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Assistant Director, Accessibility Services

at Saint Leo University

Posted: 12/21/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: R3232
Keywords: office

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Job Description Summary

The Assistant Director of Accessibility Services is responsible for supporting students with disabilities at Saint Leo University. The Assistant Director serves as a disability subject matter expert for the University, coordinates appropriate accommodations for students in the classroom, in the use of facilities, and in other University sponsored functions in order to provide equal access to educational opportunities at Saint Leo University. The Assistant Director will assist the Director of Accessibility Services in the day-to-day operation of the office by working directly with students, faculty, staff, and other constituents to ensure equitable access for students across the Saint Leo University system.

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Duties and Tasks:

  • Provide new students with orientation to disability supports within the higher education environment by providing information regarding services, resources, rights and responsibilities, and channels for requesting and acquiring assistance.
  • Provide disability-related advising, support, guidance, and advocacy to assist students with disabilities in their transition and adjustment to the University.
  • Advocates for students as needed regarding possible solutions to academic barriers resulting from disabilities.
  • Collaborate with various departments such as Facilities, Dining Services and Residence Life to ensure appropriate accommodations are provided for students in all areas of campus life.
  • Serve on a variety of committees, as needed, to provide guidance and support regarding disability-related issues.
  • Provide training and consultation to faculty, staff, and students on disability awareness, diversity, reasonable accommodations, and other Accessibility Services programs and services.
  • Assist the Director in ensuring that the University is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation act, and all other state and federal laws within the scope of Accessibility Services.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge regarding Assistive Technology equipment, software, practices, and requirements in order to train and support students, faculty, and staff in its appropriate implementation.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other appropriate laws pertaining to higher education and disability.
  • Knowledge of best practices in working with students with disabilities in a higher education setting.
  • Ability to use technology to effectively manage case load and work with students.
  • Ability to analyze complex situations and to make sound judgments and decisions.
  • Knowledge of relevant assistive technology equipment, software, practices, and requirements.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree in relevant field (higher education administration, counseling, psychology, college student personnel, special education) preferred.
  • Minimum of 1-2 years' experience working with students with disabilities and providing reasonable accommodations.


The work environment characteristics described here are a representation of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The term “qualified individual with a disability” means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of this position.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate professionally in person, over the telephone, through email and other electronic means, move about the office and University, handle various type of media and equipment, and visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess.   The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds unless otherwise specified in the job description.


The intent of this job description is to provide a representation of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position.  Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.  Saint Leo University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and embraces diversity as a critical step in ensuring employee, student and graduate success. 

Top Workplace

Each year from 2012 to 2016, Saint Leo University was named one of Tampa Bay’s Top Workplaces by the Tampa Bay Times.

The Top Workplaces in Tampa Bay program was created by the Tampa Bay Times and WorkplaceDynamics. The companies in this survey were ranked based on leadership, compensation and training, workplace flexibility, and diversity.

One of the Top-Ranked Universities in Florida

One of the top-ranked universities in Florida, Saint Leo is a Catholic, liberal arts school serving learners of all faiths.

We are traditional, but we are cutting edge

Established in 1889 by the Order of Saint Benedict of Florida, the university seeks balanced growth in mind, body and spirit for all members of our community. Saint Leo has grown from a peaceful campus in the rolling hills of Central Florida to an institution of international consequence—ranked one of the best regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report

Our Tampa-area campus remains committed as ever to student-centered liberal arts education, and is strengthened by the global reach of our regionally accredited online programs and Education Centers in seven states across the U.S., including on many military bases.

We are Catholic, but we are for everyone

Our determination to make higher education more accessible to all has made Saint Leo a world leader in redefining the 21st century university. Saint Leo now serves more than 16,000 students from 49 states and 86 countries—ranking us among the five largest Catholic higher education institutions in the United States. Saint Leo is also one of the nation's 10 leading providers of higher education to the U.S. military.

While we are proudly Catholic, we teach students not because they are Catholic, but because we are Catholic. And our faith compels us to imagine and contribute to a more socially just society.


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