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Disability Support Services & ADA Compliance Coordinator

Department: Student Life
Reports to: Dean of Student Life
Supervises: Work Study Students
Pay Grade: E, Exempt; Full-Time


Under general direction of the Dean of Student Life the person in this position plans, directs, supervises and manages the College Disability Support Programs & Services such as reviewing documentation of disability, determining reasonable and appropriate accommodations for all students with disabilities; providing direct services to students based on disability; providing faculty with consultation for accommodating students in the classroom; providing workshops & support for faculty, staff and administrators regarding disability issues and federal legislation; providing professional consultation regarding disability issues to all divisions of the College.

The person in this position serves as the College compliance officer for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act; is actively involved in developing and modifying the ADA facility plan for the College including conducting physical audits and maintaining knowledge of needed improvements; is involved in the approval of renovation and new design projects to assure compliance with disability standards.


  1. Establishes and maintain an approachable, welcoming, and inclusive office environment while greeting students, staff, faculty, and parents visiting the DSS Office;
  2. Educates both new and currently enrolled students & faculty on Cornish Disability Support Services (DSS) policies, procedures and scope of services.
  3. Serves as co-academic advisor to select students in cooperation with Department Director and Dean of Student Life.
  4. Ensures that College-related information is readily available on services, accommodations, and policies relating to persons with disabilities.
  5. Provides consultation regarding disability issues and compliance to all college offices and programs.
  6. Plans, provides, supervises and arranges services and accommodations for students with disabilities to ensure equal access to college instructional programs, services and student activities.
  7. Coordinates test accommodations by scheduling tests, arranging for scribes, proctors; coordinate appropriate proctoring of exams.
  8. Coordinates interpreting services, including scheduling Sign Language interpreters, setting up agency agreements, obtaining cost estimates, billing and account reconciliation.
  9. Coordinates interpreting services and accessibility for events open to the public.
  10. Coordinates adaptive equipment and software necessary for appropriate accommodations; keep current on adaptive equipment and software.
  11. Coordinates note taking services; solicit and train volunteer note takers.
  12. Coordinates alternative format; request from publishers, obtain price quotes for conversion, etc.
  13. Researches options and obtain price quotes for office supplies, adaptive equipment, furniture and other accommodation-related goods and services.
  14. Advise students on policies, procedures and the rights and responsibilities of the student, instructor, and DSS office.
  15. Serve as the principal planning/compliance coordinator for the College regarding disability/ laws.
  16. Maintains awareness of best practices for students with disabilities in higher education and be informed of new adaptive technologies which support increased independence of students with disabilities.
  17. Keeps current on Section 504 of the Rehab Act, the ADA, Universal Design and best practices.
  18. Utilizes scheduling and data collection systems to update necessary information in a timely fashion
  19. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree plus two to three years relevant experience working full-time with students with disabilities required.
  • Knowledge of reasonable accommodations for specific disabilities
  • Knowledge of adaptive equipment and technology
  • Ability to communicate effectively with students and staff
  • Ability to plan and implement long range goals
  • Experience serving as a compliance officer/interpreting and applying Section 504 and the ADA in a higher education setting.
  • Experience in higher education and familiarity with student development practices and theories
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; effective group presentation skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Self-motivated and well-organized with good problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work with a diverse campus and demonstrate sensitivity to confidential issues
  • Must pass background check

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in rehabilitation, counseling, special education, social work or related field; a minimum of three years of professional experience working full-time with persons with disabilities required; demonstrated management experience with budget oversight, program management and development required; background working with college students and college administrators preferred; Familiarity with adaptive technology including text to speech programs
  • Involvement in developing and/or modifying a facility plan to meet ADA requirements inside and outside the classroom.
  • Experience in the arts or not-for-profit environment
  • Special interest in dyslexia

Application Procedures

Open until Filled
Anticipated Start Date: 1/2/2015

For consideration please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Cornish College of the Arts
Human Resources
1000 Lenora Street
Seattle, WA 98121
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Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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