Executive Director of Disability Resources Services
Executive Director of Disability Resources Services
Muskingum University is seeking a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as Executive Director of Disability Resources at Muskingum University. The PLUS Program at Muskingum has been supporting students with neurodevelopmental differences since 1985. As one of the first comprehensive post-secondary academic support programs in Ohio, the PLUS Program has a rich history of success and solid faculty support. The university also coordinates accommodations for students with learning differences, both temporary and ongoing through the Disability Education Office. The Executive Director will be working closely with, and reporting to the Provost, to expand the current service delivery model, including developing new and innovative approaches to serving students in a higher education setting. This is a unique opportunity to broaden the university’s programs to meet the needs of the expanding population of students with neurodevelopmental learning differences and disabilities in post-secondary education.
The Executive Director will supervise a staff of approximately 12 professional and support staff, in assuring quality educational services and up-to-date knowledge regarding emerging trends in academic and social support services for students with neurodevelopmental and other learning differences. Recruitment of prospective Muskingum University students for the PLUS academic services program will require partnership with the Office of Admissions, and the maintenance of relationships with public school transition coordinators and private secondary schools specializing in educational services for students with neurodevelopmental learning differences and disabilities. The successful candidate will also work in close collaboration with faculty, campus facilities managers, residence life staff, athletics coaches and other offices to design and deliver innovative and highly effective comprehensive supports for students with learning differences, both temporary and ongoing.
SKILLS/REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS POSITION:
Doctoral degree in neuropsychology, educational or school psychology, special education, disability studies, or a related field.
Minimum of 6 years of progressively responsible experience in a higher education or post-secondary working with students with disabilities. A master’s degree with 10 years of progressively responsible experience will be considered.
Proven record of impact in program development and evaluation, and strategic planning
Skilled in the use of data-based decision-making models and experienced in assessment of student outcomes
Significant experience in delivery of educational programs and accommodations for students with disabilities, neurodevelopmental learning differences, and other conditions covered by ADA.
In-depth knowledge and understanding of current federal, state, and local laws, policies, practices and literature on the full range of disability services in higher education.
Excellent written and verbal skills
Creativity, flexibility, persistence, and humor
A passion for supporting undergraduate education in a liberal arts institution
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, access, equity, and inclusion.
Evidence of proven leadership skills in staff supervision, and building strong and respectful collaborative working relationships with other administrators, faculty, staff, and family members
Fluent with office software and data analysis tools
Available to travel regularly to represent the University and promote and recruit students to the PLUS program of academic services
ABOUT THE INSTITUTION:
Muskingum University, a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts tradition, is located seventy miles east of Columbus, Ohio, in the village of New Concord. Founded in 1837, the university's total undergraduate, graduate, and adult-learner student population is approximately 3,000. Muskingum University’s residential campus houses approximately 900 students, or 70% of the undergraduate population. Residential and commuter students are engaged in a diverse array of social and academic organizations, including a vibrant Greek community, Black Student Union, gaming, and service and leadership societies. Nearly 50% of the student population is involved in athletics, including 21 NCAA Division III teams, intramurals, and a newly launched eSports team.
An equal opportunity employer, Muskingum University strongly encourages applications from women and minorities, including populations traditionally underserved by higher education. Appointment to this position is conditional upon the successful completion of a background check through the University's background check agency.
Please send a cover letter, resume, and a minimum of three references to: Kathy Moore, Human Resources Manager; Muskingum University, 163 Stormont St., New Concord, OH 43762. Materials can also be faxed to 740-826-6131 or sent electronically to email@example.com. Official transcripts will be required for candidates who advance in the search process. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Muskingum University is an equal opportunity employer.