilities, direct and arrange for substantive instructional support and appropriate advocacy, and oversee provision of services that gives the students access to learning and campus life opportunities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plans, organizes, manages, and evaluates the scope of services, delivery systems, and advocacy for disabled students to have access and be engaged in college and campus life.  Establishes departmental standards and work plans, prioritizes, assigns, and reviews the work of staff.  
  • Directs, facilitates, and provides for diagnostic assessment of students with disabilities and determination of eligibility for support services.  
  • Develops, implements policies to improve and enhance disabled student services and programs. Ensures compliance with state and federal requirements applicable to educational opportunities and accessibility for students with disabilities. Conducts internal audits to ensure compliance.
  • Develops and executes program review, assessments and evaluations, administrative unit and student learning outcomes to ensure continuous program improvement.
  • Promotes advocacy toward disabled and other student populations with special needs by interpreting federal (i.e. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Americans with Disabilities Act), state (i.e. AB77, Title 5), and District policies pertaining to the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities.
  • Participates in curriculum committees and recommends the design and modification of course content to encourage disabled students' enrollment, participation, and success.  Reviews standing courses and recommends adaptive technologies that enhance delivery of content and discussion.
  • Determines appropriate equipment and supplies for assigned programs including computer-aided adaptations, textbook and other learning materials, supplementary materials, audiovisual and other resources.
  • Develops and prepares the statewide budgets (MIS, SAARC) for the programs assigned to the DSPS function.  Monitors and controls budget expenditures.  Oversees and participates in preparing detailed and comprehensive performance reports, records, and files supporting the services and programs. Prepares all financial reports and timely submits to appropriate agencies.
  • Supervises staff and DSPS counselors, assigns duties and evaluates members as established under bargaining agreements.
  • Maintains communication with intra-District staff and various agencies to coordinate program services, exchange information, and make student referrals. 
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of diagnostic and instructional methods and emerging technologies that help students with access and learning.  Learns, applies, and trains others to administer emerging technologies and advances (e.g., computer software applications) as necessary to perform duties in an efficient, organized, and timely manner.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned that support the objective of the position.


Qualifications and Physical Demands

Knowledge and Skills
The position requires professional knowledge of laws, legislative action, regulations, rights, programs, and resources encompassing disabled students.  Requires specialized knowledge of and skill at recognizing the various forms of physical, psychological, developmental, and learning disabled students.  Requires knowledge of and skill at recognizing the various forms of physical, psychological and disabilities interfering with access to learning.  Requires working knowledge in the fundamentals of specialized education needs, academic adjustments, assistive devices for mobility and learning, and cultural and social aspects associated with disabilities or inclusion of students.  Requires specialized knowledge of the role adaptive technologies can have in curriculum and course delivery design.  Requires working knowledge of personal computers and common office productivity software. Requires well-developed English language skills to prepare professional correspondence and reports.  Requires business math skills sufficient to compute totals, percentages, quotients, products, and ratios.  Requires well-developed human relations skill to convey technical concepts to students, exercise extreme patience, conduct training, appraise performance, make presentations to outside agencies and employers, and promote the program.  

Requires the ability to carry out all aspects of the position.   Requires the ability to establish program goals and measurable outcomes, translated to levels of service and subordinate staff expectations.  Requires the ability to learn and apply regulations governing access and accommodations such as but not limited to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Title 5.   Requires the ability to develop training programs and instruct students in the use of learning assistance equipment and programs. Requires the ability to research and enact modern and new teaching, learning, and training methods.  Requires the ability to organize, plan, develop, analyze outcomes, and prepare clear and concise reports.  Requires the ability to guide and motivate others toward goal achievement. Requires the ability to develop and deliver training programs.  Requires the ability to develop and monitor budgets and maximize financial resources.  Requires understanding, sensitivity to and commitment to meeting the needs of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic background of the student, community, and employee population.  Requires the ability to advocate for shared governance, collegiality, cohesiveness of staff, and the core values of the institution.  Requires the ability to demonstrate sensitivity to students with special needs Requires the ability to work cooperatively and productively with internal and external constituencies.  

Physical Abilities
The incumbent must be able to function effectively indoors in an office or class/lab environment, engaged in work of a moderately active nature.  Requires ambulatory ability to move to various office and classroom-type locations.  Requires sufficient hand-eye-arm coordination to use a computer keyboard and other office equipment.  Requires sufficient visual acuity to read documents and instructions.  Requires sufficient auditory ability to carry on routine conversations.  Requires the ability to lift, push, and pull objects of light weight (less than 25 lbs.) on an occasional basis.

Education and Experience
The position requires a Master's Degree and one year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator's administrative assignment.  Or, any combination of education and experience that would provide the required equivalent qualifications.

Desirable Qualifications
Three (3) to five (5) years' direct experience working in a disabled student services environment.

Licenses and Certificates
May require a valid driver license. 

Working Conditions
Work is performed indoors where minimal safety considerations exist.

Conditions of Employment

This is a full time, 12-month per year position. The normal hours of work are 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  availability to work evenings and/or weekends may be required, on occasion, based on the needs of the department. The effective date of employment will be arranged with the supervisor.

  • Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment. 
  • The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Coast Community College District policies, procedures, and Title IX. (Reference: BP/AP 5910).
  • The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the District's strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

Starting salaries for management positions begin at Step-1 of the salary range. All movement on the salary schedule will occur July 1 of each year for all confidential employees.


Additional Information

Applications must be received no later than the posted closing date. There are NO EXCEPTIONS.  Electronic applications may be completed by visiting www.cccd.edu/employment.  Once you have completed an electronic application, you may apply to open positions within the Coast Community College District by submitting the application and all other required materials. Required materials differ for each open position and must be complete when submitted for a specific posting. Instructions for completing applications and applying to posted positions are available online or by calling Applicant Processing at (714) 438-4716.

All application materials become the property of the Coast Community College District and will NOT be copied or returned. Information for TDD users is available by calling (714) 438-4755.
Application Requirements:
To be considered for employment you must submit a complete application packet. A complete application packet includes: 

  1. A complete Classified/Management Employment Application.
  2. A current resume (uploaded as a separate attachment - PDF recommended).
  3. A cover letter highlighting your qualifications for the desired position (uploaded as a separate attachment - PDF recommended).
  4. Answers to the Supplemental Question (clear and detailed responses required as they will be carefully evaluated to determine the most qualified candidate(s) to be invited for an interview; please do not paste your resume, or put "see resume" or "N/A").

Application materials must be electronically submitted on-line at http://www.cccd.edu/employment. Incomplete applications and application materials submitted by mail will not be considered.

To ensure consistency and fairness to all applicants, please do not submit materials in addition to those requested.  Additional materials will not be considered or returned.  Be sure to complete all questions and sections of the application. For questions which may not apply, indicate "n/a" (not applicable). If you do not know an answer, please indicate so, but do not leave any space blank.

All applications will be screened under a process of utmost confidentiality by a committee of representatives from the college community. Please note: Possession of the minimum qualifications does not ensure an interview.
Any documents that you are unable to attach can be faxed to (714) 782-6065. Faxes must clearly indicate the job you are applying to and your name.
Disability Accommodations:
If you require accommodations in the Application or Examination Process, please notify Human Resources by calling (714) 438-4714 OR (714) 438-4713.
Coast Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer
The Coast Community College District is committed to employing qualified administrators/managers, faculty, and staff members who are dedicated to student learning and success. The Board recognizes that diversity in the academic environment fosters awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring and staff development processes that support the goals of equal opportunity and diversity, and provide equal consideration for all qualified candidates. The District does not discriminate unlawfully in providing educational or employment opportunities to any person on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability.

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