Disability and Accessibility Services - Assistant Director

Academic Advising Programs
Job Type: 
Administrative and Academic Support Positions


The Disability and Accessibility Services program carries out a mission to ensure that all students with disabilities can freely and actively participate in all facets of University life, to coordinate support services and programs that enable students with disabilities to reach their educational potential, and to increase the level of awareness among all members of the University, so that students with disabilities are able to perform at a level limited only by their abilities, not their disabilities. 

In keeping with the mission, the assistant director will work closely with members of Academic Advising Programs and will report directly to the Director of Disability and Accessibility Services.  This is a full-time, eleven-month position.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Provide assistance to ensure that all students who self-identify, provide documentation of their disabilities, and ask for reasonable accommodations are assisted in a timely fashion by working directly with these students on an individual basis.
  • Serve as an academic advisor to students in the program to minimize the impact of their disability on their studies.
  • Work with the Associate Dean for Academic Advising, Academic Support Coordinator, Academic Development Coordinator, Dean of Students, First-Year Program Director, and other appropriate offices on recruitment and retention issues.
  • Serve as a member of the Academic Advising Team, which includes the offices of Academic Development, Academic Support, Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), Student Life, and Health and Counseling Services.
  • Provide disability awareness and education to members of the campus community.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Masters Degree required, preferably in Education, Counseling or related field.  Will consider bachelor’s degree with a minimum of three years of work experience in disability and accessibility services. 
  • Minimum of 1-2 years working in an educational or counseling setting preferred.  Experience providing services to students with disabilities at the post-secondary level highly preferred.
  • One-on-one experience working with students preferred, experience working with students in college setting a plus
  • Experience working with individuals with disabilities preferred
  • Familiarity with disability laws and regulations is preferred
  • Background in Assistive Technology preferred
  • Ability to work both independently and to collaborate as a team member essential
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills, tact and diplomacy in dealing with students, parents, faculty and staff essential

Interested candidates should submit, electronically, a letter of application, résumé and the name and contact information for three current references to Ms. Allison Busser, Director of Disability and Accessibility Services at disabilityservices@stlawu.edu.  The deadline for the receipt of completed applications is May 23, 2014.  Applications received after this deadline may be reviewed, but only in the event that the position has not already been filled.

Located in Canton, N.Y., St. Lawrence University is a coeducational, private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,400 students from more than 40 states and 40 nations. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global.

The University is committed to and seeks diversity among its faculty, staff and students.  Such a commitment ensures an atmosphere that is diverse and complex in ways that are intellectually and socially enriching for the entire campus community. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups, as well as from individuals with experience teaching or working in a multicultural environment, are encouraged. St. Lawrence University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For additional information about St. Lawrence, please visit http://www.stlawu.edu.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.